NEW PORT RICHEY -- As Hurricane Michael continues to churn in the Gulf toward a forecast landfall in the Panhandle, the Pasco County Commission has issued an emergency declaration.

The declaration gives County Administrator Dan Biles and emergency managers the authority to take whatever actions they deem necessary to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the community, according to a county news release issued at 1 p.m. Oct. 9.

These actions incliude ordering evacuations, performing public work, making emergency purchases, renting equipment, hiring workers and using volunteers.

The Local State of Emergency will be in effect for 7 days or until rescinded by the County Administrator if it’s no longer needed.

Residents needing assistance should contact Pasco County Customer Service at 727.847.2411. If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

For the latest storm updates, more information is available at: and by downloading the MyPasco App which is available for download here:

The city of Port Richey is reporting on its Facebook page that some of its streets are impassable because of tidal flooding.

And in Tarpon Springs, according to that city's Facebook page, Dodecanese Boulevard, in the Sponge Docks tourist district, has been closed because of tidal flooding from the Anclote River.