Local state of emergencies were declared Friday afternoon for both Hamilton County and Lafayette County prior to impacts from Hurricane Dorian.
The Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners voted to declare the state of emergency, which is in effect for seven days, early Friday afternoon in an emergency meeting at the county’s Emergency Operations Center.
A "self serve" sandbag station has also been established by the Hamilton County Emergency Management by the old Hamilton High School Cafeteria, off of Chan Bridge Drive in Jasper.
The Hamilton County School District also announced Friday that it was closing school Tuesday.
The Lafayette County Board of County Commissioners also voted to declare the state of emergency late Friday afternoon. It also is in effect for seven days.
Lafayette County’s Emergency Management will have a sandbag station at the Lafayette County Road Dept. at 138 SW Community Circle in Mayo. The station opened Saturday morning and sandbags are limited to 25 per household.
Suwannee County’s state of emergency was declared Thursday.
According to the forecast released by the National Hurricane Center on Saturday morning, Dorian is now not expected to make landfall in Florida. Rather, the major hurricane is forecast to hug the Atlantic coast before making landfall in southern South Carolina Thursday.
However, most of the state remains in the storm’s cone of uncertainty.
Tropical storm force winds are possible in the Suwannee Valley as early as Monday.