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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.

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  • Be nice to know WHAT ZONES ARE WHAT, I talked to secretary at commissioners office, yesterday and gave her my sddresd, she said I was purple, very nice lady, not her fault.!! So is anybody knows what purple means, feel free to tell me. Thanks, GOD be with EVERYONE.

    Saturday, 9 September 2017, 3:44 pm
    • Purple is E. They only evacuated A and B for now. Good luck and god bless.

      Saturday, 9 September 2017, 7:19 pm
  • Maybe they did what was told..go to a friend or relative first

    Saturday, 9 September 2017, 11:49 am
    • I didn’t really expect a civil answer from some, like u Dan. That’s ok, I never said there was anything wrong with the lady, obviously you don’t know the answer, or just dont care sbout your felliw human beings.
      Know you can’t be from Texas, where everyone worked together in Hurricane Hsrvey. . Have a nice day

      Saturday, 9 September 2017, 5:20 pm
  • Look at the pics, your choice of mat, it’s yours for 30 hours. Hey where is my cooler?…No shelters are good, but anything more than 4 hours ahead can be very rough when you don’t even have a decent chair

    Saturday, 9 September 2017, 10:23 am
  • Way too early, sitting in a shelter is pure torture. Nothing to do, all the comforts of home just miles away. The storm is 30 + hours away. No wonder the shelters are empty. For many, the shelter is a 10 minute trip, and likely a mass entry will occur when the storm is moving somewhat up the peninsula.

    Saturday, 9 September 2017, 9:59 am
  • Anyone know if the Spring Hill dump will be open Saturday?

    Friday, 8 September 2017, 11:45 pm
  • Hi Tom, I was wondering if you could tell me what zone we are in. Ardenwood Drive. Between Linden & Spring Hill. I can’t find it…

    Friday, 8 September 2017, 11:36 pm
    • You’re in zone e is you’re on the east side of 19

      Saturday, 9 September 2017, 2:45 pm
      • Thank you….

        Saturday, 9 September 2017, 4:13 pm
      • Thank you Anon, Be safe everyone

        Sunday, 10 September 2017, 6:43 am
  • I hope that any residents who live West of US 19 and those that live in Mobile Home Parks don’t wait too long to evacuate. People have to realize that all of the public servants are not going to risk their own lives by going to aid people who have not evacuated and they shouldn’t expect to get help at the last minute or once the storm has arrived. I understand that people do not want to leave their homes but I think this could be a life or death situation so they should reconsider.

    Friday, 8 September 2017, 10:29 pm
  • Some might just be waiting to go until Saturday as they have things to put away around their homes still.

    Friday, 8 September 2017, 9:35 pm
  • If you are in a zone c or d, but west of 19 do you still have to evacuate? Doesn’t seem to make sense if the order is only for zones a & b.

    Friday, 8 September 2017, 9:04 pm

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