Thursday, May 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

Obama warns Gulf Coast to heed directions, not to 'tempt fate'

Obama warns: Heed directions, don't 'Tempt fate'

Worried about likely flooding from Hurricane Isaac, President Barack Obama on Tuesday warned residents of the Gulf Coast to listen to local authorities and follow their directions. "Now is not the time to tempt fate," Obama said. Hours later, he declared that an emergency exists in Mississippi and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local storm response efforts there. Obama made brief remarks about the storm just before departing on a two-day campaign trip to Iowa, Colorado and Virginia. Obama aides said that while there were no current plans to change the president's travel itinerary, the White House was monitoring the storm and would adjust his schedule if necessary. The president declared a state of emergency in Louisiana late Monday, more than 24 hours before the storm was expected to hit the Gulf Coast. The declaration makes federal support available to save lives, protect public health and safety and preserve property in coastal areas. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, said the declaration fell short of the help he was requesting. Jindal wants the federal government to pay for all emergency protective measures. Asked about the criticism, White House press secretary Jay Carney said there would be time to explore whether additional disaster declarations are needed.

BP money could help in Isaac defense

Barriers built with BP money to stop the Gulf oil spill in 2010 could prove effective against storms like Isaac. That is at least the hope on Dauphin Island, Alabama's largest barrier island, where island and state officials have used money from the oil company to build dunes and a rock wall. Louisiana officials, meanwhile, have spent more than $200 million on sand berms off their state's coast. Officials are worried that the hurricane could stir up tar and oil left behind from the spill.

KIRK FORMS: Tropical Storm Kirk formed far out in the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday but currently poses no threat to land. Kirk, with winds of 45 mph and higher gusts, was centered about 1,230 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands.

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NOAA: Scientists predict 10 to 16 named storms this hurricane season

NOAA: Scientists predict 10 to 16 named storms this hurricane season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday released its 2018 Atlantic hurricane seasonal outlook.Scientists predict there will be between 10 and 16 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and one to four major hurricanes, which are...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Forecasters: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in gulf, soak Tampa Bay

Forecasters: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in gulf, soak Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — The National Hurricane Center has raised the chance that a low pressure system moving up through the Caribbean will become a tropical system as it enters the gulf in the next 3-5 days.Thursday morning, the hurricane center bumped up ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Get set for a rainy holiday weekend across Tampa Bay

Get set for a rainy holiday weekend across Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG -- After nine straight days of rain, the bay area received a much needed respite Wednesday — sunny skies and temperatures in the high 80s. Peter O’Neill, 50, enjoyed seeing the sun again as he sat in Thunder Alley outside ...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Stock up for hurricanes, Buckhorn warns, or ‘we may be coming for you in a body bag’

TAMPA — Stuff that hurricane kit full of batteries, pen that emergency plan and get as many gallons of water stored in that garage while the skies are blue and clouds are fluffy white. That was the message Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and other city off...
Published: 05/23/18
Termite damage poses a threat as hurricane season approaches, study says

Termite damage poses a threat as hurricane season approaches, study says

The start of hurricane season is just days away, and Florida residents might want to add one more thing to their preparation list: a termite inspection.Termite damage in houses and trees can leave homes vulnerable to suffering even more damage during...
Published: 05/23/18
Forecast: Caribbean storm could grow into tropical system

Forecast: Caribbean storm could grow into tropical system

A storm system in the Caribbean Sea could grow into a tropical cyclone within five days, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters give the system a 50 percent chance to develop. The storm’s low-pressure center on Tuesday was ne...
Published: 05/22/18
Forecast: Potential tropical system threatens to drench already soggy Tampa Bay area

Forecast: Potential tropical system threatens to drench already soggy Tampa Bay area

An area of low pressure is drifting in the northwest Caribbean and could develop tropical conditions while it travels into the Gulf of Mexico and toward the west coast of Florida by the end of the week, according to the National Hurricane Center. For...
Published: 05/22/18
Less than one year after historic flooding, Alafia River spills its banks again

Less than one year after historic flooding, Alafia River spills its banks again

LITHIA — Frank Rodriguez was still several hundred yards from his house Monday when he pulled his SUV to the side of the road and changed into a pair of beach shoes.Ahead of him, the way home along River Drive was submerged. He was spared a wade thro...
Published: 05/21/18
Forecasters monitoring system in Caribbean as rain persists across Tampa Bay

Forecasters monitoring system in Caribbean as rain persists across Tampa Bay

More tropical showers and thunderstorms could be headed to Tampa Bay as a low pressure system that is developing in Western Caribbean waters is expected to track up through the Gulf of Mexico, promising more rain for an already soggy region. Much lik...
Published: 05/21/18
A warm, muggy Saturday with maybe some rain this afternoon

A warm, muggy Saturday with maybe some rain this afternoon

Expect a nice day, but keep an umbrella handy, especially for later in the afternoon.The forecast from the National Weather Service in Ruskin calls for warm and muggy temperatures around the Tampa Bay area today and Sunday with daytime highs in the l...
Published: 05/19/18