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Gas cloud settles on town

Residents of Mulberry in Polk County were advised to stay indoors Sunday night after a hazy, blue cloud of sulphur dioxide settled over the community. Fire Chief Mitch Carmack said the cloud probably came from one of two phosphate plants just west of the town _ Royster Phosphate or Seminole Phosphate. Officials in the plants were notified to check the facilities for leaks. Police and fire officials drove through the town in southwest Polk County about 7:15 p.m. warning residents to stay indoors, turn off air conditioners and close windows. The chemical causes burning eyes and noses and scratchy throats, but no serious injuries were reported, Carmack said. By shortly after 9 p.m., the cloud had almost entirely dissipated.It was a hot one, again

The mercury rose to 91 degrees at Tampa International Airport on Sunday, breaking a record of 90 degrees set on this date in 1919 as well as providing the warmest temperature recorded so late in the year. The previous high temperature this late in the year was 90 degrees on Oct. 18, 1989, according to the National Weather Service. Today, the forecast calls for a high around 90, partly cloudy skies and a 30 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Things should cool to the lower 70s tonight, when there's a 20 percent rain chance.

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