Posted: 3:55 am Thursday, October 6th, 2016
By Ann Kelly
Most of the Bay area is under a Tropical Storm Watch this morning. Polk, Sumter and Highland are under a Tropical Storm Warning. Hurricane Matthew is still a dangerous Category Three storm, passing over the Bahamas this morning. It’s a big storm with tropical storm force winds extending 175 miles out from the center. It’s expected to be a Category Four storm as it gets closer to Florida. Keep a close eye on the storm in the Dove Hurricane Guide.
Many airlines are cancelling flights due to Matthew. FlightAware.com lists over 1,000 flights canceled today, most in Miami and Ft Lauderdale. Most of those are on Southwest Airlines. Check with your airport for specific flight information. We also have the link for Tampa International Airport for addition information.
All tolls have been suspended to allow for smoother evacuations. Governor Scott had declared a state of emergency for the entire state earlier this week, and now 1.5 million Floridians are in the process of evacuating. We have the current list of those areas and shelters that are open from the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
If you take the Crosstown Expressway get ready for a brief this afternoon. The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority said they will close the Expressway on Thursday from noon to 2:30 p.m. from downtown Tampa to US 301. They are also prepping for the storm on their home page with some tips for travelers.
Hurricane Matthew could do one good thing for us – break up the Red Tide outbreak. The irritating tide has been found along the coastline from Sarasota to Pinellas County.
Florida Fish and Wildlife is looking for who killed the deer at Nature’s Classroom in Thonotosassa. The Hillsborough County school district uses the facility to teach kids about wildlife, and sometime Sunday night into Monday morning someone killed two of the three deer that called it home and were in a secure pen. If you know anything call FWC at (863) 648-3200. Photo is courtesy of 10 News WTSP.
Many voters in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties have received their mail in ballots for the November election. If you’d still like to mail in your vote and aren’t on the list, just click here. You have until Nov 2nd to do that. Early voting sites will be opening later this month on the 24th.