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Debby brings state of emergency to Pasco County

Times staff

Pasco County commissioners issued a local state of emergency for the county.

Public schools and the courts remain open. The Pasco Emergency Operations Center is providing services. Residents in need of assistance should call the information center at (727) 847-8959.

Officials encouraged residents to stay at home and not venture out. The county is under a tornado watch until 2 p.m. and weather officials continue to predict rainfall amounts near 5 to 6 inches over the next five days as Tropical Storm Debby is still in the Gulf of Mexico.

Some major roads are flooded. The county opened the Fasano Hurricane Shelter, 11611 Denton Avenue, Hudson, for those who wish to evacuate due to flooding.

Sand and sandbags are available at:

• West Pasco Government Center, 7536 State St., New Port Richey

• 7918 Rhodes Road, Hudson, Fire Station No. 10

• 2952 Seven Springs Road, New Port Richey, Fire Station No. 17

• 6907 Dairy Road, Zephyrhills, Fire Station No.1