Posted: 4:19 am Friday, October 7th, 2016
By Ann Kelly
Tampa International Airport is open for business, but to call ahead for flight information from your airline. But Orlando International Airport stopped all passenger flights yesterday, and expect to resume normal operations tomorrow when they feel it will be safer to fly. Many airlines continue to cancel flights due to Matthew. FlightAware.com lists over 1,500 flights canceled, many of those out of Miami and Ft Lauderdale. Check with your airport for specific flight information. We also have the link for Tampa International Airport for addition information. Amtrak also halted service out of Miami and Sanford.
Hurricane Matthew is moving closer to the east coast of Florida, and is still a Category Three storm with winds of 120 mph. Some shelters in the Bay area opened to help residents from the east coast that evacuated to our side of the state, and you can check list from our partners at WTSP 10 News here. Track the progress of Hurricane Matthew in the Dove Hurricane Guide.
Bay area schools closed today and you can check that closure list here. Even the theme parks closed for business yesterday and will be closed today as well. Disney, Universal Studios, Legoland, SeaWorld all shut down as well as the Kennedy Space Center.
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 1.5 million Floridians are evacuating, many of those to the Bay area where many hotels are sold out. We have the current list of those areas and shelters that are open from the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
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.
The Lighting will retire the first jersey in the team’s history. Former Lightning Captain Marty St Louis’s #26 will be retired January 13 when the Lightning host John Tortorella and Columbus.
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.