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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 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

*    Sign up to receive weather alerts at

*    Follow us on Facebook @HernandoCoGov

*    Follow us on Twitter @HernandoCoGov

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  • When will Weeki Wachee k-8 be open!!!?????

    Saturday, 9 September 2017, 10:18 pm
  • Is parrot school a shelter for pets and people? Need to clarify. Thanks.

    Saturday, 9 September 2017, 8:57 am
  • i’m still looking for a map that shows alpha zones?

    Saturday, 9 September 2017, 4:07 am
    • Joe wouldn’t that be great!! Can’t find one, Sure not very organized. I amy secured and prepared for the worst, but praying for the best for all.

      Saturday, 9 September 2017, 5:30 pm
    • 19 is about zone C. Google Hernando hurricane zone and you
      Can find a map

      Saturday, 9 September 2017, 11:34 pm
  • Where is a shelter that we can take our small furbabies with us? In hernando vounty spring hill.

    Saturday, 9 September 2017, 1:49 am
  • Does anyone know if I live in royal highland and have storm shutters up, should my family evacuate I live in a single dwelling in a block home

    Saturday, 9 September 2017, 1:19 am
  • The difference in comparing the no name storm to this is the ground was absorbing water back then. If everybodys been paying attension to the trenching along us19 for the last couple years. Were washing the water out to sea now. Changes the game, i hope it doesn’t rain like it did in Houston cause if it does i think i know whats gonna happen

    Friday, 8 September 2017, 9:26 pm
  • Ye your website rocks!

    Friday, 8 September 2017, 8:34 pm
  • Really appreciate everything you do so glad it I get rnrf keep up the good work

    Friday, 8 September 2017, 7:28 pm
  • So where is a and b. I see no map of evac areas in hernando. Info has been really bad here in this county. dont tell me its that 2008 map that you cant see.

    Friday, 8 September 2017, 5:47 pm
  • Hernando Beach had a storm serge of 16′ during the no name storm in 1993. I’m sure all the residents along the shoreline here in Hernando County to the east of Shoal Line Blvd. will be fine.

    Friday, 8 September 2017, 5:23 pm
  • Tom we have family in west palm beach who want us to come there as Irma seems to be tracking west. Is this a good idea? Heard traffic on highways being diverted north. We do not live in the two announced evacuation zones . but we do not have hurricane shutters.

    Friday, 8 September 2017, 4:50 pm
  • Mr.Lemmons…
    I would like to Thank You for all the effort you put into keeping the Citizens of Hernando County informed. Without you most of the County would be in the dark.You do a great job and brush off verbal attacks. Again …..
    Thank You!
    P.S. Have you ever thought of running for office????

    Friday, 8 September 2017, 12:41 pm
      • DON’T even think about it. We need you. thanks for what you do.

        Friday, 8 September 2017, 3:57 pm
          • Where is “a” and “b” zones ? Thanks

            Saturday, 9 September 2017, 6:40 am

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