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breaking overnight, central italy rocked by a powerful earthquake. new information on the damage and those lost in the rubble. and zika virus in your backyard. a right here in the bay area. what local and state officials are doing to protect you. plus, tropical storm gaston expected to become a hurricane today but it's a different system that could impact our weather. good morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. let's turn things over to leigh spann. we missed you leigh.
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there. tropical storm gaston is expected to become a hurricane, maybe within the next few hours. invest 99l, starting to look to me a locality stronger. we have -- a lot stronger. a 70% chance of it developing in the next five days. gaston, it could be a hurricane by this afternoon. maybe even strengthening to a category two storm. but it's in n the central atlantic -- but it's in central atlantic, not a problem for anyone. almost all of the computer models take it into the bahamas and i think by the time it gets to the bahamas, it enters an area where it could strengthen intensely. this is the area we will be watching the next couple days. after this, the two most reliable computer models, one takes it up the east coast and
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in weather and traffic on the 8s, i will take you hour-by- hour through today and leslee has the morning commute. welcome back. let's take a look at what's going on out here, i-4 around county road 557 in the polk county area, we are up to speed. 275 through st. pete, nice drive to the howard frankland bridge. that's roughly eight minutes. and if you're coming pasco county, bearss avenue to i-4, just 10 minutes on 75. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. breaking news this morning, a strong earthquake in italy, 6- 2 on the richter scale, pictures are starting to come in from the epicenter where they suffered massive destruction. >> you can see chunks of rock and concrete. a lot of people walking around,
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news channel 8's meredyth censullo is monitoring the information this morning. she joins us now. this struck in the middle of the night and people were sleeping. >> reporter: yeah, the earthquake was reported at 3:30 a.m. and felt across a broad swath of italy including rome. the epicenter is about 105 northeast of rome. we want to go to lye pictures. this is -- to this is the town where it's 10:00 a.m. there's a search for people buried under the rubble. 13 people have died and the number is expected to rise. the mayor says half the town is gone. looks like they're bringing in a stretcher there. maybe they have found someone. authorities are saying the earthquake was similar in scale to the devastating 2009 earthquake that killed 300
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area, severely hampering efforts to deploy rescue operations. authorities urging people to donate blood, medicine and water. officials asking residents to disconnect their personal wi-fi networks to ensure open communication channels. facebook has activated its safety check-in morning. obviously information continues to roll in. here in the news center, we are monitoring the live feeds as well as social media. and i will have new information for you throughout the morning. >> devastating. we will check back. thank you. and a two-alarm fire in clearwater. flames broke out at a condo at
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zika virus is in your backyard. for the first time, someone in pinellas county is diagnosed with locally transmitted case -- with a locally transmitted case of the virus. officials believe that person got the virus from a mosquito here. as peter bernard reports, the news is prompting a call for stepped up mosquito control. >> reporter: this is something everyone needs to of, mosquito breeding grounds like this being attacked by both the ground and the air. and florida leaders are pushing for federal help to knock out the menace. this is the front line. their job made all the more important now that a new non- travel case has hit pinellas county. >> does that raise a red flag for you? >> it does. >> you bet it does. >> reporter: florida democrats
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the u.s. congress to come back from vacation to address the crisis. >> there's bipart son support in florida but not across the country. >> we understand the impending crisis. washington leadership does not. >> reporter: perhaps if the leaders listen to medical experts. >> females who are child bearing age, it's important for them to be aware of the issue and for men as well because it can be transmitted through sex. >> reporter: both believe federal funding is needed for vaccine research and mosquito control. >> we have to provide the tools our communities need, the tools our researchers need. >> i will vote for any zika virus package that comes to the floor. this is an urgent matter we need to solve today. >> reporter: at this brandon office, she sees patients in fear. >> some of the patients are in
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who are pregnant. and the partners have been exposed. >> reporter: and now they must convince the rest of the country zika virus must be stopped. if a vaccine is discovered right now, it may not be available until 2018 so for now the key is controlling the mosquito population. governor rick scott will be in hillsborough county today. peter bernard, news channel >> thank you. our zika virus coverage continues on wfla.com. we have a map and everything you need to know about zika virus on our home page. governor rick scott will attend a round table in hillsborough county to discuss the spread of the virus. he will join us live in-studio at 5:30 to answer our questions about the virus and the state's efforts to keep it at bay. with the tropics heating up, local experts are warning people to be storm ready.
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spann about invest 99 and its potential to impact our weather. stock up on food and water. and also considering a generator in case the power goes out. >> nobody wants to invest thousands of dollars on something that might happen but when it does happen, better safe than sorry. >> you do not want to be caught off guard. for help, visit wfla.com. you will find help keep and you your family safe. and with that, let's turn it over to leigh. it's busy. >> it is. and then get closer to home and we have record heat in the forecast as well. so tropics heating up and temperatures do too. let me show you what happened yesterday. in sarasota, 99. shattered the old record. that should say 96 back in 1918. in tampa, tied the record of
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going through the late 80s. leading to the 40% of late day showers and thunderstorms and back into the 80s. rain chances better coverage along and west of 75 later in the day. about a 30% chance for polk county and highlands county. late day storm, again, the northeast wind pushes the storms towards the in the evening. ga could be a hurricane but no threat to us. and that developing area near the caribbean, 99l, it's more of a concern. we will check on traffic on the 8s because everything is hot right now for sure. >> it is. but we've got a good driver. and we have overnight construction out in sarasota but for most of the places out there, looking good. westbound i-4 and eastbound, a good drive, paul buchman highway, 12 minutes.
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mcintosh to park road, just seven minutes. down in sarasota, we do have the 5 ramp that actually gets you on from university. that ramp is actually blocked. and aside from that, you have to go to clark to get on the northbound side. some lane closed on the interstate itself. that's a look at weather and traffic. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. in your vote, the road to the white house brings the republican donald trump trump to tampa. he-- republican presidential nominee donald trump to tampa. hillary rodham clinton campaigning in california. she raised millions at a star- studded event at the home of singer justin timberlake.
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continues to hunt her on the -- to hunting her on the campaign trail. and now donald trump is calling for a special prosecutor to look into the emails and whether donors to her husband's foundation received special access. five years of construction on a busy bay area road is now nearly complete. >> what a relief for commuters. i a look at when the project on ulmerton and what one school district is now doing to crack down on cyber bullies. oh, hey jen! hey... ...you are buying finish these days. i got a new dishwasher and they recommend finish. really? you should try it. narrator: finish is recommended by more dishwasher brands worldwide than cascade. unlike cascade gel, finish has active cleaning enzymes.
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8 on your side is getting >> in fact, the research center found 27% of mid and will high school students who responded -- of middle and high school students who responded to a survey had been bullied. meredyth censullo has a look on how schools are cracking down on cyber bullying. >> reporter: yeah, i talked to a bullying prevention specialist and she told me that cyber bullying is happening in elementary school. cyber bullying. but the school system is now
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that online problem. cyber bullying is the use of any technology, social media or text messages intended to cause harm. >> there's a lot more cyber bullying aztec nothing gets better -- bullying as our technology gets better. and they bring it to school grounds, sometimes they engage in it on school grounds. >> reporter: there are endless ways cyber transmitted. >> there's snapchat, facebook, kiks, i have to stay up to date with all the different apps and sites that our kids are engaging in. >> reporter: pinellas county schools now use a program called anonymous alert. complaints may be made by students or parents and the school where the bullying is reported is notified immediately. last year, 1300 reports of
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bullying or harassment, that's more than 400 cases in one year alone. >> a student receives a discipline referral minimum. >> reporter: in every case, a parent is notified but she says parents should be proactive before bullying occurs. >> you have to know where your kids are online. it's okay and you should be looking into what they're saying and doing, who friends are online. >> reporter: a really good resource i found is called cyberbullying.org. it is up to date with the latest social media apps that your kids are in to so it's a good way to know what the heck is nab chat and how are kids using it? >> i love you can do this anonymously because a lot of kids are scared to rat out the bully. >> right. because they're concerned that it will lead to more.
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and send it -- >> by phone, email, you don't have to give your name. either way, every report is followed up on. >> that's a great resource. >> thank you. a two-mile stretch of ulmerton road seems to be taking forever to finish and eating up taxpayer's money along the way. the project cost more than $23 million. but when asked about the lengthy project, the d.o.t.'s spokeswoman didn't quite an exact answer. >> should somebody be fired at the d.o.t. for all the things that went wrong on this project? >> no. that question -- i don't even understand that question. >> well, the d.o.t. expects this project to finish around thanksgiving but for now, if you're still frustrated by this, we have the d.o.t.'s secretary contact information online. copy us so we can follow up on your complaints.
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flood victims in louisiana. he toured some of the hardest hit areas to get a firsthand look at the damage. the president met with victims outside their home where is debris is now piled up. a memorial was held for the deaf man who was shot and killed by a north carolina state trooper. police say he was speeding when the trooper tried to pull him over. he led the trooper on high speed chase back to his home where the steps of his front door. well, good morning. you know, it's going to be a hot one out there. it's already 82 just around 8:00 a.m. a quick warm-up gets us to 90 as the clouds begin to build at lunchtime. and then 93 at 4:00 p.m. it's either going to be steamy or you're going to get a thunderstorm. there's about a 40% chance. 80 in bartow. 78 in bradenton. 78 in brooksville.
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at 79 degrees. so we have this constant northeast wind. so it leaves us muggy but at least sunny in the morning. that's why we're close to record highs today around 93. and that northeast wind pushes the storms closer to the coast. the farther west you live, the later your storms get here. mostly sunny in the morning, about a 40% chance of a showers and thunderstorms. typical weather for this time of the year. what cou chances long term of course, 99l into the bahamas and it could stir up rain for us. 50% rain chances starting on sunday. how about traffic on the 8s? well, overnight construction is the name of the game. we're going to head to sarasota. if you want to hop on 75, heading northbound, not going to be able to do it from university. right now the onramp is blocked. i know it's out of the way but that's overnight construction.
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and to be honest, they usually wrap up about 5:30. meanwhile, we have some lanes taken away on university underneath i-75 and on 75, a lane or two blocked each direction. meanwhile in ulmerton between 275, about 13 minutes. and i-75 through venice, toledo blade boulevard to river road, roughly 10 minutes. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. cheap and many is times students and parents turn to non-traditional ways to pay for it. >> the one way that could still spell financial trouble for you. and be ware of a baby toy that could pose a choking danger. what you need to know to keep your children safe. it's 4:20 this wednesday morning.
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parents, listen up. there's a recall involving baby toys that pose a choking danger. there are three alex, jr. brand sets of infant billing toys under -- infant building toys under recall. the problem involves small pieces that can detach. a by by then could swallow them. the toys were sold at barnes &
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and now an 8 on your side consumer watch. you might want to do your homework before paying college tuition with a credit card. students who pay with a credit card indurr a fee of about 2.6%. for every $10,000 of tuition, you're paying about $260 in fees. domino's has been rolling the dice right. its stock hit an all-time high and shares are up 35% on the heels of a decision by the company to take millennials. half of the company's sales have been through orders via text and apple watches. neat. customers can tweet emojis now. papa john's and pizza hut have also taken aim at millennials. >> i like the fact that i can track it online. >> and they have the gluten- free version now. a gold medal olympic swimmer is switching sports. >> the next challenge she is
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the college student who killed a couple and was found biting one of the victims. what investigator ises believe he drank. up next, -- investigators believe he drank. up next, weather and traffic on the 8s is just three
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it is 4:28. as the kids head to the bus stop, getting picked muggy conditions, 18 degrees with storms developing. hot, hot, hot at 93. and 93 tomorrow. and only cooling down a degree to 92 for friday and saturday. how about traffic on the 8s? all right, well, travel times here. we have a good drive. just a bunch of lights on the surface roads. but u.s. 19 through palm harbor looks good, 12 minutes to tampa road. through land o'lakes on u.s.
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s here's a live look at the sunshine skyway bridge. only going the take about 10 minutes to each toll plaza. howard frankland bridge up to speed as well. that's only going to take six
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the search for survivors. live pictures from italy where at this hour, emergency crews are searching for survivors of a the latest on the situation just ahead. and donald trump is coming to tampa. we will tell you about the rally today and why the presidential candidate wants a prosecutor to target hillary rodham clinton. tracking the tropics. tropical storm gaston cons to gain strength in the atlantic -- gaston continues to gain strength in the atlantic and could become a hurricane later today. good morning, welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez.

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