UPDATE: Closings and Cancellations due to Nate
NORTHWEST FLORIDA, Fla. (WEAR) —
Florida Department of Transportation
- The City of Pensacola is closing Roger Scott Tennis Center and Osceola Golf Course Saturday, and all events scheduled at Resource Centers this weekend. Normal operations are expected to resume Monday.
- Pensacola Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Night! concert and dress rehearsal have been canceled due to the threat of inclement weather. The Symphony will notify patrons when the concert is rescheduled.
- Ballet Pensacola has canceled Saturday's performance of "Mixtape." They expect to perform Sunday afternoon as scheduled.
- The Park at OWA in Foley will be closed Saturday and Sunday.
- All areas of Gulf Islands National Seashore will close Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Campers must evacuate by noon on Friday. Park officials will decide when to reopen after the storm passes.
- UPDATE Pensacola International Airport will close at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 7th and remain closed throughout Sunday. Weather permitting, normal operations will resume Monday, October 9th. Passengers with impacted scheduled travel to/from Pensacola International Airport should contact their airline for specific flight information and rebooking/cancellation details.
- The Festival of Flavor in Foley scheduled for Saturday has been canceled, according to the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber.
- The 2017 Destin Seafood Festival has also been canceled indefinitely. Festival officials released a statement on Facebook, saying in part, "Due to the projected path, landfall, and intensity we deem it to be a potentially unsafe environment."
- Sacred Heart Health System has postponed its Medical Mission at Home event that was scheduled for October 7. They will reschedule at a later date.
- The BaseFEST concert on board Naval Air Station Pensacola scheduled for Saturday is canceled; it will not be rescheduled.
- University of West Florida (UWF) officials have closed all UWF locations for Saturday, Oct. 7 at noon through Monday, Oct. 9. This includes all classes, events, campus activities and online courses. Their Saturday night football game was played on Friday, October 6. Normal operations will resume Tuesday, unless conditions change.
- The Okaloosa County School District tweeted that all extracurricular activities for Saturday and Sunday, October 8, have been canceled due to anticipated bad weather from Nate.
- The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on road and bridge closures and restrictions in Northwest Florida due to Tropical Storm Nate.
- Pensacola State College will close at 5 p.m., Saturday and remain closed through Sunday. All activities and classes, whether on campus or online, are canceled. SAT testing will go on as scheduled. Normal operations will resume Monday, Oct. 9.
- The Florida Department of Corrections has canceled weekend visitations at all institutions in Region 1 for Saturday and Sunday, October 8, in response to Nate. This includes all institutions in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton, Okaloosa, Jackson, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty, Wakulla, Franklin, and Gulf counties.
- Pensacola State College will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday and remain closed through Sunday, October 8. All activities and classes, whether on campus or online, are canceled during this time.
- Due to inclement weather conditions from Hurricane Nate, Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP), Corry Station and Saufley Field have curtailed normal operations and closed the installations to all visitors. No personnel evacuations have been ordered. All tourist attractions, e.g., National Naval Aviation Museum, Lighthouse, Ft Barrancas, etc. are closed. A curfew will be in effect for all base personnel and residents at 6 p.m. today, Oct 7th. Pending significant changes in the weather forecast, the base and all facilities will reopen and resume normal operations on Monday, Oct 9th.
- Navarre Beach Pier is closing and is expected to reopen Sunday. It's unknown what time they will be opening.
Florida Department of Transportation
FDOT has suspended interstate and highway construction in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties through Sunday, Oct. 8 to allow for the possible increase in traffic. All rail, transit, and seaport facilities are functioning as normal. All construction activities will resume Monday, Oct. 9.
FDOT will assist first responders with traffic control, detours or road closures, but the department will suspend emergency response activities if Nate's sustained winds reach tropical storm force of 45 mph or higher. Once conditions improve, crews will go back to working around the clock to clear all roadways.
Motorists are encouraged to monitor weather reports and road conditions and to be on the lookout for flooded roads. If the road ahead is flooded, turn around and find an alternate route. Flooded roads may hide the fact that the roadway is washed out underneath and as little as six inches of rushing water can force your car off the road.
Click here for the latest closures and updates, travelers can access Florida’s 511 service from cell phones, landlines and online at www.FL511.com. For more information, follow FDOT on Twitter @myfdot_nwfl or on Facebook at Facebook.com/MyFDOTNWFL.
Gulf Shores State of Emergency
Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft has issued a local State of Emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Nate. The storm is forecast to make landfall as a hurricane somewhere along the Alabama/Mississippi Gulf Coast late Saturday or during the early morning hours Sunday.
All residents are urged to have an emergency plan in place and should complete all final preparations overnight Friday as weather conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly during the day Saturday.
The City of Gulf Shores, in conjunction with the City of Orange Beach, will enforce a mandatory curfew beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Sunday. This curfew is in place for the safety of citizens due to expected hurricane-force winds during this time. All vehicles should stay off of roadways until the curfew has expired. Local businesses are asked to prepare and adjust for proper closing times to allow for employees to return home safely before the curfew begins.
Beginning Saturday, the following areas will be closed to the public until further notice:
Gulf Shores public beaches and beach parking areas
Gulf State Park pier
All City facilities
Jack Edwards National Airport (beginning at 8 p.m.)
Safety steps to consider:
Secure all outside items such as patio furniture, umbrellas, awnings, and trash/recycling receptacles.
Take all necessary precautions to secure boats in anticipation of 3’ to 5’ of storm surge.
Drivers are encouraged to stay off the road Saturday night and early Sunday morning.
Residents should be prepared with Hurricane Re-entry Decals in place on vehicles. Issuance of reentry decals will cease at 4 p.m. today.
A limited amount of free sand for sand bags is available at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex located at
19025 Oak Road West (County Road 6 West). Sand bags and shovels are not provided, but may be purchased at local hardware and home improvement stores.
Visit www.gulfshoresal.gov/Safe for additional emergency preparedness information.
City officials will continue to actively monitor developments with Tropical Storm Nate and will provide updates as they are available. Visit www.gulfshoresal.gov/NotifyMe and sign up to receive text or email alerts with the latest updates from the City of Gulf Shores