8:30 pm update
Another update. Winds are gusting to 40 mph in the County. Here's a partial list of reported areas where trees are down with road blockage: Kathleen Rd., and Matters Rd., Lakeland, Palmetto Lane E. and V. Matt Williams Blvd, Polk City, Galloway Road and Spivey Road, W. Socrum Loop Rd., and Novell Costing Rd., Citrus Ave., and Oak Ave., Kathleen, Gib Galloway and Childs Way, and Lake Reedy Blvd, Frostproof. We are also seeing photos of other trees down throughout the County. There are more reports of trees down on private property.
Please stay off the roads & be safe everyone!
Another update as of about 7:30 p.m....
Wind speeds are increasing in the County--40 mph gusts reported. Experts are saying we can expect our highest winds between 11:00 pm and 3:00 am--at or near hurricane force winds. Flooding reported in the Camp Inn area off US 27. More reports of trees down around the county. A tree is blocking Galloway Road near Spivey in Lakeland. Trees have been cleared from US 27 near Frostproof. Sleepy Hill Elementary Shelter has lost power.
Be safe out there! Stay off the roads.
How about an update? As of around 6:30 pm in Polk County we have widespread rain and wind. Winds are increasing. We have a number of reports about downed trees around the county, but no significant property damage reported as of yet. We have a report of a downed tree and power lines on Lake Reedy Blvd near Frostproof. TECO is reporting about 2,200 customers without power, Duke Energy is reporting about 1,200 customers without power, Lakeland Electric is reporting about 1,300 without power, and the City of Ft. Meade is without power (the power was taken off line as a precaution to prevent future transformer damage, and other technical issues). No significant events reported. Stay off the roads and stay safe everyone!