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an official announcement will happen later today. tune in at 2:00 p.m. for the live cog and you can watch live online at wfla.com. hillsborough fire crews are investigating an early morning house fire. while you were sleep, flames broke out at the home at riverview drive and henderson street. you can see the fire shooting into the air. neighbors tell us, this is the third time the home has caught fire. the flames burned an rv and suv. authorities report the home the is vacant. and the bay area is bracing for some storms today. now. you can see a storm system in the gulf of mexico moving closer to the coast. let's get straight to leigh spann because this will most likely impact your day today. >> it will. at 30 miles per hour. so yes, it's a little more than 100 miles away from us now but speak. there's light to moderate rain falling right now. commute. what i'm more concerned about is the line from the panhandle
down to the central gulf of mexico. hundreds of lightning strikes in this. along with embedded very strong winds. and when this line makes it onshore, that's when i expect us to have the worst weather and the potential of seeing even some strong to severe thunderstorm. and yes, there's some light rain now and even heavier rain in sarasota and highlands county. most of the heaviest rain is south of our area, closer to the fort myers community. let me walk you through the day. this is our forecast model, light rain happening and that's going to stay around through about 8:00 this morning. then after 7:30, there's that line, the one i'm concerned about in the central gulf. it crashes onshore after 9:00 this morning. this is about 10:00. most of you will be at work and school. you need to pay attention because there could be isolated tornadoes. it's not out of the question, especially a water spout that comes onshore. and the then quickly things clear out by the -- and then quickly, things clear out by the afternoon. at 6:80 in weather and traffic
the rainfall amounts and when we could see the storms push onshore. and leslee is here to help you navigate the wet roads. a little slippery but no major collisions yet. and on the right side, we had a crash on the shoulder. it has cleared southbound hillsborough avenue, starting to get sticky in the area. in st. pete, i will zoom in again in the downtown area. we have an accident, heads up, 4th avenue at martin luther king. and two crashes on i-4, more on those coming up. and now back to gene and gayle. >> that's a cool graphic. thanks. happening today, we will be there when the bucs announce offensive coordinator dirk koetter as the new head coach. >> all right. let's be honest here, this is really one of the worst kept >> no doubt. >> but we are expecting for it of hours. news channel 8's adrienne pedersen is tracking the story and she is joining us now live from the tampa news center.
not a big shocker for fans but tell us what's happening this afternoon. >> reporter: the bucs still will not confirm that it is in fact dirk koetter but our sports team here at news channel 8 is telling us that it's basically a done deal and everybody is talking about it this morning. the official announcement is happening today at 2:00. we will bring you that live. in the meantime, we are getting reaction from people like a former bucs player. >> if they fired lovie smith and had to go outside and didn't retain dirk koetter and his relationship with jameis winston is probably the most important thing in the whole equation, it would have been a failure. the bring in another coach, another offensive coordinate, we wouldn't have improved. >> reporter: seems like a lot of people agree with the former buc there, at least in terms of koetter ramping up the offense. he works well with jameis winston who is the third rookie to throw for 4,000-yards plus the bucs have the fifth best total offense in the nfl. so what do you think of the choice? well, coming up in about 30 minute, i'll have more on what
morning so be sure to weigh in on our facebook and twitter and gene, i found a tweet from koetter's daughter that i will share with you coming up here. >> oh, now i'm intrigued. all right. making us wait. thanks for the tease. the bucs will make the official announcement later today. you can of course count on news channel 8 to bring you that big reveal live at 2:00. our sports team dan lucas and paul ryan will bring us the details live as it happens. in your vote, another debate in the bucs just two weeks out from the -- n -- debate just two weeks out from the first caucuses. we are live in washington, d.c. this morning with a look at the debate's critical moments. good morning, chance. >> reporter: good morning, gayle. it's getting to be the that part of the campaign that's so close you can taste it. we are about two weeks out from iowa caucuses now. and last night, the two men
to gain right now were at each other's throats within about 30 minute, talking about donald trump, ted cruz. they trotted out charges of birtherrism, deception. trump was even talking lawsuits. listen. >> you have a big lawsuit over your head while you're running and if you become the nominee, who the hell knows if you can even serve in office? >> the birther theories that donald has been relying on, some of the more extreme ones insist that you must not only be born on u.s. soil but have two parents born on u.s. soil. under that theory, i would be disqualified and marco rubio would be disqualified and interestingly enough, donald j. trump would be disqualified. >> reporter: we saw a lot of strutting and confidence on stage but no one has this on lockdown just yet. this new poll, 42% of likely
have already chosen their candidate but that leaves 57% who say they can still be persuaded and those are the votes that everybody wants. again the caucuses are on february 1st. there's only one more gop debate coming up. that's going to be on fox news hosted in part by megan kelly. >> interesting and entertaining. and the democratic side, things in iowa are up in the air there as well. >> reporter: again, two front runners. there are only about two candidates who have made any waves in the democratic party but they are neck and neck right now in iowa and notary public. hillary rodham clinton, -- iowa and new hampshire. hillary rodham clinton and bernie sanders it felt latest polls this week show that hillary is down two points in iowa and she is also down in new hampshire. they argue that's within the margin of error but that's no consolation for someone considered to be a front runner for much of the democratic
field. she is up about seven points nationwide. but again, right now, the word is going to be momentum. back to you. >> all right. chance, we always enjoy having you on the morning show, live from washington, d.c. this sunday, three democratic candidates will face off in a debate hosted by nbc news, clinton, bernie sanders and former maryland governor participate. you can watch that right here on news channel 8 at 9:00 p.m. and followed by news channel 8 at 11:00. we are learning more about a horrible crash that critically injured a motorcyclist. the pinellas sheriff's office released this video of the collision. take a close look her it. happened on the corner of mlk and 62nd avenue north. if we go full screen, you can get a better view. it shows the deputy in an unmarked cruiser pulling in front of the motorcyclist. the crash the motorcyclist in the hospital with critical injuries. the sheriff's office is taking responsibility.
>> i talked to the corporal about it and told him, you made a huge, huge mistake and there has to be accountability for it and you're going to have to swallow the pill and accept the consequences for what you did. >> right now, the young man is paralyzed from the waist down. the sheriff's office cut the family of the young man a $200,000 check. that's maximum liability it faces under florida law. it is 6:08. time for weather and traffic on the 8s. and today you want to pay close attention. >> that's right. you have our free weather max app. you can download it from the app store so you can keep track of the storms just like i am. big picture, light to moderate rain falling now. and i'm more concerned with the gulf of mexico. it's a line of storms racing towards the east at about 30 miles per hour which would put it near the new port richey area at 9:30. and to the east coast by 1:00. it's a fast moving system. if you live in the north port
county community, you have been seeing rain all morning. everywhere else, it's been very, very light. between now and the next two hours or so, .50 maybe at the most. after 9:00, that's where we start to see the stronger storms coming onshore and you could see wind gusts embedded in that as well. there's a 70% chance of storms between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and leslee is here with traffic on the 8s. we have a couple accidents on i-4. eastbound i-4 by i-75, injuries but off to the side of the roadway. not tying up lanes and the other is by u.s. 27. for those traveling in polk county, that's to the shoulder as well and no delays. and downtown st. pete again. we still have this collision, heads up. this accident is located right at 4th avenue and martin luther king street. and no delays. and now traffic in general is getting busy and starting to move into downtown. and not just st. pete but tampa as well and we will look at that in next report. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s.
right now, the country is waiting with some much anticipation and everybody is trying to find out who won the big powerball jackpot. none of the three winners have come forward yet but there are smaller winners already collecting that prize money. news channel 8's lindsey mastis is joining us live from melbourne beach. that's got to be one of the luckiest stores in the entire country. >> reporter: absolutely, gene. you know people are coming to this store, to this publix because they want more tickets and they want a chance to win the $40 million jackpot which sounds like a measly number compared to the big one we just had. and you know, the store is going to open in less than an hour. and rumors are flying right now and everyone is trying to figure out if they know the winner. you know though, the owners of the stores that sold the winning tickets, they get bonuses too so they are winners as well. take a look at the scene in chino hills, california.
eleven in chino hills. they actually get a $1 million bonus for selling the winning ticket. he moved to the u.s. from india in the 1980s. and in tennessee, the owner of the food market got a $25,000 bonus. and they plan to share their winnings with the employees. and here in melbourne beach, the publix gets $100,000 but customers are more interested in finding out who won the jackpot. >> reporter: you think you might know who won? >> sure, it's a small community. and so, yeah, there's a good chance we might know the person. but we may never find out. i don't know. >> reporter: plenty of people won some smaller amounts. there are 11 people in florida that won $1 million. and there's one man who won $2 million. and you're going to love this story, it's a 19-year-old from sanford, florida. he claims it's his first time ever playing. and you know what's
found one of the already filled out tickets and decided to take it and try his luck and he won. amazing story. so we will figure out who won eventually and let you know. >> wow, lucky guy to the find the ticket and it be a winner. >> incredible. trafficking. about her personal horror story and look at the event to raise awareness of how it's happening right here in our own backyard. and the possibility of a travel warning for pregnant women. the danger lurking in mosquitoes and the risk to unborn babies
we're back. an 8 on your side alert this morning. u.s. health officials could issue a travel warning as early as today all because of a virus that could cause health defects in newborns. it's called the zika virus. ryan hughs is live on clearwater beach this morning and we're learning that it spreads in warm bodies of water and that's why it could be impacting the gulf coast? >> reporter: good morning to you, gene. we're told it comes from warm bodies of water like the gulf of mexico behind me. 8 on your side learned that the u.s. department of health is on the verge of issuing a warning to americans who are traveling to america right now.
>> the gulf coast of the united states is an extremely vulnerable area because we have both species of mosquitoes that could transmit the virus, including zika. >> reporter: 8 on your side learned that the virus is already spreading throughout south america, central america and parts of texas with a case confirmed in harris county, texas. there's a fear it could spread to florida. and now it started in africa. health officials warn pregnant women to protect themselves from mosquitoes if they travel to those regions or to avoid those places altogether. it can cause rash and joint pain that can last several weeks and there's a possible link between the virus and birth defects. at this point, there's no vaccine to protect against this but 8 on your side will keep you posted and let you know if the government does issue a warning later today. some scary stuff. >> yeah, got to be informed. thank you so much, ryan. this might surprise you, florida is among the top three
states for human trafficking. and now the bay area is playing a major role in fighting what is becoming a big problem. this week, pinellas county commissioners passed an ordinance to strengthen laws already passed by the floridaless which you are. i spoke to a -- by the florida legislature. i spoke to one victim. >> so i was at a convenience he preyed upon me. vulnerable. and he came in. and it's a process. they don't just kidnap you and take you like you were saying in "taken." that's not way it goes. they groom and you it's stages. >> she is be a keynote speaker in downtown tampa tomorrow. jamming for freedom kicks off at noon at the fort brooks park behind amalie arena. there will be live music, face painting but most of all, education for parents because trafficking is making its way
our backyards and i know leslee you will be there with me. >> it's interesting because the woman you spoke to, she was lured in. she was manipulated but i got say, 25% of the people who are hue in human trafficking, they are snatched from the street and it's happening here. >> you think of human trafficking and think of third world countries but it's right here. >> absolutely. big issue. it is 6:18. looks like the weather is going to hold out for tomorrow's big event. >> for tomorrow. unfortunately today is going to be rough. we are seeing light to moderate rain right now. but look just off the coast at this point. here's the intense line of thunderstorms with hundreds of lightning strikes. a rough estimate has it moving at about 30 miles per hour toward our coast, putting it here not long after 10:00 this morning. at this point, the farther south you live in southern sarasota, highland counties, you see more rain. but just rain, no thunderstorms. that's how it will stay through 8:00.
2:00 when i expect the strong, possibly damaging winds to arrive along with the thunderstorms. temperatures, much milder this morning. we're in the mid-60s. a very strong southeast wind. and this wind is going to continue to increase as this system gets closer to us. so the squall line will come in about 11:00, strong to severe storms and look how quickly it's out of here. and strong winds behind it. again, i think that the biggest threat with this storms today, lightning and rain but you could see isolated damaging winds and even possibly a tornado, especially a water spout coming onshore. and dry air tomorrow and more rain on sunday, leslee. >> all right. looking at the roadways right now, traffic is building veterans expressway. commute. and ybor, 30175, roughly six minutes. and a crash in polk county westbound i-4, past u.s. 27.
and no delay, it's off to the shoulder. and polk city, also u.s. 27 northbound getting busier as you press underneath i-4 in polk county. that's weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gayle and gene. you know it's said age is just a number. i definitely live by that. >> not arguing with it either. how one minnesota man's hard work shoveling a neighbor's sidewalk is proving you can do just about anything at any age. all you have to do is put your
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lightning strikes with this squall line. again, not a lot of thunderstorm activity now but as the system gets closer to us, bad conditions on the water, gale warnings, wind advisory and a rip current risk. not a good day for kite surfing. but it's a good drive though. you can actually head out on the interstates. we're looking government good in the area no. delays on i-4 through ybor. and bearss into downtown tampa
transferred by mosquitoes. the mosquitoes are found near warm bodies of water like the gulf of mexico. and the search is on for the winners of the world's largest jackpot. right now the identities of all three are still a mystery. one of the tickets was sold in melbourne beach on the east coast of florida. this morning, many residents in the area are double checking the winning numbers. it's going to be a stormy day for the bay area and we want to make sure your commute is a safe one. you can see a storm system lingering in the gulf of mexico. it's coming closer and closer to our coast. let's go to meteorologist leigh spann now to find out more. good morning, leigh. >> good morning. i know a lot of people when they step out this morning, there's light to moderate rain and that's going the to impact your morning commute. but i'm more concerned with the system in the gulf of mexico coming toward us. at this point, 400-plus lightning strikes and very strong wind gusts up in the panhandle, 55 miles per hour speed clocked at the airport. so what's going happen, this
push closer to us at 30 miles per hour. which will put it near new port richey around 10:00 this morning. tampa about 10:30. and sarasota later at 11:30. now it's a quick moving system and that means you will see the storm, you just won't see them for very long. please download the weather max app. it's free for all iphone and android phones and you can track the radar as well. so a 50% chance of rain at 8:00 this morning. during the lunchtime hour, mid- day, that's when i expect the strongest storms to be here. and then we taper the rain chances down quickly. even by 3:00 p.m., by the time the kids come home from school. at 6:38 in weather and traffic on the 8s, i will go into the threats we could see with today's storms. and leslee is going to help you navigate the wet roads. >> that's right. let's look at what's going on. still a good drive-thru ybor, six minutes 301 to 275. and the veterans expressways, ehrlich to 275, a 10 minute commute there.
we got a crash here but it's to the side of the roadway. and northbound u.s. 27 is hitting the brakes under i-4 in polk county. and eastbound martin luther king at fallenburg road, the accident clearing up. and that's a look at -- at falkenburg road, the accident is clearing up. and that's a look at weather and traffic. there's of course a lot of buzz about the bucs online this morning. news channel 8's adrienne pedersen is tracking the reaction. so what's the verdict? are they happy about the choice? >> reporter: good morning, gene and gayle. well the mood seems to be cautiously optimistic and understandably so, right? so we will check in with fans on line in a second but first, let's hear what other fans are talking about. >> i think lovie smith had a good shot. i wish he could have had one more year, just to see because
but i hope that someone on the inside really knows what's going on and can really make a difference. >> he's a good offensive coordinator, so i will think it will be a good change for him and the bucs. >> reporter: okay, so this is as close to a confirmation that it's in fact koetter as i think we're going to get this morning until the bucs officially tell us later today. check this out, i found a tweet in from his daughter and she wrote, first time a family meeting didn't equal a move. always have and always will be so proud of my dad. and in fact, she's a volley ball coach at the university of tampa. and interesting tidbit there. okay, penny she's not impressed. she writes this on our facebook page, another, quote, rebuilding season when they haven't finished rebuilding from the two previous seasons? give him two years like the previous coaches. gary, he feels differently. a little more positively. he lead one of the worst
offenses to one of the best in less than a year of getting hired, exciting days are back. so the overall mood is happy but don't get too comfortable because we will see how it goes. gene. >> well that tweet from koetter's daughter, that's telling. thank you. we're going to learn more about this new head coach later today. you can count on news channel 8 starting at 2:00. that's when our sports team dan lucas and paul ryan will bring us the details live as it happens. time is coming up on 6:35. warning this morning. officials are considering a travel warning because of a mosquito borne virus as soon as today. it's called the zika virus and it's spreading throughout latin america and the caribbean and potentially the gulf states. 8 on your side's ryan hughs is live from clearwater beach. and ryan, it can cause birth defects in children. >> reporter: good morning, gayle it's easily passed we're told from mother to a baby in the womb and it's quite common
around the gulf of mexico behind me. and that's why the centers for disease control in atlanta is on the verge of issuing a warning to all traveling americans. >> the severity to the baby, if i was infected, could be very high. and when it's your baby, you just don't take a chance. >> reporter: now 8 on your side learned the virus has already spread throughout south america, central america and parts of texas. there's a fear it could spread to florida. and now it started in africa. health officials warn pregnant women to protect themselves from mosquitoes if they travel to those regions or to the avoid those regions altogether. it can cause rash and joint weeks. there's a possible link between the virus and birth defects. and now at this point, we're told there's no known vaccine against the virus and that's why the cdc is on the verge of issuing this morning and you can count on us to let you know if that happens later today. gayle, back to you. >> they're working on a vaccine
but until then, it's a scary situation. thank you. new numbers from the u.s. coast guard show a growing cuban migrant crisis. the coast guard reports 396 migrants rescued at sea so far this month. the number of cubans attempting this dangerous voyage increased in the past year. cruise passengers from tampa got to witness the crisis firsthand as the carnival paradise rescued eight migrants at seventh someone had binoculars and saw that it was all, what, styrofoam ice chests. >> the condition they were in coming on to the boat, it gives you a whole new appreciation for freedoms in america. >> coast guard officials tell news channel 8 the new u.s. cuba relations vice president improved the cubans on the island and many cubans fear favorable immigration policies here in the u.s. will soon change. and we have new video of a chicago police officer killing a teenager. you have to see this. it's raising more questions
about the embattled city and its police force. the family has been fighting for months to get the video released. his family filed a wrongful death lawsuit. the attorney claims the teen never posed a threat to the officers? singer celine dion is mourning the loss of her husband. he died in his las vegas home after a long battle with throat cancer. he served as her manager throughout her career. she was 73 years old. it is 6:38. time for weather and traffic on the 8s. and storms coming our way? >> there are. and now you're seeing light to moderate rain from pinellas county toward hillsborough could bety and farther south into the new port community. but look off the shoreline, there's a stronger storm, a lot of lightning heading in our direction and the winds are getting strong ahead of it. north port, venice, sebring area, you are seeing rain but
so a 50% chance of showers, not thunderstorms, from from now until about 9:00 this morning. and then going hour-by-hour, 10:00, 11:00, noon, the rain chances go up to 70%. and that's when we could see the threat for strong to severe storms but after 2:00 p.m., we dry out quickly. so with the storm, the threat for lightning and heavy downpours and also strong winds in the forecast as well. that could produce even an isolated tornado. and now we are drive for tomorrow and then more rain on sunday. let's check in on traffic on the 8s. and i just got word of a crash from fhp southbound 75 in the brandon area. that's never good because brandon gets congested quickly. more on that coming up in the next report. meanwhile, i-4 through ybor looks good and on the veterans expressway, still a good drive. ehrlich to 275, roughly 10 minutes on the commute. and down here, southern sarasota county, river road at
i-75, an accident. that one is in lanes. over here in pinellas county, 49th street south of park, we've got a collision. and park known as gandy near the area. area bridges. and southbound on the veterans expressway, a collision right at hillsborough avenue. but the good news is, it's off to the shoulder and not slowing not yet. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. something is disappearing checkout lane. >> ahead, the item parents won't see at an aldi that may save them headaches with the children. and then python hunting season is almost here. coming up, why wildlife officials want you to help out bagging these troublesome snakes. and a sleepy beach town is buzzing with news of the winning powerball ticket. a look at where we stand at finding out who hit the jackpot. the new caramel macchiato from dunkin' donuts. let hand-crafted layers
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right now all eyes are on melbourne beach and two other cities as we wait to see who is the winner of the big jackpot. >> the three winners will get more than $500 million each before taxes. but there are plenty of smaller winners including right here in florida. news channel 8's lindsey mastis is live from melbourne beach, florida. so we hear there's word out that one of the three big jackpot winners? >> reporter: that's right. you know, a couple in tennessee have come forward. they're claiming to have one of the winning powerball tickets. and they'll go live on the "today" show for an exclusive interview so we are hoping to get the details shortly. and here in melbourne, there's still a mystery. big winner? and as soon as the store opens in about 20 minutes at this public here, people will continue to ask the questions. the store owner, it's like they
in tennessee, now this is a town of about 6,000 people. they're going to get a bonus of $25,000. and the owners say they are planning to share that with their employees. and over in chino hill, the owner of the 7-eleven had a huge party. he gets $1 million. he's an immigrant from india who came to the u.s. in 1980s and is now truly living the american dream. the florida lottery told me it could take a few weeks before publix gets their $100,000 bonus but shoppers want to know who won the jackpot. >> it could be someone i know. it's a barrier island and it's a long drive. so, there's not much down here to be quite honest with you. >> reporter: people think they might be able to figure out who won. and there are other winners around the state. there's a 19-year-old who won
$1 million. and now the big jackpot winner has time to come forward, 180 days to claim the prize but if they want the lump sum, they have to come forward in 60 days so we are hoping that we will find out who the winner in gayle -- >> exciting times and a lot of sleepy towns across america. thank you so much. now to an 8 on your side alert that impacts your wallet. fees at the atm are costing americans what seems like an arm and a leg. now the problem is becoming a presidential campaign issue. last year jpmorgan, bank of america and wells fargo made more than $6 billion in overdraft and atm fees. presidential candidate hillary rodham clinton believes the fees are too high. candidate senator bernie sanders is promising to cap fees at $2 if he is elected president. and while many stores rely on the holidays to boost their sales numbers, best buy didn't enjoy that little push this time around. the electronics retailer reported a decline of nearly 1%
and didn't have much demand for mobile phones or other electronics. best buy expects 4th quarter domestic sales to decrease. ordering fast food isn't ideal but we have a list of the top rated restaurants to help make your choices easier. a research firm says subway took the top spot bid wendy's, chick-fil-a and pizza hut and sonic. and casual dining olive garden came out number one. behind was panera bread, outbreak steak house and applebee's. and discount grocery store chain aldi says it's getting rid of candy at the checkout aisle. the company says they'll put healthier fares like trail mixes and dried fruit in its place. they have to have the lanes by the end of 2016. as a parent, i hope other grocery stores follow suit because i have a hard time saying no.
>> but i hope they keep the gum there. >> yeah. some slithering reptiles are preying on native wildlife here in florida. >> and starting tomorrow the florida fish and wildlife conservation commission is bringing back the python challenge to help solve the problem. in 2013, nearly 1600 people participated. it's supposed to protect the ecosystem from the python. one experts insist the snakes know how to stay out of sight. >> less than 1% detection rate so by the time you detect one, you have probably passed 100. >> the python challenge goes from tomorrow through february 14th. well it's 6:48. and the weather is making news because it's going to be a nasty day. >> yeah. when you step out the door right now, a lot of us may endure some light rain and heavier rain in spots. but what i'm most concerned about is the approaching line of thunderstorm. rite now, it's moving at about
30 miles per hour. so a rough estimate to the shoreline is just after 10:00 this morning. so most of us will be at work and school at this point. so you still need to pay attention. and getting closer to where we're seeing very light rain, hillsborough, pinellas, over the bay bridge heavier rain in sarasota, and highlands. and notice i just kept in a 40% chance of rain this morning. the other thing you will notice is that it's warmer this morning. after 9:00, the rain chances start going up and after 10:00, that's when we could see the strong to severe thunderstorms. and again, that line of intense thunderstorms that are in the gulf of mexico right now. it won't last long. it's a quick mover. by 4:00 p.m., the rain chance is back down to just 20%. so just mainly in the morning and early afternoon. low to mid-60s now. strong gusty winds throughout the day today. so here it is 50:00, that's when the cold front arrives and
and by 2:00, 3:00, yeah, we are clearing out. it is windy. and it's going to stay mild and dry for saturday. that's good news for your weekend. and an early heads up, fast moving system will come through on sunday with more potential of strong storms. and then really cold air next week. leslee, how about traffic on the 8s? well, we are moving at good speeds in and out of downtown although it's getting busier. and i want to talk about this accident. this is southbound i-75, i told you about this in the last report, near i-4. let's look live at the cameras here. you can see it's a little bit slow and go, nice black and white shotting for. a little slow in the area. and moving over -- black and white shotting for. and a little slow in the area. let's move over now and talk about the crash southbound on the veterans expressway, by hillsborough, off to the shoulder, veterans expressway not slowing down yet.
franklin and the gandy and courtney campbell, so far so good. 49th street south of park boulevard, we have a collision, injuries involved so just be aware of it. and park and gandy, where it comes together, still flog at good speeds. -- still flowing at good speeds. >> thanks. a young woman who fights for her life every day found a way to keep moving forward. >> and she did it from her hospital window in cleveland. 27-year-old victimky robinson was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a child and she has spent her entire life in and out of hospitals. she put adele's "hello" lyrics up on her window and the community responded up and down the street. >> you can see, to tell you i'm i love it. >> we like sneak up on each other and it's like, hello. >> don't do that to me, gene. she has been on the waiting list for lungs and a liver for a year now but with the
community letting her know that they are behind her 100%, she is spending her days in the hospital with a very full heart. and sometimes that's what it takes to keep moving forward and stay in bright spirits. >> yeah, makes such a difference. and the music too. what you need to know before you walk out the door is next including a big reveal coming today from the bucs. and a mosquito borne
the bucs are expected to name a new head coach today. the news channel 8's sports team believes offensive coordinator dirk koetter will get the job. koetter was thought to be the leading candidate after the team fired lovie smith but they are keeping details under wraps until later today when the team makes an official announcement. the bucs will make an
announcement about the new head coach in about seven hours. you can count on news channel 8 to bring you the big reveal live. it begins at 2:00. our sports team dan lucas and paul ryan will bring us the details as it happens. and this morning, anita all right that impacts your coast. today the government could issue a travel warning on the virus. >> yeah, news channel 8's ryan hughs is joining us live with a look at this virus and who is at risk. >> reporter: good morning to you once again. this is common in warm places and around warm bodies of water like the gulf of mexico behind me. 8 on your side learned the virus is already spreading throughout south america, central america and parts of texas with a case confirmed in harris county. and there's a fear it could spread to florida now. it started in africa. health officials warn pregnant women to protect themselves from mosquitoes if they travel to those regions archery club
avoid those places altogether. it can cause rash and joint pain that can last several links. there's a possible link between the virus and birth defects as well. lie january hugh, news channel 8. >> thank you. hillsborough fire crews are investigating an early morning house fire that happened along riverview drive and henderson street. neighbors tell us this is the third time this same home has caught fire. authorities report the home is vacant. and an rv and suv also burned. this morning we are getting some clues to one of the big powerball jackpot winners. a tennessee couple came forward claiming they are winners. find out who they are on the "today" show. it's an exclusive interview and you can hear it here on news channel 8 today. we still don't know who purchased the winning ticket in melbourne beach or in california. a wide view of what's going on right now, rain from georgia point. but i'm most concerned with this line of showers and thunderstorms just off our coastline, pushing east at 30
putting it near the new port richey area at 9:30. tampa at 10:40:40. and lakeland at about 11:30. and with the line, you could see strong to severe thunderstorms. moderate rain this morning. between now and about 8:00 or 9:00. 64 degrees. quite mild. and by noon, that's when again the strongest storms will be here. and quickly clears out for tonight and tomorrow. >> all right. and looking at traffic right now in the area, we have an accident southbound i-75. it's right before you get to i- 4. reportedly a jackknifed big rig there. and let's take a live look at some of the slowing in the area. and just be aware of that and of course with the wet roads, sometimes, you know, vehicles slip out of the way and that big rig is jackknifed. so a delay on 75. but downtown tampa looks good. >> all right. be careful out there. you made it to friday. have a great day. >> and of course, we will stay on top of the breaking news. catch our updates during the "today" show and watch the