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Emergency officials making preparations as tropical storm could target Tampa Bay area; sandbags available

Donel Livingston, 66, loads sandbags on the back of his truck at the Jackson Heights Community Center, 3310 E. Lake Ave. in Tampa, on Mon., Aug. 29, 2016. "When it rains real bad water flow over my patio into my garage," said Livingston. The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department provided sandbags for residents to pick up at designated locations around the city. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Donel Livingston, 66, loads sandbags on the back of his truck at the Jackson Heights Community Center, 3310 E. Lake Ave. in Tampa, on Mon., Aug. 29, 2016. "When it rains real bad water flow over my patio into my garage," said Livingston. The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department provided sandbags for residents to pick up at designated locations around the city. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Published Aug. 29, 2016

Emergency management officials have begun to make preparations ahead of Tropical Depression Nine's anticipated arrival along Florida's Gulf Coast later this week.

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The depression is forecast to strengthen into a tropical story later today or early Tuesday, and projected to make its way across the state by Thursday, meteorologists said Monday.

Officials at various emergency operations centers across the region were meeting on Monday to discuss plans in the event the storm — as forecast — produced winds estimated at around 50-60 mph and potentially torrential downpours.

The worst of the weather is expected to come Wednesday night into Thursday, forecasters said.

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Sandbags are available at the following locations:

Pinellas

Unincorporated

Sandbag materials will be available for residents through Monday at dusk. Residents must fill their own bags, limited to 20 per person. Shovels and all other materials will be provided.

• John Chesnut Sr. Park, 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor

• Lealman Community Park, 3890 55th Ave., St. Petersburg

• Taylor Park, 1100 Eighth Ave. SW, Largo

Oldsmar

Sand bags available from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 100 State St., and the Cypress Forest Recreation Center 650 Pine Ave N. Photo identification showing Oldsmar address is required. Limit of 20 bags per address.

Pinellas Park

Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the City Adamek Building, 7780 60th Street N

St. Petersburg

Materials available to residents from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Northeast Park, 875 62nd Ave. NE, and Frank W. Pierce Recreation Center in Bartlett Park, 22nd Avenue S between 6th and 7th streets.

Tarpon Springs

Sandbag materials available at the following locations open 24 hours a day.

• Dorsett Park, 500 E. Harrison St.

• Splash Park, 508 E. Live Oak St.

• Roosevelt Boulevard Roundabout at Dodecanese Avenue

Hillsborough

Unincorporated

Materials provided from noon to 4 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Each resident must sign name and provide home address to receive up to 25 sandbags.

• West Service Unit, 9805 Sheldon Road, Tampa

• South Service Unit, 8718 Old Big Bend Road, Gibsonton

• East Service Unit, 4702 Sydney Road, Plant City

City of Tampa

Sandbags available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice. Must show proof of city residency, such as driver's license or utility bill. Ten bag limit.

• Bobby Hicks Pool, 4201 W Mango Ave.

• Barksdale Active Adult Center at MacFarlane Park, 1801 N Lincoln Ave.

• Jackson Heights Community Center, 3310 E Lake Ave.

Pasco

Sand and bags provided at the following self-serve locations from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice. Residents encouraged to bring shovels.

• West Pasco Government Center, 7356 State St., New Port Richey

• 6240 Pine Hill Road, New Port Richey

• 38042 Pasco Ave., Dade City

Hernando

Sand and bags for self service available Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hernando County Fire Station 1, 1479 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. Bring a shovel.

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