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  • 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.

  • It's now Tropical Storm Hermine

    This from the National Hurricane Center:

    Tropical Depression Nine has developed into Tropical Storm Hermine.
    The center of Tropical Storm Hermine at 31/1800 UTC is near
    24.7N 88.0W, or about 345 nm south-southwest of Apalachicola
    Florida and about 360 nm to the west-southwest of Tampa Florida
    Hermine is moving northward 2 knots.
    The estimated minimum central pressure is 1000 mb. The maximum sustained wind speeds
    are 35 knots with gusts to 45 knots. Convective precipitation:
    Numerous strong from 21N in the northern parts of the Yucatan

  • County closes parks

    Due to the impending storm Levy County has closed:

    • Shellmound

    • Devils Hammock

    • Henry Beck and Blue Springs parks and

    • all boatramps.

  • Coastal residents need to prepare for storm surge

    This message is for residents of Levy County west of US 19 in flood prone areas. The National Weather Service is predicting a tidal surge between 5 to 7 feet above Mean Sea Level (MSL) and 8 to 10 inches of rain. Tornado warnings for Levy County are being issued prior to and during the storm. Residents in low lying areas should expect flooding. Emergency response to affected areas will be suspended when sustained winds in excess of 40 miles an hour are reached.

  • Voluntary evacuation west of US 19

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with Levy County Emergency Management will be issuing a voluntary evacuation notice for residents that live in evacuation zones west of U.S. Highway 19.
    Levy County will open a shelter of last resort at the old Williston High School Cafeteria located at 427 West Noble Avenue (on US 27) at 4 p.m. The shelter is only for residents affected by Tropical Depression 9 and reside on the west side of US 19 from the Suwannee River south to Yankeetown.

  • 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.

  • Get prepared for rain — maybe lots

    If you have a hurricane plan for staying at home or hitting the road, now might be a good time to get it out and dust it off. Maybe even update it. Check your emergency supplies.

    Tropical Depression 9, which has been wandering around and struggling in the Gulf of Mexico for the past 24 hours is looking as if it will make landfall somewhere between Tampa and the Florida Panhandle — although most computer models have it coming in as a tropical storm of low intensity along the Nature Coast.

  • Residents need to keep an eye on storm

    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. 

  • Remembering Teal Pomeroy

    Vice Mayor Betty Walker said Pomeroy had been mayor longer than any other. “He was different, but he was special,” she recalled. “He was going to get the last word in. Some of the stuff he came up with was hilarious. He was a good man. He was a good boy.

    “He was a good person.” She said he was concerned about people.

    Walker said Pomeroy was “all about the betterment of Chiefland.” The city is going real well, she said, and she hopes the commission will keep it going in his honor.