Josh Fiallo - Breaking News Reporter — Weather

Breaking News Reporter — Weather

Those who live outside of our state love to joke that Florida doesn't have seasons, but I disagree. No, our leaves don't change colors in the fall. We don't have to spend our winters shoveling away snow. But anybody that's lived here knows that June through November is hurricane season, and I'll be here every day to keep you informed about all tropical activity before and after it reaches our state. I also hope to be your go-to for weather stories that matter to you throughout the entire year — from cold fronts to dry spells. I grew up in Zephyrhills, went to college at USF and have lived in Tampa Bay for all 21 years of my life. If you can't tell by that alone, I love it here and plan to stay.

  1. Investigators work Thursday at the scene on East Hillsborough Avenue where a suspect opened fire on a Tampa police officer driving this patrol car. The officer was injured but will recover, police said. The suspect, Antonio Cruz Ortiz, was arrested a short time later. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  2. Graham Ivan Clark, 17, of Tampa, was arrested Friday on 30 charges. Authorities say he was the "mastermind" of a July 15 Twitter hack scheme which gave him and two others access to the high-profile accounts of Bill Gates, Barack Obama and many other celebrities with millions of followers. At left is a message sent when Apple's Twitter account was hacked. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office | Twitter]
  3. The center of Hurricane Isaias was just off the eastern tip of Cuba as of 8 a.m. Friday and headed for the Bahamas. [National Hurricane Center]
  4. A Tampa police officer was shot and wounded late Thursday during what authorities call a shooting rampage that took place across the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County. Three people total suffered non life-threatening injuries and the shooter was captured. The officer was shot in the area of Hillsborough Avenue and N 43rd Street. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  5. The Weather Channel charted the predicted path of Tropical Storm Isaias, which could become a hurricane on Friday, over a map of COVID-19 infections, illustrating how the storm is expected to hit some of the most heavily-impacted pandemic hot spots. [The Weather Channel]
  6. Spectrum Bay News 9's projected path for Potential Tropical Storm Nine, which is expected to become Tropical Storm Isaias on Wednesday night or Thursday morning. [Spectrum Bay News 9]
  7. Health care workers prepare a COVID-19 test sample before a person self-administered a test at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Miami-Dade County Auditorium in Miami as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues on Thursday, July 23, 2020.  (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP) [DAVID SANTIAGO  |  AP]
  8. A Facebook post from the day after an alleged shooting at a football game shows that the Tampa Bay Tigers lost 28-22 in Ocala. [Tampa Bay Tigers Facebook]
  9. There is a 90 percent chance that Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine will strengthen into Tropical Storm Isaias in the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 p.m. Tuesday advisory. The latest storm track has it reaching the Tampa Bay region by 8 p.m. Sunday. The entire Florida peninsula already falls under the cone of uncertainty. [National Hurricane Center]
  10. A man jumps from a wave as Hurricane Hanna starts to make landfall Saturday in Corpus Christi, Texas, as a Category 1 storm. [ERIC GAY  |  AP]
  11. Saharan dust streams off the coast of Namibia, Africa, on July 24, 2020. [Copernicus European Union]
  12. Tropical Storm Gonzalo weakened on Thursday, but could still rebound into the first hurricane of the Atlantic storm season, according to the National Hurricane Center. [National Hurricane Center]
  13. A trailer caught fire in Land O' Lakes on Wednesday. Firefighters rescued a resident who uses a wheelchair. [Pasco County Fire and Rescue]
  14. Strong winds destroyed a roof in New Port Richey on Wednesday, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue. [Pasco County Fire and Rescue]
  15. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Gonzalo has formed the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This sets a record for the earliest named seventh tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. [National Hurricane Center]
  16. The National Hurricane Center's tropical outlook as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21. [National Hurricane Center]
  17. A hearse led the way for a Black Lives Matter motorcade that drove through the Meadow Pointe community in Wesley Chapel on Saturday. The hearse memorialized Black Americans who have died from police violence, organizers said. [Josh Fiallo]
  18. A Coast Guard 29-foot response boat and crew board a suspected illegal charter boat near Maximo Marina on July 16. The Coast Guard determined that the 33-foot boat was deemed to be operating illegally as an un-inspected passenger vessel and the voyage was ended. [Coast Guard]
  19. The 7-day forecast from Spectrum Bay News 9. Get ready for wet weather this weekend. [Spectrum Bay News 9]
  20. Rakim Harris, 27, faces a charge of first-degree murder in a May 25 homicide that took place at an apartment complex, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  21. Black Lives Matter protesters march through downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday evening. [BAILEY LEFEVER  |  Times]
  22. HIllsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister speaks in March at the Falkenburg Road Jail in Tampa. The sheriff announced Friday that he fired a sergeant for pointing a gun at the head of an unarmed, detained man. The sergeant was also arrested. [Times]