Irma Strengthens to Cat 4, Up to 9′ Storm Surge Expected in Hernando County
HERNANDO – Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a Category 4 storm and is making its way north-northwest at about 9 mph, after crossing Key West earlier this morning. The exact track is still uncertain but Hernando County will most likely experience the effects of a category 3 hurricane, with storm surge up to 9’ along the coastline, and winds in excess of 100 mph.
Emergency Management Director Cecilia Patella said during a 10:00 am briefing that their phone lines are extremely busy and to keep trying if you can’t get through. Patella urged those who are inside a local shelter to help out with volunteers and “pull together as a team.”
The latest shelter information is as follows:
Explorer K-8 is open to general population only.
Challenger K-8 is open to special needs only.
West Hernando Middle School is open to general population and some pets but they are running short on space.
Nature Coast Technical High School is open to general population but can no longer accept pets.
Emergency Officials offered a final plea to residents reluctant to leave evacuation zones, west of US-19. HCFR Chief Scott Heckler reiterated that they will not respond to calls once winds reach 40 to 50 mph.
The non-emergency line to law enforcement is 352-754-6830. For life-threatening emergencies only, call 911.
For information on Emergency Management Operations call 352-754-4083.
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