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breaking overnight, central italy rocked by a powerful earthquake. new information just coming in and those lost in e backyard. what local and state officials are doing to protect you. and we continue tracking the tropics. tropical storm gaston is expected to become a hurricane today. but it's a different system that could impact our weather. more in a moment. good morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i'm gayle guyardo. >> let's find out what's going on with the tropics with leigh spann. welcome back. >> yes, it is busy in the tropics. let me spread this out for you.
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fiona. we don't have to worry about that -- there's technically three systems, there's remnants of fiona. and we don't have to worry about that. and this area, this is an area of investigation, has a 70%% chance of developing. the latest information on still tropical storm gaston. max winds of 70 miles per hour. all we need is four and may strengthen to a category two hurricane but well away from the u.s. coastline. no worries for that. and now let's focus on invest 99 now. it's impacting some of the islands. almost all of the models take this system into the bahamas and once it reaches there, it enters the area where i think it's favorable for developing this system. five days out, it has a 70% chance of developing. however, where it goes after
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in question. one model takes it up the east coast and one takes it into the gulf of mexico. so something we're paying attention to. i'm expecting 93. the record for today is 95. in weather and traffic on the 8s, i have a break down hour-by- hour of your wednesday. let's take a look at what is happening. great drive right now through lakeland. i-4 between each entrance of the parkway, 52 to 75, that's going to take about 11 minutes. sarasota, overnight construction lingering out here the northbound on-ramp from university is blocked. and that should be wrapped up soon. probably within the next half hour. and also a couple lane closures in the area. that's weather and traffic. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. in breaking news, a powerful earthquake shook italy overnight, towns devastated
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are just coming in. the earthquake measuring 6.2 on the richter scale. and meredyth censullo is monitoring information as it comes into the newsroom this morning. meredyth, this struck in the middle of the night and people were sleeping. this caught them off guard. >> reporter: so scary. the earthquake was reported at 3:30 a.m. italian time. it was felt across a broad swath of central italy including rome. the u.s. epicenter about 100 miles northeast of rome. i want to bring you a live picture from the town traffic lights. it's 11:00 a.m. -- of the town there. it's 11:00 a.m. a lot of heavy equipment is being brought in. nbc now reporting 21 people have died. that number sadly expected to rise. the mayor of nearby amatrice
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now i've just edited fresh video from the past few minutes. homes reduced to rubble. the search underway. we have seen some people and even pets pulled from the homes. roads are blocked in several areas. you can see someone rescuing a puppy, somebody's pet there. hopefully the family okay. a lot of trouble getting to the rescue site this morning. the u.s. urging all american citizens in that region to check in with family and friends. obviously information continuing to roll in here in the news center. we are monitoring those live feeds and we will have new information for you throughout the morning. >> okay. powerful images. thank you. and new this morning, a two- alarm fire in clearwater. the flames broke out at the condo on cleveland street. firefighters contained that fire to just one unit.
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minutes and fortunately no one was hurt. and investigators though are now still looking into what started that fire. and now to the latest developments on the zika virus in our backyard. there are more florida cases of the zika virus. on tuesday, governor rick scott announced five new cases including one found right in pinellas county. in area our. this morning the governor meets with hillsborough county lead force discuss the virus. we are live from downtown tampa where e discussion will take place later today. >> reporter: good morning. that meeting happening right here at the florida department of health of hillsborough county at 9:30 this morning. hillsborough county leaders, they want to stay on top of this now that there's a confirmed case in our own backyard. so far, state officials have put more than 26 million additional dollars into fighting mosquitoes to control the zika virus. the governor saying yesterday mosquito control now ramping up
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aggressive testing to see if we have local transmission. officials said it's not clear yet how or where the person contracted the virus in pinellas county. and the governor claims the state is winning the fight, reducing the area north of miami where the virus is being spread. >> good news here as a result of education and aggressive mosquito abatement, we are able to cut the area in half. now it's less than a half square mile. >> reporter: so florida's surgeon general said yesterday that the person who contracted this non-travel related case in pinellas county was recently tested and investigators ruled out sexual transmission. so we could even be dealing with the person bit locally here. >> thank you. our zika virus in your backyard coverage continues on
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cases of the virus, plus, 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 zika virus. he will join us live in-studio at 5:30 to answer our questions about the virus and the state's effort to keep it at bay. with the tropics heating up, local experts are warning people to be storm ready. we just heard and we have been hearing all morning from leigh spann about invest potential to impact our weather here. and with that in mind, check if you are prepared. are you stocked up on non- perishable food and water? and consider a generator in case the power goes out. >> nobody wants to invest thousands the of dollar 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 on preparing and
5:08 am that's where you will find information to help keep you and your. family safe. the man caught on camera trying to kidnap a girl from a dollar general store is headed to a mental health treatment facile think morning. a j judge ruled him incompetent to stand trial. in june, security cameras captured him grabbing the 13- year-old girl in broad daylight. the mother, a store clerk and a deputy were able to time. let's turn things over to leigh spann. it is hot out there. >> yes. record heat actually yesterday. believe it or not, in sarasota, we hit 99. that shattered the old record of 96. in tampa, 95. that tied the record. let's talk about today. where we start at 82 degrees at 8:00 a.m. we heat to 90 at noon. fast warm-up there.
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close to record highs again. and the only relief you will get as we head toward the evening, those thunderstorms pop up, about a 40% chance. and better coverage along and west of 75. little more widely scattered for places like polk county and high hue county. but northeast winds pushing the rain toward the coast. otherwise, low to mid-90s into the weekend. and the tropics heating up. thankfully gaston will stay out to keeping a close eye on. just overnight construction still lingering. 75 northbound, you're not able to do it from university. that's blocked due to overnight construction. so clark over to fruitville, those are entrance ramps you can use instead. and we have we have construction underneath on university as well but you can
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affected. and great drive throughout i-4 in lakeland. that's a look at weather and traffic. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. in your vote, donald trump is back. the republican presidential nominee is visiting tampa once again, just 75 days until election day. and he needs help here. polls show him behind democrat hillary rodham clinton by as much as 14 points in cases. ryan hughes is live at the florida state fairgrounds this morning trump will hold today. ryan, i'm sure clinton's emails will be brought up at the rally. >> reporter: gayle, good morning. you better believe it. he has taken every opportunity to criticize hillary rodham clinton and her use of a private email server. he did it last night in austin, texas and he will likely do it here at the fairgrounds later today. >> the new rev alligators about hillary rodham clinton's email scandal make clear we have only
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hillary rodham clinton is desperate to cover up her crimes. >> reporter: and that was donald trump last night in austin where he stayed on message for the most part. he called for a special prosecutor to investigate clinton's tenure as secretary of state. he accused her and former president bill clinton of using their foundation to get rich when she diplomat. trump said clinton is unfit for public office. and we expect to hear a similar message in tampa this afternoon. after the rally here at the fairground, trump is headed to a private fund raiser and then off to jackson, mississippi for an evening rally. >> thank you, ryan. of meanwhile, hillary rodham clinton campaigned in california. she raised millions at a star- studded event at the home of
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scandal continues to hunt clinton on the campaign trail. and five years of construction on a busy bay area road now nearly complete. >> a look at when the project on ulmerton road will be finished and how much it's costing you, the taxpayer. and cracking down on cyber bullies. what one bay area school district is doing. you're watching news channel 8
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8 on your side is getting schooled on cyber bullying. it is a growing reality in schools. >> 27% of middle and high school students who responded to a survey have been victims of bullying. news channel 8's meredyth celo look at how schools are cracking down on online bullying. >> reporter: yeah, i talked to the bullying prevention specialist for pinellas county. and she has been on the job for 11 years and she is seeing cyber bullying in element school. but now the school system is using an online tool to combat that online problem. cyber bullying is the use of any technology intended to
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aztec nothing is getting better. our-- bullying as our technology is getting better. our students engage with the social media sites and they bring it on to school grounds. sometimes they engage in it on school grounds. >> reporter: there are endless ways to transmit cyber bullying. >> snapchat, facebook, kiks, tough stay up to date with the apps and ci sites. >> reporter: pinellas 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 notify immediately. last year, 1300 reports of cyber bullying came in and a third were verified as bullying or harassment. that's more than 400 cases in one year alone. >> the student receives a
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based on that. >> 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 and who their friends are online. >> reporter: a really good resource i found is it's up to date with information on the latest social media apps that your kids are into an of each one. so you're curious about snapchat, this is how it works and this is how kids use it to possible bully other kids. and it goes through every new platform as each one comes un. >> what i really like about this story, so many times you report bullying and parents complain nothing is done. and now kids will be held accountable because it goes to this anonymous website. >> goes immediately to a scheme. there's a response team
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she oversees all of that. >> thank you. >> sure. a two-mile stretch of ulmerton road seems to be taking forever to finish and eating up taxer money along the way. the project cost more than $23 million. that means nearly $2,000 a foot. but when asked about the project, the d.o.t. spokesperson didn't quite have an exact answer. >> should somebody be fired at the d.o.t. for all the things that went wrong >> no. that question is -- i don't even understand that question. >> sounds direct to me. the d.o.t. expects the project to finish around thanksgiving but for now, if you're still frustrated by this, we have a d.o.t. secretary's contact information at so copy us so we can follow up on your complaints. it is 5:18. and it's hot out there, leigh.
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will be humid at 82. and then that quick warm-up gets us to 90 at noon and 39 at 4:00 p.m. and that's just a degree or two away from the record. otherwise, if it's not steamy, it will be raining. it's 72347 brooksville and inverness. bartow, you're at 80. 77 in north port. and 77 in apollo beach. a northeast wind coming in off the atlantic ocean. muggy but mostly sunny the morning and it brings the storms ov toward our coast later in the afternoon and evening. there's the 40% chance. and basically the same day tomorrow. sunshine, fast warm-up, late day thunderstorms pushing towards the coast. that's today and tomorrow. long range forecast will have a lot to do with what happens with invest 99l. it may start to stir up extra rain. and i am going to bump the rain chance up to 50% for sunday, monday and tuesday.
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the parish area, old tampa road at 92 avenue, a collision on the ride of the roadway. that's weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. we are following breaking news now. a double shooting investigation happening right now in st. petersburg. this happened at bay vista park on pinellas point drive south. police tell us it involved two men. listen to this, one man drove himself to the hospital. the other man was found with a gunshot wound at the park. we will continue to ll we will bring you updates on- air and online. paying for college is not cheap. and many times students and parents turn to non-traditional ways to pay for it. >> still ahead, the one way to pay for college that could spell financial trouble. and parent b ware of a baby toy that could pose a choking danger. up next, what you need to know to keep children safe. you're watching news channel 8
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parent, listen up, there's a recall involving baby toys that pose a choking danger. there are three sets of infant toys underrecall. the baby builder first shortstops and snaps. the problem involves small pieces that could detach. 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 a credit card. found students who pay with credit cards incur a fee of about 2.6%. for every $10,000 paid in tuition, you are paying about 260 classer in fees. domino's has been rolling the dice. its stock hit an all-time high and the this comes on the heels of the company's decision to take aim at millennials. hoff of their sales have been through orders of text and am watches. customers can even tweet emojis. and papa john's and pizza hut have also aimed for millennials. >> and lover that you can track your pizza. >> put in the obvious and heads out the door. >> yeah, yum.
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swimmer is switching sports. >> the next challenge she is taking on. and new information about the college student who killed a couple and was found biting one of the victims. what investigators believe he drank. up next, weather and traffic on the 8s is just three
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i think everyone's home becomes a part of them or takes on their character. and you lose so much of that stuff in the flood that made the house your home. you just cannot imagine how much damage a little bit of water can do. and if i would have had to float the cost of repairs... ...i'd have probably lost the house.
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kids getting picked up for school today at the bus stop, muggy, 81. now sunshine in the morning when they get dropped off if school. hot, hot, hot at 93. thankfully storms developing to cool you down. 92 friday and saturday. how about traffic on the 8s? checking out manatee county, old tampa road at 92nd avenue. we have a collision but it's off to the side of the roadway.
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sarasota, the northbound 75 on- ramp from university still blocked but most of the other construction has cleared. ? know you're budgeted for the expected, and the unexpected. know that at least the process of buying a new home can be clear and simple. know your investing can make retirement closer than you think. know.
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because when you have insight, you know. the search for survivors. at this hour, emergency crews are searching for survivors of a 6.2 magnitude earthquake. the latest on the situation there just ahead. to tampa. we will tell you about the rally today at the state fairgrounds and where why the presidential candidate wants a prosecutor to target hillary rodham clinton. tracking the tropics. tropical storm gaston continues to gain strength in the atlantic and could become a hurricane later today. the latest on the projected track next. good morning. and welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. thank you for joining us on this wednesday morning.


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