New Port Richey and West Pasco received only slight effects from a tropical system in more than ten years, and the nearest landfall of a tropical system since 1921.
The effects appear to be mostly superficial, the the Pasco County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Sheriff’s Office reporting only light flooding along the Pithlachascotee River and Anclote River. Sandbag facilities will remain open for the time being to assist residents still experiencing flooding in those areas. No major storm damage has been reported, and there are no reports of any tornadoes having formed during the storm.
Pasco County Schools dismissed students early in the day on Monday, citing a decision made by the Pasco EOC to recommend that drivers clear roads prior to 3 PM. The NOAA reconaissance aircraft flight on Tuesday morning has predicted winds gusting as high as 73 MPH on Monday evening, but later forecasts showed that wind speed was not achieved, with the highest peaks of wind gusts reaching 43 MPH with sustained winds below 20 MPH.
The greatest impact from the storm has been the rain with nearly three inches falling in less than 48 hours. This rain total is not unusual for the New Port Richey area.
Another line of severe storms is currently south of the Tampa Bay area over Brandon and Winter Haven. NOAA forecasts show there is some potential for that portion of the system to move northward and affect the New Port Richey area later this evening.
If you have photos of damage or a story about the storm, or would like to let us know your opinion on preparedness for tropical systems, drop us a line at jrtietz[at]gmail.com.