Tropical Weather Alert: Hurricane Ian

As Hurricane Ian recovery begins, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office urges citizens to review these tips regarding unlicensed contractors. Verify a contractor’s license at www.myfloridalicense.com. If you believe you may be a victim of an unlicensed contractor, call the Pasco Sheriff’s Crime Tips Line at 1-800-706-2488.

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Sept. 29, 11 a.m. Update: No storm warnings are currently in effect for Pasco County.

PSO encourages citizens to remain vigilant and cautious while clearing properties and driving. Law enforcement services will continue and any business can still be conducted by phone or via our website at PascoSheriff.com. For emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 727-847-8102, option 7. Stay safe, Pasco!

Please allow emergency personnel ample time to mitigate and clear obstructions from the storm. When clearing your property, be mindful of debris and power lines. Be sure to evaluate damage carefully and know when to contact authorities for assistance. PSO urges citizens to be mindful of unlicensed contractors, and review the tips shared below. If you believe you may be a victim of an unlicensed contractor, call the Pasco Sheriff’s Crime Tips Line at 1-800-706-2488.

Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco discussing #HurricaneIan recovery efforts. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office encourages citizens to remain vigilant and cautious while clearing properties and driving. Law enforcement services will continue and any business can still be conducted by phone or via our website at PascoSheriff.com. For emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 727-847-8102, option 7.

Stay safe, Pasco!

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LOBBY CLOSURES Ian
If you must go out stay safe

Sept. 29, 8 a.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Ian, which remains a Tropical Storm. A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Pasco County. The latest track and warning information from the National Hurricane Center is included here.

As a reminder, all Pasco Sheriff’s Office lobbies, including the Child Protective Investigations office, are closed to the public until at least Friday, September 30 at 8 a.m. Law enforcement services will still continue and any business can still be conducted by phone or via our website at PascoSheriff.com. For emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 727-847-8102, option 7.

Staying home and off the roads is still strongly encouraged with Pasco’s windy conditions and potential for flooding today. If you must go out, drive safely. Don’t drive through flooded roadways. There’s the potential for debris under the floodwaters, including live power lines. Additionally, the water may be deeper than expected, which can cause issues with cars including loss of power, hydroplaning and even floating. Avoid walking through flooded areas, which may have debris, including live power lines hidden beneath the surface of the water. PSO teams are ready to help, and will be there to assist with storm damage assessments as the weather allows.

Pasco Sheriff’s Office encourages citizens to allow emergency personnel ample time to mitigate and clear obstructions from the storm. PSO deputies continue responding to calls for service and assist where needed. These photos were taken by PSO deputies assisting with storm damage throughout our communities.

When clearing your property, be mindful of debris and power lines. Be sure to evaluate damage carefully and know when to contact authorities for assistance. Law enforcement services will continue and any business can still be conducted by phone or via our website at PascoSheriff.com. For emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 727-847-8102, option 7. Stay safe, Pasco!

Sept. 29, 5 a.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Ian, which was downgraded to a Tropical Storm in the latest update. A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Pasco County. The latest track and warning information from the National Hurricane Center is included here.

Staying home and off the roads is still strongly encouraged with Pasco’s windy conditions and potential for flooding today. If you must go out, drive safely. Don’t drive through flooded roadways. There’s the potential for debris under the floodwaters, including live power lines. Additionally, the water may be deeper than expected, which can cause issues with cars including loss of power, hydroplaning and even floating. Avoid walking through flooded areas, which may have debris, including live power lines hidden beneath the surface of the water.

Sept. 28, 11 p.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor  Hurricane Ian. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Pasco County north of Anclote River, and a Hurricane Warning is in effect for south of Anclote River. The latest track and warning information from the National Hurricane Center is included here.

With power outages expected to continue throughout the night, PSO patrol units will engage additional lights, to include red and blue lights, for increased visibility out of an abundance of caution. Do not be alarmed by this increase in lights and presence, especially patrol cars’ red and blue lights, in your community. Any power outages can be reported online through your utilities provider.

At this time, staying home and off the roads is strongly encouraged with conditions outside deteriorating. If you must go out, drive safely. Don’t drive through flooded roadways. There’s the potential for debris under the floodwaters, including live power lines. Additionally, the water may be deeper than expected, which can cause issues with cars including loss of power, hydroplaning and even floating. Avoid walking through flooded areas, which may have debris, including live power lines hidden beneath the surface of the water.

Sept. 28, 5 p.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Hurricane Ian, which remains a Category 4 Hurricane. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Pasco County north of Anclote River. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Pasco County south of Anclote River. The latest track and warning information from the National Hurricane Center is included here.
Out of an abundance of caution with power outages expected to continue throughout the night, PSO patrol units will engage additional lights, to include red and blue lights, to help increase visibility. Do not be alarmed by this increase in lights and presence, especially red and blue, in your community. Power outages can be reported online through many utilities providers’ websites.
At this time, staying home and off the roads is strongly encouraged with conditions outside deteriorating. With severe weather in Pasco County, strong winds and heavy rain may cause trees or wires to fall, debris to spread across roadways or flooded roads. PSO teams are ready to help, and will be there to assist with storm damage assessments as the weather allows. Stay safe Pasco!

Sept. 28, 11:10 a.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Hurricane Ian, which remains a Category 4 Hurricane. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Pasco County north of Anclote River. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Pasco County south of Anclote River. The latest track and warning information from the National Hurricane Center is included here. 

As a reminder, all Pasco Sheriff’s Office lobbies, including the Child Protective Investigations office, are closed to the public until at least Friday, September 30 at 8 a.m. Law enforcement services will still continue and any business can still be conducted by phone or via our website at PascoSheriff.com. For emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 727-847-8102, option 7.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Pasco County is currently experiencing power outages, and more may occur as the storm progresses throughout the night. Out of an abundance of caution, patrol units will engage additional lights, to include red and blue lights, to help increase visibility for road hazards such as debris, downed trees, wires, flooding and any reduction of street lights and to also let our community know we are there to serve. Do not be alarmed by this increase in lights and presence, especially red and blue, in your community. Power outages can be reported online through many utilities providers’ websites.

Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco giving another update on Hurricane Ian. PSO prepares for these emergencies and is ready to help those in need. We encourage citizens to monitor the path of the storm and prepare for any effects our area may experience.

Remember, we are in this together.

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Sept. 28, 7:10 a.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Hurricane Ian, which remains a Category 4 Hurricane. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Pasco County north of Anclote River. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Pasco County south of Anclote River. The latest track and warning information from the National Hurricane Center is included here. 

PSO encourages citizens to share their hurricane plans with family and friends. Before the storm arrives, let your loved ones know where you will be and how to get in contact with you.

Sept. 28, 5:30 a.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Hurricane Ian, which has upgraded to a Category 4 Hurricane. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Pasco County north of Anclote River. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Pasco County south of Anclote River. The latest track and warning information from the National Hurricane Center is included here. 

GoPasco County Public transportation will suspend service at today, Sept. 28 starting at 10 a.m. More information is available here.

PSO encourages citizens to share their hurricane plans with family and friends. Before the storm arrives, let your loved ones know where you will be and how to get in contact with you.

Tell Your Hurricane Plans

Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Hurricane Ian, which remains a Category 3 storm. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Pasco County north of Anclote River. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Pasco County south of Anclote River. The latest track and warning information from the National Hurricane Center is included here. 

PSO encourages citizens to share their hurricane plans with family and friends. Before the storm arrives, let your loved ones know where you will be and how to get in contact with you. Pasco County has announced sandbag sites will close at 8 p.m. or when supplies run out.

View the Sept. 27 Pasco County Public Safety Leaders News Conference Here

Sept. 27, 11 a.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Hurricane Ian, which was upgraded to a Category 3 Hurricane in the latest update. The Hurricane Watch continues for Pasco County. Additionally, a Tropical Storm Warning was issued for Pasco County. The latest track and warning information from the National Hurricane Center is included here. 

GoPasco is offering free rides to shelters. St. Leo University announced they will close through Friday, Sept. 30. Pasco County has announced that you will need to bring your own sandbags to sandbag sites. 

Sheriff Chris Nocco giving an update on Hurricane Ian.

Please share your hurricane plans with loved ones before the storm arrives.

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Sept. 27, 8 a.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Hurricane Ian, which was upgraded to a Category 3 Hurricane in the latest update. The Hurricane Watch continues for Pasco County. Additionally, a Tropical Storm Warning was issued for Pasco County. The latest track and warning information from the National Hurricane Center is included here. 

As a reminder, all Pasco Sheriff’s Office lobbies, including the Child Protective Investigators office, will be closed to the public from Tuesday, September 27 at 5 p.m. until at least Friday, September 30 at 8 a.m. Law enforcement services will still continue and any business can still be conducted by phone or via our website at PascoSheriff.com. For emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 727-847-8102, option 7. 

Ian Shelter Info

Sept. 26, 7:15 p.m. Update – Evacuation Information: We’re sharing information on behalf of Pasco County regarding evacuations for certain areas for Hurricane Ian.

Know your evacuation zone.  To see our interactive map and enter your street address, please visit: mypas.co/Map.

Please consider riding out the storm with family or friends.  If that’s not an option, you can evacuate directly to a Pasco County Shelter.  Shelters will open Tuesday, September 27, at 10:00 a.m.  To find the shelter closest to you, click here once shelters open: mypas.co/Map.  If you decide to stay in a shelter, please bring your ID, money and any medicine you might need.

To see the full evacuation order, click here: mypas.co/3SDeqoG.

Sept. 26, 5 p.m. Update – Shelter Information: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Hurricane Ian, which was upgraded to a Category 2 Hurricane in the latest update. Additionally, the Hurricane Watch was expanded to include all of coastal Pasco County north of the Anclote River. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for areas south of the Anclote River. The latest track and warning information from the National Hurricane Center is included here.

As a reminder, all Pasco Sheriff’s Office lobbies, including the Child Protective Investigators office, will be closed to the public from Tuesday, September 27 at 5 p.m. until at least Friday, September 30 at 8 a.m. Law enforcement services will still continue and any business can still be conducted by phone or via our website at PascoSheriff.com. For emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 727-847-8102, option 7.

Additionally, the Florida Department of Transportation announced that tolls are currently suspended on the Suncoast Parkway in Pasco and other counties ahead of Hurricane Ian. Pasco-Hernando State College announced a closure from Tuesday, Sept. 27 through Friday, Sept. 30 due to the storm as well. Pasco County Schools are now closed through Friday, Sept. 30. Pasco County Tax Collector’s Offices will close at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27 and reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. Sandbag locations remain open throughout the county.

Pasco County is opening hurricane shelters for anyone who needs to leave their homes ahead of Hurricane Ian and has nowhere else to stay.  The following shelters will open Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at 10 a.m.:
– Centennial Middle School, 38505 Centennial Road, Dade City
– Cypress Creek High School, 8701 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel
– Cypress Creek Middle School, 8845 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel
– Fivay High School, 12115 Chicago Avenue, Hudson
– Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Avenue, Wesley Chapel
– Wiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Boulevard, Wesley Chapel
– River Ridge Middle and High Schools, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey
– Thomas E. Weightman Middle School, 30649 Wells Road, #3903, Wesley Chapel
– Sunlake High School, 3023 Sunlake Boulevard, Land O’ Lakes
– Pasco Middle School, 13925 14th Street, Dade City
– Fasano Regional Hurricane Center (Special Needs Only), 11611 Denton Avenue, Hudson

Fivay, River Ridge, Sunlake, Wiregrass Ranch and Fasano Regional Hurricane Center allow family pets.  Learn what supplies you should bring with your pet: mypas.co/PetHurricanePrep

Please plan to stay with family, friends or neighbors, if possible.  If that’s not an option, please self-evacuate directly to an open shelter.  Visit MyPasco.net to find an open shelter near you.

Pasco County also provides a shelter program for people with special needs – contact Pasco County Customer Service at 727.847.2411 to register for a bed at the Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter or Wiregrass Ranch High School.

Sept. 26, 11 a.m. Update – PSO Lobby Closure Notice: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to Hurricane Ian, which remains a Category 1 Hurricane. Additionally, a Hurricane Watch is still in effect for portions of Pasco County south of the Anclote River. The latest track and warning information from the National Hurricane Center is included here. 

All Pasco Sheriff’s Office lobbies, including the Child Protective Investigators office, will be closed to the public from Tuesday, September 27 at 5 p.m. until at least Friday, September 30 at 8 a.m. Law enforcement services will still continue and any business can still be conducted by phone or via our website at PascoSheriff.com. For emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 727-847-8102, option 7. 

Sept. 26, 8 a.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Ian, which was upgraded overnight to a Category 1 Hurricane. Additionally, a Hurricane Watch was issued for Pasco County. The latest track and warning information from the National Hurricane Center is included here. Now is the time to prepare ahead of the storm. Go over your hurricane plan with your household and ensure your hurricane kit is well stocked with essential supplies. Fill prescriptions early to ensure you have necessary medication before and after a potential storm. Additionally, bring in any loose items, such as lawn furniture and trash cans, from your yard. 

Six sandbag sites are now open in Pasco County to help protect your property from floodwaters. Sandbag sites are self-serve and open 24/7 to Pasco County residents. Sandbags are provided, but you must bring your own shovels to fill the bags. Crews will restock sand daily.

LOBBY CLOSURES Ian

Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m. Update: Pasco County Schools has announced closures ahead of Tropical Storm Ian.

  • Schools and offices will be open on Monday.
  • Schools and offices will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. This includes PLACE, ASEP, all after school programs, all athletic events and practices, and all extracurricular events.

For the latest information on the status of Pasco County Schools, visit their website here. 

Sept. 25, 5 p.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Tropical Storm Ian. The latest track information from the National Hurricane Center is included here. Though the effects the storm may have on Pasco County are still unknown, now is the time to prepare well ahead of the storm.

  • Ensure your hurricane plan is up-to-date and discuss it with your household.
  • Ensure your hurricane kit is well stocked and don’t forget to include supplies for your pets.
  • Bring in or secure any outdoor furniture or trash cans.
  • Stay up-to-date on the storm’s track.
  • Consider getting sandbags if your property is prone to flooding.

Sept. 25, 11 a.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Tropical Storm Ian. The latest track information from the National Hurricane Center is included here. Though the effects the storm may have on Pasco County are still unknown, now is the time to prepare well ahead of the storm. More information on steps you can take to prepare is also included here, including important links to the latest storm track and preparation information, located at the bottom of this page.

Sept. 25, 8 a.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Tropical Storm Ian. The latest track information from the National Hurricane Center is included here. Though the effects the storm may have on Pasco County are still unknown, now is the time to prepare well ahead of the storm. More information on steps you can take to prepare, including information on six sandbag locations currently open in Pasco County, is also included here. Sandbag sites are self-serve and open 24/7 to Pasco County residents. Sandbags are provided, but you must bring your own shovels to fill the bags. Crews will restock sand daily.

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Sept. 24, 6 p.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Tropical Storm Ian. The latest track information from the National Hurricane Center is included here. Though the effects the storm may have on Pasco County are still unknown, now is the time to prepare well ahead of the storm. See below for more information, including information on six sandbag locations currently open in Pasco County. Sandbag sites are self-serve and open 24/7 to Pasco County residents. Sandbags are provided, but you must bring your own shovels to fill the bags. Crews will restock sand daily.

Sept. 24, 11 a.m. Update – Sandbag Information: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Tropical Storm Ian. The latest track information from the National Hurricane Center is included here. Though the effects the storm may have on Pasco County are still unknown, now is the time to prepare ahead of the storm. Go over your hurricane plan with your household and ensure your hurricane kit is well stocked with essential supplies. Consider filling prescriptions early to ensure you have necessary medication before and after a potential storm. Additionally, take time to bring in any loose items, such as lawn furniture and trash cans, from your yard.

Six sandbag sites are now open in Pasco County to help protect your property from floodwaters:

  •  W.H. Jack Mitchell, Jr., Park: 4825 Little Road, New Port Richey
  •  Veterans Memorial Park: 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson
  •  Magnolia Valley Golf Course: 7223 Massachusetts Avenue, New Port Richey
  •  Pasco County Public Works (C-Barn): 30908 Warder Road, San Antonio
  • Land O’ Lakes Recreation Center, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes
  •  Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Road, Wesley Chapel

Sandbag sites are self-serve and open 24/7 to Pasco County residents. Sandbags are provided, but you must bring your own shovels to fill the bags. Crews will restock sand daily.

Sept. 24, 8 a.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor the tropical system in the Caribbean, upgraded overnight to Tropical Storm Ian. The latest track information from the National Hurricane Center is included here. While the effects the storm may have on Pasco County are still unknown, its a good reminder to be prepared ahead of the storm. Take the time now to ensure hurricane kits are well stocked and that you have a plan in place. PSO will continue to monitor the storm. See the links below for the latest information from the National Hurricane Center and for more ways you can prepare ahead of the storm.

Sept. 23, 5 p.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Tropical Depression Nine and the latest track information from the National Hurricane Center is included here. Links with additional storm information, as well as information on preparedness steps you can take now, are below.

Sept. 23, 11:15 a.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Tropical Depression Nine. The latest track information from the National Hurricane Center is included here. While the effects the storm may have on Pasco County are still unknown, it is a good reminder to be prepared well ahead of the storm. Take the time now to ensure hurricane kits are well stocked and that you have a plan in place. PSO will continue to monitor the storm.

Sept. 23, 8:45 a.m. Update: Pasco Sheriff’s Office is monitoring Tropical Depression Nine. While the effects the storm may have on Pasco County are still unknown, it is a good reminder to be prepared well ahead of the storm. Take the time now to ensure hurricane kits are well stocked and that you have a plan in place. PSO will continue to monitor the storm.

Important Links for Hurricane Ian:

  • For more information on preparing for hurricanes and other tropical systems, visit National Hurricane Preparedness.
  • For the latest storm information, please visit the National Hurricane Center. 
  • For the latest information from Pasco County Government, visit MyPasco.net.
  • For evacuation information, click here to determine your evacuation zone and here to see the full evacuation order from Pasco County.
  • For the latest information on the status of Pasco County Schools, visit their website here. 
  • For the latest information from Pasco-Hernando State College, visit their website here.
  • For information on the toll suspension for the Suncoast Parkway, see a detailed map from the Florida Dept. of Transportation.
  • For information on closures for the Pasco County Tax Collector, visit their website here.
  • For more information on free rides to shelters in Pasco County, visit Pasco County Public Transportation.
  • For the latest information from Saint Leo University, check here.

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