Posted: 4:02 am Friday, September 2nd, 2016
By Ann Kelly
The first hurricane to make landfall in eleven years in Florida is Hermine, which has now been downgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine. The storms made landfall yesterday around 1:30 pm in Apalachee Bay. This morning the wind and rain making life rough for a lot of people with some evacuations overnight. Facebook has activated their Safety Check feature so you can let family and friends know you’re okay.. For the latest storm information please check with us on the Dove Hurricane Guide. There are power outages on both sides of the Bay. We have the outage maps from TECO and Duke for you, and Suzanne Grant from Duke Energy has some great advice on how to handle things if and when the power does go out. Make sure you down the TuneIn Radio app and stay with us for the latest on Facebook and Twitter, and at wduv.com.
The Sunshine Sky is closed until further notice, and there are numerous roads flooded. Slow down in those areas, and remember it’s against the law to drive with your hazard lights on. For the latest closures, check in with our partners from 10 News. But please don’t try to drive through those areas just to try and save a few minutes. Just keep “turn around don’t drown” front and center for now.The majority of schools are closed today, including Hillsborough County schools, Pasco County schools, offices and PLACE are closed today, along with Pinellas County schools and district offices. At last check Polk County schools were scheduled to be open. The Salvation Army however is open with extended hours for Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.
Governor Scott has also extended the state of emergency to 51 counties which does include us here in the Bay area. If you’re not already sure of it, this is a good time to double check your evacuation route. And keep this list of emergency contacts handy.
Tampa City Council did hold their meeting yesterday. After four hours they finally approving a plan for a $250 million dollar fix for the stormwater sewer system.
The first Zika-carrying mosquitoes have been found in Miami Beach, the first time researchers have been able to trap some. That’s the area where the non-travel related cases of Zika began. Miami-Dade County’s Mosquito Control team says they’ll keep up the spraying.