Tropical Storm Elsa information: Hernando County

Ongoing updates from Hernando County as Tropical Storm Elsa approaches Florida.


Sandbag distribution is closed for this county.


A voluntary evacuation order is in place for those living in the coastal areas of Zone A, mobile homes, low-lying and flood-prone areas in the county. Visit to find the location of your evacuation zone. 


No closings have been reported yet.


A general population, special needs, and pet-friendly shelter will open beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 6, for residents living in zones within the voluntary evacuation order. The shelter is located at the Enrichment Center located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Boulevard in Brooksville.

Tips for shelter residents:

  • Bring identification
  • Eat prior to arrival. The first meal will be dinner
  • Bring air mattress or sleeping bag, cots will not be provided for general population
  • Bring medicines, blanket/sheet, snacks, water and personal hygiene products
  • Call the special needs registry at 352-754-4083 to request transportation
  • Make every effort to carpool due to limited parking


School is out for the summer. All sites will remain closed Wednesday, July 7. This includes all sites operating VPK, summer camps, and prep institutes. Summer food service - both mobile meal stops and school drive-thru service – are canceled for Wednesday, July 7.

School officials said they anticipate a full return to normal operations on Thursday, July 8, with all sites offering programs and services as scheduled. However, should the weather conditions not improve as expected, they said they will send an update to all families on Wednesday.  


You can get information directly from the Hernando County EOC:


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