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Forecast: Hernando issued Freeze Warning

Forecast: Hernando issued Freeze Warning

Hernando County, FL - Lows in Hernando county to dip into the 20s tonight, within just a few degrees of record low temperatures, as Freeze Warnings are issued. 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!

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More than 60 abandoned puppies soon to be up for adoption in Hernando

More than 60 abandoned puppies soon to be up for adoption in Hernando

BROOKSVILLE, Florida -- UPDATE: The 60+ puppies found abandoned in Brooksville will soon be up for adoption.  Applications are being taken, but the Hernando County Animal Control says they have been inundated with hundreds. 

Applicants are still not being allowed to see the dogs yet,  but applications can still be made by visiting, calling or faxing the Hernando County Animal Shelter.

Some of these puppies do have medical issues that whoever adopt them will be obligated to take care of.

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Weeki Wachee mermaids perform in Atlanta

Weeki Wachee mermaids perform in Atlanta

WEEKI WACHEE, Fla. (AP) -- The world famous mermaids of Weeki Wachee are taking a dip in the Georgia Aquarium.

The venerable Old Florida attraction said Wednesday that its mermaids -- actually young woman in fishtails swimming to choreographed routines -- are performing at the downtown Atlanta aquarium through December.

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The mermaids will be swimming inside the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager exhibit, the largest saltwater tank in the world. They'll perform among whale sharks, which are the world's largest fish, and other unique undersea species.

Mermaids have been swimming for visitors since 1947 in a natural spring in the tiny town north of Tampa.

Cold weather... even colder air on the way

Cold weather... even colder air on the way

A Freeze Warning is in effect tonight for Citrus, Hernando, Levy and Sumter Counties from 2:00am to 8:00am.

Today... sunny, breezy and very cool.  Highs 60 - 65.

Tonight... clear and cold.  Lows 37 - 44 except 28 - 33 to the north.

Friday... sunny and only slightly warmer.  Highs 64 - 69.

Saturday... mostly sunny skies and pleasant.  Highs 68 - 72.

Sunday... another cold front moves across generating a mix of clouds and sunshine with a slight 10% risk for a sprinkle or shower near the coast.  Turns windy.  Highs 70 - 74 but falling by late afternoon.

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Hernando man shoots himself while cleaning gun

SPRING HILL, Florida (AP) -- A Hernando County man reportedly shot himself in the hand while trying to clean his gun.

The sheriff's office reports that 26-year-old Sean Santana was in his backyard Saturday afternoon, about to spray the .25-caliber pistol with cleaning solvent when the gun fired and hit him in the left middle finger.

Santana wrapped his hand and drove himself to a nearby hospital.

Deputies have determined the shooting was accidental.

Police car hits woman chasing dog

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a police car struck a southwest Florida woman who ran into the road after her dog.
  
Brooksville Police Chief George Turner said 36-year-old Deborah Taylor was walking with two men Friday night when the dog slipped out of its collar and ran across the highway. A patrol car hit her and she was airlifted to the hospital with head injuries. Her injuries are not life threatening. The officer was not injured.
  
Authorities say there were no skid marks from the accident, which happened along a stretch of road with poor lighting.
  
Taylor was wearing dark clothing.