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Evacuations Ordered in Franklin, Gulf, Taylor Counties

a rocky broken road crumbles along the coast.
Erich Martin

Evacuations have been ordered for Floridians in low lying areas along the Gulf Coast as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads for the Panhandle.

A mandatory evacuation order is in effect for all barrier islands in Franklin County, Florida as well as anyone living along the coastline or in an RV park. That includes people living in Bald Point, Alligator Point, Dog Island and St. George Island. Meanwhile, evacuations are already underway at T. H Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and officials have issued voluntary evacuations for parts of Taylor County. Tropical storm warnings, flood warnings and rip current advisories are in effect throughout the state. Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties. An update from his office shows more than 5,000 Florida National Guard members on standby. The governor has also scheduled a phone call with President Donald Trump to discuss storm preparation.

Alberto is currently forecast to make landfall early Monday morning as a strong tropical storm.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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