Sandbag locations open; schools will be open Monday

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By Mike Wright

Citrus County was under a tropical storm warning for a time Sunday from Isaac, and officials are expecting a storm surge with high tides Tuesday, sheriff’s Capt. Joe Eckstein said Sunday morning. As the day progressed, the forecast path of the storm, still expected to become a Category 2 hurricane in the Gulf, moved toward New Orleans. The tropical storm warning was canceled for Citrus County as of Sunday night.

Public schools and the College of Central Florida will be open Monday for classes.

The sheriff’s emergency operations center has an 11 a.m. briefing today with officials from the county, school district and other disaster-related groups to discuss potential impacts from Isaac on Monday and Tuesday.

Eckstein said decisions will be made at that briefing whether to open sandbag locations and whether schools are open or closed.

Isaac’s projected path has it strengthening into a Category 1 or Category 2 hurricane, but moving further west in the Gulf of Mexico.

Eckstein said forecasters have reduce Citrus County rain chances to just 1 to 3 inches Monday and Tuesday.

However, winds from Isaac are expected to create storm surges during Tuesday high tides, which are 3 a.m. and 2:22 p.m. in King’s Bay.

For more on Tropical Storm Isaac, check here for updates and see Monday’s Chronicle.

From the Citrus County Sheriff's Office:

Citrus County Opens Sandbag Locations

As a precautionary measure, Citrus County emergency management officials are opening three sandbag locations due to potential flooding from Tropical Storm Isaac. There are no other protective actions at this time.

The following sandbag sites will be open from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Sunday.

County park at the corner of Grover Cleveland Blvd. and Grandmarch Ave. in Homosassa,

Hwy 44 East of Crystal River across from Dan's Clam Stand.

These sites are scheduled to re-open at 7:00 am on Monday and close at noon on Monday.

The sandbag site at the Crystal River Fire Station at 650 NW 3rd Ave is open 24 hours.

At this point, residents west of US Hwy 19 can expect minor flooding based on the current storm track.