Emergency Officials Offer Sandbags as Threat of Flooding Grows
HERNANDO – According to the National Weather Service, the entire Tampa Bay area, including the Nature Coast is under a Flood Watch from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM this evening.
According to reports, a trough of low pressure is moving across central Florida today, bringing showers and thunderstorms. Up to two inches of rain is possible and higher in some areas, causing a greater risk of flooding in already saturated ground.
Scattered thunderstorms will continue through tonight that could produce gusty winds, frequent lightning and heavy downpours.
Flooding is likely in low lying and poor drainage areas.
Hernando County Emergency Management Officials say the Withlacoochee River continues to rise, due to the consistent and often heavy rains.
Due to the lack of commercially available sandbags in the immediate vicinity of the river, Hernando County will temporarily open a sandbag distribution site at the Community Center of Ridge Manor; located at 34240 Cortez Blvd. Hours of operation will be through 7:00 PM tonight and 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Friday. There will be limited quantities available per household. Residents will need to bring a shovel to fill their own sandbags.
This service is being offered as a precautionary measure in an effort to assist residents with their preparedness actions. As of 12:30 PM today, the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service is still projecting the Withlacoochee River at Trilby to crest prior to reaching the 12 feet Flood Stage later this week. The Withlacoochee River at Croom is projected to crest prior to reaching the 8 feet Action Stage early next week. Please remain vigilant as conditions may change.
Motorists are urges to remain off the roadway until conditions improve.
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