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Arctic front nears Citrus County

Arctic front nears Citrus County

Citrus County - An arctic front is heading to the Bay area, including a Hard Freeze Watch in effect for Citrus 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.

Subway spokesman Jared helps honor Inverness teacher

Subway spokesman Jared helps honor Inverness teacher

Inverness, FL - Subway's well-known spokesman, Jared Fogle, made an appearance in Inverness this week to present a plaque and trophy to physical education teacher Brenda Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick was honored by the American Heart Association for raising $10,800 in the school's Hoops for Heart fundraiser she organized, which was the most of any participating school in Citrus county and the third largest amount in Florida.

Fogle, who famously lost over 200 pounds with daily Subway sandwiches, was on hand to congratulate the students of Inverness Middle on the accomplishment and to reinforce the importance of exercise and a healthy diet.

 

 

Mom gives birth in front yard, while husband packs for hospital

Mom gives birth in front yard, while husband packs for hospital

Inverness, Florida-Whitney and Blaine Wright knew a baby was on the way, but they had no idea how fast.  Around 3:30 Saturday morning, Wright gave birth in her front yard, while trying to make it to the family car and onto the hospital.

"I started screaming for my husband and I said she's coming and she's coming right now," said Whitney Wright, 24, who spent hours in labor on her first pregnancy.

"I made it out my front door and collapsed and I wasn't going anywhere else. I felt her coming out," said Wright.

Whitney's husband was inside gathering their bags and two year old daughter to take to the hospital and did not realize his wife was already giving birth out in the front yard.

Whitney managed to grab her cell phone and call 9-1-1 for help. The dispatcher calmly directed Whitney on what to do while sending emergency crews to the home.

Forecast: Citrus issued Hard Freeze Warning

Forecast: Citrus issued Hard Freeze Warning

Citrus County, FL -Citrus and Sumter counties at most risk in Tampa Bay area, with Hard Freeze warnings issued for tonight. 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!

Citrus County dispatcher helps deliver baby girl

Citrus County dispatcher helps deliver baby girl

Lecanto, Florida -- A pregnant woman in Citrus County went into labor yesterday morning and didn't have time to make it to the hospital. She called 911. On the other end of the line?  A dispatcher who helped her deliver the baby over the phone.

Eric Maltz is an 18-year-old communications dispatcher who works with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

"My main goal is going into law enforcement and becoming a deputy, but this job being a 911 dispatcher and a call taker gives really good insight," Maltz said.

Photo Gallery: Dispatcher helps deliver baby

Eric has been working in the 911 call center for the past six months, and while he's taken a lot of unusual calls, early Saturday morning, he took a call from a woman in labor.

Homosassa manatees get new hotspot

Homosassa Springs, Florida - For Manatee lovers, Friday was a red ribbon day. It took only a few minutes to raise the gates out of the Homosassa River, but the moment was years in the making.

"Raise the gate," onlookers yelled.

Why do they call it that? Inverness LIVE on the road!

Why do they call it that? Inverness LIVE on the road!

This Citrus County town agreed to drop its original name and pick up a new Scottish one, in return for something special.

Check out the videos on the right for all of the action during our LIVE road show in Downtown Inverness!

Thanks to everyone in Inverness who came out to share in the fun with the crew from 10 News!

Why do they call it Inverness?

Ask "Uncle Alf."

Civil War veteran Alfred Tompkins bought a bunch of land here. He gave some to his brother-in-law -- free.

So when that brother-in-law laid out the plan for a city on this spot, he named it Tompkinsville. It was quite the thank-you gift.

But it wouldn't last. Local legend says a lonely Scotsman moved to town. He wanted a new name based on a city in the Scottish highlands.