Residents Reluctant to Evacuate Despite Irma’s Westward Trend
HERNANDO – Although a mandatory evacuation is in effect for residents west of US-19, some residents have decided to ride out the storm inside their own homes, despite growing concerns that Hurricane Irma could be drifting closer to the west coast.
RNRF visited the Explorer K-8 shelter on Northcliffe Blvd this evening and only found that a handful of residents had decided to seek refuge. We are still about 48-hours away from Irma’s impact on Hernando County but there doesn’t seem to be a sense of urgency or concern by most evacuees.
Sheriff’s Deputies have set up road blocks at entrances to the Hernando County coastline and are only allowing residents to enter at this time. Deputies are asking residents to have proof of residency ready before approaching check points to help ease traffic delays.
Officials want to remind residents who remain behind that emergency responses will cease once wind speeds reach 50 mph.
Although residents who have been ordered to evacuate do have the right to carry a concealed weapon without a license, the window of license free carry is only 48-hours, and officials will not allow firearms inside Hernando County School shelters.
Please follow this link for more information on shelter locations and evacuation zones: http://hernandocounty.us/em/
For Emergency Management information in Pasco County, please follow this link: http://www.pascocountyfl.net/Index.aspx?NID=365
For Emergency Management information in Citrus County, please follow this link: http://www.sheriffcitrus.org/emergency-management.php
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