Posted: 5:21 pm Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Governor Scott Declares State Of Emergency 

By Ann Kelly

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polk35 (1)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. The latest closures as of 5 pm Wednesday –  all Pinellas County government offices, parks and preserves will be closed tomorrow, and Hillsborough County is also closing county offices and other facilities as well.The Glazer Children’s Museum will also be closed.

floating_carWe’re expecting heavy rains and gusty winds, and predictions from the National Hurricane Center are for a storm surge for Tampa Bay of 1-2 feet. Best advice would be to stay home or take a great deal of care on the way into work tomorrow. Street flooding will be a major issue once again, and just remember not to take unnecessary chances. We can’t say it enough when it comes to flooded roads – turn around, don’t drown.

New South Hurricane Guide Header 2We’ll be with you all morning long along with our partners from 10 News and Stormtracker Ten to keep you up to date. Bobby Deskins spoke with me this morning and we’ll check back with Bobby first thing tomorrow. For now, stay safe, and make sure you’ve downloaded the TuneIn Radio App in case you lose power. We’ll be right by your side throughout the storm.