Hernando County Preparing for Hurricane Matthew


Hernando County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Officials are alerting residents that Hernando County has been placed under a Tropical Storm Watch. As a result, a local state of emergency has been declared for Hernando County, effective at 5:30 p.m. on 10-05-16.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the path of Hurricane Matthew has shifted west. On Friday, 10-07-16, impacts to Hernando County may include:

- Maximum potential sustained winds of 40 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph.
- Rainfall is expected to be less than one inch.
- Due to offshore flow, no storm surge is forecast.
- Residents should prepare for tropical storm force winds. Any items outdoors that could be hazardous, should be brought indoors.
- Expect power outages and plan accordingly.

This information is based on the current storm track and is subject to change.

Please stay tuned to your favorite news or weather channel for up-to-date information. Updates will be posted to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office social media platforms, but may not be as up-to-date as live newscasts.

- Hernando County Government Offices will close at noon on Thursday, 10-06-16 and remain closed through Friday, 10-07-16.

- The Hernando County Landfill will be open normal hours on Thursday, 10-06-16. The Landfill will be closed on Friday, 10-07-16 and no garbage will be picked up on Friday.

- School closings and shelter openings will be determined and announced on Thursday, 10-06-16.

- The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will go to a partial activation at 8:00 p.m. on 10-06-16.