The Dove Daily Update 

Governor Scott Declares State Of Emergency

  • 5:21 pm Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Ann Kelly

Governor Scott had declared a state of emergency for all of the Bay area. That order covers a total of 42 counties throughout the state in advance of Tropical Storm Hermine.  The Governor also said
some 8,000 National Guard Troops are ready to assist residents. On the storm’s current track it should make landfall somewhere around the Panhandle or the Big Bend area. You can continue to track the storm and find county-by-county information here.

Most schools are also closed tomorrow as well as many after school programs canceled, but if you’re not sure about other events and activities call ahead. [More]

Hurricane Watch Up For Parts Of Bay Area

  • 3:48 am Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Ann Kelly

Tropical Depression #9 isn’t moving much in the southern Gulf of Mexico. You can get the latest storm info and track the storm in the Dove Hurricane Guide at . At yesterday’s press conference on storm prep in Tampa, Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s advice – don’t be stupid. And on the other side of the bay, Mayor Rick Kriseman says the city of St Pete is ready, and are hoping the changes made to the wastewater system will make a difference for areas that generally flood during storms. By the way, Pinellas County has extended their sandbag hours – [More]

Polls Open For Primary Voting; Progress In The Tropics

  • 3:30 am Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

It’s primary day. Polls open at 7 am, and close at 7 pm. Florida is a closed primary state which means you have to vote in the party you’re registered with, and make sure to bring along that photo ID.

That confirmed case of non-travel related Zika virus in Pinellas County could have actually been contracted in Hillsborough County. A report from 10 News says the person affected lives in Pinellas, but works in Tampa as a firefighter. All the firefighters at Station #3 where he works have been tested.

Tropical Depression #9 continues to move into the Gulf of Mexico, making [More]

Sandbag Locations Open Across Bay Area

  • 2:55 pm Monday, August 29th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

The 2 pm track on still TD #9 is out and available in the Dove Hurricane Center, along with excellent advice on preparing for any storms. Please take a moment to make sure your storm preparations are complete as we prepare for the possibility of flooding and strong winds. 10 News Stormtracker 10 meteorologist Bobby Deskins talked with Ann Kelly this morning to tell us what we might expect over the next few days. We’ll also share this list of county by county sandbag locations  from our partners at 10 News, along with the days and times they [More]

TD #9 Forms Off The Keys

  • 3:39 am Monday, August 29th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

It’s now Tropical Depression #9 and it formed around Key West last night. Once if moves into the Gulf, it would probably be strong enough to be our next named storm. For now it looks like it may be Wednesday before we feel the effects of the storm, but Pinellas County, St Petersburg and Gulfport have already made sandbags to residents with expectation of 5-7 inches of rain on the way. Check here for those locations from our partners at 10 News.

Tomorrow is Primary Day. Early voting ended over the weekend so if you didn’t drop off or mail in [More]

Sandbag Locations Open in Pinellas County

  • 12:55 am Saturday, August 27th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

Even without a name any storm this time of year can bring torrential downpours and flooding. Pinellas County announced this afternoon they will make sandbags available today and tomorrow, with expectation of 5-7 inches of rain on the way this week. Check here for those locations.

So take a moment to check in with the Dove Hurricane Guide along with our partner from 10 News, home of Stormtracker 10. Right now we may have a much better idea of the storm’s track and intensity by tomorrow morning. Bus as always make sure your storm preparation plans are in place [More]

Vote Early As Part Of Storm Prep

  • 3:55 am Friday, August 26th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

With the possibility of strong storms at the beginning of the week, it’s a good idea to plan on doing two things. Make sure your storm preparation plans are in place, and vote early. Primary day is Tuesday, but you can drop off ballots before then. We have a county-by-county list from our partners at 10 News.

City Commissioners voted 6-1 yesterday to bring down the noise in parts of the city. Areas like Tampa, Ybor, and Channelside have to lower the volume to 85 decibels, but for areas like the South Howard district will now have to lower it [More]

Orlando Health Will Not Bill Pulse Victims

  • 3:40 am Thursday, August 25th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

Orlando Health will not bill any victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. The hospital announced yesterday they will absorb the estimated $5 million dollar cost and look at other methods of repayment that could include insurance, state, federal and private funds. Orlando Health will also look into disability insurance, Florida’s crime victim compensation program, Medicaid and charity care.

A new poll from St Leo University shows we’re becoming more concerned about the Zika virus. Predictions are for around 400 cases in the state by mid-September. Cooler weather after that should help shrink the mosquito population and the number of cases. [More]

Confirmed Zika Case In Pinellas County

  • 3:41 am Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

Pinellas County has its first confirmed case of a non-travel related case of the Zika virus. They won’t say who the person is or where they live until they know if there are any more people infected. That search will also include Hillsborough County. County officials are going to spray for mosquitoes in Pinellas and Hillsborough.

The city of Tampa already has code enforcement officers going through neighborhoods armed with “dunks” that are dropped into standing bodies of water to destroy mosquito breeding grounds. Mayor Buckhorn said if you see problems in your neighborhood to call the city at [More]

Tampa Takes Steps To Fight Zika

  • 3:45 am Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Ann Kelly

Tampa Mayor Buckhorn held a press conference yesterday to talk about the Zika virus. The Mayor said we wants this city to be proactive and not wait for others to make decisions for us. Code enforcement officers will now start going through neighborhoods armed with those “dunks” that are dropped into standing bodies of water to destroy mosquito breeding grounds. Mayor Buckhorn said if you see problems in your neighborhood to call the city at 813-274-5545.

Governor Scott is asking the Federal government for help fighting Zika – again. The Governor was back in the Miami neighborhood where the virus seems [More]