Evacuation zones announced in advance of Tropical Storm Idalia

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Portions of Tampa Bay are announcing voluntary evacuation zones.

On Sunday, the National Hurricane Center issued storm surge and hurricane warnings for 11 counties in the Tampa Bay area.

Hernando County

  • All areas west of US 19 (including Zones A, B, and C)
  • Includes all residents living in coastal areas, low-lying areas or prefabricated houses

Residents are asked to seek safe shelter with family or friends in a secure structure.

A public shelter opens on Monday, August 28 at 12:00 p.m.:

  • West Hernando Middle School – Special Needs ONLY (14325 Ken Austin Parkway in Brooksville)
  • DS Parrott Middle School – general population and pet friendly (19220 Youth Drive in Brooksville)

*If the shelter is required for special needs and you have a pet, transportation to the location is provided through Animal Control with the Hernando Sheriff’s Office. To arrange pickup, call the department at 352-754-4083. On Monday they are open from 8 a.m.

As more evacuation zones are announced, this story will be updated with each county’s location.

WFLA.com will offer interactive streaming coverage On the trail of the tropics Beginning Sunday evening with Chief Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli.

Be prepared with that WFLA Hurricane Ready Guide 2023 and stay one step ahead of tropical development Tracking the Tropics newsletter.

Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: LauraCoffey@worldtimetodays.com.

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