Hillsborough County has opened an emergency storm shelter for residents who are concerned for their safety as Tropical Storm Nicole approaches Hillsborough County.

Hillsborough County Opens Shelter Ahead Of Tropical Storm Nicole; Residents Urged To Prepare For High Winds

Hillsborough County has opened an emergency storm shelter for residents who are concerned for their safety as Tropical Storm Nicole approaches Hillsborough County.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – Hillsborough County has opened an emergency storm shelter for residents who are concerned for their safety as Tropical Storm Nicole approaches Hillsborough County.

The shelter is located at Erwin Technical College, 2010 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL 33610. The shelter opens at noon today, Nov. 9.

No evacuations have been ordered in Hillsborough County. The shelter is intended for residents who are concerned about staying in their homes during a tropical storm, such as those dependent on electricity for medical needs or who live in homes and manufactured housing that are susceptible to storm damage.

Pets will be accepted. Pet owners must bring a sturdy carrier for each pet that allows room for the pet to stand and move around. Also bring proof of current rabies vaccination and license for dogs and cats, and pet supplies including food, water, litter, treats, cleaning supplies, and medications, etc. The pet must arrive on a leash or in a carrier.

Wherever possible, residents should consider other alternatives to a public shelter, such as staying with friends, family, or in a hotel.

Erwin Technical College is on three HART bus routes. HART is running a regular schedule today.

Preparing for the storm and potential high winds

Residents and visitors should pay close attention to weather forecasts and make decisions accordingly. According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Nicole could bring heavy rains, damaging winds, and a storm surge of 1 to 3 feet to the Tampa Bay area.

Residents are urged to get their property storm-ready by cleaning out gutters and drainpipes, trimming trees and hedges if needed, and moving patio furniture, bird baths, and other lightweight, unsecured items indoors. Items that can’t be moved indoors should be tied down or otherwise secured.

Hillsborough County is not currently running any sandbag operations.

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