Flooding closes numerous Hernando County roads - FOX 13 News

Flooding closes numerous Hernando County roads

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U.S. Highway 41 south of Brooksville (Courtesy: Teri Roy Mullis) U.S. Highway 41 south of Brooksville (Courtesy: Teri Roy Mullis)
Shed floats down U.S. 41 in Brooksville Shed floats down U.S. 41 in Brooksville
Brooksville Publix Brooksville Publix
(Truck stuck at Brooksville Publix. Courtesy: Candie Sullivan) (Truck stuck at Brooksville Publix. Courtesy: Candie Sullivan)

More thunderstorms are expected Friday afternoon in the Hernando and Pasco area, posing a major flooding threat to some homes and roads.

Both counties will be under a flood watch starting at 2 p.m., and FOX 13 meteorologist Jim Weber said the forecast is calling for much of the same we've seen all week.

Already, the Brooksville Fire Department said they're making sandbags available.

Roads that are currently still closed are as follows:

  • Horse Lake Rd in area of Barnett/Wiscon
  • Rackley Rd in area of 2337 Rackley Rd
  • Culbreath Rd at the Pasco County line
  • Saturn Rd at the East end
  • Clinton Rd/Providence Blvd
  • Ft Dade Av/Cobb Eat of the intersection (possible washout or sinkhole)
  • Daffodil Dr/Whisper Lp

On Thursday afternoon, storms threatened just about every Bay area county.

Crews from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue were called to Mintz Elementary School in Brandon in response to a reported lightning strike. 

They said fire broke out in the roof above a classroom, possibly because of lightning. Four classrooms suffered water damage.

Fortunately, the building was not occupied by students at the time.

VIDEO: "Our yard was a fast moving river" -- Scott Mylin, Dade City.

In Pasco County, a road sustained major damage when a large section of ground near it fell away. That happened along Jessamine Road in Dade City.

The sheriff's office says a pipe burst underneath Jessamine Road near the intersection of Jim Denney Road. The heavy rainfall then washed out a 30-foot wide, 15-foot deep hole underneath the asphalt.

"This water came up, overtook the road, and then it went down to its natural flow within an hour," Pasco County Sheriff's Deputy Gennis Folsom said Thursday night.

A portion of Jessamine Road was shut down to all but local traffic until crews could make necessary repairs. On Friday, SkyFOX flew over the scene, with crews out trying to repair the road.

In Hernando County, so many roads were closed or impassable, the sheriff's office told residents to stay inside.

"Travel is not recommended. Please remain at home unless it is absolutely necessary that you leave," the sheriff's office said in a media release.

The National Weather Service tweeted that 4" to 6" of rainfall fell in sections of Pasco and Hernando counties, and more is on the way Friday.

Sandbags are available at the Brooksville Fire Department, the Pasco County Public Works Complex, the Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex, and the San Antonio C-Barn.

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