Large sinkhole opens up in Dade City, other reports of damage, flooding due to severe weather

TAMPA BAY REGION - For the second day across the Bay area, residents have been experiencing flooding and damage as severe weather wreaks havoc.

Lakeland is still dealing with the damage caused from wind and rain Wednesday night. There were reports of downed trees, power lines and debris crashing into cars and properties. 

Tonight, a 30-feet deep, 30 feet wide sinkhole opened up in Dade City on Jessamine Drive and Jim Denney Road.

Officials say it was heavy rain that washed out a wide chunk of the ground underneath the road. Jessamine Drive is expected to remain closed until crews can get it fixed.

Brooksville has experienced a large amount of flooding since the flood warnings were issued for both Hernando and Pasco County issued around 6 p.m.

A shed was seen drifting down US 41 in Brooksville, floating its way into traffic. Flash flooding also closed some roads in Wesley Chapel thursday night. The Pasco Sheriff's Office says several cars stalled out in high waters. Fortunately there have been no reports of injury.

Earlier Thursday night, Hernando officials advised residents to stay indoors due to dangerous, flooded and impassible roads.  

Mintz Elementary School in Brandon ended up catching fire after lightning struck the building. The flames were found in the ceiling above a classroom. The fire was quickly extinguished and no students or staff were injured.

The warnings were set to expire at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, but they've since been extended to Friday.

 

Refresh for updates as new reports continue to come in.

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