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Sandbags, Water Shortage, Long Gas Lines, Local Residents Prepare for the Worst

UPDATE: 5:28 P.M. – All PHSC campuses will remain open today, Wednesday, September 6 and classes will be held this evening. However, due to inclement weather conditions and potential flooding concerns that may result from hurricane Irma, all PHSC campuses will be closed on Thursday, September 7 and Friday, September 8. Normal operations are expected to resume on Monday, September 11. Please monitor the PHSC homepage at for updates.

REGIONAL – Here is the latest information we have on emergency operations throughout our viewing area.

According to Hernando County Officials:

Hernando County sandbag distribution sites can be found at Fire Station 2, 3445 Bob Hartung Court in Spring Hill and will be stocked today by 3:00 p.m. Hernando County Department of Public Works, 1525 East Jefferson Street, Brooksville. Hernando County Fire Rescue Station 1, 1479 Parker Avenue in Spring Hill. Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Boulevard in Dade City.

The County is monitoring and replenishing sandbag supplies as needed.

Go to the Emergency Operations Center website at for all storm-related notices.

Pasco County, all schools and offices will be closed Friday, Sept. 8. All sports and extracurricular activities have also been canceled through the weekend.Pasco Officials have also received complaints of price gouging and are actively investigating each complaint. Officials have provided the following contact information to report consumer complaints. 727-847-8102 or 1-866-9NO-SCAM.

Click the following link for Pasco County Emergency Management:

Citrus County has not made a decision on school closings at this time. Follow this link for their Emergency Management website:

The latest information provided by the National Hurricane Center confirms that Irma is still a Category 5 storm, packing winds of over 185 mph. Some models still show Irma possibly impacting our viewing area sometime by Saturday or Sunday, and experts believe it could still be a powerful Category 3 storm at that time.

We will continue to bring updates as they develop.

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  • I also think it is TOTALLY STUPID to close schools when the storm isn’t going to be in Florida until Saturday. As a born and raised Floridian I went to school unless the hurricane was almost on top of us. These kids should be in school LEARNING, not out riding bikes, playing with friends and getting into trouble. Hernando county is not doing kids a favor – they aren’t the ones “preparing for the storm”.

    Thursday, 7 September 2017, 1:15 pm
    • Their teachers and administrators do need to prepare their homes for the storm. Some of our schools are also hurricane shelters and people need time to get them ready. Especially Parrott which is an animal shelter. So watch your own kid for a few days and get off your high horse. Try teaching them how to prepare for a storm by teaching them how to swing a hammer or cut plywood.

      Thursday, 7 September 2017, 7:58 pm
  • Don’t understand the panic! Not even gonna hit us. Wtf is with theses morons getting gas? What u gonna do? Drive around.
    On top of that, closing schools? For what, heavy rain? Pretty sad, now kids will b home alone in a storm, smart. N for no reason, except politics

    Thursday, 7 September 2017, 2:21 am
  • Hi Tom!!! When are you making your decision to stay/evacuate??? BTW…You do a fantastic job reporting news for our area!!!! Keep doing what you are doing but most of all, STAY SAFE!!!

    Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 4:43 pm
  • Tom, what about Hernando schools? Are they still closed tomorrow and thurs?

    Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 2:33 pm
      • Your previous report is old news. Amber is wondering if the schools are “STILL” to be closed . . . is how I’m reading her post.

        Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 4:54 pm

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