Posted October 7, 2016 | 12:43 PM

Residents Urged to Use Caution While Driving During Storm

Hurricane Matthew Update No. 2

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Oct. 6, 2016) - Residents are urged to stay safe as Hurricane Matthew moves along the east coast of Florida. Motorists are also urged to exercise caution on roadways.

EOC Status
The County Emergency Operations Center has suspend major operations for the evening and will resume at 7 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7.

Warnings and Watches
Hillsborough County remains under a tropical storm watch. Residents should take the following precautions:

  • Only if it is safe to go outdoors: bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (patio furniture, lightweight planters, etc.) Anchor objects that cannot be brought indoors.
  • Do not drive unless it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive, use extreme caution, and watch for debris on the roadways.
  • Stay tuned to local weather forecasts for updated watches and warnings.
  • Be aware of the dangers of rip currents.

Emergency Shelters

  • Shelters are open to residents whose homes are vulnerable to wind damage, as well as evacuees from other Florida counties who have been unable to find shelter elsewhere.
  • Persons staying in shelters must bring their own bedding, such as blankets, pillows, cots, mats, and sleeping bags. Food, snacks, and water will be provided.
  • Only the shelter at Burnett Middle School will be able to accept dogs and cats. Owners must bring with them:
    • proof of current license and vaccination
    • an appropriate pet crate
    • all food, bowls, medications, and other items needed by the pet

Public Facilities and Services

  •  With the exception of Head Start and Early Head Start centers, Hillsborough County offices and facilities will be open for business as usual on Friday, Oct. 7.
  • Trash and recycling collection for County customers will continue as usual while weather conditions permit.
  • All Hillsborough County public schools and district offices are closed on Friday.

Consumer Tips

  • Citizens and visitors should be mindful of potential opportunists and to report any business engaging in price gouging by contacting the Attorney General's hotline at (866) 9-NO-SCAM, or by filing a complaint with Hillsborough County.
  • Contact Hillsborough County Consumer and Veterans Services at (813) 635-8316 or visit
  • "Unlicensed contractors operating during a declared state of emergency face stiffer than normal penalties. Consumers are encouraged to check on credentials before hiring contractors.

Get Connected. Stay Alert.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to register for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County's official public notification system for emergency and urgent alerts. To receive messages by email, phone, and text, go to

Media Contact:
Crystal L. Pruitt
Communications & Digital Media
(813) 277-1600


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