As Michael strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane on Monday, some cities and counties said they were opening sandbag locations across Tampa Bay.

The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch from the Suwannee River to Anna Maria Island, including Tampa Bay.

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The city of Tarpon Springs is distributing sandbag supplies ahead of Hurricane Michael's anticipated mid-week landfall in the Florida Panhandle.

Residents can pick up sandbags beginning at 10 a.m. at the following locations:


The city of Crystal River opened a self-serve sandbag location at the Crystal River Fire Station at 650 NW 3rd Ave.

You can also find sandbags at the following Citrus County locations:

  • 4508 Grandmarch Ave. in Homosassa (Near Grover Cleveland Boulevard)
  • 7490 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. in Crystal River (Near Dan's Clam Stand)

Both above locations have a 25 sandbag limit per vehicle.

They are open to 7 p.m. Monday and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.


Pasco County announced it was opening 24-hour self-serve sandbag locations in New Port Richey, Hudson and San Antonio.

  • Fire Station #17, 2951 Seven Springs Blvd., New Port Richey (opens at 1 p.m.)
  • Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson (opens at 1 p.m.)
  • Magnolia Valley Golf Course Clubhouse, 7223 Massachusetts Ave, New Port Richey
  • C-Barn, 30908 Warder Road, San Antonio


  • Noon - 7 p.m. Tuesday at Oldsmar City Hall: 100 State Street West


Voluntary evacuations in Hernando County coast zone levels A and B begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Sandbags can be filled at the following locations:

  • Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Rd., Spring Hill (8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday)
  • Linda Pederson Park near Hernando Beach, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd. (3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday)


Citing concerns of strong wind gusts and up to four-foot storm surge, Manatee County officials announced residents can pick up sandbags at the following locations beginning Tuesday morning;

  • G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W, Bradenton
  • Bennett Park, 400 Cypress Creek Blvd.
  • Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd.
  • Holmes Beach Police Department/City Hall: 5801 Marina Dr

The locations listed above will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. ID is required to fill up to 10 sandbags per household.

Cities and counties are providing emergency services updates on their respective Facebook and Twitter pages.

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