HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. – Hernando County Emergency Management in coordination with Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has ordered no access to all residential areas west of US 19 due to rapidly rising storm surge.
Officials say the area is no longer accessible to emergency vehicles for rescues.
If you are stranded and in need of rescue please contact 9-1-1. Law Enforcement officers will be restricting all access to this area effective immediately.
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While the eye of Hurricane Idalia has now passed Hernando County, the danger still exists for gulf water to flood areas west of U.S. 19.
The water out toward Pine Island Drive is continuing to rise with a high tide not expected until after 1 p.m.
Please remain out of these areas until the area has been given the all clear by law enforcement and emergency management.
Photos reflect the current situation for Pine Island Drive, Gulfview Drive, Flamingo Boulevard, Gulf Coast Drive, etc. All major canals are severely flooded. No residential access is permitted at this time.
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