PASCO COUNTY, Fla – In anticipation of heavy rain next week, Pasco County is reminding you that TWO self-serve sandbag sites are open 24/7 to help protect your property from potential flooding:
- Magnolia Valley Golf Course, 7223 Massachusetts Ave., NPR
- Pasco Public Works C-Barn, 30908 Warder Rd., San Antonio
Sand and bags are available at both sites and will be restocked between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. (please bring a shovel).
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For more information on how to properly fill and place sandbags please watch the video below:
There is a 70% chance that an area of showers and thunderstorms in the Caribbean Sea will develop into a tropical system as soon as Sunday and could pose a risk to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico coast early next week.
The National Hurricane Center is closely monitoring the system, which is currently located near Central America.
The system is expected to track north this weekend through the Caribbean Sea toward the Gulf of Mexico. If the system consolidates into one swirling mass with a defined center, it could form a tropical depression or named storm.
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Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Franklin is on track to pass near Bermuda as a hurricane.
The storm is expected to strengthen into a hurricane over the weekend as it enters an area of low wind shear and very warm water. Small variations in Franklin’s track through the weekend will determine exactly how close it gets to Bermuda when it makes its closest pass Monday and Monday night.
Franklin’s winds and rainfall will extend beyond its center. Tropical-storm-force wind gusts are possible across Bermuda early next week as Franklin makes its closest approach. A few showers and thunderstorms are also possible across Bermuda as Franklin passes.
Residents of Florida and the Gulf Coast should monitor the progress of this system and be prepared to take action if necessary.
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