Posted: 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 wduv.com . 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 – check that right here.
Since it appears at this point that Pasco County may take a bigger hit from the storm a lot of parents are wondering about schools being open or closed. The Pasco County School District said they will make a decision by tonight. That will be posted on the district website, on Facebook and through Twitter. They also plan to use the SchoolConnects program to call parents and staff. Pinellas and Hillsborough counties will get their information out the same way by tonight.
Winners in yesterday’s primary voting included Marco Rubio who will take on Patrick Murphy in November for the Senate seat in November. For the 13th Congressional District in Pinellas County, former Governor Charlie Crist will run against David Jolly. And Amendment 4 for solar energy exemptions passed with no trouble. There’s more information on other races from our partners at 10 News.
Two teachers in Tampa were hit by lightning yesterday. They were standing outside Leadership Technology Academy on Madison Avenue trying to get the kids into car before the storm hit, but were hit themselves heading back into the building. They’re going to be okay, but that lightning strike did cause damage to the AC system and the school’s communication system.
The Bucs will play the Redskins tonight at Raymond James Stadium. The game was rescheduled from Thursday night to tonight due to the weather.
The Tampa Theater will pay homage to the late Gene Wilder with a free screening of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” Saturday at 2 pm. Wilder passed away earlier this week due to complications from Alzheimer’s.