A 20-foot sinkhole in Clermont, Fla., opened up this Monday between two homes, and the recent heavy rains could be to blame.
In 2001, a sinkhole appeared in the same spot and was filled with cement. It has now reopened and is causing some concern.
According to the USGS, a sinkhole is a depression in the surface of the Earth caused by the collapse of soil due to the dissolving of the underlying limestone. The weather can play a role in their formation.
On Thursday, March 11, South Lake County received rainfall totalling as high as 5.19 inches.
"The heavy rains in that area saturated the ground and that definitely influences whether a sinkhole will form," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mike Pigott.
The two homes on either side of the sinkhole have not seen any damage, yet.
Florida law requires homeowners insurance to cover damages caused by sinkholes, according to Tampa attorneys at Hancock & Hancock.
Florida insurance currently pays up to 100 percent for damages caused by scientifically proven sinkholes.
Unfortunately, this may not last too much longer. Florida State Representative Bryan Nelson just proposed a bill called the Comprehensive Insurance Fraud Investigation and Prevention Act of 2010. In this bill, it would change sinkhole coverage to only 25 percent, said a report by Florida's wftv.com.
His purpose is to limit insurance fraud, but this could leave many Floridians with sinkhole damages they will not be able to repair.
For example, if your insurance covers $100,000 now, with the new bill you will receive only $25,000 no matter how bad the damages to your home are.
Sinkholes are a common occurrence in Florida during the spring. The proposed new bill could be just as detrimental as a huge hole in the ground.
Residents from McPherson, Kansas, to Norman, Oklahoma, told the USGS that they felt the earthquake, according to the USGS website.
A "blob" of abnormally cold water in the North Atlantic, located near Greenland, has the potential to put enough drag on the ocean current to impact weather conditions in the years to come.
Another round of rain is expected to move through the Carolinas on Saturday, which may lead to rises on some small streams and creeks.
After a period of above-average temperatures across the Northeast for much of this week, a return to more fall-like conditions will be in store this weekend.
A strengthening storm system will bring the threat for flooding, mudslides and severe thunderstorms to areas from Italy into the Balkans later Friday into the weekend.
“It was by far the most intimidating natural disaster I have ever chased,” Storm Chaser and Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer said of the historic flooding in South Carolina.
Early season snowfall dropped up to 12" on Webster County, WV; 9" at Staunton, VA; 1" at Dulles Airport, 0.3" in Washington, DC and 2.1" at Philadelphia. Whitened the ground throughout MD, Northern VA, Eastern WV, Eastern PA, NJ, NY and S. New England. Philadelphia broke 84 year low temperature record in mid-afternoon. Snow as far south as Richmond, VA (earliest on record). World Series Game in Baltimore postponed.
St.Augustine, FL (1989)
16.08" of rain fell.
Record Heat Wave Temp San Francisco 96 Sacramento 100 Bakersfield 101 LA Civic Center 107 Red Bluff 103 Riverside 106