Posted: 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 that ballot you’ll have to head to a polling location tomorrow. 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.
Florida theme parks are doing their part to help keep you safe from the Zika virus. Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld owned parks are handing out free mosquito repellent.
Downtown Tampa commuters are about to face a new construction project that will last through next summer. Watch for detours and delays around Morgan, Channelside and Jefferson. It will also affect your ride on the Crosstown, and getting to events at Amalie Arena and the Tampa Convention Center. The city has a website set up to help you around the tie ups and delays.
A Tampa police officer died while snorkeling in Nevada. A Facebook post on Sunday said Master Police Officer Fred Arnold may have suffered a heart attack.
It’s not something you see off Bayshore Blvd in Tampa often, but a large alligator was spotted swimming between Howard and Rome. It was the first time Albertina Fonte had seen the gator, but other people who walk Bayshore regularly says the 8-10 footer is around a lot.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue helped free a two week old kitten from a storm drain in Tampa over the weekend using a low pressure hose and a net. The kitten had been stuck for a couple of days, but now is safely back with the owner. That photo is from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue’s Facebook page.