8 PM CDT: The Clyde B. Wells Bridge (US 331) has been reopened to motorists. (Yes, for real this time). Please use caution and be safe on the roadways.
7:30 PM CDT – Our 30A team took a drive down Scenic Hwy 30A after the storm had passed. The visual survey of 30A, from Inlet Beach to Dune Allen, showed minimal damage to our beloved community. There are a few trees down, road debris, Bud and Alley’s lost a small part of its gazebo roof, many docks on the Bay were destroyed (including 30A founder Mike Ragsdale’s), but overall, damage appears cosmetic and minimal. Power remains out along the 30A corridor, but crews are out and working to clear debris and restore power as soon as they can. We are grateful beyond measure. We stand with our neighbors along the Forgotten Coast of Apalachicola, Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe, and our immediate neighbor to the east, Panama City Beach, as they dig out from the devastation they suffered during Hurricane Michael today.
Goodnight, 30A. We will see the sunrise together tomorrow. #30Astrong
6:46 PM CDT – Video update from The 30A Company COO, JoAnn Ribaudo, live from Seaside, Florida
6:15 PM CDT – From Walton County Officials: “The Clyde B. Wells (U.S. Highway 331) Bridge is currently closed.
It was briefly opened to motorists, but conditions were reassessed and the bridge is again closed until further notice. Please continue to be patient as we work to reassess the safety of the bridge to determine when it will be safe to allow motorists to cross”
4:48 PM CDT – Image from Rosemary Beach shows road debris, no visible damage.
UPDATE from Walton County: Debris is being cleared from the US 331 bridge on the south side, bridge remains closed as of 4:40 PM CDT but curfew has been lifted. Citizens should stay OFF the roads to allow crews and public safety vehicles to get through.
4:05 PM CDT – live update from Blue Mtn Beach 30A from our COO JoAnn Ribaudo
2:02 PM CDT: The Texaco next to Shades Bar & Grill at Inlet/Rosemary Beach:
One of the first signs of storm damage our crew in Florida captured as Hurricane Michael hit. We’ll have more tonight at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
Posted by WWLTV on Wednesday, 10 October 2018
1:45 PM CDT: reports of power outages all along the 30A corridor begin coming in. Reports from Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort that power remains on in that community and resort.
1:30 PM CDT: This from the corner of 30A and 395:
Update! Winds are 36 mph.
Posted by Gina Shiflett on Wednesday, 10 October 2018
12:50 PM CDT: Hurricane Michael made landfall just NW of Mexico Beach, Florida at 12:42 PM CDT as a Category 4 hurricane. Sustained winds at 155 m.p.h.
Head over to the 30A Facebook Page for more updates. We are also streaming the Vue on 30A Live Cam based near Gulf Place on Highway 30A at regular intervals. (*power went out on our Live Cam around 1:25 PM CDT. It is still currently out but we will re-set when it returns)
12:20 PM CDT: These photos were taken today at Seaside, Florida, by Seaside homeowner Frank Crutcher, who reports the winds are still very strong but little damage seen.
(Note: The table and chairs are anchored to the ground):
10:18 AM CDT – The US 331 Bridge is closed as sustained winds reach 40 mph. Shelter-in-place orders issued from Walton County Sheriff, the governor’s office, and statewide emergency management.
10:15 AM CDT – 30A is contacted by NBC News for permission to use our Live Beach Cam feed. We give permission. Feed picked up by several other news outlets across the country. (*Editor’s Note: 30A’s Live Beach Cam feed will continue until the power goes out at approximately 1:25 PM)
9:08 AM CDT – A photo from WMBB-TV of utility trucks from three states staged in Pensacola in preparation for this storm and its aftermath.