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Latest on Hurricane Dorian preparations for Hernando County

The storm is days away from landfall. Here’s what’s happening in Hernando County.
The water shelves were empty Friday at the Walmart on Broad Street in Brooksville, but the store was not out of water. Instead, bottles were kept in the back, and employees would bring water out, limiting it to one gallon per customer.
The water shelves were empty Friday at the Walmart on Broad Street in Brooksville, but the store was not out of water. Instead, bottles were kept in the back, and employees would bring water out, limiting it to one gallon per customer. [ PHYLLIS DAY | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Aug. 30, 2019
Updated Aug. 30, 2019

The Hernando County School District announced Friday afternoon that it will close all schools and district offices on Tuesday in advance of Hurricane Dorian’s approach.

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Hernando County also declared a local state of emergency Friday morning. It was enacted by the Hernando County Executive Policy Group. It will enable the county to implement emergency protective measures and mobilize resources for response and recovery efforts. The City of Brooksville also declared a state of local emergency during an emergency special meeting Friday.

Soils in Pasco and Hernando counties are saturated, which increases the risk of flooding along low-lying areas and near river systems, Southwest Florida Water Management District spokeswoman Susanna Martinez Tarokh wrote in an email.

Central Florida river systems are all showing above-normal flow for this time of the year, so significant regional rainfall would cause many of the river systems in the area to rise to a moderate to major flood stage.

On Thursday, places along the Withlacoochee River and Cypress Creek were at an “Action” stage, which means they are just below flood stage and are most susceptible to additional rainfall, Tarokh said.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District raised its activation level of its Emergency Operations Center to Level 2 by Friday, Tarokh said. This level is used when a weather situation has reached a point that the district may be adversely affected.

The district Emergency Operations Center will mobilize staffers, monitor water levels and operate control structures.

HERNANDO COUNTY CLOSURES

  • All five Pasco-Hernando State College campuses will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, the college said. They are scheduled to reopen Thursday. Saturday classes are expected to run as scheduled.
  • The Hernando County School District will close all schools and district offices on Tuesday. The school district will provide further updates as the effect of Hurricane Dorian is better known.

SANDBAG LOCATIONS

  • Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill
  • Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Boulevard, Spring Hill
  • Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor

Interactive sandbag location map

Tips for making a sandbag


Additional Information for Hernando County:

2019 Tampa Bay Times Hurricane Guide

HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE: Get ready and stay informed at tampabay.com/hurricane

PREPARE YOUR STUFF: Get your documents and your data ready for a storm

BUILD YOUR KIT: The stuff you’ll need to stay safe — and comfortable — for the storm

PROTECT YOUR PETS: Your pets can’t get ready for a storm. That’s your job

NEED TO KNOW: Click here to find your evacuation zone and shelter

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If we’re missing any information or if you have any questions, contact staff writer Paige Fry at pfry@tamapbay.com.