Hernando County Prepares For Extremely Cold Weather

With extremely cold temperatures predicted for Hernando County within the next

24 hours, Sheriff Al Nienhuis urges citizens to be prepared.




*             A very cold arctic air mass will be moving in today.

*             Wind chill as low as 11 to 25 degrees for Hernando County.  The coldest

temperatures will occur across inland areas Tuesday morning close to sunrise.

*             Hard freeze warning is in effect from 1 AM to 9AM Tuesday morning.

*             During the freeze period temperatures may remain below 32 degrees for more

than 2 hours.

*             Freeze watch is in effect from late Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

*             Winds and seas will increase behind the cold front today causing hazardous

boating conditions.




*             Cover plants that are sensitive to cold and bring pets indoors.

*             Disconnect and drain all garden hoses, and consider placing an insulating

cover over the outside spigots.

*             Consider running pool pumps overnight during freezing temperatures to

prevent damage.

*             Turn off sprinkler systems to avoid damage to the sprinkler head and pipes.

*             Fishermen and other small craft operators should postpone trips until

conditions improve.

*             Residents that need to seek shelter from the cold may contact Jericho Road


Men’s Shelter                                                    Women’s Shelter

1090 Mondon Hill Road                                  1163 Howell Avenue

Brooksville, FL 34605                                       Brooksville, FL  34601

Phone: (352) 799-2912 ext.103                   Phone: (352) 799-2912 ext.109


Do You Know the 5 P’s Of Cold Weather Preparedness?

Protect People

Protect Plants

Protect Pets

Protect Exposed Pipes

Practice Fire Safety


What Actions Should You Do To Be Prepared?

Stay indoors and use safe heating sources.

Be aware of the fire danger from space heaters and candles, and keep such devices away from all flammable materials such as curtains and furniture.

Install recommended smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Do not use charcoal or other fuel-burning devices indoors, such as grills that produce carbon monoxide. Install at least one carbon monoxide detector per floor in your home.

Inspect your meter box cover.  Make sure it is closed.  If it is broken or missing call Hernando County Utilities at 352-754-4037.

If your pipes do break, immediately turn your water off at the shut-off valve.

Remember, thawing frozen pipes is dangerous and could cause extensive damage.

Call a plumber if your pipes freeze; never try to thaw pipes with an open flame.

If outdoors, stay dry and in wind-protected areas.

Wear multiple layers of loose-fitted, warm clothing.

Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.



Hernando County will continue to monitor the situation. The Emergency Operations Center is not activated.  Use normal office numbers to contact the EM staff.  Monitor your local television station or the National Weather Service at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tbw/ for the latest weather update.

Source: Hernando County Media