Irma

Major blueberry grower wiped out by Irma; help them replant

(STAFF)

Hurricane Irma downed approximately 100,000 blueberry bushes at Frogmore Fresh Farm, a 125-acre blueberry farm in Pasco County. If these plants are not re-staked and reestablished, they will die, a significant loss for the grower and the Florida blueberry industry. Searching for a solution, Whitney Elmore, UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County director, worked through the UF/IFAS network to recruit volunteers to come to the farm and help save the plants.

Voluntary evacuation order in effect for Withlacoochee River-area residents

Hernando Co. Gov.

(Brooksville, FL) Hernando County Emergency Management has issued a voluntary evacuation order for residents living along the Withlacoochee River. One person and a dog have already been rescued due to flooding. The Enrichment Center, located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. in Brooksville, is the designated host shelter.

PLEASE DO NOT risk the lives of our first responders. If you are living in a low-lying area and are already seeing flood waters, we urge you to leave the area now.

Status of county parks

by Hernando Co. Gov.

(Brooksville, FL) The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department has worked diligently to cleanup parks to prepare them for use. Below is a schedule of re-openings.

Anderson Snow is open

Veterans Park is open

Bayport Park is open

Delta Woods Park is open

Jenkins Creek Fishing Pier is open

Rotary Centennial Dog Park is open

Pine Island Park will be open Friday, September 15, 2017; fees will not be collected until Monday September 18

Medical Visits 24/7 Free of Charge for Hernando County Hurricane Irma Victims

Bayfront Health

Bayfront Health Brooksville and Spring Hill Offers Hurricane Relief Telehealth Visits With Virtual Health Connect

As our community begins to repair and restore from the effects of Hurricane Irma this week, Bayfront Health Brooksville and Spring Hill are offering free telehealth visits on Virtual Health Connect to help area residents get non-emergency medical care. The free telehealth visits are available through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017 on any mobile device, computer or tablet.

Government Office Closures

Hernando Co. Gov.

(Brooksville, FL) This is a notice of government offices closed resulting from Hurricane Irma impacts.

* Hernando County Government Center, 20 N. Main St. Brooksville:
The government center located at 20 N. Main Street in Brooksville will be closed through Friday September 15th, 2017. This results from lack of fire suppression systems and potable water. This includes Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, 5th Judicial Circuit Court, Public Defenders Office, and State Attorney's Office.

FLORIDIANS SHOULD EXPECT DAYS WITHOUT POWER

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 9, 2017......... Widespread and prolonged power outages will become part of life for most Floridians over the next few days as Hurricane Irma has started to make an anticipated northern turn that will result in a destructive run through the state starting Sunday.

The storm is on a more western track than earlier in the week and is expected to bring storm surges of up to 8 feet in Tampa and 15 feet in Southwest Florida.

Irma related fires

HCFR

Generator Used to Power Home During Hurricane Irma Catches Fire and Destroys Home.

(Spring Hill, FL) at approximately 12:50 p.m. today, Hernando County Fire Rescue(HCFR) received reports of a residential structure fire at 13131 Drysdale St. Reports were that a generator on the back porch had exploded. The 2 residents escaped the home and called 911.

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