News Release: 10/8/2018:Hernando County monitors and prepares for Hurricane Michael

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October 8, 2018, 12:30 p.m.
Hernando County monitors and prepares for Hurricane Michael
(Brooksville, FL) Hernando County Emergency Management is closely monitoring Hurricane Michael as it begins to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico. A Tropical Storm Watch and a Storm Surge Watch has been issued for Hernando County. A Tropical Storm Watch means sustained winds of 39 to 73 MPH are possible within 48 hours. A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline within 48 hours. Heavy rains and above normal tides impacting coastal residents and communities prone to flooding during high tide are possible.
As the storm strengthens, tropical storm force winds are expected to arrive in Hernando County as early as Tuesday (10-9-2018) evening, bringing intermittent heavy rains with the storm’s bands. On Wednesday (10-10-2018), as the storm moves north, winds up to 35 MPH are expected with continued showers. Tides could reach up to 4 to 6 feet during high tide on Wednesday evening into Thursday (10-11-2-18), which could cause localized street flooding in flood-prone areas along the coast. If the storm strengthens or shifts east, impacts to the area could increase.