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Coastal Flood Warning – December 20, 2018

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SITUATION
The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Warning for coastal areas of Hernando County, which is in effect from 7 PM this evening to 1 PM on Friday.

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All of Hernando County is under an Areal Flood Advisory due to widespread rain and isolated thunderstorms. This will cause significant ponding of water on streets and low-lying areas. Rainfall of 2 to 5 inches has fallen. Additional rainfall of 1 to 3 inches is expected over the area.

– Thursday night high tide – (4.0 ft AGL) – high water in the canals of Hernando Beach and Weeki Wachee Gardens, a few homes may have water in them
– Afternoon high tides on Thursday and Friday – (2.5 ft AGL) – can expect to bring several inches of water on low lying coastal roads

There is the potential for major roads to become impassible and water to enter structures along the shore, particularly with added wave action. In addition, boat ramps, beach access roads and decks will likely be affected.

Sandbags will be available today only beginning at noon through 6:00 p.m. at Anderson Snow Park located at 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill, FL 34609. Sand and bags are self-serve, bring your own shovel.

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RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
– Locally heavy rainfall may cause quick ponding of water on roadways, especially in coastal and low-lying areas. Turn around, don’t drown. Do not drive through flooded areas. Keep in mind the dangers of flooding are especially hard to recognize at night
– Residents are urged to actively monitor local news media or the National Weather Service at https://www.weather.gov/tbw/
– If a tornado warning is issued, seek shelter in an interior, windowless room
– Mariners should heed warnings and advisories
– Report damages promptly to the Emergency Operations Center at (352) 754-4083
– Register for automated emergency weather alerts at: www.AlertHernando.org.
– Always keep your disaster supply kit ready.

Lisa MacNeil
Lisa MacNeil
Lisa MacNeil is a reporter for the Hernando Sun as well as a business technology developer, specializing in website development, content management systems, and data analysis.
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