City of Tampa - Storm Update (September 1 at 12:30 p.m.)
Tropical Storm Hermine is now forecast to become a hurricane as it approaches Apalachicola tonight. Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch continues Pasco to Levy Counties and adjacent Gulf of Mexico waters. Threat of tornadoes has increased in central and north Florida.
The threat of rain and flooding in Tampa Bay has increased since last night's 7 p.m. advisory. Expect flooding today until tomorrow morning on the usual spots especially Bayshore Blvd. The greatest threat for flooding is during high tides at 3 p.m. and 3 a.m. Friday morning. Rain through Friday morning is forecasted to be 6 to 10 inches, and potentially 20 inches in isolated areas north of Interstate 4.
A Coastal Flood Advisory has been issued from Pinellas County to Sarasota County including Tampa Bay with tides 2-3 feet above normal. Rip current risks will be present in waterways.
The City of Tampa Emergency Operations Center was activated to a Level II Activation at 10 a.m.
Sandbags will be available to city residents at three locations today until 4 p.m. (weather permiting):
Bobby Hicks Pool
4201 W. Mango Ave.
Barksdale Active Adult Center @ MacFarlane Park
1801 N. Lincoln Ave.
Jackson Heights Community Center
3310 E. Lake Avenue
Tampa residents interested in receiving sandbags must show identification verifying residence within the city limits. A valid driver's license, utility bill, or electric bill will serve as appropriate identification. There is a ten bag limit.
More than 15,000 sandbags have been distributed since Monday
Twenty-six recreation centers will be opened from 8:00am to 6:00pm for kids. In addition, Barksdale at MacFarlane Park (1801 N. Lincoln Ave.) is open from 8:00am to 6:00pm for persons 50 years old or over.
Hillsborough and Pinellas County Schools will be closed today, September 1st Thursday due to inclement weather. University of South Florida is closed.
Amtrak trains will not be operating trains into Orlando or Tampa in either direction.
All HART transportations services are operational
No shipments are coming in or out of Port of Tampa Bay
Public Works and Utilities
The Department of Solid Waste will provide service as scheduled.
High profile vehicles and marine units have been staged across the city in the event of significant flooding.
- During any heavy rainfall or severe weather event, the City of Tampa encourages the motoring public to heed traffic advisories, obey traffic signs/detours, and to exercise caution when driving in and around standing water.
- Do not drive through water – it is difficult to determine how deep the water is.
- It is best to avoid driving unless necessary.
- Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a 4-way stop.
- If you see a road closed, please follow the detour signs.
- Avoid any downed or hanging power lines - they may be live.
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Residents should also stay tuned to local television and radio stations for more information as severe weather approaches.