Mandatory Evacuation Underway in Hernando County, Shelters to Open Soon
BROOKSVILLE – Hernando County Emergency Management Officials met with reporters this morning to bring the latest information on Hurricane Irma.
According to officials, the Hernando County Executive Policy Group issued a mandatory evacuation order for coastal zones A and B, and mobile homes countywide. Shelters will open at 2 p.m. today for residents in these zones. Go to http://hernandocounty.us/em/documents/maps/8-evacuation-zones-and-routes/file to find the location of your zone.
There are unconfirmed predictions that up to 3 to 6 feet of storm surge could be expected along Hernando County coastline on Sunday and Monday. Emergency Management Director Cecilia Patella says that during Hurricane Hermine, Hernando only saw a maximum of 5’ of surge. In addition to the expected storm surge, weather experts say our area could experience hurricane force winds, between 80 and 90 mph.
Patella says, “Residents should first attempt to find shelter with nearby relatives, friends and neighbors.” Patella further stated, “If that is not an option, citizens may evacuate directly to a shelter.”
Chief Kevin Carroll says emergency responses by Fire Rescue will cease once winds exceed 50 mph.
Sheriff Nienhuis says responses will be discretionary after winds reach dangerous levels.
Here are a list of available shelters:
* Challenger K-8 School of Sciences and Mathematics
13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34609, Google map
Designated special needs shelter
* D.S. Parrott Middle School
19220 Youth Dr., Brooksville, FL 34601, Google map
Designated pet-friendly shelter
* Explorer K-8
10252 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, 34608, Google map
* Hernando High School
700 Bell Ave., Brooksville, 34601, Brooksville, FL 34601, Google map
* Nature Coast Technical High School
4057 California St., Spring Hill, FL 34604, Google map
Tips for shelter residents
* Bring identification.
* Eat prior to arrival. The first meal will be dinner.
* Bring air mattress or sleeping bag, cots will not be provided.
* Bring medicines, blanket/sheet, snacks, water and personal hygiene products.
* Call the special needs registry at (352) 754-4083 to request transportation
* Make every effort to carpool due to limited parking at schools.
Here are a list of important websites for Hernando County residents to monitor.
* For the latest local conditions go to www.HernandoCounty.us/em
* Sign up to receive weather alerts at www.AlertHernando.org
* Follow us on Facebook @HernandoCoGov
* Follow us on Twitter @HernandoCoGov
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