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Relief efforts underway for those impacted by Hurricane Michael 

Here is some ways that you can help or if you are trying to reach family or friends.

Donations:
To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10. The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. The fund is administered by the Volunteer Florida Foundation. Funds will support disaster relief organizations active in responding to and recovering from Hurricane Michael. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, 501(c)(3) charitable organization and are tax deductible.

Volunteering

 Volunteer Florida (www.volunteerflorida.org) is the state’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters. In partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Volunteer Florida:
• Coordinates with Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and local and state government emergency management agencies to meet volunteer and donation needs
• Provides staffing during activation of the State Emergency Operations Center
• Provides training and presentations on the roles of government and nongovernmental organizations in disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation
• Provides fiscal and program management for federal, state, and privately funded programs
• Provide training for government, non-government, and private sector organizations on disaster volunteer and donations management
• Mobilize and deploy resources to assist communities responding to and recovering from disaster
• Operate the ESF (Emergency Service Function) 15 and deploy trained Volunteer Florida staff to assist the Florida Division of Emergency Management if necessary
• Operate the Volunteer and Donations Hotline and the Florida Donations Portal

Family Reunification
Due to issues with communication lines throughout the panhandle, there has been an increase in the number of calls for individuals missing, well-being checks, and concerns. The State has established a webpage for individuals to report these concerns. The State EOC will route these inquiries to the appropriate local agency for response. Go to Hurricane Michael Life Safety Reports. (https://fdoh.readyop.com/fs/4cav/bcda)
After a disaster, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind.

American Red Cross Safe and Well (https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php)
Register Yourself as “Safe and Well”
Click on the “List Myself as Safe and Well” button to register yourself on the site.

Search for Loved Ones
Concerned family and friends can search the list of those who have registered themselves as “safe and well” by clicking on the “Search Registrants” button. The results of a successful search will display a loved one’s first name, last name and a brief message.

Curfews that are currently in effect:
 Bay County - Full last updated: 10/11/2018 01:39pm
 A Curfew will be enacted tonight from 2000 to 0700

Calhoun County - Full last updated: 10/14/2018 07:04pm
 Dusk to Dawn Curfew Countywide

Franklin County - Limited last updated: 10/14/2018 07:06 PM Sunset to Sunrise
 Gadsden County - Full last updated: 10/14/2018 01:59 PM The curfew for Gadsden County is now from 10:00pm tp 6:00am

Gulf County - Full last updated: 10/14/2018 07:08 PM
 Remains in effect for the entire County from sunset to sunrise

Jackson County - Limited last updated: 09/06/2018 09:26 AM Dusk to Dawn through Tuesday Oct 22 2018

Liberty County - Full last updated: 10/08/2018 11:03 AM

ONLY ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL TO BE ON ROAD WAYS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Statewide Private Sector Re-Entry Program
 If a storm impacts Florida this year, one of our primary goals will be the rapid restoration of local businesses that provide vital goods and services. Local elected officials and Law Enforcement Officers will work together to determine when an area is safe enough for individuals to return. At that point, individuals and businesses seeking to provide essential commodities and services to impacted areas will be allowed reentry by possessing and presenting to local officials:
• A valid government-issued ID, such as a Driver’s License or passport;
• Proof of Employment, such as Employer credentials or a letter on employer letterhead; and
• A Demonstrated Need to enter the area, such as a work order, inventory list, or employer authorization. Local officials know their communities and are well suited to facilitate a safe and timely reentry process.
 
We look forward to working with local officials to ensure the safe and timely movement of necessary resources throughout the state.  Disasters affect all members of the community and we must be prepared to work together to meet the needs of all citizens during an emergency.

Citrus County Escapes Hurricane Michael  

Citrus County was fortunately spared the devastating destruction and flooding of Hurricane Michael.  This storm has been characterized as one of the strongest storms on record to have ever hit the Panhandle of Florida. But the resolve of our first responders in Florida to meet the needs of citizens is even stronger.

Throughout Michael’s formation and development, our Emergency Management team was carefully watching and were in constant communications with officials from the National Weather Service in Ruskin, FL. 

Citrus County was placed under both a Tropical Storm and Storm Surge Watch, the morning of Monday, October 8.  The Tropical Storm and Storm Surge Warning came later that evening at 5 p.m. when the National Weather Service was predicting a 8-12 foot storm surge for coastal Citrus County.  Hurricane Michael strengthened, which is when Emergency Management Director Captain Dave DeCarlo says he was fearful of the potential destruction from storm surge. “We were looking at storm surge equal to or greater than the No Name storm of 1993.”

As Hurricane Michael churned up north through the Gulf, it moved slightly west, bringing the threat of storm surge below 4-6 feet for our coastal communities.  In the end, Citrus County experienced localized flooding due to storm water surge, but there have been no official reported damages made to government officials by residents or businesses.  The City of Crystal River will be sending out officials to survey the area and conduct damage assessment.

• The Evacuation Order was rescinded on Thursday, October 11, 2018.
• School was canceled for three days as many schools for used for shelters and preparations for evacuations
• 990 calls were received through our Citizen Information Lines

Members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office SMART team, which stands for Sheriff’s Mutual Aid Response Team, have received mission orders for deployment from the State.  The 11-member team made up of several specialty units within the Sheriff’s Office, will be making their way north to Panama City to help with recovery from Hurricane Michael.   

Right now, they are checking equipment including vehicles, air conditioning units, and generators.  They are also loading up water bottles, Gatorade and food, since they have to feed themselves while they are deployed.  “We have to be self-sufficient,” says Captain Justin Ferarra, in charge of all of the specialty units within CCSO.  “Many of the Emergency Operations Centers and law enforcement buildings were wiped out, so we are making sure our guys are ready for an entire week of living without having to look for any resources, because they’re just not available.”

Sheriff Prendergast says these types of missions are essential part of the fabric that holds our first responder community together.  “We needed to make sure Citrus County was safe before we could plan to send resources elsewhere,” says Sheriff Mike Prendergast.  “One of the benefits of us helping our fellow Floridians is not only sending trained first responders to other areas, but this team getting firsthand experience in the event that we are faced with something of this magnitude like they are dealing with now in the Panhandle.  Please keep our first responders and their families in your thoughts and prayers.”

SMART members are expected to deploy sometime Sunday morning.  In most cases during a major storm like this, agencies are eligible for federal reimbursement to pay deputies to be deployed. 

Mandatory Evacuation Cancelled.  Schools open Friday, October 12, 2018.

Citrus County is no longer under a mandatory evacuation order. If you have evacuated, you may return to your home. Citrus County Schools will be open tomorrow, Friday, October 12, 2018. We would like to thank the citizens of Citrus County for all of their efforts in preparation of Hurricane Michael. 

8PM OCTOBER 10- HURRICANE MICHAEL

Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm, made impact in the Florida Panhandle doing catastrophic damage. Citrus County is experiencing some localized flooding along the coast due to storm surge. There are several inches of water on Hwy 19 in Crystal River. One lane of Hwy 19 is closed however, traffic is flowing. Multiple other roadways in the City of Crystal River and the unincorporated areas of Citrus County are closed due to localized flooding from storm surge. 

Shelters are still open and able to receive general population, special needs and pets. Sandbag location is available.  After the water recedes Thursday morning, County and City officials will deploy teams to conduct a preliminary damage assessment. Law enforcement, working with local and state officials, are monitoring roadways and maintaining barricades of impassable roadways. Citizen information lines remain open. 

Possible Impacts-The National Weather Service reports that the most probable scenario tonight is that the present state of water on Hwy 19 and flooded areas in the county and City of Crystal River will remain near its present level throughout the night and into tomorrow morning, especially during the next high tide. After that point, water will slowly recede. 

2PM OCTOBER 10- HURRICANE MICHAEL

THE LATEST ON HURRICANE MICHAEL - 2 PM BRIEFING:

Hurricane Michael made landfall at 1:45 PM just northwest of Mexico Beach, FL, as a very strong CAT 4 hurricane with winds at 150mph. The risk for life threatening surge, especially from Crystal River to Cedar Key, will remain the main concern for this afternoon and through the night. After landfall the hurricane is forecast to rapidly weaken and turn to the northeast, crossing southern Georgia, then moving away from the Florida peninsula through the Carolinas on Thursday.

Citrus County remains in a Storm Surge Warning: Cedar Key FL to Chassahowitzka FL: 4-6 ft

o Wednesday’s Kings Bay High tide 6:14pm @2.04

o Thursday’s Kings Bay High tide 6:08am @ 2.32

o Thursday’s Kings Bay High tide 6:54pm @1.94

Citrus County remains in a Tropical Storm Warning.

TORNADOES:

Potential impacts include: The occurrence of scattered tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. Several places may experience tornado damage with a few spots of considerable damage, power loss, and communications failures.

Citrus County is under a Local State of Emergency: 
· Affected Evacuation Areas: Zone A, and mobile homes, RVs, manufactured housing countywide.

For further information, refer to our Evacuation Zone Map at www.sheriffcitrus.org or gis.citrusbocc.com/address-lookup.html.

· Citrus County is currently under a Coastal Storm Surge Warning and a Tropical Storm warning to include inland Citrus County.

o 4-6 ft total water, above high tide from Cedar Key to Crystal River. The biggest impact will be this evening at high tide; 6:14pm.

SCHOOLS CLOSED:

· The Citrus County School Board will be closed for Thursday, October 11th 2018 due to the potential impacts of Hurricane Michael.

SHELTERS WILL REMAIN OPEN THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018.

· GENERAL POPULATION:
o Lecanto Middle School
o Citrus High School
· PET-FRIENDLY:
o Lecanto Primary School
· SPECIAL NEEDS:
o Forest Ridge Elementary

CITIZEN INFORMATION LINES WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
· 352-249-2775
· 352-249-2776
· 352-249-2777

If you have questions regarding Hurricane Michael, please DO NOT call our 9-1-1 Emergency Lines.

Please stay tuned to further updates on Hurricane Michael at www.sheriffcitrus.org and our social media outlets: @sheriffcitrus

8AM OCTOBER 10- HURRICANE MICHAEL

HURRICANE MICHAEL UPDATE - 8AM BRIEFING:

Late Tuesday night, Hurricane Michael Strengthened to a CAT 4. Additional strengthening is expected before landfall as Michael remains over warm water in the gulf.

At 4:00 AM, the eye of Hurricane Michael was located near latitude 28.3 North, longitude 86.5 West. Michael is moving toward the north at 13 mph. A turn toward the north-northeast is expected this morning, with a turn toward the northeast expected this afternoon or tonight. A motion toward the northeast at a faster forward speed is forecast on Thursday and Friday. On the forecast track, the eye of Michael is expected to move ashore over the Florida Panhandle later today, move northeastward across the southeastern United States tonight and Thursday, and then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on Friday.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 140 mph with higher gusts. Michael is an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. After landfall, Michael should weaken as it crosses the southeastern United States.

Citrus County remains in a Storm Surge Warning: Cedar Key FL to Chassahowitzka FL: 4-6 ft

o Wednesday’s Kings Bay High tide 6:14pm @2.04
o Thursday’s Kings Bay High tide 6:08am @ 2.32
o Thursday’s Kings Bay High tide 6:54pm

A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov. This is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.

Citrus County remains in a Tropical Storm Warning.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case during the next 12 hours.

TORNADOES:

Potential impacts include: The occurrence of scattered tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. Several places may experience tornado damage with a few spots of considerable damage, power loss, and communications failures. Locations could experience roofs torn off frame houses, mobile homes demolished, boxcars overturned, large trees snapped or uprooted, vehicles tumbled, and small boats tossed about.

Citrus County is under a Local State of Emergency and the declaration has been signed by the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners for the immediate evacuation for the following:

Citrus County is currently under a Coastal Storm Surge Warning and a Tropical Storm warning to include inland Citrus County

o 4-6 ft total water, above high tide from Cedar Key to Crystal River § Biggest Impact will be on Wednesday evening high tide; 6:14pm

SCHOOLS CLOSED:

· The Citrus County School Board closed schools for both Tuesday, October 9, and Wednesday, October 10 in anticipation of Hurricane Michael. CCSB will make a decision on Thursday and Friday. This decision will be based on expected flooding on the west side of our county.

SHELTERS:

· GENERAL POPULATION:
o Lecanto Middle School
o Citrus High School

·PET-FRIENDLY:
o Lecanto Primary School

· SPECIAL NEEDS:
o Forest Ridge Elementary

CITIZEN INFORMATION LINES:
· 352-249-2775
· 352-249-2776
· 352-249-2777

If you have questions regarding Hurricane Michael, please DO NOT call our 9-1-1 Emergency Lines.

If you have not signed up for Alert Citrus, please visit: www.sheriffcitrus.org and click on the Emergency Management tab.

Please stay tuned to further updates on Hurricane Michael atwww.sheriffcitrus.org and our social media outlets: @sheriffcitrus

8PM OCTOBER 9 - HURRICANE MICHAEL

STORM SURGE EXPECTED- Hurricane Michael, which is over 300 miles wide in size, is presently a Category 3 storm (120 mph winds) heading north at 12 mph. Michael is 277 miles west of Captiva, Florida. Michael is predicted to make landfall in the Panhandle of Florida. High winds and dangerous storm surge predicted.
Shelters are open now and able to receive general population, special needs and pets.

Shelter locations are- Lecanto Middle School, Citrus High School,Lecanto Primary School, and Forest Ridge Elementary.

Sandbag locations are-
4508 S. Grandmarch Ave. Homosassa (Near Grover Cleveland Blvd.)

7490 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Crystal River (Near Dan’s Clam Stand – on opposite side of road)

650 NW 3rd Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428 (Crystal River Fire Station)

DANGEROUS STORM SURGE EXPECTED! 
Citrus County is expected to experience tropical storm force winds along with storm surge along the coastal areas. Rain bands start this evening with gusts between 39-57 mph.

Greatest storm surge is expected to be between 4-6 feet AGL / 6-8 feet MSL for Crystal River to Cedar Key Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Below Crystal River area, 3-4 feet AGL. From now through Thursday, tides waters will be between 1-3 feet above normal. This may place water over roadways and around homes.

Rainfall estimates between now and Thursday could be 1.5 inches. Please take shelter from high winds. Move away from storm surge waters. Do not drive through standing water. And more importantly, turn around, don’t drown.

Visit the National Weather Service – Tampa website, at http://www.weather.gov/tbw/ or the Citrus County GIS Interactive Maps at https://gis.citrusbocc.com/interactive-maps.html for additional updates and information.

7AM OCTOBER 9 - HURRICANE MICHAEL:

CITRUS COUNTY IS IN A COASTAL STORM SURGE AND TROPICAL STORM WARNING THAT INCLUDES INLAND CITRUS COUNTY.

The center of Hurricane Michael is located near latitude 24.1 North, longitude 85.9 West. Michael is moving toward the north-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h). A north-northwestward to northward motion is expected through tonight, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Michael will continue to move over the southern Gulf of Mexico this morning, then move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico later today and tonight. The center of Michael is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph (150 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is expected, and Michael is forecast to be a major hurricane at landfall in Florida. Weakening is expected after landfall as Michael moves through the southeastern United States.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km). NOAA buoy 42003 recently reported 1-minute mean winds of 40 mph (65 km/h) and a wind gust of 47 mph (76 km/h).

STORM SURGE: WILL CONTINUE TO BE OUR BIGGEST THREAT!
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water has the potential to reach the following heights above ground if peak surge occurs at the time of high tide.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:
• Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida to Anclote River Florida (INCLUDES CITRUS COUNTY)

Forecasted Surge:
• Indian Pass FL to Cedar Key FL...8-12 ft
• Cedar Key FL to Crystal River FL...6-8 ft Above Ground Level (8-10 ft MSL)
• Okaloosa/Walton County Line FL to Indian Pass FL...6-9 ft
• Crystal River FL to Anclote River FL...4-6 ft
• Anclote River to Anna Maria Island FL including Tampa Bay...2-4 ft
• Alabama/Florida border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line FL...2-4 ft

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
• Alabama/Florida border to the Mississippi/Alabama border
• Suwanee River Florida to Chassahowitzka and inland Citrus and Levy County.

Timing of Tropical Storm Force Winds:
• Earliest arrival Tuesday 7-9pm
• Most likely time of arrival Wednesday at high tide
o Crystal River Kings Bay
 5:33am
 6:14pm

WARNING MEANINGS
• A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
• A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov. This is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.

Citrus County is under a Local State of Emergency and the declaration has been signed by the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners for the immediate evacuation for the following: 
• Affected Evacuation Areas: Zone A, and; 
• Mobile homes, RVs, manufactured housing countywide
o For further information, refer to our Evacuation Zone Map at www.sheriffcitrus.org or gis.citrusbocc.com/address-lookup.html.
o This immediate evacuation order takes affect Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 9am.

SHELTERS WILL OPEN TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2018 AT 9AM:
• GENERAL POPULATION: 
o Lecanto Middle School
o Citrus High School
• PET-FRIENDLY:
o Lecanto Primary School
• SPECIAL NEEDS:
o Forest Ridge Elementary

SANDBAG LOCATIONS:
• City of Crystal River: Crystal River Fire Station; 650 NW 3rd Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428 --- self-serve 
• Citrus County: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – 8:00am – 8:00pm
o LOCATION 1:
o 4508 S. Grandmarch Ave. Homosassa
(Near Grover Cleveland Blvd.)
o LOCATION 2:
o 7490 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Crystal River
(Near Dan’s Clam Stand – on opposite side of road)
o ***There is a limit of 25 bags per vehicle***
o If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Road maintenance Office at 527-7610.

County Office Closures:
o County Offices will close at 3pm, Tuesday, October 9, 2018
o Clerk’s Office will close at 3pm, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 and closed Wednesday, October 10, 2018
o Tax Collector, Property Appraisers Office will close at 3pm, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 and closed Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
o Supervisor of Elections: To be determined.
o Citrus County Schools: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

If you have not signed up for Alert Citrus, please visit: www.sheriffcitrus.org and click on the Emergency Management tab. 
Please stay tuned to further updates on Hurricane Michael at www.sheriffcitrus.org and our social media outlets: @sheriffcitrus

5PM OCTOBER 8 - HURRICANE MICHAEL:

HURRICANE MICHAEL 5PM UPDATE: 
Our Emergency Management Team is closely tracking Hurricane Michael. Here's what the storm looks like right now:

The center of Hurricane Michael was located near latitude 22.2 North, longitude 85.2 West. Michael is moving toward the north near 9 mph (15 km/h). A northward to north-northwestward motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected through Tuesday night, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico this evening, then move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday and Tuesday night. The center of Michael is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 mph (130 km/h) with higher gusts. Steady to rapid strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Michael is forecast to become a major hurricane by Tuesday or Tuesday night. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km). A wind gust to 75 mph (120 km/h) was reported at an observing site in Isabel Rubio in the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio earlier this afternoon.

STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water has the potential to reach the following heights above ground if peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...

A Storm Surge Warning has been issued for the Gulf Coast of Florida from the Okaloosa/Walton County Line to Anclote River. A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov. This is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local
officials.

Indian Pass FL to Cedar Key FL...8-12 ft
Cedar Key FL to Crystal River FL...6-8 ft
Okaloosa/Walton County Line FL to Indian Pass FL...5-8 ft
Crystal River FL to Anclote River FL...4-6 ft
Anclote River to Anna Maria Island FL including Tampa Bay...2-4 ft
Alabama/Florida border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line FL...2-4 ft

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Alabama/Florida border to the Mississippi/Alabama border
* Suwanee River Florida to Chassahowitzka Florida
* The Cuban province of the Isle of Youth
* The coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche, including Cozumel

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Chassahowitzka to Anna Maria Island Florida, including Tampa Bay
* Mississippi/Alabama border to the Mouth of the Pearl River

Citrus County is under a Local State of Emergency and the declaration has been signed by the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners for the immediate evacuation for the following: 
· Affected Evacuation Areas: Zone A, and; 
· Mobile homes, RVs, manufactured housing countywide
For further information, refer to our Evacuation Zone Map at www.sheriffcitrus.org or gis.citrusbocc.com/address-lookup.html.

This immediate evacuation order takes affect Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 9am.

SCHOOLS CLOSED: The Citrus County School Board has closed schools for both Tuesday, October 9, and Wednesday, October 10 in anticipation of Hurricane Michael.

SHELTERS WILL OPEN TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2018 AT 9AM:
· GENERAL POPULATION:
o Lecanto Middle School
o Citrus High School
· PET-FRIENDLY:
o Lecanto Primary School
· SPECIAL NEEDS:
o Forest Ridge Elementary

SANDBAG LOCATIONS:
City of Crystal River: Crystal River Fire Station; 650 NW 3rd Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428 --- self-serve 
Citrus County: OPEN UTIL 7PM TONIGHT; Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – 8:00am – 8:00pm
LOCATION 1:
4508 S. Grandmarch Ave. Homosassa
(Near Grover Cleveland Blvd.)
LOCATION 2:
7490 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Crystal River
(Near Dan’s Clam Stand – on opposite side of road)
***There is a limit of 25 bags per vehicle***
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Road maintenance Office at 527-7610.

CITIZEN INFORMATION LINES ARE NOW OPEN UNTIL 9PM MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2018. THEY WILL OPEN AT 6AM, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018
· 352-249-2775
· 352-249-2776
· 352-249-2777

If you have questions regarding Hurricane Michael, please DO NOT call our 9-1-1 Emergency Lines.

County Office Closures:
County Offices will close at 3pm, Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Clerk’s Office will close at 3pm, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 and closed Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Tax Collector, Property Appraisers Office will close at 3pm, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 and closed Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
Supervisor of Elections: To be determined.
Citrus County Schools: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

If you have not signed up for Alert Citrus, please visit: www.sheriffcitrus.org and click on the Emergency Management tab.

3:30PM OCTOBER 8 - HURRICANE MICHAEL:  

3:30pm HURRICANE MICHAEL UPDATE: Citrus County is now under a Tropical Storm Watch and also a Storm Surge Watch.   The Citrus County Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Management has been monitoring Hurricane Michael, which is forecasted to be a dangerous major hurricane when it reaches the northeastern Gulf Coast on Wednesday.  Life- threatening storm surge is possible along portions of the Florida Gulf Coast regardless of the storm's exact track or intensity.  Heavy rainfall from Michael could produce life-threatening flash flooding from the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend region into portions of the Carolinas through Thursday.    

Citrus County is under a Local State of Emergency and the declaration has been signed by the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners for the immediate evacuation for the following:  

Affected Evacuation Areas: Zone A, and  Mobile homes, RVs, manufactured housing countywide

For further information, refer to our Evacuation Zone Map at www.sheriffcitrus.org or gis.citrusbocc.com/address-lookup.html.

SCHOOLS CLOSED: The Citrus County School Board has closed schools for both Tuesday, October 9, and Wednesday, October 10 in anticipation of Hurricane Michael.  

SHELTERS WILL OPEN TUESDAY AT 9AM:

GENERAL POPULATION:

    Lecanto Middle School

    Citrus High School

PET-FRIENDLY:

    Lecanto Primary School

SPECIAL NEEDS:

    Forest Ridge Elementary

 

SANDBAG LOCATIONS:

City of Crystal River: Crystal River Fire Station; 650 NW 3rd Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428 --- self-serve 

Citrus County:

LOCATION 1:

4508 S. Grandmarch Ave. Homosassa
(Near Grover Cleveland Blvd.)

LOCATION 2:

7490 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Crystal River
(Near Dan’s Clam Stand – on opposite side of road)

***There is a limit of 25 bags per vehicle***

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Road maintenance Office at 527-7610.

CITIZEN INFORMATION LINES ARE NOW OPEN UNTIL 9PM MONDAY NIGHT & 6AM TUESDAY:

#352-249-2775

#352-249-2776

#352-249-2777

If you have questions regarding Hurricane Michael, please DO NOT call our 9-1-1 Emergency Lines.  

If you have not signed up for Alert Citrus, please visit: www.sheriffcitrus.org and click on the Emergency Management tab. 

Please stay tuned to further updates on Hurricane Michael at www.sheriffcitrus.org and our social media outlets: @sheriffcitrus.

 

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NAME: Angela Michelle Tanner

Wanted for:
Failure to appear for the original charges of trafficking in amphetamine 28-200 grams, trafficking in methamphetamine 14-28 grams, and using a 2-way communications device to facilitate a felony.

AGE: 49

HEIGHT: 5'0"

WEIGHT: 160