80-mile stretch of I-10 in Florida reopens after debris closure

Trees made travel slow going on I-10 west of Tallahassee

By Ashley Harding - Reporter

An 80-mile stretch of Interstate 10 was reopened Thursday after it was shut down to clear debris form Hurricane Michael.

Gov. Rick Scott made the announcement on Twitter.

In an email sent early Thursday, spokesman Eddie Elmore said the road was closed "due to extremely hazardous conditions."

The agency esd working with the Florida Department of Transportation to clear the interstate, which is the major east-west route across northern Florida and the Panhandle.

Hurricane Michael left a wake of destruction along the Florida Panhandle and knocked trees across the major interstate that runs through the area.

Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol were monitoring I-10 in each county between Jacksonville and the state line. Gov. Rick Scott urged residents in affected areas to stay off the roads so crews could work to restore power and clear debris.

Elmore said I-10 was closed west of Tallahassee, between mile marker 85 near DeFuniak Springs and mile marker 166 near Lake Seminole.

News4Jax reporter Jim Piggott had to drive around downed trees and debris Wednesday night as he drove to Mexico Beach to check out the aftermath of Michael (see video below).

IMAGES: Hurricane Michael leaves trail of devastation

The popular seaside destination about 20 miles east of Panama City Beach was left in ruins.

For those in need of fuel in damaged areas, gasbuddy.com has a real-time tracker showing stations with available gas and power. Just click the Emergency Alert bar at the top of the homepage.

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