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Welcome rain in New Tampa

Welcome rain in New Tampa

Patches of rain moved across New Tampa Friday morning to about early afternoon before drying out with the return of some sunshine.

In general, New Tampa received a .10" to .25" of rain across the entire area.  Not exactly a major dent in recent rainfall deficits but welcome.

The last good rain fell April 24 and 25 when around 1 to 2 inches of rain was recorded.  Yet April in general was a dry month, outside of those two days, the last good stretch of rain was back in March.

Progress Village cleanup will take days

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Florida - Even with Red Cross shelters available, a large portion of Progress Village residents spent Thursday night at home - in the dark - as the community regroups after a violent storm rolled through Thursday.

Photo Gallery: Pictures of today's storms and storm damage

Electricity was knocked out to the entire area, leaving thousands wondering if they'll have power before the weekend.  The Tampa Electric Company (TECO) worked feverishly to repair lines but with so much infrastructure damage, the entire grid has been turned off for safety reasons.

City cancels all after-school activities

City cancels all after-school activities

Tampa, FL -- Due to the severe weather, the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department has canceled the After-School Activity Program and all other programs and activities scheduled this evening, Thursday, March 31. 

 This includes adult and youth classes, sports leagues, and any other activity or program taking place at a city recreation facility.

Power out for thousands around the Bay area

Power out for thousands around the Bay area

Tampa, Florida - Power is out for thousands of customers around the Tampa Bay area. The storms have knocked down trees onto powerlines in many areas.

Teco Energy's Outage map shows customers much of the outage is on the Southshore area near Riverview and Gibsonton.

Link: TECO Power outage map

Plant City downpour

Plant City downpour

Plant City, FL -- 10 News viewer Trish Eadaoin sent us this photo of downpours outside her Plant City home around 12:20 this afternoon.

Got a photo send it to us at photos@wtsp.com and we'll try to get them on the web.

Stay safe everyone!

Hillsborough farmers qualify for assistance after freeze loss

Hillsborough farmers qualify for assistance after freeze loss

Hillsborough County, FL -- Hillsborough County is one of many counties in Florida included in the USDA’s disaster declaration as a result of the frost and freezes that occurred Nov. 5 – Dec. 17, 2010. Hillsborough County farmers have eight months from the date of this declaration on Jan. 25, 2011, to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses, according to a release from the county.

The USDA provided the following information on the disaster declaration and assistance in their release:

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 26 counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by frost and freezes that occurred Nov. 5 – Dec. 17, 2010.

The counties are: Alachua, De Soto, Hardee, Lee, Miami-Dade, Putnam, Bradford, Dixie, Hendry, Levy, Okeechobee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Flagler, Highlands, Manatee, Palm Beach, St. Johns, Clay, Gilchrist, Indian River, Martin, Polk, St. Lucie, Collier and Glades.    

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Florida also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous: Baker, Columbia, Lafayette, Monroe, Pasco, Taylor, Brevard, Duval, Lake, Orange, Sumter, Union, Broward, Hillsborough, Marion, Osceola, Suwannee, Volusia and Citrus.