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Homeowners advised to turn off wells tonight

Homeowners advised to turn off wells tonight

The Southwest Florida Water Management is telling residents in Eastern Hillsborough to turn off their wells tonight in anticipation of a morning freeze.


They're concerned that farmers pumping water into their crops could cause the aquifer to drop below pump lines.  If that happens, well motors without automatic cut off switches could burn out.


Residents should wait until the temperatures warm up and water levels begin to recover before turning their pumps back on. Residents should consult their local well contractor for questions about restarting their pumps.


 To report a dry well, contact the District's Tampa Regulation Department at (813) 985-7481 or 1-800-848-0499 or visit www.WaterMatters.org/.

 

Hard Freeze Watch issued to Highlands County

Hard Freeze Watch issued to Highlands County

Highlands County, FL - An arctic front is heading to the Bay area, including a Hard Freeze Watch in effect for Highlands and all surrounding counties except Pinellas.

* Lake Wind Advisory in effect this afternoon into the evening. Sustained winds of 20mph likely with higher gusts on area lakes.

* High Surf Advisory in effect this afternoon through Tuesday. 5 to 8 foot surf expected with offshore waves of 10 to possibly 15 feet. Dangerous rip currents likely.

* Small Craft Advisory in effect through Tuesday. Seas build today to 5 - 8 feet then 9 - 12 feet tonight through Monday. Slow improvements into Tuesday.

* Gale Warning in effect for offshore waters out 20 nautical miles and beyond. Winds increase to 25 - 35 kts with gusts over 40 kts. Seas 10 - 15 feet.

Forecast: Highlands issued Freeze Warning

Forecast: Highlands issued Freeze Warning

Highlands County, FL - Lows in Highlands to dip within just a few degrees of record low temperatures, as Freeze Warnings are issued. You can see the zoom radar for the area here.

A large Canadian high pressure has plummeted south into the eastern U.S. bringing cold air all the way down to Florida. We are waking up to Wind Chill Advisories this morning and Freeze Warnings for tonight and likely tomorrow night. That cold air is blowing in on northwest winds that will stay in the 10-20 mph range through this afternoon. A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued until 9 a.m. for Pasco, Hillsborough and Polk counties as it will feel like 30-35 degrees at times this morning. Skies will be clear and sunny today, but the cold air will only allow us to warm to the mid 50s today when the typical high is 73!