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SECO crews continue restoration work

SECO crews continue restoration work

Citrus County, FL -- SECO line crews worked throughout the night to restore power to customers who were impacted by the severe storms that hit, and continue to hit, the co-op’s service territory. 

Tornado-like winds brought large trees and limbs down across power lines damaging poles and distribution lines throughout SECO’s 2,000 square mile service area.

At 5:00 p.m. yesterday, there were over 13,000 SECO customers without power.

More storms ahead today, as damage cleanup goes on

More storms ahead today, as damage cleanup goes on

Inverness, Florida -- A second area of low pressure will develop and move across Florida through the day Thursday.

Thursday's storms will be capable of damaging wind gusts, torrential rain, dangerous lightning, and still an isolated tornado risk.

It's not possible to say where Thursday's weather will be worst. On Wednesday, folks in the Tampa Bay area's northern counties felt the brunt of it.

Volunteers needed for disaster preparedness seminars

Volunteers needed for disaster preparedness seminars

Cirtus County, Florida -- The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is hosting a class to train volunteers to become public speakers on disaster preparedness and response, according to the County's official website.

RSVP is looking for volunteers who want to become part of a team to conduct training sessions to educate others. The class will be held on Feb. 24, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sunshine Café in the Citrus County Resource Center at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, which is off County Road 491 just south of Beverly Hills.

The goal is to educate Citrus County residents with disaster preparedness and response information. Citizens will learn the importance of having a survival kit and a family communications plan, as well as localized emergency information that will be provided by guest speakers Bob Wesch, Deputy Director of Emergency Management and Sgt. Chris Evan, Community Affairs Officer.

FWS tallies just over 600 manatees at local refuge

FWS tallies just over 600 manatees at local refuge

Crystal River, FL - Manatees struggling to stay warm are seeking refuge at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the total at 621 manatees after completing its most recent aerial survey of the area. Sixty manatees were also counted from land at Three Sister Springs.

According to Citrus County Chronicle Online, there were 468 adults and 48 calves in King's Bay, three adults in Crystal River, 27 adults in the power plant discharge canal, 70 adults and five calves in the Homosassa River, and three adults and one calf in the lower Homosassa River.

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.

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!