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The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Irma has strengthened back into a Category 5 storm, as officials warned more than 5 million people that time was running out Friday and ordered them to evacuate ahead of the deadly hurricane as it followed a path that could take it from one end of the state to the other.

Forecasters also extended hurricane and storm surge warnings and watches farther north to the Anclote River, including Tampa Bay.

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Officials in Florida said Saturday a sinkhole that swallowed two homes last month is growing.

Pasco County officials during a news conference that a large chunk of the hole's edge has collapsed. Two more homes in Land O'Lakes, a Tampa suburb, have been condemned.

The sinkhole, which opened up July 14, is now about 260 feet (79 meters) wide at its widest point.

Emergency management officials will collect water samples to test for E.coli on Monday in the immediate neighborhood where a sinkhole swallowed two homes in Florida.

Growing Sinkhole Destroys Homes In Land O'Lakes

Jul 14, 2017
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Updated at 3:30 p.m.

A sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow in Pasco County swallowed a boat, destroyed two homes and prompted officials to evacuate residents from 10 other homes on Friday.

Funding for a first-of-its-kind facility did not survive the Governor’s veto pen. That’s despite being named for an abused victim of the now-closed Dozier School for Boys.

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Among the $410 million worth of projects struck from the new state budget by Governor Rick Scott's veto pen are a number of items with ties to the Tampa Bay area.

Pasco and Citrus counties are opening shelters because of Friday night's expected cold weather.

Joining Hands Missions at 3333 US Hwy 19 North in Holiday will be open for individuals. Pasco County officials say families can contact United Way for more information at 211.

The Salvation Army in Citrus County is opening a shelter at 712 South School Avenue in Lecanto.

Temperatures north of the Tampa Bay area are expected to drop Friday night into the low to mid 30s.

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Some neighborhoods near the Anclote River in Pasco County are flooding.

Because of high tide, Hurricane Hermine and a strong thunderstorm on Saturday, the Anclote River crested Sunday at 25.08 feet, officials said, and is forecast to slowly recede out of major flood stage by 8 a.m. Monday. The Anclote area remains under a flood warning.

The first organization authorized to dispense medical marijuana in Florida has made its first home delivery.

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Officials say they've evacuated several homes in Holiday after a sinkhole opened up beneath one house.

Voters Warned About Misleading Voter Registration Forms

Jun 26, 2016
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The Pasco Supervisor of Elections is warning voters about misleading voter registration forms from the Washington D.C. based Voter Participation Center (VPC).

Whether you are a craft beer enthusiast or a pro with the paddle board, Pasco County may be the place for you to be this weekend.

Pasco Paddlepalooza is a way to promote awareness for the waterways in west Pasco County, as well as raise money for some community causes.

Walter Loos is the Director of Business for Gill Dawg, the restaurant that organized the event.

He says there will be no drinking and paddling.

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The early reports about what happened Monday afternoon inside a movie theater near Tampa are certainly disturbing:

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The kangaroo who was captured in Pasco County last weekend died shortly afterwards, and officials say the animal's owner has been charged with a misdemeanor - not related to the death, but its escape.

On Friday, Pasco County Sheriff's officials said that a necropsy would be conducted on the kangaroo, but the Tampa Bay Times reports that didn't end up happening.

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They say stories like these come in threes: first, on Saturday, law enforcement in Tallahassee had to use a taser gun to recapture a llama that had escaped his pen, then a kangaroo was captured in Pasco County Sunday, now comes word that four llamas are being evaluated by veterinarians in southwest Florida after being passengers in a vehicle accident on I-75 Monday afte

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Floridians know there's no shortage of wildlife in the Sunshine State, but kangaroos and llamas?

While Pasco Sheriff's deputies were capturing a kangaroo that was on the loose in Lacoochee, deputies in Tallahassee had to use a taser gun to re-capture a llama that had escaped his pen.

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Slow-moving Tropical Storm Debby has spawned sinkholes in Hernando County, tornadoes in Polk and Pinellas and a deadly twister in Highlands that stole a mother from her toddler.

Now it's forcing people in Pasco County out of their homes because of flooding. 

Pasco County authorities have an emergency evacuation underway in parts of New Port Richey.