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Crooked Lake Park's Sunshine Drive to be Closed for at Least Two Months

Construction of a new sewer main and lift station will require the closure of Sunshine Drive in the Crooked Lake Park neighborhood south of Lake Wales for two months starting Monday... — Updated 12/1/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Hurricane Season Still Has Potential for Trouble From Caribbean

Even as the Lake Wales area enjoys pleasant and mild weather, it's important to keep a weather-eye out for late-developing tropical storms and hurricanes that could threaten to... — Updated 11/15/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Sharp Cool-down to Follow Significant Rain Event

It's time to start digging out the jackets and sweaters. The long-awaited seasonal cooldown after the end of an exceptionally hot summer will arrive in earnest next week after the... — Updated 10/11/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Soggy Weather May Usher in Caribbean Storm Season

An early-autumn bout of very soggy weather has left the Lake Wales Ridge area with as much as nine inches of rain in some locations, raising lake levels and saturating marshes. Now... — Updated 9/27/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Rains, But No 'Canes in Weather Outlook

After a two-day spell of autumn-like weather to mark the official start of the season this weekend, summer-like rains are expected to return to Florida, but the threat of a... — Updated 9/24/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Heavy Rains Possible in Coming Week, But Hurricane Threat Remains Low

As the 2023 hurricane season peaks this week, storm threats to Florida appear to be at low ebb. Conditions in the tropical Atlantic basin are continuing to deflect storms northward.... — Updated 9/15/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

"Doomsday Storm" Lee May Impact East Coast

The strongest hurricane to form over the Atlantic basin in recent years may be in the offing as National Hurricane Center forecasters are predicting that now Tropical Storm Lee... — Updated 9/13/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

New Potential Tropical System Emerges in Distant Atlantic

While multiple named storms have swirled harmlessly all week in the mid-Atlantic, a weak tropical wave that emerged off the coast of Africa several days ago is now the system to... — Updated 9/6/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Threat of Idalia Here Rapidly Dropping as Storm Continues Northward

The chance of severe weather from Hurricane Idalia is dropping rapidly this evening as the storm continues on a steady northward track, now advancing at 16 mph. Precautions are... — Updated 9/5/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Idalia Leaves Heavy Rains, But No Wind Damage

After causing a scare in the east Polk region by approaching Florida from the southwest, Hurricane Idalia behaved much as the computer models had predicted, staying well offshore... — Updated 8/30/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

11:00 am UPDATE: Hurricane Idalia Still Moving Mostly North, Intensifying

Precautions are advised for strong winds and heavy rains due to the approach of Hurricane Idalia, still expected to move near Florida's Gulf Coast overnight on Wednesday. The 11:00... — Updated 8/29/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

UPDATE Tropical Storm Warning Issued for Polk as Hurricane Adalia Approaches

The National Hurricane Center has issued Hurricane Warnings for much of the Florida west coast north of Longboat Key, and raised the former Tropical Storm Watch in Polk County to a... — Updated 8/29/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

UPDATE: Tuesday Morning Hurricane Trends

The threat of a direct strike from Hurricane Idalia on east Polk and the Lake Wales Ridge area continues to diminish this morning as the storm has continued on a northerly track... — Updated 8/29/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

5:00 pm UPDATE: Hurricane Idalia Still a Threat, But Trends are Positive for Lake Wales

The 5:00 pm update from the National Hurricane Center contains some positive news for the Lake Wales area as the most recent model runs for future movements of Tropical Storm... — Updated 8/29/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Hurricane Idelia Expected to Have Some Impacts on Lake Wales Ridge Area

The rapid intensification of Tropical Storm Idalia into a major hurricane just off the west coast of Florida has Lake Wales area residents on edge. Three times in the last 19 years... — Updated 8/28/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Potential Tropical System Impact Becomes More Likely for Region

The possibility of a tropical storm or hurricane impacting Florida and potentially threatening the Lake Wales area is increasing as models are indicating the potential development... — Updated 8/24/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Potential Tropical Storm Threat Grows for Florida as Peak Season Approaches

A significant shift in weather patterns in both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean basins has increased chances of tropical storm development that could potentially threaten Florida and... — Updated 8/18/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Hurricane Season Remains Quiet Despite Predictions

As the 19th anniversary of the devasting impact of Hurricane Charley approaches on August 13, many Ridge area residents turn a wary eye on the tropics. Despite "super-heated"... — Updated 8/10/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Weather Pattern Finally Changes, Opens Door to Rains, Tropical Development

After a sputtering start to the expected summer rainy season, a wetter pattern may soon take hold over the Lake Wales Ridge area, but it could open the door for a busier Hurricane s... — Updated 8/5/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Rains May Return This Week, But July Lull in Tropics Likely to Continue

A relatively dry "monsoon" season has left many long-time residents wondering where all the rain has gone, but also glad to see the lack of tropical storm development. Now at last... — Updated 8/5/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Soggy Week Ahead For Florida, But Hurricane Unlikely

A week of wet weather is ahead for Florida as forecast models show a strong upper-level low persisting over the area all week. Waves of strong storms are expected to propagate from... — Updated 6/23/2023


Only One Public Shelter Will Serve Lake Wales & Frostproof Areas This Hurricane Season

Polk County Emergency Management has release the "Polk County Public Shelters" maps for 2023, revealing that there remains only a single shelter to serve the nearly 100,000... — Updated 5/28/2023


Fire at Quails Bluff Leaves Families Homeless

An early-morning fire that left Lake Wales firefighters battling the blaze until dawn left a gaping hole in a local apartment building, and in the lives of 23 residents of the... — Updated 5/22/2023


Stormwater Management A Major Challenge for Many Local Governments

It's raining hard. You need to get to an important appointment. You're halfway to your destination when you hit a roadblock. The intersection is flooded, wind gusts have downed... — Updated 5/9/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Eyesore Building Escapes Code Enforcement for Another Year

City action may at last be pending against a long-derelict eyesore property that confront thousands of travelers each day passing by on Scenic Highway. The former "Five Points"... — Updated 3/24/2023


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