Latest Citrus County Warnings for Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew Update, Emergency

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Officials along with the Board of County Commissioners have declared a local state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. Citrus County is now under a Tropical Storm Warning

Residents can expect winds on Friday ranging from 40 mph to gusts of up to 55 to 60 mph. Some rain is expected but storm surge is not predicted.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office buildings will be closed tomorrow, along with Citrus County Schools and all county buildings.


For those in mobile homes or residences that could be impacted by winds, the following shelters will be open at 5:00 PM today. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 5 PM.

Lecanto Primary School
3790 W. Educational Path
Lecanto, FL
General Population Shelter
Pet Friendly Shelter (bring crate if possible, food, leash, baggies and scooper)

Renaissance Center
3630 W. Educational Path
Lecanto, FL
Special Needs Shelter
Bring all necessary medications and medical supplies (for up to 3 days)
If you do not have transportation, Citrus County Transit can provide free transportation to the special needs shelter until 9 PM tonight (Thursday). Call 527-7630 if you need transportation.

Citizen Information Lines will remain open all night and into tomorrow. The numbers are:

Please move potentially hazardous items from outside indoors and stay off the roads tomorrow if at all possible.