Hurricane Nicole Now A Tropical Storm

Hurricane Nicole made landfall in Florida as a Category 1 storm on North Hutchinson Island, just south of Vero Beach, Florida, with winds of 75 mph, and has already dropped down to a Tropical Storm. The Tampa Bay area remains under a Tropical Storm Warning, and most of the Nature Coast, which includes Coastal Citrus, Coastal Hernando, Coastal Levy, and Coastal Pasco is under a Storm Surge Warning. For the latest on the track of Nicole and additional watches and warnings, open the Dove app @1055thedove or online at for the Dove Hurricane Guide with updates from 10 Tampa Bay Weather.

The list of school closures grew throughout the day Wednesday, and we have a list for you here. Today will also be a tough day to find a flights with a growing list of delays and cancellation on FlightAware. The state of Florida has also activated the price gouging hotline at 1(866) 9NO-SCAM.

Duke Energy is ready to help once again, back at the staging area at Tropicana Field with 375 trucks that have come in to Tampa Bay from North Carolina and South Carolina. High winds and heavy downpours are expected to trigger power outages, and to report those to Duke Energy click here. TECO is also ready to help businesses and residents who may lose power, and you can let them know about outages here.

Toxic blue-green algae has Pasco County health officials warning residents to stay out of Moody Lake, and to keep pets out of the water. The algae can trigger respiratory issues, irritate skin, and kill fish. No dead fish have been reported, but if you see any, let Florida Fish and Wildlife know by calling 800-636-0511.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s newest resident is a dolphin named Izzy, who was rescued from a canal in Texas back in June. Thanks to people treating the young dolphin like a pet, she’s not able to go back into the wild and will be taken care of by the CMA.

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