(Columbia County, FL) Columbia County is forecasted to experience wind speeds between 30 MPH and 50 MPH with gusts up to 60 MPH. Hurricane Michael is expected to arrive in Columbia County between 3:00 and 6:00 PM; however, storm conditions may begin earlier. The tornado threat is significant for Columbia County. Rainfall projections for the area are estimated at 2½ inches with some local areas seeing slightly more. Hurricane Michael weather conditions are anticipated to subside between 3:00 and 6:00 AM Thursday morning.  This is latest update

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The Town of Fort White is hiring for the position of Town Clerk.
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Fort White Community Center will be used as a Shelter during Hurricane Michael.
Opens Tonight – Tuesday October 9, 2018 6:00pm – Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00 Noon
The citizens information hotline 386-719-7530

Sandbags will be located at the Columbia County Public
Works Road Department in Lake City.

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The Town of Fort White, named for a former Second Seminole War fort built nearby in 1837, was founded in 1870 and flourished briefly after the arrival of the railroad in 1888. Phosphate mining and the growing of citrus and cotton sparked a boom that before 1900 made Fort White the second largest city in Columbia County with a population of nearly 2,000. The boom collapsed when severe freezes in the winter of 1896-1897 destroyed the local citrus industry. Phosphate mining ceased by 1910, and the boll weevil ended cotton farming before World War I. A handful of historic buildings, such as the Old Fort White School (1915) remain from the town’s era of prosperity.