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Hernando County Braces for a Major Impact from Hurricane Irma

HERNANDO – The latest information on Hurricane Irma shows the storm still hugging the coastline of Cuba and moving west at about 7 mph. It is still a category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph. Irma is expected to strengthen once it enters the warm waters of the Gulf and could be upgraded to a category 4 before making landfall. 

Weather experts believe Irma’s projected track may have slightly shifted to the west but it’s too soon to know how the west coast of Florida will be affected.

Hernando County is expected to experience sustained winds of up to 100 mph during the early morning hours on Monday but tropical storm force winds could start as early as tomorrow.Officials warn that there will be widespread power outages across Florida that could last several days.

Hernando County Emergency Officials have no major announcements at this time, other than the 5th Circuit Court of Florida will be closed on Tuesday September 12th.

RNRF will continue to bring urgent updates as the storm begins to make its way closer to our viewing area. We apologize in advance for any disruption or long delays in coverage that may occur, due to storm related issues.

Here is a link to our previous story that lists all current shelters and evacuation areas in Hernando County. (CLICK HERE)

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  • Praying hard for my family and friends in Fl. My family in Hernando Co. Is so close to Withlacoochee River…. truly worried about them… 2 elderly and 2 young children and the 2 trying to take care of everything!!! Also have a son in Jacksonville… Lord please keep them all safe!!

    Sunday, 10 September 2017, 10:35 pm
  • Praying for everyone in Florida

    Sunday, 10 September 2017, 11:21 am
  • Please pray for my family. We are not able to leave and we do not have shutters. We are right above Tampa. We have pets and vulnerable people and children. Please pray for my family.

    Sunday, 10 September 2017, 10:55 am
  • I have a mother in a wheel chair a baby and a dog. Apparently there’s no shelter that will allow us 2 stay together so were stuck sticking it out in mobile home. Transportation for special needs cant pick up my mom n i cant get her chair in car. So please pray for us. We will be praying4 all of u

    Sunday, 10 September 2017, 9:30 am
    • Omg.I will definitely be praying for ur safety hun.i would forget the wheelchair & have someone help u pick mom up & get in car & find a concrete home to go to.I got on facebook myself & a guy answered me & he and a pastor opened up their home to me & my family including my dog.

      Sunday, 10 September 2017, 11:49 am
    • Text the Sheriff directly if you can’t get a dispatching supervisor on the phone. Don’t take no for an answer, they will send a deputy

      Sunday, 10 September 2017, 1:33 pm
  • Thanks for your reporting, Tom. Keep yourself safe.

    Sunday, 10 September 2017, 8:05 am
  • May God wrap his arms around you and keep you safe and protected. Many Blessings to everyone who are in Irma’s path. Stay strong and remember that God will take care of you.

    Sunday, 10 September 2017, 5:03 am
  • My name is Kara Dearnley and I love Tom Lemons of RNRF. Keep up the great work 🙂

    Sunday, 10 September 2017, 12:36 am
    • this is illegal.

      Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 12:47 am
  • PRAYERS FOR FLORIDA. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR ALL. MAY GOD BLESS AND PROTECT US ALL

    Saturday, 9 September 2017, 10:17 pm

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