Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.
Tampa Bay under tornado watch with severe storms approaching
We're in store for a potentially treacherous afternoon across Tampa Bay. The Tampa Bay area is under a tornado watch until 4 p.m. as severe weather system that moved across the plains on Thursday is tracking east, bringing stiff, gusty winds along with strong downpours, dangerous lightning, and a chance of hail and tornadoes. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center now gives the Tampa Bay area an "enhanced" chance for severe weather, starting around midday as the line of storms moves east through the region.
Hurricane Michael retroactively upgraded to a Category 5 storm at landfall
More than six months since Hurricane Michael sawed through the Florida Panhandle, the National Hurricane Center has upgraded the storm to a Category 5 rating. Forecasters now say, based on a post-storm analysis of data, that Hurricane Michael had wind speeds of 160 mph when it made landfall Oct. 10 around Tyndall Air Force Base near Mexico Beach. It is now officially the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States as a Category 5 since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Florida's jobless rate holds at 3.5 percent for March
Florida's unemployment rate held at 3.5 percent in March, while the state added 11,500 jobs over the month, according to state figures released today. Tampa Bay's unemployment rate was 3.3 percent for the month, down from 3.5 percent in February. Tampa Bay added the second-highest number of jobs of any Florida metro area in March compared to the same month a year ago — 29,600 positions, up 2.2 percent.
Judge demands Florida must treat all inmates with hepatitis C
Blasting the Florida Department of Corrections' "long and sordid history of neglecting" inmates who have hepatitis C infections, and citing a "risk of such deliberate indifference reoccurring in the future," a federal judge ordered Thursday evening that the state must treat all inmates with the disease. The order is the result of a class-action lawsuit begun by three Florida inmates nearly two years ago.
Steve Yzerman will be named Red Wings' general manager
Former Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman reportedly will be named general manager of the Detroit Red Wings this afternoon. A news conference involving Yzerman, Red Wings owner Christopher Illitch and current Detroit GM Ken Holland is scheduled for 3 p.m., according to the team. Yzerman stepped down as Lightning GM two days before the start of training camp, citing a need to spend more time with his family. Here is a sampling of the early reaction to the news on social media.