Tropical Depression #16 has formed off the eastern coast of Nicaragua. This system is currently moving northwest at 7 mph, and has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. Additional strengthening is expected, and the system is expected to reach hurricane strength (74 mph or greater) prior to making landfall around the Florida Panhandle by Sunday. However, it is important to note that Hernando County currently lies along the eastern edge of the 5-day forecast track.
- Tropical storm force winds are possible in our area early as Saturday morning.
- The potential for storm surge in our area is between 1 to 3 feet.
- Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is expected, especially on the western side of the county.
- Coastal residents should closely monitor the progress of this system through local media outlets, the National Weather Service at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tbw/ or the National Hurricane Center at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
- Check emergency supply kits. For more information on stocking your emergency supply kit, visit http://www.hernandocounty.us/em/hurricane-checklists
- Secure personal property. Bring items inside or tie down loose items from yards
- Relocate to higher ground if you feel unsafe; flood waters will be capable of ponding on roadways
- Mariners should expect to see small craft advisories over the weekend
- Tide prediction data is available at: