Region has frigid wake-up call

The new year brought the first blast of winter to Pasco County, and to the Tampa Bay region. Freeze warnings and wind chill advisories rained down daily from the National Weather Service, as frigid air dipped into north and central Florida, and stayed for days. For the first time in decades, Tallahassee had measurable snowfall. Here in Tampa Bay, snow was a no-show, but temperatures … [Read more...]

Flood warning for Hillsborough River, Cypress Creek

Heavy rains have brought flooding to parts of eastern and central Pasco County, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for the Hillsborough River and Cypress Creek. Those two waterways at Hillsborough River State Park and Worthington Gardens are expected to rise above flood stage by the weekend, officials said. Up to 5 inches of rain is expected to fall in a short … [Read more...]

Pasco, Hillsborough under flood watch advisories

Deep tropical moisture is streaming into the central part of Florida, creating the potential of flooding throughout the region — including parts of Pasco and Hillsborough counties. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through Wednesday morning, with rainfall in the amounts of 2 to 4 inches expected for most parts, but up to 6 inches in others. A flood watch means that … [Read more...]

Weather service warns about another frigid night

The National Weather Service has issued warnings for a second night in a row for freezing temperatures through west central Florida, including Pasco County. The group's Ruskin office has issued a frost advisory between the hours of 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. early Thursday for areas that include inland Pasco County, especially local cities like Dade City and Zephyrhills. That means residents should … [Read more...]

Pasco County under freeze watch Tuesday night

Temperatures are expected to hit freezing levels overnight for parts of Pasco County, prompting the National Weather Service to warn residents to take the appropriate precautions. It is the first freeze of 2014, and will affect not only inland Pasco, but significant portions of Levy and Citrus counties, according to an alert by the weather service. Those places could see a hard freeze with … [Read more...]

Severe thunderstorm warning, tornado watch for Pasco

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Central Florida, including Pasco County, until 2:30 p.m. Meteorologists in the Ruskin office detected a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph, according to the alert. The storms were located along a line extending from 14 miles northwest of Crystal River, to 35 miles … [Read more...]

Weather service issues flood warnings for Pasco, Hillsborough

(These warnings have been lifted.) The National Weather Service in Ruskin has issued a flood warning for urban areas and small streams for southwestern Pasco County, northwestern Hillsborough County, and northeastern Pinellas County. The warning is in effect until 8:45 p.m. Friday, officials said. Flooding already has been reported along Hesperides and Lambright streets in Tampa, … [Read more...]

Floods can literally sweep people off their feet

Florida is known for its lightning and rain. And with that can come flooding — which many people dismiss as not being something to worry about. Yet, 18 to 24 inches of moving water can wash an SUV off the road, according to the National Weather Service. And more than half of all flood-related deaths are people driving through flooded roads. The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes is … [Read more...]

Storm drops trees, damages Dade City zoo

Clean-up is continuing Tuesday morning at Dade City's Wild Things after severe rain over the weekend took down four trees, causing extensive damage to cages and equipment there. The storms, which hit Aug. 24, caused the trees — including one that was more than a century old — to hit a tiger and panther cage, according to the organization's Facebook page. Although no one was hurt, zoo … [Read more...]

Flood watch continues throughout region

UPDATE: This advisory has expired. With more rain expected to continue on Saturday, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch, which will remain in effect until 4 p.m. on Saturday. The weather service says a frontal boundary of a weather system will slowly sag southward across West Central Florida. That will produce a number of rain showers and isolated thunderstorms, hitting an … [Read more...]