TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs announced Wednesday morning that it is providing sandbags for residents and business owners preparing for possible flooding.
A storm system working its way through the Gulf of Mexico is predicted to bring heavy rains and high seas later today and into Thursday.
The sandbags are being made available for pickup in three Tarpon Springs locations: Live Oak Dog Park (Live Oak near the intersection of Safford Avenue, Dodecanese Boulevard roundabout (the Sponge Docks) and Dorsett Park (500 E. Harrison St.).
The National Hurricane Center's latest update on the system describes it as a broad area of low pressure over the central Gulf of Mexico that is producing a large area of disorganized thunderstorms and strong gusty winds over the southeastern gulf. There's a 50 percent chance of it developing into a subtropical or tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.