Sunday, November 19, 2017
Tampa Bay Weather

With nowhere else to go, laundromat provides cover

RECOMMENDED READING


HIGH POINT — In a 24-hour laundromat on Roosevelt Boulevard in the unincorporated High Point area of Pinellas County, Augusta Yokam and Andrea Buell were sheltering in place in front of huge glass windows just before 10 a.m. Sunday.

They say they have nowhere else to go. Problems at home forced them to look for a place to stay and they walked to High Point Elementary from a nearby mobile home park. But the school wasn't being used as a shelter. So they ended up at the small laundromat with "Wash, Dry, Fold" stenciled on the window.

A few homeless men slept nearby on orange plastic chairs or on the floor, plastic garbage bags draped across their slumbering bodies.

"I guess we'll stay until they kick us out," said Buell, 35.

Yokam, 37, said she's lived in Florida nearly all her life. Hurricane Irma isn't her first big storm. The concrete building looked solid and she planned to shelter behind the row of washer and dryers if things got really bad. But neither woman appeared too troubled by the worst storm poised to hit Tampa Bay in nearly a century.

At a shuttered gas station in Largo, Scott Edwards, 40, contemplated his next move.

He'd been driving for Uber since 3:30 a.m. and was down to a half tank of gas. The Chevron station on East Bay and 8th St. NE was the latest in a string of closed gas stations. Edwards was on his way at 8:30 a.m. to south St. Petersburg to help rescue a family that had been left behind when its owners left for Canada.

Edwards says he just wants to help. "Not everyone can get out," he said, before heading south, looking for gas.

Most of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard was deserted Sunday morning, but Thornton's gas station at the Duncan Avenue intersection was a beehive of activity.

At least four Church of Scientology buses rumbled in to fill up at one of the few gas stations still open at 9 a.m. Other residents scrambled around the blue and white buses to find a pump that still had gas.

Mike Williams, 58, was filling several plastic gas containers for his generator. A Clearwater native, Williams was succinct when asked what he expected the effect of Irma would be on his city.

"The worst," he said.

Comments
Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico struggles to regain electricity, thousands flee

Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico struggles to regain electricity, thousands flee

Los Angeles Times (TNS)ANASCO, Puerto Rico — The lights remain off in bustling cities and in small rural villages. Gas generators, the only alternative to the downed power lines that seem to be everywhere, continuously hum outside hospitals and bodeg...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Forecast: Cold front to bring rain, wind gusts to Tampa Bay

Forecast: Cold front to bring rain, wind gusts to Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — A warm Sunday will be threatened by a few afternoon rain showers and wind gusts up to 20 mph, forecasters predict. 10News WTSPThe latest Tampa Bay-area radar 10News WTSPFeels-like temperatu...
Published: 11/19/17
Forecast: Ideal conditions across Tampa leading to weekend, but rain is on its way

Forecast: Ideal conditions across Tampa leading to weekend, but rain is on its way

The week ends with more virtually ideal weather conditions across Tampa Bay, but that changes a bit on Sunday with the arrival of a cold front that could result in a soggy Thanksgiving.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area Whi...
Published: 11/17/17
Forecast: Low clouds will yield to sunny, pleasant conditions across Tampa Bay

Forecast: Low clouds will yield to sunny, pleasant conditions across Tampa Bay

A cloudy morning will lead to another cool, sunny day as a string of pleasant, comfortable days will remain intact across Tampa Bay.Temperatures are starting off in the upper 50s to low 60s. Once the low clouds burn off as the day progresses, dry air...
Published: 11/16/17
Forecast: Sunny, breezy and refreshing conditions prevail across Tampa Bay

Forecast: Sunny, breezy and refreshing conditions prevail across Tampa Bay

Wednesday is setting up as another sunny, pleasant and breezy day across Tampa Bay.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area Residents are waking up to temperatures anywhere from 5 to 10 degrees cooler than Tuesday, with lows in t...
Published: 11/15/17
Forecast: Cool breezes drive pleasant conditions across Tampa Bay

Forecast: Cool breezes drive pleasant conditions across Tampa Bay

Cooler air, filtering from the north along with breezy winds, will create more of a fall feel across the Tampa Bay region.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area St. Petersburg is experiencing sustained winds of 17 mph, and some...
Published: 11/14/17
Forecast: Skies clear, setting stage for a sunny and pleasant week across Tampa Bay

Forecast: Skies clear, setting stage for a sunny and pleasant week across Tampa Bay

After a relatively cloudy weekend, skies will clear across the Tampa Bay region on Monday, setting the stage for a sunny, pleasant and warm week.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area Residents are waking up to temperatures in ...
Published: 11/13/17
Forecast: Scattered rain in Tampa Bay on Sunday

Forecast: Scattered rain in Tampa Bay on Sunday

ST. PETERSBURG — Rain showers will affect a warm Sunday in the Tampa Bay area, but the rest of the week will be sunny and moderate, forecasters predict. 10News WTSPThe latest Tampa Bay-area radar 10News WTS...
Published: 11/12/17
As Irma flooded Alafia homes, Swiftmud sent more water their way

As Irma flooded Alafia homes, Swiftmud sent more water their way

LITHIA — Having lived along the Alafia River all his life, Mike Cribbs has seen plenty of floods.But the near record-level surge of water that inundated his home in the wake of Hurricane Irma just didn’t make sense to him.Lithia received only about 6...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/11/17

Forecast: Cold front only brings slight heat relief for Tampa Bay area

A weak cold front that is pushing through the Tampa Bay area won’t have a significant impact on our weekend weather, but another front could bring more fall-like conditions next week.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area The f...
Published: 11/10/17