Gustav gives area a break

Published 6:16 am Wednesday, September 3, 2008

By By Lisa Tindell- news editor
With minimal damage seen in Escambia County as a result of Hurricane Gustav, emergency personnel are breathing a short sigh of relief.
With little impact from the storm in the Brewton area, Red Cross Director Rogene Martin never got the word to open any shelters in Brewton, East Brewton or Flomaton.
Martin said although Escambia County shelters were not activated, surrounding areas did activate shelters and are continuing their operation.
Martin said a conference call Tuesday with other Red Cross chapter directors indicated more than 8,000 evacuees were being sheltered across the state.
Adams said any damages seen around the county could be blamed on previous storms without direct blame on Gustav.
Although the Escambia County area may have dodged a bullet with Gustav, Adams said residents need to keep up-to-date on information regarding other storms in the Atlantic.
Tropical depression 10 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Josephine Tuesday morning, behind Hanna and Tropical Storm Ike.
The National Hurricane Center expects Ike and Josephine to follow Hanna's track, but that could change anytime, Adams said.