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The Daystarter: Hurricane Matthew hits Florida's east coast; Trigaux on those fees showing up on bills; Things to do to take your mind off the stormy weather

Hurricane Matthew continued on a path up the Florida east coast late Thursday. [National Hurricane Center]

Hurricane Matthew continued on a path up the Florida east coast late Thursday. [National Hurricane Center]

• As Hurricane Matthew churns along the east coast, the bay area is mostly under tropical storm watch, as the storm will bring heavy winds to the region, according to 10Weather WTSP.

Hurricane Matthew weakened overnight but still remains a dangerous Category 3 storm. Get the latest updates on Hurricane Matthew as it continues to rake along the Florida coast in our live blog.

• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

• From the Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board: Hurricane Matthew is a reminder of the perils of nature that come with living in Florida. And those along the west coast lucky enough to be spared from the brunt should be especially quick to help out our fellow Floridians. Read more at

• In its recommendation today, the Times editorial board offers 12 reasons voters should choose Patrick Murphy to replace Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate. On Thursday, the editorial board recommended Hillary Clinton for president.

• We'll explain why the race for Congressional District 14, which covers all of Tampa, is a proxy battle in the 55-year-old Cold War between the United States and Cuba. Read all about it at

• With rents and the price of single-family homes skyrocketing in Tampa Bay, another kind of dwelling has emerged as a new favorite: townhomes. See what kind of advantages townhomes can offer and why their appeal is increasing in Tampa Bay in a story by real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin, which will publish about 6:15 a.m. this morning at

• Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his effort to end his country's civil war.

• A "convenience fee" here, a surcharge there, an add-on to your power bill, another fee you just now noticed on your cable or cell phone bill. Does it seem like companies are dinging us wildly these days with additional charges? See what business columnist Robert Trigaux has to say about it.

• If you have a policy with Citizens Property Insurance, you are paying for a crisis in south Florida that has nothing to do with Hurricane Matthew, but has everything to do with people making claims that Citizens thinks are rife with fraud. The problem is largely contained to three south Florida counties. So why are customers in Tampa Bay and throughout Florida having to pay for it? Read business reporter Jeff Harrington's full story at It will publish online about 7:45 a.m.

• Let our critics and writers help you plan your weekend. From Oktoberfest parties and family fun, to the best concerts, plays and art shows, we have our top picks on our Weekend Planner page

• Who won the pop culture wars this week? Here's a hint: The loser was not a Kardashian this time. Read more at The Feed

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including a new family friendly Halloween event at the Lowry Park Zoo and Oktoberfest gets rolling in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park.

The Daystarter: Hurricane Matthew hits Florida's east coast; Trigaux on those fees showing up on bills; Things to do to take your mind off the stormy weather 10/07/16 [Last modified: Friday, October 7, 2016 7:13am]
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