Westchase, FL


Area ports closed to inbound traffic due to incoming storm

The U.S. Coast Guard has closed inbound ship traffic with the possibility of gale force winds reaching 34 to 47 knots within 24 hours due to the looming Hurricane Ian. The port condition, named “Yankee,” was declared effective for the Port of Tampa, SeaPort Manatee, Port St. Pete and Lee County Port Authority. The alert also means that cargo operations that aren’t associated with storm preparations aren’t allowed at the moment.
Tampa, Florida

Tampa Solid Waste Department Revises Service Collection Due to Hurricane Ian

As a result of the impacts of Hurricane Ian, City of Tampa's solid waste services are being revised. Upon evaluation post-storm, updates on collection resumption will be shared. The revised schedule is as follows:. Residential collection will be affected. Garbage collection will run through 12 noon Tuesday, September 27, 2022....

Tampa hurricane in 1921: Did you know?

All indications — for now at least or as of Monday afternoon on Sept. 26 — are that a powerful hurricane will crash into the Tampa area at some point this week if Hurricane Ian continues on its current forecast track. Also:From Michael to Charley: Nine notable hurricanes...
Tampa, Florida

Citizen Information Center Activated Ahead of Storm

Members of the public who have urgent questions regarding the storm can call the City of Tampa's Citizen Information Line for immediate assistance. The call center will be activated Monday, September 26 at noon and run until 8:00 p.m. Lines will open again daily from 8:00 a.m. until midnight, until further notice.

Florida News That Impacts You – September 26th, 2022

Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida. Gas prices continued lower through the weekend. As Hurricane Ian approaches Florida’s Gulf Coast, the National Hurricane Center has issued advisories for parts of Florida’s coastline. Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for the middle and lower keys, with tropical storm watches in place for Southwest Florida and a hurricane watch for the stretch of Florida’s Gulf coast encompassing Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa and St. Petersburg. Ian is expected to strengthen to a category three hurricane by tomorrow morning as it crosses western Cuba, maintaining that status as it approaches Florida for a potential landfall as early as Wednesday or as late as Friday morning based on where the hurricane makes landfall.

Here Are Some Hurricane Terms You Should Know

Hurricane Ian is causing quite a stir in Tampa Bay. You are hearing plenty of terms being mentioned by meteorologists. Here are some hurricane terms you should know:. Tropical Storm Watch: Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

Manager who stole nearly $13M from USF is sentenced to 10 years in prison

Ralph Puglisi, the former accounting manager who embezzled nearly $13 million from the University of South Florida, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday. Puglisi, 60, pleaded guilty last year to using company credit cards for more than $12.8 million in charges, a large portion of which went to adult websites as well as travel, home improvements, real estate, wedding costs and other expenses.

Ian Update #10: Hurricane-Related Service Closures in Pinellas

City Facilities: Closed at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Stetson: Tuesday-Thursday (Sept. 27-29) No in-person classes or events. Updates: Stetson College of Law’s website, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages. St. Pete. Bay Pines VA: Sept. 26-29, possibly longer. This includes in-person appointments, procedures, and emergencies. The North Pinellas...

Everyone we saw at Tampa Pride on the River 2022

It's not really the end of summer until Pride on the River takes over the Hillsborough for a Saturday afternoon. Last weekend's annual party featured dozens of boats, a Riverside Festival at Armature Works, and of course, top notch drag performers.