Hurricane Sally is now a tropical storm but is still bringing heavy, record rainfall to parts of the south. Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama and left half of million without power. Winds were at 105 mph at landfall but the storm has weakened to a tropical depression and is moving to the northeast through Georgia and the Carolina’s, with a least one death as a result of the storm. There are more storms on the map from the National Hurricane Center that include a weakening Tropical Storm Vicky and Hurricane Teddy which is on track to go up the northeast coast of the US. For more on our historic hurricane season check the Dove Hurricane Guide with more information from 10 Tampa Bay.
The Lightning play game six tonight and a win will send them to the Stanley Cup finals against the Dallas Stars. The Lightning lost game five in a double overtime effort without Brayden Point playing. Game six is tonight at 6 pm. If a game seven is necessary that would be Saturday night at 7:30 pm.
Bars reopened Monday and law enforcement has been keeping on eye on them making sure they’re following social distancing rules and the 50% capacity rule. Tampa PD have been patrolling the South Howard, or SOHO area and Ybor City for violatorsd and plan to be out in force today through Sunday.
A story in this morning’s Tampa Bay times details how four boaters from the Bay area on a boat that left from Davis islands had to be rescued from rough waters kicked up by Hurricane Sally yesterday. The weather was too rough for a chopper rescue from the Coast Guard, so it was a container ship that made the rescue. COSCO Malaysia from Hong Kong, owned by China Ocean Shipping Company Shipping Lines got them four off the ship with no injuries, and back home to the Port of Tampa.
Tampa City Council approved the city’s $1.3 billion dollar budget for fiscal 2021 yesterday. The budget includes an increase of $13 million to the Tampa Police Department allocation of $176 million. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor noted that due to COVID-19 the city spend some $43 million dollars to cover things like help for businesses, overtime pay and safety supplies.
Looking for a new home? The Davis Island home of the Buc’s Tom Brady, currently owned by Dereck Jeter is on the market for $29 million. That makes it the most expensive piece of real estate on the market in Tampa Bay with 22,000 square feet of living space. By the way Real estate agent Stephen Gay with Smith & Associates who is handling the sale says don’t even think about trying to get in for a look around unless you’re a qualified buyer.
Pasco County Schools will make rapid COVID-19 testing available to students and teachers at three sites starting today. The sites are at Land O' Lakes High School, Gulf Middle School and Pasco Elementary School.
COVID-19 cases in Florida increased by 2,335 Wednesday. The state total is now 671,201 Florida resident deaths are approaching 13,00 with 12,939, reported. For the latest information check the Dove Coronavirus site and the Florida Dashboard, which is updated daily at 11 am, including the weekend. The Florida Department of Health also has the COVID-19 Call Center open 24/7 at 1-866-779-6121. You can also reach them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.
Florida Senators Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott have filed a bill to keep the country on Daylight Saving Time through November of 2021. It’s been tried before with the Sunshine Protection Act that failed. That bill requires congressional approval.