Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn declared that a curfew will begin Sunday at 6 p.m. in Tampa, and will not be lifted until he and other city officials deem it safe after Hurricane Irma passes.
Hillsborough County officials said Sunday morning that people need to be in place now for what is likely to be a dangerous 20 hours or so with Hurricane Irma slowly moving up the coast of Florida. “There really is no time left,” County Administrator Mike Merrill told reporters at the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center in East Tampa.
More than 21,000 people had taken refuge in Hillsborough County shelters by 9 a.m. Sunday morning. Here is the most updated list of the shelters that are open and closed: These shelters are currently OPEN: * Barrington Middle School, 5925 Village Center Drive, Lithia (wheelchair-accessible) * Benito Middle School, 10101 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa (wheelchair-accessible) * Bevis Elementary School, 5720 Osprey Ridge Drive, Lithia * Bloomingdale High School, 1700 East Bloomingdale…
With mandatory evacuation orders for more than 260,000 Pinellas County residents, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Saturday morning that while it’s a crime not to evacuate, people won’t be arrested if they don’t leave their homes. “If you want to make a bad decision – what I think is a stupid decision – then you get to do that,” he said. That mandatory evacuation order includes all residents living in mobile home parks, beach communities and other low-lying areas. Speaking at…
UPDATED With Hurricane Irma aiming towards all of Florida this weekend, both the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) will be suspending public transit services this weekend. Hart is shutting down completely on Saturday and Sunday. PSTA says their last bus will go out at 5 P.M. on Saturday and tentatively will resume normal operations on Monday afternoon. HART’s shutdown includes suspending the TECO Line Streetcar System.
After returning from an overnight flight on the Hurricane Hunter WP-3 aircraft to inspect Hurricane Irma, Dennis Ross can attest the coming storm could do “serious damage” to Florida and the Southeast.
Tampa state Representative Sean Shaw knows a thing or two about insurance in Florida, having served as the state’s Insurance Consumer Advocate for nearly two years between 2008 and 2010. With Hurricane Irma barreling toward the Sunshine State in less than 48 hours, FloridaPolitics.com talked to him about what homeowners need to do in advance of the storm, and what they need to do after Irma leaves, with potentially a lot of damage left in its wake.