(Columbia County, FL) Columbia County emergency officials continue to monitor Hurricane Michael as it moves north across the Gulf of Mexico. Currently, there is no immediate threat to the area.
Based on the present storm model, Columbia County is expected to experience wind speeds between 15 MPH and 20 MPH with gusts up to 30 MPH. Initial winds are anticipated to arrive early to mid-Wednesday morning. Rainfall projections for the area are estimated at 2½ inches with some local areas seeing slightly more. Tornadic activity is not forecasted; however, it is a possibility with the anticipated weather conditions.
Sandbags will be distributed today beginning at 10:00 AM at Columbia County Public Works (607 NW Quinten Street, Lake City, FL 32055) Limit of 15 bags per vehicle.
Three shelters are scheduled to open today at 6:00 PM. The shelter locations are:
South Columbia Ft. White Community Center
17579 SW State Road 47
Fort White, FL 32038
Westside Community Center
431 SW Birley Ave
Lake City, FL 32024
Winfield Community Center & Recreation Area
1324 NW Winfield St.
Lake City, FL 32055
Please note shelters provide shelter only. Evacuees are urged to bring their hurricane supply kit.
Columbia County Citizen Information (CIC) line opened at noon today. Call 386.719.7530 for information. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Please follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaCountyEOC/ and our website at www.columbiacountyem.com.