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EOC Alert 1 - Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 (UPDATED 5 p.m.)

UPDATED 5 p.m. 10/17/2019 - Hernando Count is not under a Storrm Surge Watch

Post Date:10/17/2019 6:00 PM


As of the 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Hernando County is now under a Storm Surge Warning. Coastal residents are reminded to monitor local news media for the latest information.


Potential Tropical Cyclone (PTC) 16 has developed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. This system is expected to move quickly to the northeast, with primary impacts occurring Friday night and throughout the day on Saturday. Hernando County is currently under a Storm Surge Watch. Possible impacts in our area include:

  • Coastal areas could experience minor to moderate surge flooding of 2 to 4 feet above ground level.
  • Wind gusts to tropical storm force (> 39 mph), mostly within rain bands.
  • Widespread rainfall between 2 to 4 inches. Isolated areas may see up to 5 inches of rain.
  • Increased potential for tornadoes.

Graphic displaying areas currently under a storm surge watch, including coastal Hernando County. Flooding of 2 to 4 feet above ground level is possible along the coast.


  • Residents living in coastal areas are urged to closely monitor local news media and take precautions as needed to protect life and property. Be prepared to move to higher ground if necessary.
  • Continue to monitor for possible changes in forward speed, track and intensity.
  • Do not drive through standing water. Turn around, don’t drown.
  • Take this opportunity to refresh your emergency supply kit. For more information, visit        

PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTER (PIC): (352) 754-4083 or (352) 754-4111 (Recorded)

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