The Florida Highway Patrol has shut down a major stretch of I-10 following Hurricane Michael. According to an advisory issued this morning by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, I-10 is closed inboth directions from Mile Marker 85 to Mile Marker 166 due to “extremely hazardous conditions” caused by Hurricane Michael.
ADVISORY: Due to extremely hazardous conditions from #HurricaneMichael, Interstate 10 is closed in both directions from…
Florida Department of Transportation workers are attempting to remove hurricane debris from the interstate, but it isn’t clear how long this will take or when I-10 is expected to reopen.
.@FHPPanhandle reports an +80 mile stretch of I-10 along the panhandle is shut down. In Gadsden County, exits are becoming staging grounds for people stranded on the interstate. @NWSTallahassee @spann @abc3340 @weartv #alwx #HurricaneMichael pic.twitter.com/xNY60v8y9x
— Stephen Quinn (@StephenQ3340) October 11, 2018
Hurricane Michael was a Category 4 Hurricane that left downed trees and power lines on the interstate.
HUGE TREES DOWN | WJXT4 Jim Piggott had to drive around downed trees and debris on I-10 West of Tallahassee while on his way to Mexico Beach, Florida where the eye of #HurricaneMichael hit. https://bit.ly/2IP0hls
Posted by WJXT4 The Local Station / News4JAX on Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Transportation officials are encouraging drivers to remain in place unless an emergency requires them to travel. The interstate closure has caused severe traffic backups and has left many drivers stranded. In addition to the interstate closure, numerous truck stops have been shut down due to the Hurricane. Here is a list of closed Love’s locations as of October 11 at 10:25 a.m. You can click here for updated information on the Love’s closures.
- Love’s 698 in Macon, GA – fully closed; no services.
- Love’s 453 in Cottondale, FL – fully closed; no services.
- Love’s 561 in Mossy Head, FL – partially open with CASH ONLY.
- Love’s 325 in Tifton, GA – partially open without running water.
- Love’s 566 in Ozark, AL – Roadside Assistance unavailable.
- No Road Calls available near Cottondale, FL.
Several Pilot Flying J truck stops are also closed for the hurricane as of October 11 at 11:30 a.m. Check the list below or click here for updated information.
Flying J #603 in Dothan, AL is now CLOSED.
Pilot #374 in Marianna, FL is now CLOSED.
Pilot #425 in Midway, FL is now CLOSED.
Flying J #623 in Quincy, FL is now CLOSED.
Pilot #260 in Albany, GA is now CLOSED.
Pilot #416 in Cordele, GA is now REOPEN.
Pilot #192 in Tifton, GA is now CLOSED.
Pilot #398 in Vienna, GA is now CLOSED.
Flying J #713 in Latta, SC is now CLOSED.
Pilot #4584 in Latta, SC is now CLOSED.
As of 10:45 a.m. on October 11, one TA truck stop location is closed down: Please click here for updates and more information on TA closures.