Coastal Flood Warning - December 20, 2018

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.

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.

Plant protection preparations for when the real winter hits

It’s that time of year again. The long sleeve shirts come out of their boxes. The patio actually seems inviting. The baristas stop assuming you want your drink iced. Yes, the first taste of autumn in Florida is upon us. Well, it was. By the time you read this it’ll probably be in the 80’s again, but that won’t last forever. This year, forecasters are calling for a warmer than average winter across the United States, with a weak El Nino fueling increased rain in the southeast.

24 hours of storm impacts expected for Hernando County

(Brooksville, FL) The greatest threat from Hurricane Michael in Hernando County continues to be coastal storm surge. A life-threatening storm surge of four to six feet above normal is expected for 20 hours. Higher than usual tides could begin as early as Tuesday night, but more likely beginning Wednesday into Wednesday night. 

Tide schedule:
High: 3:01 a.m., Wednesday
High: 3:55 p.m., Wednesday
High: 3:32 a.m., Thursday
High: 2:11 a.m., Wednesday
High: 2:59 p.m., Wednesday

Tropical Storm Michael Hernando County EOC Alert 1


The National Weather Service has issued a **TROPICAL STORM WATCH AND STORM SURGE WATCH FOR PARTS OF THE FLORIDA WEST COAST INCLUDING HERNANDO COUNTY**. A Tropical Storm Watch means tropical storm conditions (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. 

National Weather Service Advisory 3/19/18

Overview: Showers and thunderstorms will move across the Nature Coast the remainder of today ahead of an approaching cold front. The storms will then push south into west central and southwest Florida on Tuesday in tandem with the front, and some severe storms will be possible.


• Damaging wind gusts, 1-2” hail, frequent lightning, and isolated tornados will be possible with the strongest storms, mainly Tuesday morning and early afternoon

Significant fog event message from Emergency Management

Hernando County Emergency Management

Hernando County is expecting a Significant Fog Event from late tonight until noon Friday. Areas of dense sea fog continue across the marine zones of the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The dense fog is expected to expand in coverage this evening, moving all the way to shore and throughout the waters of the Tampa Bay area. Once the fog develops a prolonged period of reduced visibility is likely through the overnight and into at least Friday morning. A cold front passing through the region Friday evening and Friday night will end the threat for sea fog.


Tropical Storm Cindy Update

In the Gulf of Mexico, Potential Tropical Cyclone #3 has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Cindy. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph. Motion to the northwest is expected at around 10 mph. On the forecast track, Cindy is expected to approach the coast of southwest Louisiana late Wednesday or Wednesday night, and move inland over western Louisiana and eastern Texas on Thursday. This system is not forecast to directly impact Hernando County however, locally heavy rain and gusty winds can be expected, along with tides of 1 to 2 feet above normal.


Severe Weather Possible Overnight


Overview: A strong storm system will move across the northern Gulf of Mexico and northern Florida late tonight into early Wednesday. A line of thunderstorms is expected to accompany the system, bringing the potential for damaging wind gusts, heavy rain, and potentially small hail.

Areas north of I-4 will hold the greater potential for strong to potentially severe storms between roughly 10 pm and 5 am. Storms should gradually weaken and/or move out of the area by sunrise Wednesday.