According to the latest models, tropical depression 16 will likely form into a hurricane and possibly take aim at the Florida Panhandle.
The path of the storm could be similar to Hurricane Hermine that made landfall near St. Mark’s just south of Tallahassee. Hermine caused a lot of damage along the Suncoast as outer bands funneled into Pasco County flooding the Anclote River in the Elfers community of New Port Richey.
People who live on Elfers Parkway are now preparing for what could be another evacuation.
“I’m a little worried, but who knows,” Jaime Bogan said. “You never really know until it gets closer.”
Bogan evacuated during Hurricane Irma. She said she left because she was worried about the winds, not the water. Turns out she did have flooding in her garage. Her home is built on stilts so she didn’t suffer heavy damage to her personal belongings.
“We ended up leaving for a week and a half and we don’t know what we are coming back to,” Bogan said. “You know with my 6-year-old son and my mother it was a little stressful just being out of home not knowing when you can come back seeing your road on the news with people on boats going down.”
Now is not the time to panic. It’s just time to monitor how the storm continues to develop and have a solid plan in place as meteorologist Denis Phillips updates us on the projected path.