SITUATION: Hernando County Emergency Management is monitoring the development of Tropical Depression 9 in the extreme southwestern Gulf of Mexico. This system is expected to move west-northwest over the next few days before making a turn to the northeast, bringing excessive rainfall to Hernando County on Wednesday and Thursday. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting this depression to become a tropical storm over the next 24 hours.
POSSIBLE IMPACTS: 4 to 6 inches of rain is forecast for Hernando County from Monday to Saturday. Isolated areas could possibly receive up to 8 inches of rain. There is potential for coastal and localized flooding. Tides may be up to 1 to 2 feet above normal levels on Wednesday and Thursday. Winds may reach 40 to 50 mph early Thursday morning. A storm surge of approximately 3 feet is also possible on Thursday afternoon, with higher amounts possible.
Two self-serve sandbag distribution sites will open on Tuesday at the following locations. Sand and sandbags will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:
Hernando County Department of Public Works 1525 East Jefferson Street Brooksville, FL 34601
Hernando County Fire Rescue Station 1 1479 Parker Avenue Spring Hill, FL 34606
• Coastal residents should closely monitor the progress of this system
. • All residents should take steps to secure personal property at this time.
• Mariners should expect to see small craft advisories on Wednesday and Thursday.
• Tide prediction data is available at Hernando Beach:
• Report storm damage to Hernando County Emergency Management at (352) 754-4083.
Hernando County Emergency Management will continue to monitor the situation. The EOC is not activated at this time. Shelters are not open at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.