New Hurricane Forecast Calls For More Storms

New Hurricane Forecast Calls For More Storms 

Posted: 4:03 am Friday, May 26th, 2017

By Ann Kelly

The latest forecast for the 2017 hurricane season that officially begins next Thursday, June 1st has been upgraded. The forecast now calls for 11-17 named storms, with 5-9 of them reaching hurricane status, and 2-4 becoming major hurricanes. To stay up to date and prepared check the Dove Hurricane Guide at

Governor Scott signed a number of new laws yesterday, one of which is the Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday running June 2-4. The tax-free items include items such as flashlights and lanterns costing $20 or less, radios, tarps, coolers, first aid kits and generators, as well as other item. The second law is the popular Back To School Sales Tax Holiday scheduled for August 4-6. Sales tax-free items include school supplies costing less than $15, personal computers or accessories costing $750 or less, and clothing and footwear costing $60 or less.

Gina Wilson photo PCSO

A Tarpon Springs woman who said she was a psychic is behind bars and charged with scamming people out of $155,000. She was finally busted when a military veteran talked with detectives at a Fraud Awareness Seminar and told them about Wilson who he’d had visits with at least 15 times. Anyone who thinks they were taken advantage of by Wilson should call Detective S. Bingham at 727-582-6786.

Despite heavy rains, sixteen counties in Florida have had watering restrictions tightened to once a week watering and fewer hours. Those counties include us here in the Bay area – Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter.

A data breach at the Florida the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services about two weeks ago exposed the personal information of gun owners and Social Security numbers. The hackers got into the system through the online payment portal. If you think your information may have been compromised, call (800) 350-1119 for assistance.

AAA thinks we’re about to have a very busy Memorial Day weekend with over two million Floridians heading out on the highways. Nationwide take the number up to over 39 million. Most of us will keep that trip to within 50 miles of home