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:

Severe Weather Alert

Hernando County Emergency Operations Center

Weather Alert

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.

It Finally Feels Like Fall

Leaves may still be green, but the weather is finally starting to cool off. We are starting to see highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. Around the end of the year the averages will cool further and we will see average high in the 70s and lows in the 50s.

There will be periods of cool weather which will be interrupted by warmer weather. October through December is traditionally the driest months of the year. Even though this year is supposed to have a colder and wetter fall and winter because of this year’s El Niño, it should be noticeably drier.

Rain, Rain Go Away!

Lilly Browning is the Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator

Rain, rain, go away! That chant may have been going through your head quite a bit this summer. A usual summer brings us 20-30 minute downpours every afternoon. The all-day rains we received all summer for weeks on end are atypical.

Hard Freeze Hits Hernando

by Hernando Sun Staff

Hernando was hit by a hard freeze Friday morning. In some areas, the temperature dipped into the mid to low 20's. It stayed below freezing for at least six hours and that is enough to damage many plants and trees.

Across the area, people covered their vulnerable plants with sheets, blankets, and boxes, in the hopes of retaining enough heat to prevent major damage to the plants. Other people ran their sprinklers to protect their plants with warm water.

Freeze Warning, Protect your Plants Today!

by Hernando Sun Staff

Temperatures may dip into the high 20's Thursday night so be sure to protect susceptible plants. We may see a low of 31 degrees F Wednesday night so the sooner you get your plants covered the better! Gardening cloth or old sheets can be used for coverings. If you have fruit trees with thin trunks, covering the trunks with foam tubes will insulate them. Also, be sure to run your sprinklers through freezing temperatures for plants you cannot cover.

2015 Early Spring?

by Hernando Sun Staff

Trees started blooming this year mid-January. So far 15 out of 29 days in January had minimum temperatures above the historical average. In December, 20 out 31 days had minimum temperatures exceeding the historical average by a mean of 11.95 degrees. The warmest day in December was Christmas Eve at 82 degrees. In January, we hit 85 F on the 3rd.

According to Farmer's Almanac there is a 50% probability of frost after February 7th. Although the lowest temperature accuweather predicts after February 7th is 36F on February 10th and 11th.