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  • Sheriff says to evacuate immediately

     From the Sheriff's office:

    The National Weather Service has issued updated information impacting Levy County. Tidal surge is now predicted to reach 11 feet above Mean Sea Level (MSL) near or at high tide at 3 AM. Residents in areas affected by tidal surge should EVACUATE IMMEDIATLEY. Emergency Services WILL NOT be able to reach you in the event you require assistance if you refuse to evacuate.

  • Hurricane warning, watches for Levy

    The National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Watch for the area from Anclote Key to the Suwannee River that includes tLevy County.

    A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the Suwannee River north toMexico Beach.

    With that announcement, the Levy County Department of Public Safety pulled its ambulance from the Cedar Key area and brought it to Bronson. Residents with special needs can evacuate to the special needs shorter at Bronson Elementary School. 

  • Storm news from the Levy Health Department
  • Mandatory evacuation order, shelters opening

     

  • Mandatory evacuation for Cedar Key, coastal areas

     A mandatory evacuation is being ordered for Cedar Key, Yankeetown and other coastal areas of Levy County this morning (Thursday, Sept. 1) and areas along the Swannee River. 

    Sheriff's Lt. Scott Tummond confirmed the reports of a mandatory evacuation and said two ore shelters have been opened: at Bronsson Elementary and Chiefland Elementary Schools. One shelter, at Williston High School opened on Wednesday when a voluntary evacuation was ordered. 

  • Cedar Key braces for Tropical Storm Hermine

    The Island Storm is the name of the favorite drink among customers at the just-opened 1842 Daily Grind & Mercantile in Cedar Key, on the corner of 2nd Street and State Road 24.

  • Boat ramps closed ahead of storm

    Sheriff Bobby McCallum, in preparation of incoming Tropical Depression 9, has ordered the closing of all boat ramps in Levy County beginning Wednesday morning.

    All boat ramps along the Suwannee River and south to the Inglis/Yankeetown area will be posted closed by tomorrow afternoon.

    Crews with Levy County Parks and Recreation will be placing signage and barricades at all county boat ramps. Residents who own watercraft and need to remove them from the water are asked to complete this as quickly and safely as possible.

  • Tuesday Update: We're going to be wet, wet, wet

    It's not Tropical Storm Hermine yet, but odds are when Tropical Depression 9 washes ashore on Wednesday night or Thursday morning it will have intensified enough to earn a name.
    “It's still a tropical depression turning into a tropical storm later today,” said Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director David Peaton and Director John MacDonald.
    The two said TD 9 is expected to make its turn and speed up as it heads for a landfall into Citrus, Levy and Dixie counties.

  • CK gets ready for TD 9

     

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    Residents in the Cedar Key area are being warned to check weather reports several times on Tuesday and Wednesday to monitor the progress of Tropical Depression 9 — a storm that may be aiming for the Nature Coast.

    While Levy County Emergency Management officials are advising residents to check their hurricane plan for staying at home or hitting the road and to update it if necessary. Residents might also stock up on water and batteries.

  • Keep an eye on new Tropical Depression 9

    Levy County Emergency Management sent out a notice on Sunday that it is not too early to start keeping an eye on Invest 99L and check your hurricane supplies and plans because it has the potential to develop as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. The notice is not to alarm residents but to make sure they are cognizant of what is happening in the Gulf.