Breaking News: Citrus County considering mandatory evacuations west and east of 19

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Citrus County considers mandatory evacuations west and east of Highway 19 

After several hurricane models predicted that Hurricane Irma would have a more westward path yesterday, through the Suncoast Region, the National Hurricane Center updated its forecast cone.

According to an unnamed source, Citrus County officials are considering mandatory evacuations for both west of Highway 19 and up to a mile-and-a-half east of Highway 19, but not to include the Sugarmill Woods subdivision. 

Information may be conveyed to Citrus County residents via Alert Citrus and other formats.

Hurricane Irma

Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – 8 AM Update

Basic Information

Center Location: 21.8 N 74.7 W

Maximum Sustained Winds: 150 MPH

Movement: WNW at 16 MPH

Many stories are developing

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Submitted by Lou Newman, Publisher, on September 8th at 10:18 AM

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Lou Newman
Lou Newman is the CEO and Publisher of the Suncoast Standard. Mr. Newman earned a Bachelors of Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Writing. He also owns Newman Strategy Group, the Suncoast Standard's parent company, which specializes in business, political, and digital consulting. A husband and father of three daughters, Mr. Newman is currently active in the local community serving as President of Central Citrus Rotary and the Citrus Ridge Republican Club. He may be contacted at or (352) 870-4622.

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