As of 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, the Pensacola area remains under a tropical storm warning and storm surge watch as Tropical Storm Gordon nears the northern Gulf Coast. A flash flood warning has been issued for Escambia County until 2:15 a.m. Wednesday.
Tropical storm conditions have already arrived in the warning areas. Pensacola can expect to experience gusty winds this afternoon and into the evening. Rainfall amounts may be between 3-5 inches, with localized higher amounts up to 6-10 inches possible.
At this time, no evacuations have been ordered for Escambia County. However, Escambia County Emergency Management is asking folks to stay off the roads as wind gusts and flash flooding may cause serious road hazards. They are also asking travelers to make their way to their evening destination by 4 p.m., as there is an increased possibility of potential bridge closures.
City offices will close at 3 p.m. and non-essential personnel will be sent home. Normal operations are expected to resume Wednesday.
The Pensacola International Airport will continue operations. Travelers are encouraged to check with their airlines to monitor flight status. You can also view flight updates by checking out Pensacola International Airport's live flights schedule.
City officials continue to monitor the weather and will aim to take necessary precautions. We would like to take this opportunity to remind residents to be mindful of impending weather forecasts and access to health and safety services.
Due to the current forecast residents may experience storm water issues. However, if you see a storm drain that appears to be obstructed, please remove the obstruction. As an additional reminder be sure to also report non-emergency related issues to Pensacola 311. Below is a list of some resources that can keep you up to date and connected:
City Notifications - http://cityofpensacola.com/List.aspx
Escambia County Emergency Management - https://www.facebook.com/bereadyec/
National Weather Service - http://www.weather.gov/
Weather Radar - http://weartv.com/weather/radar
Now citizens have three easy ways to contact 311 -- simply dialing 311, visiting this website, or by downloading our Pensacola 311 mobile app, available for iPhone/iPad, Android, and Blackberry.
Non-Emergencies Only - Pensacola 311 is designed to handle non-emergency issues only. If you require emergency assistance, please utilize one of the following numbers:
Fire/Police/Emergency Medical Services: 911
Pensacola Energy: 850-474-5300
Sanitation Department: 850-435-1890