Thursday, December 20, 2012
A cold front that moves into the area overnight tonight is expected to deliver colder temperatures tomorrow.
Tomorrow is the first official day of winter and forecasters at the National Weather Service in Ruskin say temperatures should cooperate in the Bloomingdale-Riverview area. A cold front that is anticipated to move into our area tonight will bring showers with it, said Tyler Fleming, a meteorologist with the weather service. Tonight’s storms might not pass quietly. “We’re expecting some gusty winds and maybe some thunder with that,” Fleming said. As a result, a small craft advisory goes into effect for the Bay area this afternoon and tonight. Once those showers clear out, Friday should shape up to be much cooler than today with its anticipated high of about 80 degrees. Friday’s high is expected to be in the low to mid-60s. Overnight Friday …
Monday, August 27, 2012
The region may have escaped the worst of Isaac, which is heading toward the Florida Panhandle and Louisiana.
All tropical storm and tornado warnings have expired for the Tampa Bay area as Isaac continues to move further west over the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said Monday. The good news for Tampa Bay means bad news for the northern Gulf coast, as Isaac is expected to reach hurricane strength over the next 48 hours as it approaches the Florida Panhandle and Louisiana. The National Hurricane Center warns of significant storm surge in the northern Gulf coast region, where several tropical storm and hurricane warnings are in place. The storm was about 250 miles south of Apalachicola at 11 a.m. Monday and moving at about 14 mph. It had maximum sustained winds of up to 65 mph, forecasters said. Locally, bands of heavy rain and wind gusts are still …
Friday, August 24, 2012
The Florida Keys and southern Florida are under a tropical storm watch, as Isaac approaches.
Tropical Storm Isaac is "getting better organized," as it moves northwest toward Haiti, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Friday night. The Tampa Bay area still is within the cone of uncertainty, with Isaac projected to arrive Tuesday morning, as a Category 1 hurricane. The storm could affect plans for the Republican National Convention, which begins Monday in downtown Tampa and runs through Thursday. The New York Times reported Friday that presidential candidate Mitt Romney's nomination has been moved up two days, from Wednesday to Monday. The change will enable the process to be completed before the storm is forecast to reach the Tampa Bay area. Isaac was moving northwest at around 14 mph as of 11 p.m. Friday but is …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Reports of flooding, closings and wind damage have come in from Sarasota all the way north to Pasco County.
As Tropical Storm Debby continues to keep Florida in her sights, stories are pouring in from all over the Tampa Bay area. Some stories have been lighthearted and heartwarming; others heartbreaking. Here is a look at some of the top headlines over the last two days that have appeared on Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch's 18 sister sites in the Tampa Bay Area: Dogs Swept Into Overflowing Culvert as Debby Lashes St. Pete Devastaton in Pass-A-Grille Riders of the Storm Surf Through Tropical Storm Debby Wind Gusts Keep Skyway Bridge Closed (Photos) Debby Does Damage to Sarasota Humane Society Flooded During Tropical Storm Debby Photo Gallery: Apparent Tornado Goes Through McGough Park Debby’s Floodwaters Damage Road Debby Makes Waves for Windsurfer…
Monday, June 25, 2012
Hillsborough County's Public Works Department is working overtime to respond to calls and issues.
The rain may have subsided a bit on Monday morning, but calls continued to flood the Hillsborough County Public Works Department. Reports of flooding, washed out streets and other hazards made for a overwhelming day, said Steve Valdez, spokesperson for county public works. "There are more roads then we have resources for," Valdez said. "And more roads then we have signs for. We are just absolutely inundated." Record rainfalls were recorded this weekend as Tropical Storm Debby roared through the Tampa Bay area. The Northwest portion of the county was among the most impacted with 10 inches of rainfall reported in some areas, Valdez said. Four-thousand people in the region had reported power outages Monday, according to TECO. "Right now we …
A Level 1 state of emergency, the lowest declaration, is in effect as Tropical Storm Debby brings rain, winds and flooding to Florida.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday afternoon as the state deals with the effects of Tropical Storm Debby. Scott declared a Level 1 state of emergency, the lowest, which activates storm operations in all 67 counties, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Scott receieved a briefing on the storm's effects before advising Floridians "to be safe, avoid non-essential driving, pay close attention to weather reports and stay away from downed power lines," according to the Times. "I think the most important thing is, one, just use common sense. Be careful," Scott said. "If you're close to a beach, be very cautious. Look at all the beach advisories. If there's any standing water, if there's any flooding, don't drive into it. Be very…
The latest update on road closures, injuries, shelters and sandbags from Hillsborough County in the wake of Tropical Storm Debby.
Monday, June 25, 2012
The Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center released this public information update at 1:20 p.m. Monday: Road Closures Bayshore Boulevard Project This project was well under way. We'll need to assess once things dry out. Evacuation Hillsborough County Sunshine Line and Fire Rescue are assisting with the evacuation of Sunshine Village in the USF area due to flooding. Additional evacuations could be possible due to life safety concerns. Lift Stations One lift station in the Brandon area is without power. A mobile pump has been hooked up. Injuries No injuries have been reported. Sandbags Available Sandbags are available to the public until 10 p.m. tonight at the following locations: Filled sandbags will be available to the elderly/…
Tropical Storm Debby caused some of the worst flooding ever seen by longtime residents of River Drive off Lithia-Pinecrest Road in Valrico.
The Janusz family of River Road off Lithia-Pinecrest Road in Valrico have lived in their home for seven years and say they've never seen the flooding this bad. "I understand it does flood here about every eight years," said Josh Janusz as he moved his cars to higher land Monday morning in the wake of Tropical Storm Debby. He said his front yard had about a foot of water flooding it and he expects it to rise another 2 to 3 feet. "I don't remember it ever being this high," said Sheila Janusz. Meanwhile, Hillsborough County workers had posted a "Road Under Water" sign along River Road, and residents along the road began moving their vehicles up the road in anticipation of further flooding. "You don't want to go down this road," said one …
Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch spotted the runoff flowing from the Newland Communities Circa FishHawk construction Monday in the wake of Tropical Storm Debby.
Mini waterfalls have sprung up along Lithia Springs Road thanks to runoff from Newland Communities' Circa FishHawk construction. Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch spotted the waterfalls Monday morning in the wake of heavy rains from Tropical Storm Debby. Got photos or video of flooding or storm damage to share? Upload them on Patch.
The Lithia canoe launch and trails have been closed in the wake of Tropical Storm Debby.
The canoe launch and trails at Alderman's Ford Park are closed due to inclement weather from Tropical Storm Debby, Hillsborough County officials said Monday morning. The park is at 9625 Canoe Launch Loop in Lithia. Stay tuned to Patch for weather updates and other local closures.