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Tropical Storm-Hurricane Idalia Update for Hernando County

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on August 28, 2023

A hurricane warning has been issued for Florida’s Nature Coast.

Tropical Storm Idalia is forecast to become a CAT 3 Hurricane with 115 mph sustained winds in the Nature Coast. Expect landfall late Tuesday Night or Wednesday between the Big Bend Area of Florida and Tampa Bay.

  • Potential Coastal Storm Surge: The highest of the surge will be around the time of high tide(s) Wednesday.
  • Must wait until winds become onshore as the storm passes.
    • Levy/Citrus Counties: 7-11 feet AGL (potential for 5 ft higher than 2016 Hermine’s surge)
    • Hernando/Pasco Counties: 6 to 9 feet AGL
    • Tampa Bay Area: 4 to 7 feet AGL
  • Expect heavy rain and areas of saltwater flooding along the coast on Tuesday and Wednesday, especially at times of high tide. The impact will be isolated inland south of Interstate 4. Expect rain of 6-10” with isolated higher amounts along the coast and north of I-4.
  • The tornado threat has increased Tuesday from Tampa Bay northward.
    • Residents should closely monitor the progress of this system through local media outlets.
  • Update and review family emergency plans and preparations.
    • Check emergency supply kits.

Hernando County Government Offices and Services Closures

Hernando County Government: Hernando County Government offices, Animal Services, and Library Services will be closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Government offices will be closed on Labor Day on Monday, September 4, 2023.

Solid Waste and Recycling Only the mainfill will be open Monday, August 28. The convenience centers will be closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Republic Services Republic Services is operating regular garbage pickup on Monday, August 28. Republic Services will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Transit Services (TheBus) TheBus is running regular service today and tomorrow, or until winds reach 40 mph (sustained). At that time all Transit Service will end. Tentatively, transit services may be suspended on Wednesday. Thursday, August 31, 2023, we will resume transit services (weather permitting) Click here for Bus Routes

Evacuation Orders

Voluntary Evacuations have been issued for all areas west of US 19, which includes evacuation zones A, B, and C. All residents living in coastal and low-lying areas, as well as manufactured homes county-wide, are included. Residents are advised to seek safe shelter with family or friends who reside in a safe structure.

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Shelters to open at Noon on Monday, August 28

Hernando County Emergency Management has opened 4 evacuation shelters that will open today at 12 p.m. West Hernando Middle School D.S. Parrott Middle School Nature Coast High School Hernando High School Please stay informed by monitoring our social media outlets and check for other updates at

Sandbag Locations Now Open in Hernando County

Sand and sandbags are available at Linda Pedersen Park, Anderson Snow Park, Ridge Manor Community Center, and the City of Brooksville Department of Public Works. These self-serve sandbag sites will remain open until 5 pm today and close Tuesday, August 29 at Noon, or if weather conditions begin to deteriorate. Please bring your own shovel.

hernando county sandbag stations open

Tips on how to properly fill and stack your sandbags Fill bags one-half to two-thirds of the way full Over-filled bags will result in a leaky sandbag wall Stack sandbags so that the seams between the bags are staggered Tuck the top of each bag under to ensure that that bag is sealed by its own weight

Stay Connected with Hernando County Emergency Management

Hernando County Government’s Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor and inform our community about storm impacts. Visit the following web and social media sites for more information.



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