(Columbia County, FL) Columbia County is forecasted to experience wind speeds between 30 MPH and 50 MPH with gusts up to 60 MPH. Hurricane Michael is expected to arrive in Columbia County between 3:00 and 6:00 PM; however, storm conditions may begin earlier. The tornado threat is significant for Columbia County. Rainfall projections for the area are estimated at 2½ inches with some local areas seeing slightly more. Hurricane Michael weather conditions are anticipated to subside between 3:00 and 6:00 AM Thursday morning.
Sandbags are being distributed at Columbia County Public Works (607 NW Quinten Street, Lake City, FL 32055) Limit of 15 bags per vehicle.
Three shelters are open. 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, as food and beverages will not be available.
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.