Latest Hurricane Irma Information: September 10th, 2 PM – Citrus County Curfew Imposed

Hurricane Irma
Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Sept. 10th at 11AM

Current Information

Hurricane Irma
Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Sept. 10th at 11 AM

Center Location: 25.0 N, 81.5 W

Maximum sustained winds: 130 MPH

Movement: N at 9 MPH

Tornado Watch is in effect starting September 10 at 11:59 AM EDT until September 11 at 12:00 AM EDT by NWS Storm Prediction Center

Tornando Watch
Photo Credit: National Weather Service

Hernando County has issued a Storm Surge Warning and Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has posted current storm surge map estimates on front page of website – both counties looking at 9′ of surge or more

Storm Surge
Photo Credit: National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is predicting up to a 9-foot storm surge for the entire coastline of Hernando County. Residents west of U.S. 19 need to evacuate to higher ground immediately.

For the City of Dunnellon – Mandatory Boil Water Notice if you lose water service because of Hurricane Irma

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT AN AUTOMATIC BOIL WATER NOTICE is being issued now that if any customer of the utility loses water service, once it comes back on it is mandatory that you boil your water until further notice.

Citrus County Administrator, Randy Oliver, just informed staff and commissioners that Citrus County will impose a curfew from 6 PM to 6 AM

At press time, Citrus County BOCC Chairman, Scott Carnahan, confirmed the mandatory curfew.

Marion County Sheriff, Billy Woods, advocates voluntary curfew

Marion County Sheriff, Billy Woods, is “strongly encouraging all residents to restrict travel on our roadways beginning at 3:00 PM, Sunday, September 10, 2017, due to the potential for high winds. If winds exceed 45 mph, first responders will not be permitted to use their vehicles to answer calls for service. Residents will also not be permitted to travel on certain bridges if high winds occur. The State Road 40 and the County Road 316 bridges over the Ocklawaha River will be closed to traffic if winds sustain 35 MPH. in case of emergency travel, Sharpes Ferry Road may be used as an alternative route if the aforementioned bridges close.”

Hernando, Sumter, and Marion Counties have not imposed curfews yet.

But, the City of Dunnellon has issued a mandatory curfew according to Dunnellon Chief of Police, Mike McQuaig, to be effective after the storm, beginning Monday, September 11, 2017 from 8 p.m. until Tuesday, September 12th 7 a.m.

Status of curfews may change based on changes of storm track or severity. Stay tuned to the Suncoast Standard for additional updates on curfew information.

Last-minute tips

Due to the high winds associated with Hurricane Irma, many in the Suncoast Region will soon be without electric.

  • Lower the temperature on your refrigerator, freezer, and AC setting.
  • Throw as many Tupperware containers of water into your freezer.
  • Try to get in one more load of dishes or laundry; once done, dishwashers may be used to house important documents, washing machines can be filled with ice.
  • Clean a bathtub and fill with water. Figure on needing 1 gallon per person per day.
  • Package pictures in plastic or garbage bags and move to higher shelving or placement
  • Take a video of the inside and outside of your home, including contents. Make sure to take videos/pictures of roofs, ceilings, and carpeting especially.
  • Find your homeowners insurance policy – take a picture of your policy number and claim phone number and save on your phone.

Submitted by Lou Newman, Publisher, on September 10th at 2:05 PM

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