The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group has extended the local state of emergency declared last Wednesday regarding Hurricane Irma for an extra seven days.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have committed $1 million to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts that are underway in response to Hurricane Irma.
Just because Hurricane Irma has left the state doesn’t mean that everything is back to normal in the Sunshine State. Take gasoline, for instance. It’s still hard for many Floridians to gas up, which is a major problem with so many people wanting to return to their homes.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn says restoring electricity to the hundreds of thousands of citizens in Tampa currently without it is issue number one the day after Hurricane Irma barreled through Florida Sunday night.
Pumping stations in St. Petersburg continue to not have power so Mayor Rick Kriseman is calling on residents to avoid using any running water over the next 24 hours. “You all in the community did really well conserving water when we asked you to,” Kriseman said late Monday morning. “We’re going to ask you to do it just for another 24 hours, as we continue to work through getting everything back online.” “If you can conserve your water that would…
(Updated) More than 395,000 Duke Energy customers in Pinellas County are without electricity following Hurricane Irma’s entry Sunday night and Monday morning. That’s 70 percent of Duke’s service area in Pinellas County. (On Tuesday afternoon, Duke officials said that of their 1.2 million customers throughout Florida, 375,000 have had their power restored. They did not say how many of those customers were in Pinellas. Duke Energy provides power to 35 different counties in Florida). Approximately 120 pump stations are also…
Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said that while storm surge was the biggest concern of government officials in the Tampa Bay area as Hurricane Irma approached on Sunday, it is now flooding that may be the primary concern.