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People warned to get to higher ground in Franklin County

Posted at 5:12 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 22:33:27-04

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. — Tropical Storm Nestor comes just a week after the one year anniversary of Hurricane Michael.

Instead of being scared, emergency leaders in Franklin county have one message, be prepared.

The county is also strongly suggesting anyone who lives along the coastline and Barrier Islands, in low lying areas, and in river areas that are prone to surge or flooding from tidal surge, to move to higher ground.

You're also being asked to stay away from those roads that typically flood like Alligator Point Road and parts of Highway 98.

Despite closing off campgrounds and RV, the county is not asking people to leave their homes just yet.

"A camper is more susceptible to being blown over by wind. So we have told everybody just to move to higher ground. Go inland. You can come back and enjoy your weekend probably later Saturday and Sunday," said Pamela Brownell, Franklin County Emergency Management Director.

Right now there are double red flags up on beaches in the county. That means no one on the beach or in the water due to dangerous conditions.

Franklin County deputies will be stationed at all State Bridges.

They'll close the bridges down once wind speeds pick up to 45 miles per hour.