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Posted on: August 28, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Hurricane Idalia

Hurricane Idalia

**Update 08/30/2023 8:40am**
 City of Inverness, several areas of our county are already heavily flooded. We still have a high tide coming in at 4:30 p.m. – please remain inside and shelter in place. While we persevered through most of the storm, there is still catastrophic storm surges possible.

 

Storm surges are highly dangerous and pose several significant dangers such as rapid and extensive flooding. The surge of water driven by strong winds and low pressure from Hurricane Idalia can inundate low-lying regions – especially those in evacuation Zone A, causing significant property damage and putting lives at risk.

 

The powerful currents within storm surges can be incredibly swift and forceful. These currents can easily sweep away vehicles, debris, and even people, making it extremely hazardous for anyone caught in the surge.

 

Fort Island Trail is closed as water is rising and tide gauges are reading a rapid increase in water levels.

 

It's important for residents in vulnerable coastal areas to stay informed about weather forecasts from our office. Please plan to stay and shelter in place for the remainder of the day and into the evening due to the potential severity of storm surges. This event is not over yet.

 

Again, please wait until after the surge has passed and water levels begin to recede before venturing out while conditions will still be hazardous.

 

To reach the City of Inverness hurricane information line, please call (352) 341-7830.

For more storm resource information, please see our Storm Center page here.


***Update, 08/29/23 at 7 p.m.***
According to the National Hurricane Center, Idalia is expected to move northward to north-northeastward through tonight, with the center forecast to reach the coast of Florida on Wednesday morning.
Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast, and Idalia is expected to become a major hurricane tonight.
Areas of flash flooding, some of which may be locally significant, are expected across portions of the west coast of Florida Tuesday into Wednesday.
A few tornadoes will be possible along the west central Florida coast through tonight.



**Update 08/29/23 10:30am**

The City of Inverness is closely monitoring the situation with Hurricane Idalia, working alongside our emergency management team. The storm eyewall should reach Cedar Key tomorrow morning at sunrise if it stays on its current track.

 

We are fully prepared for a multitude of weather events that Inverness will experience from Hurricane Idalia – from 60-80 mph sustained winds with gusts over 100 mph to dangerous, life-threatening storm surge 8-12 feet above ground level.

 

However, we need our citizens to be prepared too – it is crucial in order to ensure the safety of yourselves, your families, and our entire community.

 

If you are in Zone A, evacuate now. Plan to stay with a friend or family member outside of the zone, if possible. Shelters should be a last resort but are open should you need them.

Please continue to take this potentially deadly weather event very seriously and continue to follow our updates regarding Hurricane Idalia.

 

We will see rapidly degrading conditions later this afternoon into early this evening – with the current forecast, this storm will likely depart Citrus County around 2-6p.m. tomorrow.

 

However, the potential for the storm to turn and strengthen should not be ruled out – so please do not become complacent – take action now if you have not done so already.

 

Our agency is currently prepositioning assets for response and ordering additional assistance now to better situation us for recovery efforts once the storm passes.

 

After the storm, please wait until things stabilize before venturing out while conditions will still be hazardous.

 

The following shelters are OPEN:

• Central Ridge Elementary School (General Population) - 185 West Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs, FL 34434

• Citrus High School (General Population) - 600 West Highland Blvd., Inverness, FL 34452

• Citrus Springs Middle School (General Population) - 150 W Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs, FL 34434

•Central Ridge Elementary School (General) - 185 W Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs, FL 34434

•Forest Ridge Elementary School (Special Needs) - 2927 North Forest Ridge Blvd., Hernando, FL 34442

•Renaissance Center (Pet Friendly) - 3630 W Educational Path, Lecanto, FL 34461

•College of Central Florida (last resort option) - 3800 S Lecanto Hwy, Lecanto, FL 34461

 

To reach this line, please call (352) 341-7830

For more storm resource information, please see our Storm Center page here.


**Update 08/29/23 10:03am**

In response to the storm, sanitation services for Tuesday, August 29th will continue as scheduled. Wednesday, August 30th will be delayed tentatively until Thursday August 31st. If safe conditions exist on Thursday morning, all collection routes will commence at daybreak.


**Update 08/28/23 4:45pm**

The City of Inverness hurricane information line has been activated.

To reach this line, please call (352) 341-7830



Hurricane Idalia

 

The City of Inverness Administrative Offices, Parks, and Valerie Theatre will be closing at 5:00pm August 28th, and will be closed tentatively until Thursday, August 31st. 

Whispering Pines Park (including the Pool and Splash Pad) will be closing at the regularly scheduled times on August 28th and closing tentatively until Thursday, August 31st. 

 

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has issued a local state of emergency in preparation for Tropical Storm Idalia. Non-essential county offices will close at noon today, August 28, 2023, and remain closed on Tuesday, August 29, and Wednesday, August 30.

 

Residents living in campers, recreational vehicles, tents, other structures unable to withstand the winds of a tropical storm, or along the west side of U.S. Hwy 19 are advised to voluntarily evacuate. The most likely timeframe for deteriorating conditions across the state will be Tuesday evening and overnight from south to north along the Florida Gulf Coast.

 

Two full-service sandbag sites are open today, Monday, August 28:

 

• 7490 W Gulf-to-Lake Hwy, Crystal River (across from Dan's)

• 4508 S Grandmarch Ave, Homosassa (off Grover Cleveland)

 

In addition, the following self-serve sandbag sites are available to citizens:

 

• Bicentennial Park, 501 N Baseball Point, Crystal River

• Citronelle, 7888 W Dunklin St, Dunnellon

• Crystal River Firehouse, 650 NW 3rd Avenue (operated by the City of Crystal River)

• Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Avenue, Floral City

• Homosassa Community Park, 4210 S Grandmarch Avenue, Homosassa

• Ozello Park Boat Ramp, 398 N. Pirate Point, Crystal River

• Spruce Drive Boat Ramp, 4865 E. Spruce Drive Dunnellon


 

Full-service sandbag sites are currently open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Limit 12 bags per vehicle. Self-serve sites are open 24 hours but are not monitored overnight for availability of supplies. Sand and sandbags will be provided. Those wishing to take advantage of the self-serve sites will need to bring a shovel. If you have any questions about sandbag sites, contact the Citrus County Road Maintenance Division at (352) 527-7610.

 

The following shelters will be OPENING today at 1 p.m.:

• Central Ridge Elementary School (General Population) - 185 West Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs, FL 34434

• Citrus High School (General Population) - 600 West Highland Blvd., Inverness, FL 34452

The following shelters will be OPENING today at 4 p.m.:

• Citrus Springs Middle School (General Population) - 150 W Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs, FL 34434

•Central Ridge Elementary School (General) - 185 W Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs, FL 34434

•Forest Ridge Elementary School (Special Needs) - 2927 North Forest Ridge Blvd., Hernando, FL 34442

•Renaissance Center (Pet Friendly) - 3630 W Educational Path, Lecanto, FL 34461

•College of Central Florida (last resort option) - 3800 S Lecanto Hwy, Lecanto, FL 34461

 

Public shelters should be an option of last resort. Citizens should make all preparations to shelter with family or friends and exhaust all other options before utilizing a public shelter.

Sexual Offenders must report to the Citrus County Detention Facility to seek shelter if needed. The facility is located at 2604 W Woodland Ridge Dr., Lecanto, FL 34461.

 

The City of Inverness will continue to monitor the developing storm, and will provide more updates as they become available. For pertinent information, please call 

(352) 341-7830.

Please visit our Storm Center page for more resources https://inverness.gov/556/Storm-Center

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