The hurricane warning in effect for the northeast Gulf Coast was downgraded to a tropical storm warning yesterday. It is therefore likely that neither of the park’s districts will experience more than minor tropical storm conditions. Storm surge, though is expected to be high, so beach erosion will likely be significant (the Fort Pickens Road has already flooded). Preparations for the storm’s arrival were completed on Monday morning and all remaining park units closed, save for Route 399 through the Santa Rosa Unit, which will remain open as an evacuation route until it becomes flooded. All employees were released at midday yesterday.