Hurricane Michael comes ashore and revs up to 155 mph

Citrus County Evacuation Zones. CLICK HERE to check your zone.

Hurricane Michael made landfall shortly after 1 p.m. ET just northwest of Mexico Beach, located just outside of Panama City, National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said

Michael reached a top speed of 155 mph as it made landfall, forecasters said.

The storm, described by forecasters as “unprecedented,” exploded from a tropical depression over the weekend to the cusp of Category 5 — 1 mph away — Wednesday, fueled by warm water in the Gulf of Mexico.

Meanwhile, Citrus County remains in a Storm Surge Warning: for the following locations:

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 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.


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

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 the Citrus County Evacuation Zone Map at or

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



Lecanto Middle School

Citrus High School


Lecanto Primary School


Forest Ridge Elementary


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

Citrus County:





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: and click on the Emergency Management tab.

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




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