Panama City, FL (94.5 WFLA) - After a night of intense storms made its way across the panhandle of Florida, local official are assessing the damage and urging residents to stay off the roads for their own safety.
Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in most panhandle counties, including Bay, Gulf, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Jackson. Local Emergency Operations Centers also activated special alerts due to the conditions.
Many area school districts were slated to keep their doors closed on Wednesday as local flooding made travel conditions hazardous, with school closings being communicated to parents by administrators by phone calls, text messages, or email.
As of Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service began to lift the Severe Thunderstorm and Flash Flood Warnings that had been in effect throughout the area.
West Florida Power reports that since the peak of the storm at around 1:00am, approximately 800 customers were without power for varying periods of time, with approximately 25 homes and businesses still without power as of mid-Wednesday morning.
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Bay County Road Closings as of 10:15AM
Magnolia Street (from Woodland Avenue to Center Drive)
Freese Road (at Deanne Road) CLOSED
San Jo Road (at Cowels Road) CLOSED
School Avenue (at 3rd Street) CLOSED
Pompano Avenue (at Le Grande Drive) FLOODED
Gainer Road (from E. Hwy 20 to Blue Springs Road) CLOSED
Norma (at S Silver Lake Road) CLOSED
Singer Road (at E. Hwy 20) FLOODED