Hernando County Emergency Alert
Hurricane Ian is currently a Category 1 with 80 mph maximum wind speed, and is 510 miles south of Fort Myers moving Northwest at 13 mph. The earliest arrival for the Nature Coast area is Tuesday evening.
The angle of the storm’s approach could mean a larger storm surge threat area along the west coast of Florida. Only a small area will get the worst of the surge with the eyewall, but everyone must prepare for this possibility.
Widespread heavy rain will lead to overland flooding with water possibly lingering for days. Some rivers may reach moderate or major flood stage by next weekend.
This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow). The orange circle indicates the current position of the center of the tropical cyclone.
The black line, when selected, and dots show the National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast track of the center at the times indicated. The dot indicating the forecast center location will be black if the cyclone is forecast to be tropical and will be white with a black outline if the cyclone is forecast to be extratropical. If only an L is displayed, then the system is forecast to be a remnant low.
The letter inside the dot indicates the NHC’s forecast intensity for that time:
- D: Tropical Depression – wind speed less than 39 MPH
- S: Tropical Storm – wind speed between 39 MPH and 73 MPH
- H: Hurricane – wind speed between 74 MPH and 110 MPH
- M: Major Hurricane – wind speed greater than 110 MPH
Hernando County Emergency Alert
Impacts of Hurricane Ian
• The Withlacoochee River is in action stage. Residents in this area should continue to monitor for updates and be prepared to seek higher ground if needed.
• Possible wind speeds of 39+ mph
• Storm Surge possibility at 10-15 feet
• Rain possible forecast for 7” – 10”
Evacuation Orders and Public Shelter 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 that reside in a safe structure.
If this is not a possibility, a public shelter will open at 9 a.m. on Tuesday September 27, 2022 at the
below addresses for residents in these areas:
- Challenger K-8 – Special Needs 13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34609
- The Mining Association Enrichment Center – General Population and Pet Friendly – 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34601
- Explorer K-8 – General Population and Pet Friendly 10252 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34608
Clear debris from yard and surrounding your home, bring in outside furniture, and
take precautions for high winds.
Self-serve sandbag sites are open. A limited supply of sand and sandbags will be at the
following locations. Please bring your own shovel.
- Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34609
- Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Rd., Spring Hill, FL 34609
Take this opportunity to refresh your emergency supply kit. For more information,
Register for automated severe weather notifications at http://www.AlertHernando.org
PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTER: (352) 754-4083 or (352) 754-4111 (Recorded)