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good morning. thank you for watching news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. we begin with breaking news. we're waking up to foggy conditions. it's so foggy in fact that some places that the highway patrol now closed the skyway bridge to drivers. and what you're looking at here is a live picture of the soupy conditions. our photo journal list is about five miles from the bridge. and troopers say in some place, visibility is less than 1 00 feet. you can see some of the detour areas here in the pictures.
skyway bridge and leslee will have more in a bit. but first, let's check on the fog with leigh. >> it really is not widespread. it's all contained basically from the sunshine skyway bridge down through manatee and western portions of sarasota county. this is a visibility map. i shows you how far you can see. and 10, 9, 7-mile visibility means basically no fog at this point. it's not until you go down to sarasota where you get less than a mile. so now i'm going to use a fog forecast. using the same visibility. how far you can see. going forward in time now until about 7:45, i expect the fog to get a little bit more widespread for areas near the coast. basically from tampa west toward the shoreline, places like polk county and highlands, not going to be as bad. the thickest part of the fog should be between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. again, especially near the coast. and after 9:00 a.m., everybody clears out except the immediate coastline.
most of the day. so if it's not foggy for you, the bigger story is how warm and humid it will be. and it will make to it 81 degrees today. in weather and traffic on the 8s, i give you a look at the day. and leslee is going to let you know about this big problem. >> yes,. a long detour. especially if you work in southern pinellas county or live in southern pinellas county and work in manatee, tough go all the way around and take i-75 instead and that that is because the skyway bridge is closed -- and that is because the skyway bridge is closed. it is closed and i-75 is the alternate. and you can see again right here, everybody is detoured off. not going to be able to use it. i will keep you posted throughout the morning so stay with us here on news channel 8 and i will let you know as soon as it reopens.
i-75 is the only alternate unless you have a speedboat. but something tells me, probably not the case. that's a look at weather and traffic, back to gene and gayle. it's your vote. this is it. it's primary day in florida. and our state is a crucial one in this year's election. >> it sure is. and presidential hopefuls have campaigned tirelessly in the last few days hoping to drum up last-minute support. 8 on your side's ryan hughes is live in tampa where voters will begin to arrive in about an hour or so. the poll workers should be there before to set up. are you seeing workers yet? >> reporter: gene, good morning. one hour to go and we have started to see some poll workers trickle in here along dale mabry highway here in tampa. it's been around-the-clock effort getting this location and nearly 50 others in hillsborough county ready for the big day.
happens before we even put the machines in the polling sites, we conduct a logic accuracy test to make sure the machines are counting approximately. >> reporter: hillsborough county supervisor of elections stresses checks and balances. he tells 8 on your side all the ballots will be hand could bed -- hand counted after polls close after 7:00 tonight to make sure the grand total equals what the machines report. equipment and ballot have been checked for tampering. he believes wait times will be minimal because more than 25% of registered democrats and republicans have already voted by mail or during the early voting process. so those people won't have to visit a polling site. and those numbers are extremely high for a primary. in the next half hour, hear how many people have already picked their presidential favorite, mail. more on that coming up. >> thank you. thank you.
7:00 this morning. that's less than an hour away right now. before you head out though, go to our website, wfla.com. our web team has been really busy. they have put together a list of everything you need to know, that includes where you vote and what you need to bring which is very important. news channel 8 will be on your side tonight with live team coverage of the florida primary. we will have reporters with the candidates all across the state. tune in tonight at 11:00 for a special one-hour edition of news channel 8's 11:00 news for all the results. well, happening today, alcohol sales in polk county are up for discussion. a change could be on the way to match the laws in lakeland which allow earlier and later sales on sundays. josh thomas joins us now live from the county commission in bartow. and this josh disparity has some business owners upset and asking for change. >> reporter: yes, indeed. in just a few hour, county leaders will meet here at the county administration building
and now in lakeland, you can buy beer, wine and other liquor on sundays before noon but outside the city limit, well, quite frankly, you have to wait. and lakeland's blue laws let's you buy alcohol from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m., seven days a week. but on sundays in polk county, you cannot buy alcohol before noon or after midnight. some business owners just over the county line in polk think that's unfair so the county commission will hold a workshop this morning to consider whether to end the disparity in the law between the city and county. there was some opposition to this change in the law including local colleges that feel that it could lead to underage drink on the weekends and. we will have the latest on what happens here at this county commission meeting on first at 4:00. >> yeah, a lot of people and businesses will be watching this one. all right, thanks, josh. a suspected dui driver is now facing serious charges
rammed into deputy cruisers. look at the rear passenger side door of one of the cruisers here. you can see some of the damage. investigators claim christopher conte rammed his truck into patrol cars while trying to get away. no one was hurt. deputies claim they found drugs and paraphernalia inside his truck. rescued from sea. a coast guard crew out of clearwater is getting ready for pulling four men from their sinking boat in the gulf. this is the second coast guard rescue in as many weeks. for danny, the video a reminder of the time he was trapped on a sinking boat. >> it definitely shook me up. i took a lot for granted out there. >> the coast guard explains the boat rescues, both men were well equipped. they had life jackets, strobes and emergency beacons and that helped save their lives. it's your chance to tell st. petersburg city leaders
the new pier. tonight there's a public workshop at the university of south florida st. petersburg student center. 7:00 p.m. is when it gets underway. crews are demolishing the old pier. construction on the new pier is expected to begin next year and wrap up by 2018. well today is a deadline in the data show down between apple and the department of justice. apple is expected to submit the response to the fbi trying to get the company to unlock the iphone of one of the san bernardino terrorists. the government believes the phone could provide more information about the attack. apple claims hacking into the phone would violate the privacy it proms users. it's 6:08 on this tuesday morning. let's turn things over to leigh. fog in some parts. >> now a lot of places have a layer of clouds. just up off the surface of the ground. it's fine while you're driving around. you're just not going to see sunshine. this morning, i am more concerned with this area, the
western manatee and sarasota county. that's the only place where we really see thick fog although it may get more widespread between now and 9:00 this morning. each hour, starting out warm already. making to it the mid-70s by noon. after that fog burns off. and then 81 at 4:00 p.m. and that's well above average. and of course, now that the sun stays up past 7:00, 76 degrees around 7:00 p.m. and you know, we are going to see fog develop the next couple days as well. highs near 80 but a big heads up for the weekend, i am increasing the rain chances pretty significantly again as we head into saturday and even goo into sunday a bit. but still warm days, well above average. a lot of people will have to make changes. they'll have to leave the house early, that's for sure. unless they want to wait out the fog. that might be a while. >> 9:00 this morning. >> yeah, so definitely leave the house early.
fletcher avenue at the northbound 275 entrance, just got word of a collision here but not seeing delays. for you. skyway bridge, completely closed down. take i-75 through hillsborough county, depending on where you're coming from. the cones are out there. the skyway bridge. thick fog. alternate. back to gene and gayle. thank you. well, new details in the deadly shooting rampage in kalamazoo, michigan. >> ahead, the app the suspected gunman is blaming for his violent actions. and encouraging news about the 14-year-old who survived the rampage. what she did in the hospital that's giving her parents hope. and changes at the gas pump. up next, the new devices you may soon see while you fill up and how it's meant to protect us. you're watching news channel 8
it is a big deal, credit card year. gayle. right. frustrating. so 8 on your side wants to know stop skimming. here's the deal. gas stations now have more guidelines when it comes to security at the pumps. they have several options. one is to place a device inside the pump that will shut it down tampers with it. sounds like a great idea. another option though is one a lot of the stations already use work. the tape that goes across the front to show if someone has opened it. so 8 on your side's question this morning, will gas station owners spend money to put the special device inside? or just keep doing what they're already doing. the new law ups the charges the crooks ripping us off. and we will let you know when the new rules start. looks like maybe october. and more importantly, we will
but gayle, let's hope so. i looked it up and according to the commissioner of ally culture, on average victims lose $1,000. >> wow. maybe it's time we do see something more high-tech because the tape has been around for a longtime but yet, we keep talking about this. all right, thank you. it's 6:15 on this tuesday morning. developing this morning, the uber driver accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage in kalamazoo, mitch now claims -- kalamazoo, michigan now claims the uber app made him do it. he told investigators he was being controlled by the app through his cellphone. he is undergoing a psych lodge cam evaluation. and police just released dam cam video of his arrest. it shows officers arresting him without any trouble. now he is accused of killing six people and wounding two others.
this youngest surviving victim from the rampage. the 14-year-old remains in the hospital, recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. her parents report she whispered "i love you" to them over the weekend. >> precious. friendly fire is now being blame for the the death of a maryland police officer caught in an ambush. prince george's county police chief revealed jacai colson was hit by a colleague's bullet during a shoot-out at the police station. investigators claim two brothers opened fire at the station in an unprovoked attack. they are now under arrest. right now, authorities claim they have regained control of an alabama prison after a riot. look at this. this is cellphone video of the violence inside the holmon correctional facility near mobile. you can see inmates barricaded in a dorm and setting fires.
rising in the prison in -- this is the second inmate uprising in the prison since friday. well happening today, more red cross volunteers from florida are headed to louisiana to help victims recover from record flooding there. today two volunteers will leave st. petersburg and drive all the way to shreveport. this comes as millions of people are dealing with flooding and while the rain is over, many rivers are still rising. they are expected to crest this week. well residents in the miami valley region of ohio are waking up thankful to have their homes in one piece after multiple tornado touchdowns. at one point, the radar showed severe, fast-moving thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes. there were no reports of severe damage in the ohio counties of miami, montgomery, or prebble. talk about a driver's nightmare. you park your car to get breakfast and when you come
it happened in hoboken, new jersey when a water main broke. the ground opened up and swallowed the car. >> good thing they weren't in the car. >> yeah, i was thinking the same thing. >> yeah. better getting breakfast than in there. coming up on 6:18. and leigh has been looking at fog all morning. is it clearing up any time soon? >> you know, i'm watching it clear up in sarasota. remember i have been showing this visibility map. and at point, it's down to a half mile. you can see through the thick fog. well, right now i want to show you now it's gone up to a six mile visibility which means it's cleared up at least at the airport reporting station. so maybe thick fogs in areas from the sunshine skyway bridge down through manatee and sarasota. at this point, the fhp still has the sunshine skyway bridge closed but we are keeping a close eye on that. it's going to affect the commute. patchy fog, really through about 7:00 this morning, 71 degrees. by 9:00 a.m., we start to clear things out and keep it partly cloudy and warm for the rest of the day. 76 at noon.
and outside right now, plant city, it's steamy, 73. 72 in tampa. 73 st. pete. and 74 degrees in bradenton. and i even checked fhp inverness and she's at 68 degrees right now. -- checked in in inverness. we continue with the long range forecast. this cold front is going to stall at the georgia/florida border on friday. an area of low pressure develops along that gives us the best rain chance saturday, even lingering a bit into sunday. so here's the break down. warm through st. patrick's day, rainiest day on saturday and spring starts on sunday. leslee, are the cameras looking better? well oen the skyway bridge, it looks about the same is and it's still closed. again, this is the skyway bridge at the hump here. not able to cross it. but hopefully the fog will clear up here too.
to the fog, that's why it's closed here. so i-75 is still your alternate. if you're leaving the house soon, allow for extra time way around. depends on where you're working but it's not an easy commute to go back and forth. it can sometimes be a good 45 you. it does open. channel 8 today. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you so much. well taking a roller coaster ride to the next level. >> ahead, what one theme park is doing that might blow your mind while seeking some thrills. and a horse with style. why this steed is dressed in tweed. i don't even know what that means. you're watching news channel 8 today. >> means he looks good. >> all right.
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it's complete with lasers, explosions and aliens. are those real too? >> i hope not. >> i hope the ail yells are the virtual reality part. weather and traffic on the 8s is three minutes away. in the next half hour, researchers in the bay area are launching a new mission. this. the sea creatures they want to find in florida waters. and getting ready for a big election day. the impact today's vote is expected to have in the race for the white house. we will have a live report coming up in eight minutes. it's 6:25. (donkey sound) (elephant sound) there's a big difference between making noise, (tapping sound) and making sense. (elephant sound) (donkey sound) when it comes to social security, we need more than lip service. our next president needs a real plan to keep social security strong. (elephant noise) hey candidates.
good morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i am gayle guyardo. we are following breaking weather and traffic news right now. foggy conditions are being blamed for closing the skyway bridge. >> yeah, this say live picture of that fog. in some places, visibility is less than 100 feet. let's get a check on the impact on drivers this morning with leslee. this is a tough alternate route that you got to take to get around this. >> it certainly is.
just so tough when you close down the skyway bridge. but for me, it's a little scary when it's clear so for safety reason, that's why they have closed it down. the last thing you want is to head across the bridge and not be able to see in front of you. if you live or work in the manatee or sun coast area or southern pinellas county, you have to go up and around and that can be a good hour out of the way. leave the house early. and you can try to wait that fog out but we will check with lee and see when she thinks it's going to lift. the picture, it's very thick. again, the skyway bridge very, very thick in the area so keep that in mind. when do you think it's going to clear up for us, leigh? well, the sea fog may last all day offshore. whether it's off the mouth of the tampa bay and into the gulf of mexico, it's going to be touch and government because
you have a thick layer of clouds just above the surface. but not so much on the ground. so really the only spot i'm concerned about is the skyway bridge. and in fact, wafford forward in time. notice in the pinellas, sarasota, manatee coastline. you see some of that lickerring clouds. and that's what i expect to happen over the next couple hours. even until the afternoon. most of us very dry, very clear. and that fog along the coast, not only lasting through the day but spreads back in overnight. this is about 1:30 tomorrow morning so talking about the same thing tomorrow morning. but for today, once the fog burns off and the clouds burn off this morning, we will hit 81 degrees this afternoon. that's warm and humid. in weather and traffic on the 8s, i have an eight-day temperature trend for you. >> thank you. in your vote today, it is a hugely important day, all eyes are on florida today. what you're looking at here is
voter others here and in four other states -- voters here and in four other states are headed to the polls. >> it will be clear to everyone, this is a two-man race. i think after tomorrow, it will be officially a two-man race. >> again, senator ted cruz says tomorrow but he's talking about today. because that video is from yesterday. but here in hillsborough county, election workers have been gearing up for the day for a longtime. >> there are nearly 350 polling sites in the county. and 8 on your side's ryan hughs is live at one of them on dale mabry highway this morning. ryan, you say the poll workers are starting to trickle in. how is it going out there? >> reporter: gayle, good morning to you. that's right, poll workers trickling in here for precinct 135 here in hillsborough county. they are making sure the machines and ballots are ready for the voters who can pick their presidential favorite beginning at 7:00 this morning. the hillsborough supervisor of
will have to wait long at any why? well, more than 25% of registered voter, only democrats and republicans in a florida primary, have already voted by mail or gone to an ballots. more than 133,000 ballots in submitted as of yesterday. and if some people have had a change of heart when it comes to their favorite since then, listen here. >> there is no do-overs. once your ballot is cast, either in my office or an early vote site or election day, that's it. there is no second chance. >> reporter: that's how it works. more than 2,000 poll workers will be onhand today to make sure things run smoothly. and he tells 8 on your side machines and ballots have been checked for tampering. back here live, remembering polls open at 7:00 this morning and close 12 hours later at 7:00 p.m. anyone in line before the closing hour will get to vote.
your photo id in order to vote here in florida. so a big day ahead. back to you for now. >> thanks, ryan. a new poll in just this morning from nbc news survey monkey. the poll shows hillary rodham clinton is still ahead of senator bernie sanders in the national picture. although sanders is closing in. 54% of democrats favor clinton while 41% support senator sanders. on the republican side, donald trump still holds a strong lead with 44%. that's 20% more than senator with 24%. with 12%. and our senator marco rubio comes in fourth with just 11%. and before you head to vote, you will want to head out or look at wfla.com. our web team has put together a list of everything you need to know including where you vote
big day ahead. 6:35, happening today, alcohol sales in one bay area county are up for discussion. this morning, leaders will consider loosening restrictions in polk county to match the laws of lakeland. and this is an issue that's had a lot of residents and businesses fired up. news channel 8's josh thomas joins us live from bartow at the county commission building to explain. josh, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well since last fall, you can purchase alcohol before noon in the lakeland city limits but not here in the county. however, that could change based on what could happen at a workshop here at the county commission meeting a little later on today. and now polk county commissioners will be meeting this morning to decide if there should be a change in the law. right now, in the city of lakeland, you can buy beer, wine and alcohol before noon on sunday but not in the county. some polk county business owners feel that's unfair since customers can easily travel into the city limits to purchase alcohol.
will hold a workshop at 9:00 a.m. to determine if there should be a change to end the disparity in that law. and now lakeland city commissioners passed the law last fall to open up opportunities for business owners in the city. we will find out if the county commissioners feel the same way, if it should be done in the county as well. and you can count on news channel 8 to follow the meeting and have the latest on our first evening newscast first at 4:00. gene -- >> we will be watching. josh, thank you. well this morning remembering a hillsborough county deputy killed in the line of duty. people are calling deputy john kotfila a true hero. the wrong-way driver killed him over the weekend on the selmon expressway and with each day, we are hearing more about what kind of man he really was. and now we know he will be remembered at a funeral on friday. news channel 8's adrienne pedersen is getting tall details of this emotional story. and adrienne, i understand he
>> reporter: good morning, gayle. that's right. it's giving us chill doss think about how brave he truly was. let's listen to the woman he saved describe exactly what happened. >> this man put himself in front of us as a human shield. absolutely. he definitely saw what was going on. when i take a step back and look at the way everything occurred, he actually was a human shield for us. >> reporter: that was sarah there explaining the deputy drove intentionally into the path of the oncoming wrong-way she could live. and this morning, so many of you are weighing in on the story on facebook. and i want to show you dustin writing here, such an amazing man to have sacrificed so much just so someone else could live another day. and let's move to joe write, the word hero is used too loosely today, but this man truly is. and now you can leave a message for the family on our facebook page. >> yeah, all day yesterday, we
up anything and he gave up his life for someone else. thank you. let's turn thing over to leigh spann now. we are seeing fog in the bay area. >> really that thick fog over the sunshine skyway bridge is our big story. but i want to circle where we have low clouds. not a hindrance necessarily to the drive on the surface but it will hinder to d -- but it will hinder the sunshine. the fog has come off the gulf of mexico over the mouth of the tampa bay. temperatures this morning, mild in the low to mid-70s. in fact, still about 76 degrees at noon. and making our way to 81 at 4:00 p.m. and warm, relatively humid day today as well. orioles and blue jay, 7 7 degrees. lakeland, braves and tiger, 80 degrees. hot one there. and in fact, we stay warm through thursday. increasing the rain chance.
and look at the eight-day eight-day temperature trend, really cooler next week. and let's check traffic on the 8s. not a lot offing the but it's important. absolutely. skyway bridge still closed down and now other accidents. nonetheless, i need to tell you about them. the trinity area, northern pinellas county, just before pasco county, a collision on east lake road. and this is just north of trinity boulevard. a nasty crash. several vehicles involved in the lanes and also injuries involved in that crash. allow for extra time if you have to make your way. east lake road can get congested. and 301 at causeway boulevard, delays on causeway. westbound i-4 into ybor, a little bit slow. and then of course, fog has the skyway bridge closed. you have to take i-75. let's go to meliek on the street. is closed. heavy fog in the area. you can't get by as of yet. stay with me all morning and i will let you know as soon as it opens back up. that's a look at weather and
>> okay. we have a winner. yep, looking live at gnome, alaska where it's really dark. and the winning team in the iditarod just crossed the finish line. it's actually 2:30 a.m. over there. dallas' team is the winner for third straight year in the 1,000-mile sled dog race. nice. the nfl's making a big change in its stand on concussions and brain disease. >> ahead, the new connection a league official is now making. florida? yep, the new expedition setting sail in our waters to see how close these scary creatures are to the beaches. north korea's newest show of force. what the leader is threatening that's next. it's 6:41.
new this morning, north korea is flexing its muscles. leader kim jong-un is reportedly ordering the test of a nuclear war head and ballistic missiles. this is the latest in a series of threats from north korea. it comes as the u.s. and south korea conduct their annual military exercises. and today the vatican is announcing that september 4th is the date mother teresa will become a saint. the pope has already signed off on the late nun's canonization. she is known for having cared for the poor. at least two miracles have been attributed to her work. the nfl is now admitting a link between head trauma and the brain disease cte. it came from the nfl's senior vice president for health and safety during a congressional round table on concussions. now it's the first time a senior league official has conceded a connection. it's unclear how the comments will impact the future of a settlement between the nfl and former players.
average day on the president's campaign calendar. it could be a catalyst for a full stop for at least two accounteds. we go live to washington, d.c. and our dc bureau reporter chance seals for a look at the impact today's primaries in five states will have on the presidential race. good morning, chance. >> reporter: gayle, good morning. you know, one candidate. commercials running about marco rubio, the freshman florida senator not doing so hot this morning. he is trailing donald trump by double digits, about 19 points. definitely not where he was hoping to be going into this tuesday. and the other candidate tombly doing much better today is ohio governor john kasich. on average, in the polls, he is leading trump by 3.7% but both of these candidates say they'll go forward. listen. >> what's at stake in this election is the definition and
of our party. >> you will see me pick up speed and have momentum, i may go to the convention with more than any of them but probably not enough to win so we will see what happens. >> reporter: kasich sounding more optimistic than he is. he has said in the past that he would quit if he lost in the buckeye state. rubio has not made that statement but speculation is that he could bow out. and clinton leading ohio by eight points. polls will be open all day long. and we are looking for clouds as to how the residents and of 2016 will shape up and of course any surprises. we could see some some, we saw come last week. >> yeah, i was lynning, rubio is digging in and not saying the he will pull out if he doesn't win florida today. so the delegates today are dolled in a tricky way. >> reporter: exactly.
saying that because to get to the nomination, republicans need 1237 delegates. if trump does not win florida and ohio, his route there is going to be a lot more difficult. florida, ohio as you know on the republican side are winner- take-all. on democratic side, everything is proportional. and then up to north carolina, they do proportional. and then missouri, illinois, they do things on a per congressional district basis. so it gets more complicated. right now in florida, i did the math before coming on, trump up 18%. on the democratic side, clinton up 18%. big day. >> thank you so much. >> and don't miss our team coverage of the florida primary. we will have the latest results in a one-hour edition of news channel 8 at 11:00 and reaction from voters and the candidates. well happening today, a group of researchers are getting ready for a new great white shark expedition right
researchers down in sarasota will set sail from jacksonville. they hope to tag great whites in our waters and track their travels. interesting to see what that shows us. let's look at something else that's interesting, some fog headed our way could affect the morning commute. >> it's very interesting. a thick layer of clouds just off the surface in places but when you look at the visibility map, this is the map i use to see where the thick fog is and it's not that bad. you can see miles in front of you. 10-miles in plant city. nine miles in tampa. interestingly enough because it's sea fog, it's spreading into the mouth of the tampa bay. and we have the sunshine skyway bridge socked in with fog and it's still closed to traffic at this point. but again, most of the area just going to be a cloudy, warm, humid morning, 71 degrees. the clouds break up and we warm up to 76 at noon. and getting up to 81 by 3:00 p.m. in fact, i checked in with rich in oldsmar. he is at 69 degrees this
so patchy fog now and again, during the day, it actually spreads back out into the gulf of mexico. so if you're right along the beach, you may see some of the fog. the rest of us, mostly sunny and warm. the same sea fog respreads for tomorrow morning and another foggy start to the day. above average temperatures. not only for wednesday but as we head into thursday too, feeling like spring. and thursday of course st. patrick's day, only a 10% rain chance. 30% friday. and a 50% chance on saturday. and let's talk about the sunshine skyway bridge. i know, it's still closed. not only closed but other issues. congestion on i-4, 301 to 275, 15 minutes now. and ehrlich to 275, 12 minutes. nasty crash in the trinity area, folks. this is on east lake road north of trinity boulevard. a collision there.
and we have some slowing on 580 not too far north of safety harbor. and collision 301 at causeway boulevard, delays on causeway by 301, injuries involved in the crash. and the skyway bridge remains closed, folks. let's go to meliek on the street. here's the situation. you can see a locality of fog on the -- see a lot of fog on the skyway bridge. take i-75 until it clears up. i will keep you posted when it opens up. right now, i r i-75 is the alternate. it's the only way out of the way. that's weather and traffic on back to gene and gayle. >> all right. thank you very much. what you need to know next. >> including the local basket balm team that's going dancing. plus, -- basketball team that's going dancing. plus, polls open for the florida primary in less than 10 minutes. that's coming up next.
huge day here in the sunshine state that could have implications nationwide. election workers here have been gearing up for florida primary for a longtime now. >> it's going to be a busy day. 8 on your side's ryan hughs is live in tampa. so ryan, how are things looking? >> reporter: gayle, good morning to you. once again, the the polls open in a few minutes and they'll remain open for 12 hours today. poll workers and voters are already trickling in here in tampa. in hillsborough county, there are 348 sites to vote, 2,000 poll workers onhand. and lines aren't expected to be too long in hillsborough because 5% of registered democrat and republicans already voted by mail or in early voting. go to wfla.com for up to the minute primary results all day long in our one-hour primary special begins at 11:00 tonight. live in tampa, ryan hughes,
breaking overnight, three chicago police officers shot. it happened as the officers were working a drug investigation. a suspect they were pursuing started shooting. the suspect was killed. the three officers were wounded but are expected to survive. well today polk county's blue laws will be the focus of a workshop. right now in the county, you can't buy beer, wine or alcohol until noon on sunday bus in the city of lakeland, you can buy it at 7:00 a.m. today's meet willing look at matching the laws in the county to the city of lakeland. gas stations in florida will soon be required to upgrade safety measures at gas pumps. a new state law is designed the to prevent identity theft from skimmers. gas stations that do not comply with the new law could have their pumps shut down. tonight, there's a public workshop where you can weigh in on the $20 million st. pete pier project. it's at the university of south florida st. petersburg student center. 7:00 p.m.
crews are demolishing the old inverted pyramid pier. congratulations to the women's basketball team. they are headed to the ncaa tournament for the fourth time in 15 years. they are the sixth seed but that's the same region as overall top seed and three-time defending champion uconn. usf opens against colorado state saturday night in los angeles. still, that is incredible. >> go bulls for sure. this morning, warm and actually muggy. temperatures in up ther 60s to low 70s. a layer of clouds and only one area with some fog and that's right over the sunshine skyway bridge. i'm going to watch and see if it gets more patchy around the area. and we will warm up to 81 degrees decide tomorrow. and st. patrick's is thursday. and after that, saturday could be a wet day and that's the macdill air fest going on on
traffic right now, big issue in the trinity boulevard city area. injury accident in lanes. nasty crash here, east lake north of trinity boulevard. let's head over. we have a crash 30 is at causeway. westbound i-4 through ybor heavy. and of course, the skyway bridge still closed. what you need to do is take i- 75 all the way around. and not getting across the skyway. too foggy. and a live look right now. no cars going by. and the other camera shows the fishing pier, it's a ghost town as well. and no vehicles going by. very thick fog on the skyway bridge. >> that's a long detour. >> it is. it can be an hour. >> good luck 23 you're headed
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