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Brooksville family creates a "white" Christmas

Brooksville family creates a "white" Christmas

Brooksville, FL - The Slayton family is enjoying the holiday season "northern-style" with their homemade snow machine thanks to 13-year-old Jaime Slayton.

Jaime's dad, James Slayton, said his son has been bugging him for two years for one of these and was searching online like crazy trying to find one. He came across SNOWatHOME.com and with his family's help was able to create a homemade snowblower from an air compressor and a pressure washer.

In about nine hours the Slaytons had over three inches of snow over 50 feet long and 25 feet wide. <--break->The Slaytons have lived in Brooksville for 10 years but travel to the Northeast each year to visit family. So even though this isn't the first time they've seen snow, it is certainly the first time they have enjoyed it like this.

Abandoned Shih Tzus die at shelter

BROOKSVILLE, Florida (AP) - Officials say 29 of 64 abandoned Shih Tzus have died following a virus outbreak at a Hernando County shelter.

Animal Services reported Monday that a parvovirus outbreak caused the deaths. The dogs were found abandoned on a dead-end road in November.

Photo Gallery: Dozens of neglected dogs found abandoned

Officials say the outbreak will delay adoptions of the remaining dogs until after the New Year. 

After the virus was discovered last weekend, all of the dogs at the shelter were vaccinated. Some animals were euthanized to relieve suffering and restrict disease transmission.

Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that affects the digestive system and the heart.

Arctic front nearing Hernando

Arctic front nearing Hernando

Hernando County - An arctic front is heading to the Bay area, including a Hard Freeze Watch in effect for Hernando and all surrounding counties except Pinellas.

* Lake Wind Advisory in effect this afternoon into the evening. Sustained winds of 20mph likely with higher gusts on area lakes.

* High Surf Advisory in effect this afternoon through Tuesday. 5 to 8 foot surf expected with offshore waves of 10 to possibly 15 feet. Dangerous rip currents likely.

* Small Craft Advisory in effect through Tuesday. Seas build today to 5 - 8 feet then 9 - 12 feet tonight through Monday. Slow improvements into Tuesday.

* Gale Warning in effect for offshore waters out 20 nautical miles and beyond. Winds increase to 25 - 35 kts with gusts over 40 kts. Seas 10 - 15 feet.

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!

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.

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.