Posted: 3:28 am Friday, September 15th, 2017
By Ann Kelly
Pet shelters on both sides of the bay suffered losses after Hurricane Irma. Someone stole a generator and all their tools from the shed at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. And over at the Humane Society of Pinellas, their building suffered $15,000 worth of damage. All the pets had been evacuated safely before that. To help just click on those links.
There are two new tropical systems out in the Atlantic to monitor, and forecasters say there is a good chance for both to develop into something stronger. No worries for the weekend, but you can monitor both in the Dove Hurricane Guide. You can help The Dove in supporting the Red Cross in disaster relief. We’ll connect you right here, and thank you for your donation.
With more rain in the forecast today, the trip home for some evacuees is a little more difficult. The Santé Fe River rose 15 feet thanks to Hurricane Irma. The US 27 and the US 41 bridges are closed in High Springs, and it’s possible that portion of 75 may have to be closed due to flooding to the south of I-10 and north of 441. Check with Florida 511 for constant updates.
All counties in the Bay area are eligible for disaster relief from FEMA. Pasco, Citrus and Highlands were added late yesterday after complaints were issued when the original list came out. See if you qualify. To find a Disaster Relief Center, or if you need more information call 1-800-621-3362
At one point after Hurricane Irma struck the Bay area, there were half a million homes and business without power across Tampa Bay. Pinellas County has had the most customers in the dark. If you’re still without power and need an update contact Duke, TECO or FDL.
School will resume for students in Hillsborough, Hernando, Polk and Pinellas counties on Monday. Classes at USF Tampa and St Petersburg will open Thursday along with the University of Tampa. You can check on other districts here.