Voluntary evacuation for coastal Franklin County

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Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 8:56 AM EDT
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APALACHICOLA, Fla. (WCTV) -A voluntary evacuation has been issued by the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners for portions of the county’s coastline.

These areas include The Barrier Islands, Alligator Point, Bald Point, Dog Island, and St. George Island.

According to the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners, this voluntary evacuation was issued due to Hurricane Ian’s impacts.

“We made the call to air on the side of caution just in case the storm tracked Northwest, so people had time to evacuate,” said Franklin County Sheriff AJ Tony Smith.

“Although the weather doesn’t look bad this Wednesday morning, the weather can change quickly, and if things turned for the worst, people wouldn’t have time if they waited to prepare/evacuate until tomorrow. So, we are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.”

Many St. George Island residents told WCTV they are choosing not to evacuate.

Some were visiting the island from out of state and said they were determined to make the most of their vacation.

“If the winds pick up a little bit and get a little worse, we’ll probably get out of here, but with the winds the way they are; and it’s still sunny and warm; it’s not raining--we’re gonna hang out on the beach,” said John Keown, who’s visiting from Atlanta.

The WCTV First Alert Weather Team has been tracking Hurricane Ian and its impacts on the Florida Peninsula. According to their latest forecast, the WCTV viewing area is not expected to be directly impacted by the storm. At most, some areas could see periods of heavy rain and gusty winds up to 30 mph in our easternmost counties.

Sherriff Smith says to continue to monitor the storm and stay up to date with the Franklin County Emergency Operations updates.