TROPICAL STORM UPDATES: Walton County BCC calls emergency meeting to discuss looming Karen

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:07 AM.

The Walton County Board of County Commissioners has called an emergency meeting to take place today, Oct. 3, at 1:30pm in the Boardroom at the Courthouse in DeFuniak Springs located at 571 US Hwy 90.

The purpose of this meeting is for the board to discuss Tropical Storm Karen that is currently in the Caribbean and receive information on the County’s readiness and preparation for the potential impacts of the storm to Walton County. In addition, the Board and Administration may act to work towards solidifying and improving efforts in response when the area deals will large amounts of rainfall, flooding or other damage caused by tropical or other storms.

A Walton Sun reporter will be attending the meeting. Stay tuned for updates.

Steve Miller from the National Weather Service in Mobile, Ala., told The Log that there are a couple of factors working against the storm, but residents can expect to see rough surf over the weekend.

"People should definitely stay off of the beaches Friday through Monday," he said. "At this point, the absolute worst from what we’re hearing from the Hurricane Center is a minimal hurricane of 73 miles per hour."

Tropical Storm Karen is currently moving to the north-northwest and is expected to make landfall somewhere along the Gulf Cast late this weekend. Rain and wind will precede the storm.

Reports show that surface winds of 50 to 60 mph have been measured in portions of the storm's circulation, according to the Weather Channel. Karen is the 11th named storm this season.



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