Daniel Figueroa IV, Digital Producer

Daniel Figueroa IV

Digital Producer

I sacrifice precious hours of sleep to make sure folks all over the Tampa Bay area get all the news they need when the morning starts. I’m originally from the Bronx, but Florida’s been home for the last eight years. There are few things cooler to me than being on the forefront of information and connecting with the community I love. When I’m not trying to figure out ways to sneak Star Wars and Indiana Jones references into my stories (both of which I’ve done successfully I might add) I’m probably riding a motorcycle somewhere in search of my next favorite taco shop. Some days I write the weather. Please don’t hold that against me.

A tropical system might be forming near Florida as Tropical Storm Chantal weakens in Atlantic

A tropical system could form near Florida within the next weak as Tropical Storm Chantal weakens in the north Atlantic. National Hurricane Center
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a disturbance near the Bahamas with a low chance of formation over the next five days.

A 15-year-old student is fifth Floridian charged with threatening a mass shooting this month.

Body cam footage shows the arrest of 15-year-old Adam Guzzetti who deputies said threatened to kill seven people at Seabreeze High School. Volusia County Sheriff's Office
The Seabreeze High School student is the fifth Floridian accused of making a mass shooting threat since shootings in El Paso and Dayton shook the nation.

We took the World’s Spiciest Ice Cream challenge at Snobachi. It was rough.

The Reaper Roll at Snobachi Ice Cream, in Tampa's Ybor City, makes a strong case for being the world's spiciest ice cream. Times writer Daniel Figueroa IV decided to take the challenge on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Contestants have to finish the whole cup of the ice cream and peppers combination then wait 20 minutes before eating, drinking, or purging.
The ice cream is almost three times as strong as pepper spray. Winners get free ice cream for a year.

News at noon: Scientology gets sued again; we eat the world’s spiciest ice cream; and more

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Rain-soaked Tampa Bay is under a flood watch. Pets are at risk, too.

Houses are seen along the Alafia River Thursday. The river is currently at minor flood stage and is forecasted crest this weekend. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
The National Weather Service said the flood watch could be extended into the weekend as the rains continue.