Michaela Mulligan - Breaking News Reporter

Breaking News Reporter

Tampa Bay has been my home since around the time I took my first steps as a toddler. I took a short break away to pursue my passion for storytelling at the University of Florida. But now I’m back and excited to be telling the stories that make my home unique. When I’m not hunched in front of a computer or waiting in line for coffee, you can find me outside enjoying Florida’s beaches. Or when it’s just too hot, snuggled up inside with my two cats, Willow and Gabby, watching the latest home renovation show.

  1. A 51-year-old Hudson man was killed early Wednesday when a van struck him on Bolton Avenue in Hudson, troopers said.
  2. This is an aerial drone photo of erosion and damage in Daytona Beach taken 48 hours after Hurricane Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach as a Category 1 storm.
  3. Lisa Ann Rogers, 56, who was found Tuesday in a St. Petersburg home with a hatchet protruding from her head, died from her injuries on Saturday and the man accused of hitting her now faces a second degree murder charge, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's office.
  4. A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputy walks past an apartment on Lakeview Lane in Dunedin that caught fire on Thursday. A neighbor pulled 82-year-old Patricia Mitchell from the burning unit. She later died at the hospital.
  5. The St. Petersburg Police Department announced Friday that DNA evidence analyzed in 2022 showed Patricia Morris, right, killed Michael Scheumeister in August 1997. Scheumeister was found dead near the Mirror Lake Library on Aug. 14 of that year.
  6. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of man found Wednesday with "severe upper body trauma" in a neighborhood in Tampa's Palm River-Clair Mel area.
  7. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent shooting that occurred Tuesday afternoon on the 1500 block of Auburn Woods Lane in Ruskin.
  8. Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bruce Bartlett penned a letter to St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway on Monday stating that a St. Petersburg officer was justified in fatally shooting a man on Sept. 12.
  9. The Tampa Police Department is investigating after a driver of a vehicle struck and killed a woman trying to cross the street near the intersection of North 22nd Street and East Henry Avenue.
  10. People walk toward the St. Pete Pier on Oct. 19 after the first cool front of the fall moved into the area. The Tampa Bay area has heated up since then, but will cool back down later this week after a cold front drops temperatures 10 degrees below normal.
  11. Seaplane Basin seen during Tropical Storm Nicole in Tampa on Thursday.
  12. A sailboat rolls in the surf where it remained moored in St. Joseph Sounds north of the Dunedin Causeway as the impacts of Tropical Storm Nicole were felt in the Tampa Bay area on Thursday.
  13. Nicole strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane on Grand Bahama Island on Wednesday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm was expected to make landfall on Florida’s east coast late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. If Nicole remains at hurricane strength when it makes landfall in the United States, as forecasters predict, it would be the second-latest hurricane to hit the nation in recorded history.
  14. The so-called 'cone of uncertainty' for Tropical Storm Nicole as of Tuesday afternoon.
  15. El Centro Nacional de Huracanes pronostica que la tormenta subtropical Nicole se convertirá en tormenta tropical el martes y se fortalecerá a medida que se acerque a Florida
  16. Spectrum Bay News 9 released a graphic showing a spaghetti plot of weather models for Tropical Storm Nicole. The models generally agree on Nicole's path, which shows the storm making landfall in southeast Florida, passing through central Florida and making a turn to the east around northwest Florida.
  17. Subtropical Storm Nicole formed on Monday morning and is expected to strengthen and make landfall in Florida later this week.
  18. The National Hurricane Center is watching three weather systems, including Tropical Depression Lisa in Central America. Two systems in the Atlantic may merge in the coming days.
  19. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to a 911 call to the Pleasant Living mobile home community in Riverview about 3:25 a.m. and found a home engulfed in flames.
  20. A look at the tropics on Thursday.
  21. El Departamento de Policía de Clearwater anunció el segundo arresto por la muerte de Jeffrey Chapman, de 49 años. Savonne Morrison, de 18 años, a la derecha, fue arrestado por agentes de Pasco el martes. A la izquierda, Jermaine Bennett, de 26 años, fue arrestado el 22 de octubre, también en relación con la muerte de Chapman. [ Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Pasco y del Condado de Pinellas ]
  22. The Clearwater Police Department announced the second arrest in the death of Jeffrey Chapman, 49. Savonne Morrison, 18, right, was arrested by Pasco deputies on Tuesday. At left, Jermaine Bennett, 26, was arrested Oct. 22, also in connection with Chapman's death.
  23. A crash on the Howard Frankland Bridge is causing major delays going into Pinellas County Thursday morning.

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