At 5:15 p.m. the tropical storm warning for TS Andrea was lifted in Franklin County.
Emergency Management reported minor erosion on St. George Island but no other damage.
Don Harrigan, a forecaster for the National Weather Service said Franklin County received about seven inches of rain overnight and an additional inch during the day on Thursday. He said the highest recorded wind gust in the county was 32 miles per hour at the Franklin County Regional Airport. He said a flashflood watch for the county has also been lifted.
Offshore, a tropical storm warning for coastal waters remains in effect through Friday morning.
Emergency Management Director Pam Brownell said there were no bridge or road closures during the storm.
Less than a week into tropical storm season, Franklin County experienced its first turbulent weather and received much needed rain courtesy from Tropical Storm Andrea.
Franklin County Schools closed at 11 a.m.
At 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Brownell said the county had declared a local state of emergency totally as a precautionary measure.
“We are not expecting to see anything worse than what is happening right now,” she said. “The National Weather Service has reduced our chances of experiencing tropical storm conditions to less than 10 percent.”
A spokesperson for Dr. Julian Bruce State Park on St. George Island said the campground closed and campers were evacuated at 8 a.m. Thursday morning when park officials learned that the tropical storm warning had bee extended to include Indian Pass. The park remained open and the campground is expected to reopen on Friday. No damage is reported at the park but the surf was extremely high.
According to Duke Power, in Apalachicola, about 500 customers west of downtown lost power from approximately 1 to 4 p.m.
The Carrabelle city meeting took place as scheduled at 6 p.m.
Tropical Storm Andrea made landfall between 3 and 5 p.m. on the Dixie / Levy county line.
While there were reports of tornadoes in south Florida, none occurred in the panhandle.
On Wednesday, Franklin County Emergency Management spokesperson Joyce Durham said sandbags are prepared and available at the Emergency Operations Center if needed and the road department has equipment on standby.
In flood situations, the American Red Cross advises, “Avoid flooded areas, and areas subject to sudden flooding. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Most flood fatalities are caused by people attempting to drive through water, or people playing in high water.
If you are driving and come upon rapidly rising waters, turn around and find another route. Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks, and storm drains.
If your vehicle becomes surrounded by water or the engine stalls, and if you can safely get out, abandon your vehicle immediately and climb to higher ground. Use caution when abandoning your vehicle.”
Sheriff's Department Spokesman John Solomon said the new Code Red system sent emergency notification of the storm warning to over 4,900 people at 10 a.m. On cellular phones, the source of the message may appear as (866)419-5000. If you miss a code red call, you can dial the displayed number and play back the message.
Duke Power, newly merged with Progress Energy, took advantage of the situation to send a mass email to customers reassuring them that everything was prepared in the event of a serious storm. The message included emergency contact information and urged customers to stay away from power lines. As of noon, no power outages had been reported in the area. Power outages can be viewed at www.progress-energy.com/storm.To report an outage call 800.228.8485