No More Advisories But Remnants of Erika Could Impact the Area
HERNANDO – The last advisory issued by the National Weather Service shows that Tropical Storm Erika has dissipated and is now just a system of rain, but that hasn’t eased the concerns of County Emergency Officials.
Although the threat of strong winds and storm surge no longer exists, Officials say they will continue to monitor the remnants of Erika as it passes over our area in the coming days.
Since the ground is already saturated localized flooding inland and in low lying areas is possible, say officials. High tides could cause some flooding along the coast when the front moves through around Monday or Tuesday.
As of 3:30 PM today, Hernando County will temporarily open self-serve sandbag distribution sites at the following locations: Community Center of Ridge Manor, 34240 Cortez Blvd, Ridge Manor and HC Department of Public Works, 1525 East Jefferson Street, Brooksville.
There will be limited quantities available per household. Residents will need to bring a shovel to fill their own sandbags. This service is being offered as a precautionary measure in an effort to assist residents with their preparedness actions due to the lack of commercially available sandbags in the immediate vicinity.
Officials suggest the following taking the following steps in preparation for the storm:
- Residents are urged to actively monitor their favorite news station or the National Weather Service at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tbw/ for the latest weather updates.
- Residents should review their personal preparedness plans, check emergency supply kits and replenish items as needed.
- Government / Businesses / Healthcare Facilities:
- Review emergency plans, staffing availability, site preparation
- Check and replenish emergency supplies as needed
- Review and update contact lists
- Preparedness information is posted on the Hernando County Emergency Management website: http://www.hernandosheriff.org/em/
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