Latest on Tropical Storm Hermine, Widespread Flooding Expected
REGIONAL – As Tropical Storm Hermine approaches our coastline, emergency management officials are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.
According to the latest information provided by Hernando County Officials, a Tropical Storm Warning, Hurricane Watch, and Flood Watch are currently in effect.
Here is the latest statement provided by Hernando County Officials:
- Tropical Storm Hermine continues to move toward the Florida peninsula. This system is currently moving north-northeast at 12 mph. Maximum sustained winds are 60 mph.
- The most significant impacts from Hermine are expected to occur this evening and last through the overnight hours into Friday morning.
- Hernando County is under a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch. A tropical storm warning means sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph are expected due to a tropical storm within 36 hours. A hurricane watch is also in effect for Hernando County. A hurricane watch is issued when sustained winds of 74 mph or higher associated with a hurricane are possible within 48 hours.
- If you live on or near the coast, you will see flooding this evening and overnight. Residents in extreme low lying areas should consider evacuating to higher ground ahead of the storm. Significant rainfall and storm surge inundation are expected.
- High tide is scheduled to occur at 2:45 p.m. today, 3:19 a.m. Friday morning, and 3:21 p.m. Friday afternoon. The most significant of these will occur on Friday morning, with storm surge of 3 to 5 feet above high tide. Parts of Aripeka, Bayport, Hernando Beach, and Pine Island will experience flooding.
- Rainfall of 6 to 10 inches could produce flooding conditions, especially on roadways in other parts of the county.
- Sustained winds of 25 mph are expected, with wind gusts to 45 mph in rain bands. Secure personal property at this time.
- There is also increased potential for tornadoes today. Stay tuned to local media for the latest weather information. Be prepared to seek safe shelter.
- Report storm damage to Hernando County Emergency Management at (352) 754-4083.
- As weather conditions allow, 3 self-serve sandbag distribution sites are open at the following locations. Sand and sandbags will be available until 7 p.m. Bring your own shovel.
Hernando County Department of Public Works
1525 East Jefferson Street
Brooksville, FL 34601
Hernando County Fire Rescue Station 1
1479 Parker Avenue
Spring Hill, FL 34606
Hernando Beach Water Tower
4500 Shoal Line Boulevard
Hernando Beach, FL 34607
- The Hernando County School District has announced that schools are closed on Thursday, September 1, 2016, and will be open on Friday, September 2, 2016.
- Hernando County Emergency Management will continue to monitor the situation. Government leaders are continually assessing current and forecasted conditions to determine the need for additional emergency protective measures.
- Hernando County Government is open today. The Emergency Operations Center is not activated at this time. Shelters are not open at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Citrus County Correspondent Brianna Woodbury toured effected areas along Citrus Springs last night and says flooding that took place along the coast has since subsided.
Woodbury will continue to bring more from Citrus County as the storm makes its way across the Big Bend area.
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