The same weather system that triggered freeze warnings in the Bay area is now responsible for at least five deaths nationwide. Record lows are being set and broke, snow fell in parts of northern Florida and dangerous traffic conditions triggered quite a few accidents. Our cooler weather won’t last this time. Check with our partners from 10 News, home of Stormtracker 10 for the latest.
The drier, cooler weather is also expected to help make our wildfire season much tougher. Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam has already requested $20 million dollars to help the Florida Forest Service battle the blazes. We had more than 200 wildfires last year torching thousands of acres.
The USCG is investigating the shuttle boat fire that sent 50 people into the cold Gulf waters off New Port Richey and left one woman dead. The Island Lady Shuttle was involved in another accident last October when it ran into a dock owned by the parent company Tropical Breeze Casino. The 911 calls from the boat were released yesterday,
Flu season has hit hard and hit early this year in Florida. Two children have already died from the flu. The flu shot is only said to be around 10% effective but doctors say it can help the symptoms not be as severe.
The city of Tampa will hold a meeting January 23rd to get input on autism-friendly playgrounds. There are plans for three such playgrounds. If you’d like to join the discussion be at the meeting which starts at 6 pm at the Lloyd Copeland Park Community Center.