20 N. Main Street
Brooksville, Florida 34601
Phone (352) 540-6426
Fax (352) 754-4477
Public Information Coordinator
20 N. Main St.
Brooksville, FL 34601
Office (352) 540-6426
Cell (352) 277-1069
The Public Information Office uses a multimedia approach to provide accurate, relevant and timely information to the public about Hernando County events, news, programs and services. If threatening weather situations and other types of public emergencies arise, the Public Information Office works together with the appropriate agencies to ensure that accurate and timely information is provided via our website, social media, Spectrum channel 644 and news media.
EOC Alert #5 - Hurricane Dorian
In an abundance of caution, PROCLAMATION NO. 2019-01, Declaration of State of Local Emergency, has been enacted by the Hernando County Executive Policy Group. This will enable Hernando County to implement emergency protective measures and mobilize resources to support response and recovery efforts.
Hurricane Dorian is forecast to be a Major Category 4 (or higher) Hurricane with winds over 130 mph as it approaches the east coast of Florida on Sunday. Dorian is forecasted to turn northward but the timing of that turn is uncertain. Expect strong tropical storm or hurricane force winds to affect Hernando County as early as Sunday night or Monday morning through Wednesday night. Dorian is expected to slow down as it approaches Florida and continue slow forward speed over the next several days.
Potential storm surge 3 to 8 feet above high tide may occur anytime between Tuesday and Thursday. Heavy rainfall of 3 to 8 inches (10 inches isolated) is forecast across the Florida Peninsula Monday through Wednesday. Saturated ground and heavy rain may lead to significant overland and river flooding Monday through next week with the possibility of rivers rising to moderate/major flood stage. Dangerous marine conditions and a high risk of rip currents are expected for next week, even after the storm moves out of the area. There are no watches or warnings in effect at this time. Hernando County Emergency Management is continuously monitoring and evaluating the progress of Dorian. More information for Hernando County residents will be released as it becomes available. Residents are reminded to monitor Hernando County Government for latest information.
Damaging winds, flash flooding, river flooding, storm surge and isolated tornadoes are all possible this weekend statewide. Confidence has increased in the intensity forecast this weekend, but the exact track remains uncertain. All locations in Florida should continue to monitor Dorian for possible impacts over the Labor Day Weekend.
In preparation for potential heavy rains, a limited supply of sand and sandbags will be available starting today, Friday, August 30 from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations. Sandbag sites are self-serve only, please bring your own shovel. Limit 15 sandbags per vehicle.
Anderson Snow Park (Sand for public use available ONLY in rear of park. NOT front parking area)
1360 Anderson Snow Road
Spring Hill, FL 34609
Linda Pedersen Park
6300 Shoal Line Boulevard
Spring Hill, FL 34607
Ridge Manor Community Center
34240 Cortez Boulevard
Ridge Manor, FL 33523
- Register to receive weather alerts at www.AlertHernando.org
- Residents should review emergency plans and refresh emergency supply kits. For more information, visit www.HernandoCounty.us/EM
- Residents living in low lying, flood prone areas are urged to closely monitor and take precautions as needed to protect life and property. Be prepared to evacuate to higher ground if necessary.
- Do not drive through standing water. Turn around, don’t drown.
- Mariners should note the potential for hazardous boating conditions in the Gulf of Mexico next week and monitor alerts from the National Weather Service.
- Monitor river gauges at http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=tbw
- Monitor National Hurricane Center at www.nhc.noaa.gov
- Monitor National Weather Service at www.Weather.gov/TBW
- Monitor the Hernando County Government Facebook @HernandoCoGov and www.HernandoCounty.us/EM for latest information.