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Impacts Of Tropical Storm Debby Minimal

Gulf Islands National Seashore

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Due to the threat from Tropical Storm Debby and tropical storm warnings that were issued late last week, both districts of the park’s districts put their preparedness plan into effect over the weekend. All islands in both Florida and Mississippi were closed, including the Fort Pickens and Davis Bayou campgrounds. Davis Bayou Visitor Center was also closed.  All registered campers were notified and safely evacuated from each campground.  The Fort Pickens Road was closed on Saturday and the Santa Rosa, J. Earle Bowden Way and Perdido Key roadways were closed on Sunday.  Yesterday, the tropical storm warning for Mississippi was lifted and district operations have accordingly returned to normal. Damage assessments were to be completed for all island areas by close of business yesterday, including Cat, East and West Ship, Horn and Petit Bois Islands.  These areas will be reopened as conditions warrant. In Florida, the J. Earle Bowden Way (Highway 399) was reopened on Monday evening.  The Opal Beach Cluster area, the Perdido Key Roadway, and the Johnson Beach Area were reopened yesterday.  Sand clearing of the Fort Pickens Roadway is being undertaken by park staff, with current projections for the roadway, campground, concession store, and all other public/visitor use areas to be reopened by Friday.  All other areas within the Florida District, with the exception of the Fort Pickens Area, are rapidly returning to near normal operations as storm conditions abate and the storm system tracks away from the park. No damages to facilities or equipment in either district have been reported to date, and all personnel are accounted for with no reported injuries. 


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