Hernando County Hurricane Update


Any new information that’s been added is in red.

Latest Update: 9/11/17 @ 11:03 a.m.

  • A boil water notice is in effect for the entire area east of I-75 due to a water main break from a down tree. An announcement will be posted when the boil water notice is rescinded.
  • A boil water notice is in effect for the entire City of Brooksville.
  • Roadways remain very dangerous at this time and residents are being asked not to venture out until given the all clear.
  • 54% of Hernando County is without power. WREC is advising they expect it to take 7-10 days to restore power to most accounts.
  • Judge Merritt Jr. has cancelled all courts and the 5th Circuit Judiciary will be CLOSED Tuesday, September 12th
  • The Tuesday, September 12, 2017, Board of County Commission (BOCC) regular meeting and budget hearing will be rescheduled for Tuesday, September 19, 2017. The regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. and the budget hearing time will be announced. BOCC employees must still report to work unless otherwise notified.
  • Nature Coast Technical High School is at capacity and CLOSED as of 9/9/17 @ 4:00 p.m. We will update as soon as know where the next pet friendly shelter will be located. 
  • D.S. Parrott Middle School is at capacity and CLOSED! 
  • Evacuations due to Hurricane Irma have been expanded to ALL AREAS west of US19 in Hernando County.
  • First responders will not respond to calls as soon as winds reach 50 mph or if other extreme dangerous conditions exist
  • All county parks are closed
  • All county offices closed Monday Sept. 11, including libraries (late fees are being waived during this time)
  • No garbage service Monday. No landfill, recycling or trash pick-up
  • Hernando County Sandbag sites closed at 6pm on Friday 9/8/17.

Preparedness and safety precautions:

  • Remember to fill up bathtubs before power goes out as a means of a water reserve: to drink, flush toilets, etc.
  • If you have a pool, use pool water first to flush toilets
  • Have flashlight, batteries, and documents on hand
  • Back-up computer on external hard drives to secure personal records
  • Only run generators outside. Exhaust from generators create carbon monoxide which is lethal
  • Do not use charcoal or gas grill under patio covers or inside garages
  • Do not use candles for indoor lighting
  • Do not run vehicles in the garage to generate power

Shelters are open at the following locations:

  • West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville, 34613, OPEN as a pet friendly shelter. Please see below for additional info/tips for bringing a pet to the shelter. 
  • Explorer K-8, 10252 Northcliff Blvd., Spring Hill, 34608, is open to general population.
  • Nature Coast Technical High School at 4057 California St., Spring Hill, FL 34604 is AT CAPACITY FOR PETS but still accepting general population. 
  • Challenger K-8, 13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill, 34609, is at capacity for general public as of 7 p.m. Sept. 9. They are accepting special needs only. Call the special needs registry at (352) 754-4083 to request transportation if needed. Please note that the special needs shelter at Challenger K-8 does not accept pets unless they are certified service animals. If you are evacuating to the special needs shelter and have a pet(s), Hernando County Animal Control will transport your pet(s) to Hernando County Animal Services. Please call (352) 754-6830 to arrange transportation of your pet(s).
  • Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville, 34601, – AT CAPACITY AND CLOSED AS OF 9/9/17 @ 8:00 p.m. 
  • D.S. Parrott Middle School at 19220 Youth Dr., Brooksville, FL 34601 – AT CAPACITY AND CLOSED AS OF 9/9/17 @ 10:00 a.m. 

Shelter Tips and Info:

  • Bring identification.
  • Eat prior to arrival.
  • Bring air mattress or sleeping bag, cots will not be provided.
  • Bring medicines, blanket/sheet, snacks, water and personal hygiene products.
  •  Make every effort to carpool due to limited parking at schools.

Pet friendly shelter info: 

  • You must bring your own crates and carriers. 
  • You must remain at the shelter with your pet. This is not a “drop and go” shelter. 
  • Proof of vaccines is preferred but you will not be turned away without it. 
  • You will stay in separate room than your pets
  • There is not an established limit as to how many pets you can bring at this time.
  • Don’t forget to bring a leash and food! 

Recommended disaster supply kit for pets:

  • Proper identification
  • Immunization records
  • County license rabies tag
  • Food and water
  • A carrier or portable kennel
  • Medications
  • Muzzle, collar, and leash
  • Manual can opener
  • Current photo of pet
  • Feeding and water bowls
  • Favorite toys and blanket
  • Cat litter/pan and scoop
  • Grooming items
  • Plastic bags to handle waste


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