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Cold weather shelters open tonight

Cold weather shelters open tonight

Hillsborough County, FL -- Hillsborough County cold weather shelters will be open again tonight for the homeless and those who live in homes without adequate heat.

The shelters are:

Sweetest strawberries in decades

Sweetest strawberries in decades

Plant City, FL -- Gary Parke of Parkesdale Farm is a busy but very happy man these days.


The Florida Strawberry Festival is just weeks away and there is still a lot of work to do but Parke says he's ready.


He's not only ready but excited too. You can hear the excitement in his voice over the phone. 


When I asked him how the crop fared after the winter freeze he said, "Miss Ginger, these are some of the best strawberries i've had in thirty six years."

Bruce B. Downs construction moving along

Bruce B. Downs construction moving along

Tampa, FL -- Despite weather extremes from 2010, with record setting cold to high summer heat, construction on Bruce B. Downs from Palm Springs Boulevard to Pebble Creek Boulevard then to County Line Road is just about on schedule.


Installation of the large storm sewers and water mains were a few weeks behind schedule because of some of the inclement weather.


But the drier than normal conditions to finish the rainy season and on into the winter gave contractors time to get back on schedule.

Near week-long delays out of TIA

Near week-long delays out of TIA

Tampa, Florida-- A blizzard across the northeast coupled with the busy post Christmas travel rush are leaving some passengers stranded in Tampa for days.

The Daponte family arrived back from a Carnival cruise on Sunday only to find out their flight back to Providence, Rhode Island got canceled.

"I'm just tired and I just want to go home. It's been a long three days I tell you," said Joe Daponte, who was traveling with his wife and several other family members.

While some are making the most of their unexpected time in Tampa, others are upset over the cost of booking extra hotel days.

"This is money we weren't expecting to spend," said Francine Achbar, who is trying to fly back to Boston.

Some passengers rushed to rebook canceled flights over the phone.

Northeast blizzard causing TIA cancellations

Northeast blizzard causing TIA cancellations

Tampa, Florida - Lines at Tampa International are as deep as the snow in the northeast. Going to New York City or Newark? No way.

"I'm stranded here," says Valerie Kohrmann, who is trying to fly into Newark.

Dozens of flights going to and from New York City, Boston and Philadelphia have been cancelled and flights to other cities delayed. Travelers are whiling alway the hours anyway they can.

The Pettis family is playing cards and they're hoping an evening flight to Rochester will still be in the cards for them. The flight hasn't been cancelled - yet.

"We're not 100 percent, because we keep hearing how bad things are in New York, but we've got our fingers crossed," says Peggy Pettis with a laugh as she deals the cards.

Forecast: Hillsborough issued Freeze Warning

Forecast: Hillsborough issued Freeze Warning

Hillsborough County, FL - Wind Chill advisories and Freeze Warnings have been issued to Hillsborough. 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!