State officials have closed a major portion of Interstate 10 north of Panama City, as well as other sections of roads near the city, as cleanups of downed trees and other debris continue.
Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Highway Patrol officials could not immediately be reached for comment on whether any of the roads were closed because of roadway damage in addition to the debris, or on when the closed roads would open.
According to the FDOT's emergency travel information website at fl511.com, the following roads are closed:
More than 80 miles of I-10 between DeFuniak Springs to just east of the Apalachicola River
A roughly 40-mile section of U.S. Highway 90 between Chipley and Grand Ridge
A 15-mile portion of U.S. Highway 98 from just east of Rosemary Beach to Panama City Beach
A 36-mile section of U.S. 98 that runs through Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe and stands between Tyndall Air Force Base and Bay San Blas
The causeways between Eastpoint and St. George Island
DeFuniak Springs Mayor Bob Campbell said this morning that the Florida Highway Patrol was controlling the I-10 exits at U.S. 331 and telling many semi-truck drivers they could not go east.
"There were like 15 to 20 semis on 331" at I-10 earlier today, Campbell said. "Apparently they had to go east but they had to wait. (The FHP is) allowing them to go west."