CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Here’s the latest on conditions in Citrus County in the wake of Hurricane Idalia. This story will be updated as new information becomes available.

Wednesday evening update

The Citrus County Board of Commissioners has issued a mandatory curfew prohibiting travel within evacuation Zone A as the county monitors conditions in the area. The curfew will go into effect starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday and last until 6 a.m.

Those who live in the area will not be permitted to return home until its deemed safe.

On Wednesday, authorities said at least 60 people had been evacuated from flooded homes.

Road closures

U.S. Highway 19 from County Road 488 (West Dunnellon Road) to West Venable Street in Crystal River is closed. The portion of roadway from West Gulf to Lake Highway (State Road 44) to U.S. Highway19 also remains closed.

Shelters/Evacuation Centers

The following General Population Shelter locations opened Monday and will close at 5 p.m. Friday:

  • Central Ridge Elementary, 185 West Citrus Springs Blvd. in Citrus Springs
  • Citrus High School, 600 W Highland Blvd in Inverness
  • Citrus Springs Middle School, 150 W Citrus Springs Blvd. in Citrus Springs (General Population)
  • Forest Ridge Elementary, 2927 North Forest Ridge Blvd. in Hernando (Special Needs)
  • Renaissance Center, 3630 W Educational Path in Lecanto (Pet Friendly)
  • College of Central Florida, 3800 S Lecanto Hwy in Lecanto (Shelter of Last Resort)
  • Lecanto Primary, 3790 W Educational Path in Lecanto (Pet Friendly)

Current Warnings

  • There are no watches or warnings currently in effect.


To report downed power lines or poles, call 352-249-2775.


Call the Citizen Information Line, 352-249-2775. The line will close at 5 p.m. Friday

Be prepared with the WFLA Hurricane-Ready Guide 2023 and stay ahead of tropical development with the Tracking the Tropics newsletter.