Hurricane Irma Packing Winds of 180mph, Gov. Scott Declares State of Emergency
UPDATE: 5:06 P.M. – Hernando County Emergency Management continues to monitor Hurricane Irma. Government leaders are assessing current and forecasted conditions to determine the need for additional emergency protective measures. A local State of Emergency is currently in effect.
Four self-serve sandbag distribution sites will be open starting Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at the following locations. Sand and sandbags will be available starting from 8 a.m. until sundown and will be available until further notice. Bring your own shovel.
1. Hernando County Department of Public Works, 1525 East Jefferson Street, Brooksville, FL 34601
2. Hernando County Fire Rescue Station 1, 1479 Parker Avenue, Spring Hill, FL 34606
3. Hernando Beach Water Tower, 4500 Shoal Line Boulevard, Hernando Beach, FL 34607
4. Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd Dade City, FL 33523
Pine Island Park, located at 10840 Pine Island Drive near Bayport, will be closed on Thursday, September 7 until further notice due to potential flooding.
Residents should closely monitor the progress of this system through local media outlets.
Check emergency supply kits, and ensure plans and preparations to secure personal property are complete.
Stay tuned as more information becomes available. Go to the Emergency Operations Center website at http://www.hernandocounty.us/em/ for all storm-related notices.
HERNANDO – If you’ve lived in Florida long enough then you know it’s better to prepare for the worst and hope for the best when a major hurricane is bearing down on our state. That’s exactly what Gov. Rick Scott Tweeted yesterday, when he declared a state of emergency for all 67 Florida Counties, as Hurricane Irma appears to be headed our way.
In recent months, the Board of County Commissioners has taken charge of Emergency Management Operations, formerly controlled by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
For updates and information on any natural or man-made disasters, residents of Hernando County access information by calling (352) 754-4083 or following the Emergency Management website at http://www.hernandocounty.us/em/
At this time there are is no posted information regarding Hurricane Irma but the website does provide a list of shelters, escape routes, and flood zones.
Water and other basic provisions are already disappearing of grocery store shelves in our area, even though the storm is still over 1500 miles away from our area.
Weather experts say the storm could be a Category 4 by the time it slams into south Florida or the Florida Keys. From there, experts are still trying to determine exactly which way the story could go and a lot of factors will play a part in which way it will shift.
As of the latest update by the National Weather Service, Irma is a Cat 5 Hurricane, packing sustained winds of 180 mph, with gusts of over 200 mph, and it is headed west at 14 mph towards the Leeward Islands.
Most experts expect the storm to eventually effect Florida but it’s still unclear if the storm will enter the Gulf of Mexico and skirt the west coast or remain in the Atlantic.
RNRF has reached out to all local emergency officials but we have yet to receive a response.
RNRF will bring more updates in the coming days and we will cover any storm related incidents that occur in our viewing area.
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