Posted: 3:42 am Thursday, January 4th, 2018
By Ann Kelly
For the first time in almost 30 years it snowed in Florida on Wednesday. The snow, along with freezing rain and sleet made for dangerous driving conditions in Tallahassee and along the east coast of the US that has more severe weather for the next few days in the form of a bomb cyclone.” It’s a drop in pressure that we normally associate with hurricanes that’s going to cause the problems – with the force of a category three hurricane. That moves through and behind that comes a polar vortex. States like New York could experience a wind chill of -50 by Saturday.
So what do we need to do here to protect ourselves? Even here in Tampa Bay there’s things you don’t want to leave in the car like medications and electronics. Pets that may normally live outdoors need a warm place and it’s time protect that tender tropical plants. Happily we won’t deal with all these issues but some may apply.
With a wind chill advisory for the Bay area, a freeze warning for some and a freeze watch mainly away from the water it’s going to be a long night for a lot us. Some cold weather shelters are open in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando. Those shelters may also be in need of donations. Right now, Hillsborough County has two shelters that take pets. If your home needs a little help with heat be aware of the dangerous of space heaters – they need to be used carefully.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputy Damon Laney stopped a woman from jumping off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge by pinning her leg between his car and the bridge wall. He saw the woman stop her car and run toward the bridge early Tuesday morning and was able to grab her. She’s been Baker Acted for her own safety.
Tampa Bay Lightning Center and team captain Steve Stamkos was named captain of the Atlantic Divison NHL All-Star team that will play in Amalie Arena January 28th. This is his fifth All-Star game, and that beats the previous record held by another former Bolt, Vinnie Lecavalier.