According to the Tampa Bay Times, 2017 could bring a new hazard to Florida: wildfires. The Florida Forest Service notes an unusually dry winter season that could set us up for a drought. These conditions cover nearly our entire service area, stretching into Pinellas County, Pasco County, Hillsborough County and Hernando County. “We had a good summer with lots of rain,” said David Zierden, a Florida State University professor who serves as the state’s official climatologist. But the last major rainfall to hit Florida arrived with Hurricane Matthew in early October, he said.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Zika virus could be making its way to Florida (specifically, to our local area) soon. Here’s what the report had to say: It is very important to note that there have been no locally acquired infections reported in the United States, with the exception of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. But because the Aedes aegypti mosquito lives in Florida, and with the large amount of travel to and from Zika endemic areas, there is a real risk for a possible outbreak of locally acquired infections. –