National Weather Service Warns of Freezing Temperatures

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The National Weather Service is monitoring a powerful cold front that will bring another shot of Arctic air into the region.

This will result in a couple of nights of freezing temperatures and very cold wind chills for up to 7 hours Wednesday and Thursday nights.

After a cool day on Friday, temperatures will warm significantly over the weekend with daytime temperatures in the low to mid 70s and overnight temperatures in the mid 50s.

Wednesday Night Low Temps/Wind Chills County Minimum Temps Wind Chill
Hernando
Low Temperature: 25 degrees
Wind Chill: 17 degrees

Thursday Night Low Temps/Wind Chills County Minimum Temps Wind Chill
Hernando
Low Temperature: 30 degrees
Wind Chill: 27 degrees

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO PREPARE FOR COLD WEATHER
• Consider the needs of pets during this time. Do not leave pets outside in the cold weather.

• Cover or move plants that are sensitive to the cold.

• When low temperatures are predicted, let a thin trickle of water run from the faucet.

• Consider running pool pumps overnight during freezing temperatures to prevent damage.

• Turn off sprinkler system to avoid damage to the sprinkler head and pipes.

Residents are encouraged to register with Alert Hernando to receive automated emergency weather alerts and other important messages from Hernando County.

Register today at: www.AlertHernando.org and pay attention to local media outlets or the National Weather Service at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tbw/ for current weather information. The EOC is not activated at this time.

COLD WEATHER SHELTERS
Individuals that need to seek shelter from the cold may contact Jericho Road Ministries for assistance:

Men’s Shelter
1090 Mondon Hill Road
Brooksville, FL 34605
352-799-2912, ext. 103

Women’s Shelter ‘Mary’s House’
1163 Howell Road
Brooksville, FL 34601
352-799-2912, ext. 109

Advisory from the National Hurricane Center

The 500 AM advisory from the National Hurricane Center on Hurricane Gert. The good news about Gert is that the storm will remain over the open waters of the Atlantic, and is NOT a threat to the United States.

 

TORNADO WATCH in effect for Hernando

Please be advised there is a TORNADO WATCH in effect for Hernando, Citrus, and Pasco counties until 10 a.m.

TORNADO WATCH in effect for Hernando

Severe Weather Awareness Week is an opportunity for Floridians to learn about the various weather hazards that frequently impact the state and how families and businesses can prepare for these natural events.

Each day focuses in a specific weather event.

Wednesday’s focus is on Thunderstorms and Tornandoes.

Florida’s Severe Weather Awareness Week takes place from February 22-26, 2016

Severe Weather Awareness Week is an opportunity for Floridians to learn about the various weather hazards that frequently impact the state and how families and businesses can prepare for these natural events.

Each day focuses in a specific weather event.

Monday’s focus is on Lightning Safety.

Weather Update from National Weather Service

Marginal Risk for Severe Thunderstorms Tonight

Weather Update from National Weather Service

Overview:
•A fast moving cold front will approach the area with thunderstorms tonight, therefore the NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed the area in a Marginal Risk for Severe Thunderstorms Tonight.

•The SPC is forecasting a 2% probability of a tornado, and a 5% probability of hail 1″ or larger and damaging thunderstorm winds or wind gusts of 50 knots or higher, all within 25 miles of a point.

Timing:
•3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
: Peninsula – scattered showers.

•Midnight to 4 a.m.: North of Tampa Bay – showers and a few thunderstorms.

•2 a.m. to 8 a.m.: Around Tampa Bay – showers and a few thunderstorms.

•5am to 10am: South of Tampa Bay – showers and a few thunderstorms. Impacts:

•Gusty strong or damaging winds are possible with the thunderstorms.

•Hail possible.

•Tornadoes cannot be ruled out.