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. Several cloud-to-ground lightning strikes can be seen in the distance as a storm moves out toward the Gulf of Mexico Friday, July 19, 2019 over Boca Ciega Bay. According to AccuWeather, Florida averages 3,500 cloud to ground lightning flashes per day and 1.2 million flashes per year. More people get struck and killed by lightning in Florida than any other state.   SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  2. The 57-year-old Digital Underground member Shock G reportedly died in Tampa on Thursday night.
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  4. A police SUV was significantly damaged Tuesday evening after a pickup truck struck.
  5. A 15-year-old boy lost control of a pickup truck and crashed into the side of a house in Clearwater, police said.
  6. Allen Graham was arrested Monday for the second time this year for possessing child pornography.
  7. Víctimas de fraude de inmigración se reunieron para una conferencia de prensa frente a un tribunal federal en el centro de Tampa antes de la sentencia final contra Elvis H. Reyes, de 56 años, quien se hizo pasar  como abogado, pastor, contador y ex funcionario de inmigración.  Al frente Ana Lamb, activista mexicana y quien acompaño a las víctimas de Reyes.
  8. Longtime Tampa Bay broadcaster Rob Lorei, seen here in a 2019 photo hosting the show Radioactivity on WMNF 88.5, said he was fired by WMNF's general manager. Lorei helped found the community radio station more than four decades ago.
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  10. Victims of Immigration fraud gathered for a press conference outside federal court in downtown Tampa prior to the final sentence for Elvis H. Reyes, 56, who portrayed himself as an attorney, pastor, accountant and former immigration official. Reyes is accused of filing 215 fraudulent asylum applications through his EHR Ministries Inc. and stealing more than $1 million from his victims, most of them immigrants in the Ruskin and Wimauma areas — farmworkers, maids and laborers — who trusted Reyes to negotiate for permanent residency on their behalf.
  11. The first major forecast of the 2021 season is out from Colorado State University. This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image provided by NOAA shows destructive Hurricane Sally on Sept. 15, 2020.
  12. Jourdian Jones was arrested Wednesday after admitting to abusing an infant, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
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  15. Florida’s positivity rate was about 9 percent Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  16. Aerial view overlooking the site of the Piney Point wastewater release on Sunday, April 4, 2021 in Palmetto.
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  18. Acting Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes discusses how high the flood of polluted waters could rise due to an “imminent” collapse at the old Piney Point phosphate plant during a Saturday news conference at the Manatee County Emergency Operations Center in Brandeton.
  19. Kenneth Rexford, 76, and his wife Elaine, 73, said Saturday evening they had no plans to leave their home in the Gillette Groves subdivision in Palmetto despite the mandatory evacuation order.
  20. Rep. Will Robinson, R-Bradenton, speaks during a press conference regarding a leak near the old Piney Point phosphate plant site in Palmetto on Friday, April 2, 2021.
  21. Surveillance video captured a "dark-colored sedan" passing a home just moments after a nine-year-old boy did. The car is considered a vehicle of interest by deputies after the nine-year-old was struck by a vehicle that then fled the scene.
  22. This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Sept. 15, 2020 shows Hurricane Sally moving slowly towards the U.S. coast from the Gulf of Mexico and passing by Florida and the Tampa Bay area.
  23. Forensics investigators for the St. Petersburg Police Department work at the scene of shooting that killed K’Mia Simmons, 21, on Tuesday. Simmons was shot as she sat in the passenger seat of this Volvo sedan at the intersection of 18th Avenue S and 22nd Street just after 6 p.m., police said. A man driving the Volvo and two young children in the car were not hurt.