Live blog: Dangerous Hurricane Irma threatens Tampa Bay
Live coverage of Hurricane Irma, a major storm that devastated many Caribbean islands is now threatening Florida and Tampa Bay. This is coverage from the team at the Tampa Bay Times with latest updates on the storm.
Pinellas officials: No additional evacuation orders
Pinellas County has no plans to issue evacuations for Zones C, D and E as Hurricane Irma continues to move toward Tampa Bay, spokeswoman Barbara Hernandez said.
Pinellas County already issued mandatory evacuations for Zones A and B earlier Saturday.
As of 2 p.m., Hurricane Irma remains on track to approach Tampa Bay. However, despite the predicted hurricane conditions, Hernandez said the county does not plan to evacuate other zones.
“That is not expected on this time, based on the information we have received from the National Weather Service,” Hernandez said.
Storm surge is a key component in deciding what areas to evacuate. Based on Saturday afternoon’s storm surge projections, Hernandez said Pinellas residents who are not in Zones A and B will not be told to evacuate.
The area is expected to be hit with tropical storm and hurricane level winds. Residents who are staying should make sure they are taking the necessary precautions and have a big enough supply of food, water and other necessities, Hernandez said.
by Carl Lisciandrello, Times...9/9/2017 7:10:09 PM
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DAVIS ISLANDS – The City of Tampa may have closed its sandbag operation but that hasn’t stopped some South Tampa residents from getting creative.
Armed with trash and canvas bags, a handful of residents on Saturday morning headed to the Davis Island Beach to make improvised sandbags to shore up doorways and patio doors ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma.
That included George Blake and his family who shoveled the white fine sand into 10 black trash bags and a few canvas bags and loaded onto the back of their navy blue pickup truck.
“We thought where’s not out of sand and then we realized it’s the beach,” said Blake’s son, William Blake 19.
By day, Blake is an ear, nose and throat doctor. On Saturday, as he shoveled sand, he was clad only in blue jeans and sneakers.
With the other preparations he and his family made for their home near Hyde Park they hadn’t had time to get to the official city sandbag operation.
“They closed the sandbag centers yesterday and we were upset about that,” George Blake said.
University of Tampa student Jack Cassidy and his friends filled about 20 trash bags with sand. They plan to board up the front door of the home they rent near South Howard Avenue.
A Colorado native, Cassidy, 21, has never been through a hurricane before.
“I’m feeling nervous for sure,” he said.
by Carl Lisciandrello, Times...9/9/2017 7:57:06 PM
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