Thousands were without power in the Florida Panhandle where Fred made landfall.
Flooding made several roads impassable.
Several school districts cancel Tuesday classes.
A state of emergency was declared for 23 of Florida’s 67 counties.
As Tropical Storm Fred came ashore along the Florida Panhandle with strong winds and heavy rain, power outages were mounting in several counties and travel was deemed unsafe.
Flooding closed several roads in Panama City, Lynn Haven and Southport on Monday evening.
The Bryant Patton Memorial Bridge, which connects St. George Island to the mainland, was closed Monday afternoon due to high winds and will reopen againwhen winds fall to a safe level, Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith said in a Facebook post.
“It’s not going to be closed for days – don’t freak out,” he said.
Manatee County and the city of Bradenton, Florida, made sandbags available to residents ahead of Fred on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021.
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