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breaking overnight, central italy rocked by a powerful earthquake. new information is coming in on the damage and those lost in the rubble. and zika virus in your backyard. a new locally here in the bay area. what local and state officials are doing to protect you. plus, tropical storm gaston is expected to become a hurricane today. but it's a different system that could impact us here in the bay area. good morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i'm by the guy. let's find out -- i'm gayle guyardo. let's find out more with leigh spann. >> once again, the tropics have definitely become very active. technically still three systems because the remnants of fiona
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and then there's tropical storm gaston which again should be a hurricane in the next few hours. then there's invest 99 with the 70% chance of becoming a tropical system. this has the biggest impact on us. biggest threat to impact us. as of 5:00 this morning, gaston had 70 miles per hour winds. even by 2:00 today, should be a hurricane. best news of all, the thing stays out to sea. we like that. even if it may become a category two hurricane 99l. in the short term, i don't think it's going to get much stronger. some problems to deal with which is just fine. but late in the week and the early weekend, that's when it will enter the area where it could strengthen. but then they begin to diverge, some along the east coast of florida. something certainly we will pay
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today, 93 that record 95. in weather and traffic on the 8s, i take you through the wednesday and leslee has the wednesday commute. and we have a problem in pasco county. let's look here. zoom in, you need to know that eastbound we have a delay here approaching 75. down to 31 miles per hour. and that's due to an accident underneath 75 on the eastbound side of state road 52. a little bit slow and westbound not affected. and back to gene and gayle. breaking news, a powerful earthquake shook italy overnight. towns devastated while people were sleeping. >> and the video and pictures are coming in. that earthquake measuring 6.2 on the richter scale. and meredyth censullo is monitoring the information as it continues to come in. she is in the tampa news center. this struck in the middle of the night and people were caught off guard. >> reporter: how scary.
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3:30 a.m. the epicenter about 105-miles from rome. we want to take you live. this is the town where that search is still underway. it's now noon there. and you can see buildings just devastated. heavy equipment being brought in to try to dig through that rubble. nbc reporting 21 people have been confirmed dead. the italian civil protection agency is reporting 37. that number rise. many people still unaccounted for. authorities are saying the earthquake was similar in scale to the devastating 2009 earthquake that killed more than 300 people. video into the newsroom in the past hour shows homes reduced to rubble. the earthquake struck with significant force. but also at a shallow depth. and now there's a destruckive combinations that officials say could be followed by multiple
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slides and unfortunately extensive casualties. you can see a puppy pulled from the republican and i have seen pets being rescued there. the u.s. state department urging all american citizens to check in with family and friends. obviously information continuing to roll in. we are monitoring those live feeds as well as social media. and we will have more information coming up at 6:30. >> devastating images. thank you. we will check back with you. more breaking news, we are getting w petersburg. police tell twos men shot are still alive. they are 25 and 29 years old. the shooting happened at bay vista park on pinellas point drive south. one man drove himself to the hospital. the other was found with a gunshot wound at the park. and now to the latest developments on the zika virus in your backyard. the number of zika virus cases in florida is climbing and now a pinellas county man may be the first to contract the virus
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scott will meet with hillsborough leaders to discuss battling the virus. jamel lanee' is live with the latest on the state's fight against zika virus. >> reporter: good morning, gene. that meeting happening here at 9:30 this morning at the florida department of health of hillsborough county. the county leaders here want to stay ahead of the virus now that there's a confirmed case in our own backyard. so far, state officials have put more than 26 ll additional dollars into fighting mosquitoes to control the zika virus. the governor saying yesterday mosquito control now ramping up their efforts to spray more and do aggressive testing to see if we have local transmission. and now officials said it's not clear yet how or where the person contracted the virus in pinellas county. and florida democrats and republicans are urging u.s. congress to come back from vacation to address the crisis. >> there's bipartisan support
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>> floridians understand the urgency and the crisis. washington leadership does not. >> reporter: state officials say that person who contracted the virus was recently tested and investigators have ruled out sexual transmission. for. >> all right. thank you. governor rick scott was in the studio this morning to talk more about zika virus, specifically the efforts to contain it. >> we have to be part of it. this is an effort the take care of our pregnant women and their that's our biggest risk. so all of us have to look and say, we're not going to have any standing water around our houses or businesses. wear bug repellent. and first thing, get rid of standing water. >> the governor reiterated that the state has been preparing since february when the first travel related case happened here in florida. donald trump is back. the republican presidential nominee is visiting tampa once
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and he needs help here. polls show him behind democrat hillary rodham clinton by as much as 14 points in some cases. news channel 8's ryan hughes is live at the florida state fairground where the rally will take place today. and i'm sure donald trump is going to be talking about the hillary rodham clinton email scandal. >> reporter: you better brief it. he is taking every opportunity to criticize hillary rodham clinton for the use of private email. he did it last night in texas and he will likely do here today. >> the new rev alligators about hillary rodham clinton's email scandal make clear we have only seen the tip of the iceberg. hillary rodham clinton is desperate to cover up her crimes. >> reporter: that was trump last night from austin where he read from a teleprompter and stayed on message for the most
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clinton's tenure as secretary of state. he accused her and former president bill clinton of using their foundation to get rich when she was the nation's top diplomat. she told the crowd clinton is unfit for public office. and we expect to hear a similar michael jackson campaign trail this afternoon. back live, after the rally, trump is headed to a private fund raiser and then off to mississippi tonight. gayle-- >> all right. thank you, ryan. we look forward to updates. hillary rodham clinton campaigning in studded event at the home of singer justin timberlake. it comes as the email scandal continues to haunt clinton on the campaign trail. 15,000 emails could be released before the election. the time right now is 6:08 on this wednesday morning. and boy, it's heating up out there. >> it felt hot yesterday and with good reason, record- setting heat. check this out.
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yesterday. the old record was 96. yes, hot. and in tampa, also tied a record of 95 degrees. and let's talk about today. the sun comes up and it's already 82 at 8:00 a.m. does not take long to get to 88 at 11:00. and an afternoon high of 93. by that point, the clouds will be taller. and leading to a 40% rain chance through the evening. and that's a 40% rain chance for areas along and west of 75. later in the day. places like eastern hillsborough co, county and highlands county, your rain chance is about 30%. headlines, these late day storms push towards the coast, otherwise, heat and humidity continue. and now in the tropic, gaston, out there, staying out to sea. that's good news. and keeping a close eye on the area developing near the caribbean. we will check in now with traffic on the 8s. i know more and more people are headed to work. hitting the roads and still holding on to a decent drive. more vehicles out there. and still looking good.
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interstates. that's nice. and we will zoom in here to pasco county. and the exit to dade city, heads up, eastbound on state road 52 underneath the interstate, we have an accident there. and looks like some earlier delays have lessened so perhaps they have it out of the roadway. but it was in lanes and a slow down there on the eastbound side of state road 52 right as you approach 75. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. five years of construction on a busy bay and now nearly complete. >> a look at when the project on ulmerton road will finally be finished and how much it's costing you, the taxpayer. and cracking down on cyber bullies. up next, what one bay area school district is doing about it. you're watching news channel 8
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know better sleep. only at a sleep number store. 8 is on your side getting schooled on cyber bullying. >> 27% of students have been the victims of bullying. meredyth censullo is now in- studio with a look at how schools are cracking down on online bullying. >> i went to pinellas county schools and talked to the
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become rampant and she says it even exists in elementary schools. and now that the school is using an online tool to combat 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 as our technologies get better, our students engage in it. and they bring grounds. sometimes they engage it on school grounds. >> reporter: there are endless ways cyber bullying can be transmitted. >> inspiration kents of snapchat, facebook, kiks, all these little -- i have to try to stay up to date with thes and social networking sites. >> reporter: pinellas county schools now use a program called anonymous alert. complaints may be made by students or parents and the
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reported is notified immediately. last year, 1300 reports of cyber bullying came in. and a third were substantiated. >> the student receives a referral and the school takes action based on that. >> reporter: in every case, a parent is notified but she says parents should be proactive before bully toking curs. >> you have to know kids are online. it's okay and you should be looking into what they're saying and doing, who their friends are online. >> reporter: there's a lot of really good resources to you the there. one of those is cyberbullying.org. it is up to date with information on the latest social media apps that your kids are into and the dangers of each one. and it kind of puts it in parent terms there.
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>> it's great that there's a format to communicate the information. the parent might think, what do you do? >> i've been in a position, who do you call and are they going to make it worse? >> and they are going to respond within 24 hours. if you send it at the start of the school day, that will be immediately. >> and your child might not get home until nighttime -- >> send it immediately. >> and quick turn around, that's good to hear. a two-mile stretch of ulmerton roaem taking forever to finish. and eating up taxpayers' 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.'s spokeswoman didn't quite have 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 is -- i don't even understand that question. >> sounded clear.
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around thanksgiving but for now, if you're still the frustrated by this, we have the d.o.t.'s secretary's contact information on line on wfla.com. copy us so we can follow-up on your complaints. and this morning, a two- alarm fire in clearwater. the flames broke out at the station square condo on cleveland street. firefighters contained that fire to just one unit. in fact, they had it under control in minutes and no one was hurt. and st looking into what started this fire. parents listen up. there's a recall involving baby toys that pose a choking danger. there are three alex junior brand sets now under recall. they are the baby builder, first pops and first snaps. the problem involves small pieces that can detach. a by by then could swallow them. and the toys were sold at
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and zoolilly.com. and seconds away from 6:18. and boy, it's been hot. >> it has. a steamy start to the day. the sun is not yet coming over the horizon from the hyundai of new port richey camera where it's 77 degrees but 92% humidity. at 8:00 a.m., dry but humid at 28. a fast warm-up too. 90 at noon. 93 at 4:00 p.m. and close to afternoon storms. currently 79 degrees in plant city. weeki wachee, 76. 79 in tampa. and in bradenton. mostly sunny but yes, muggy this morning. and what's happening generally an east wind today which means the rain starts on the east coast. and pushes itself through polk county and hillsborough county and over toward the coast by the evening. and everything clears out overnight. and we do it again tomorrow.
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typical 40% chance of storms starting in inland areas and pushing towards the coast. what you would expect this time of year. maybe hotter but the pattern is the same. the thing that may throw a fly in the ointment is invest 99l. the long-term track takes it up florida's east coast or into the gulf of mexico but it may at least bring higher rain chances. right now, about a 50% chance for ay and the change based on the destination of invest 99l. a look at pasco county. still with an accident working here but not seeing delays so that's good news. eastbound on state road 52 right underneath 75. and this is the exit that takes to you dade city. that accident in the area. and just got reports of a tree down in the roadway on morning side just east of 301.
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and we have a good drive too on the bay area interstates. looks like old tampa road at 92 oven after. and this accident still out there. and i am seeing a little bit of slowing on the northbound side. so maybe in the process of clearing it. and a live look at i-4 in lakeland right by the polk parkway. great drive. that's weather and traffic. back to gene and gayle. hot wheel, the super fast cars you might have loved as a kid. i know i did. have would be like the ride one? >> all the time. get as close as it comes. and paying it forward to honor police officers. what some local businesses did to say thank you. you're watching news channel 8
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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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men and women in blue with food. walmart stores delivered trays of sandwiches and goodies for officers in st. petersburg. they share these pictures on facebook. and region's bank dropped off fruit and cookies. those look good. >> the businesses explain it's their way of showing support. >> i like it. how cool is this. check it out. seeing here is a go pro camera mounted on a hot this gives you the opportunity to see what it feels like to be in the driver seat of those hot wheels cars. the video is going viral on youtube this morning. you can see through backyards, down roads and underwater right through a pool. how cool. and even pulling off a righteous jump. >> cool stuff. >> did you try the underwater trick. i never did that. >> no, i wasn't that creative. by i guess kids are more
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couch and that was the tunnel. a gold medal olympic 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 fighting one of the victims. what investigators believe he drank. up next weather and traffic on weather and traffic on the
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at the bus stop this morning, muggy, 81 degrees. and when they get dropped off from school later today, 93. with the storms just starting. and again, 93 above the average of 90. but we're at 39 tomorrow and 92 friday and saturday. how about traffic on the 8s? well, a look in pasco county. a couple things going on. we have the crash underneath 75 trying to wrap up eastbound. and then also, we've got a problem out in south tampa.
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on the selmon expressway by the gandy exit. dale mabry highway still showing a good drive for you
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live pictures from italy where 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 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. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. this morning, new concerns about the zika virus right here
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announced the first non-travel related case in pinellas county. much more on the efforts to contain the spread of the virus plus governor rick scott was in in our studios this morning so more about what he had to say in an interview. but first, let's check on the tropics now with leigh. >> it's very activity in the atlantic at this point. we still have remnants left of tropical storm fiona but no impact there. tropical expected to become a hurricane very soon. and then invest 99l, just off the caribbean island, 70% chance of developments and this has the biggest chance to bring rain to florida. we just got the latest information in on gaston from the hurricane center. 70miles per hour winds. could be a hurricane as early as 2:00 this afternoon. best news of all with gaston, stays out to sea, even as it
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atlantic. and now99l. weak right now, 35 miles per hour winds and will encounter dry air between where it is now and basically puerto rico rico and haiti. but once the storm, you can see the models take it into the bahamas, it's in an area where it could strengthen rapidly. and that's also where we begin to diverge where it may head. and let me show you our two model forecasts. this is into the bahamas. we nos know that's going to happen. and this takes it into the gulf of mexico. then we have the american computer model, right into the bahamas, that's what we know. and this one rides it up the east coast of florida and heads north. we will watch this carefully in the long-term, to the middle of next week. weather and traffic on the 8s, we will talk about the near record heat and leslee has the roadways. that's right. more vehicles out there. we have a few incidents to talk
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pasco county, accident trying to wrap up under 75 and eastbound state road 52, just a little bit of a slow down. meanwhile, u.s. 41, busy around 52 as well. westbound on the selmon expressway at the time gandy exit, an accident, dale mabry starting to get busier and looking good on the bay area bridges. this accident is cleared from the roadways. that's good news. that's a look at weather and traffic. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. we continue to follow breaking news this morning of italy. a massive search is underway for people trapped in rubble after an earthquake ranking a 6.2 on the rick or the scale shook the central part of the country. the epicenter center is about 105 miles from rome. so not very, very far at all. and we have video here. this is video new into the newsroom showing the devastation and the rescue efforts in italy. this struck with significant
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shallow depth. a destructive combination that officials say could be followed by multiple aftershocks and casualties. the u.s. state department is urging american sits in the region to check in with family and friends and let them know they are safe. this was felt as far as rome. this is damage inside a home. this was a bathroom. you can see it's destroyed. and this other pick hurricane joaquin, you see cracks on the ceiling. all the way down to the side of the wall. and we want to picture nows from the town. and the search continues this morning for people who may be buried under the republican, we know from reports out of italy that many people are saying that relatives are still missing. when disasters like this happen, more and more people want to get information from social media and they go to express how they're feeling. and this morning facebook activated its safety check-in service as well. >> yeah, news agency, visitors
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stories online. some promising and some very tragic. meredyth censullo is following this news. what are you seeing now on social media? >> reporter: well, in europe, the hashtag is being used for earthquake in italian. and amazing photos like survivors. like this gentleman at the moment he is unearthed from the rubble. you will see that photo a lot today on social media. many of those folks were rescued in this happened at 3:30 a.m. that's a young lady still wearing her nightgown. and a lot of people ran from buildings. they're gathered in the streets now with just their blanket, wrapped around them. and they are okay while the search continues. and search efforts are difficult. because roads are blocked and it's hard to get to them. and in some case, the emergency equipment is damaged. this is an ambulance that was devastated outside of a
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going to continue to provide this story with updates and live pictures so stick around to see more from them. and hopefully some good news to come out of italy today. >> yeah, all right. thank you so much. to the latest developments on the zika virus in your backyard. happening today, governor rick scott is in tampa to continue his local round tables on the state's response to the zika virus. today's appearance comes after announcing a local case of the mosquito-borne illness in the governor will meet with hillsborough county leaders in just a few hours. news channel 8's jamel lanee' is live from downtown tampa with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, gayle. again, that meeting happening here at the florida department of health hillsborough county starting at 9:30 this morning. another round table discussion and like you said with yesterday's news that a person in pinellas county contracted the virus, hillsborough county leaders, they are doing what
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again. that virus happening or confirmed near our own backyard. and pinellas county leaders now stepping up their efforts to spray and kill any mosquitoes that could carry zika virus. yesterday governor scott announced five new non-travel related cases. four in miami-dade. and one in pinellas county. and we only know this person was recently tested. state officials aren't saying where in pinellas county the person who has this case lis or how they lawmakers are saying that federal funning is needed for research in mosquito control. >> we'll got to provide the tools our communities need, the tools our researchers need to develop the vaccines, the tests. >> reporter: so far the state has pumped $26 million additional dollars into fighting the mosquitoes and
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allocated for spraying. gayle-- >> all right, i know the efforts are strong. thank you so much. governor rick scott was in our studio this morning to talk more about zika virus, specifically on the efforts to contain it. >> we have to all be part of it. this is an effort to take care of pregnant women and their developing child. and that's our biggest risk. so all of us have to look and say, we're not going to have standing water around our houses or around our businesses. wear but first thing, get rid of standing water. >> the state has been preparing for zika virus since february when the first travel related case happened in the sunshine state. the heat is on. >> yeah, we will say the heat is back too because yesterday record heat. in fact, amazing. look at this, it was 99 at sarasota bradenton airport. shattering the old record of 96. tampa, tampa international
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record of 95. what is going to happen today? 7:00 a.m., 80. by noon, 90. afternoon high around 93. and today's record is 95. very close to record highs again. and as governor scott mentioned, get rid of the standing water. well, we should have some rain around. not this morning. the first few showers start in polk county and highlands county around lunchtime. and notice the storms make their way toward the coast in the evening. and there will be pockets with that will create the puddles. get rid of those as quickly as possible. 39 today and tomorrow. -- 93 today and tomorrow. trending back to average by tuesday. and let's check on traffic on the 8s as people hit the door for work and school. >> southbound approaching i-4, leaving new tampa, this
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it's underneath 75 eastbound state road 50 to under the interstate. and state road 54 at hunt road, a collision. and let's mountains north. very heavy traffic. traveling eastbound, already from the sun coast and veterans expressway, that area over here to u.s. 41. and then a crash, 41 at causeway boulevard. that's a look at weather and traffic. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. the man who made headlines shooting in north miami is now in central family. why the family decided to move here. and how much time should children spend watching tv? the new recommendations in this morning's medical report. first, donald trump will be in the bay area today. details about the rally at the florida state fair growns in a lye report next. you're watching news channel 8
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in your vote, republican presidential nominee donald trump is on his way to the bay area. he is set the speak at the florida state fair growns this afternoon. this comes as hillary rodham clinton is up in the polls in our state. one shows her ahead by two points and another up by 14. big difference there. our news channel 8's ryan hughes is now live in tampa. and ryan, trump is ready the take aim at clinton while visits >> reporter: his attacks on hillary rodham clinton have been often and pointed and he took jabs again last night in texas. >> she wants to let people overstay their visas without removal. one lawless order after another. we must not let that happen.
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president donald trump. and we're going to stop it. >> reporter: donald trump used texas to outline his thoughts on immigration and criticize clinton on hers. he avoid any clarification of a possible shift away from the hard line immigration proposals simply stressing the need for border security. and he told the crowd clinton wants an open border. and said she will do anything to provide expect to hear a similar message in tampa for the 1:00 rally. it's sure to be a packed house here later today. and trump is expected to attend a private fund raiser. details have not been released. >> okay. we will be following the visit to the area. thank you. democratic presidential candidate hillary rodham clinton has no campaign events scheduled today. and clinton did attend a private event tuesday night. her running mate will be in
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he will also attend several events in tallahassee and south florida. and florida is an important battleground state for the presidential candidates as you know. nationally take a look, had hillary rodham clinton is leading in the polls. the most recent nbc data shows clinton ahead eight points. let's look at florida. clinton is increasing her lead. the survey shows her ahead by nine points. we're learning that the man with autism at the controversial police involved shooting in north miami is now living in central florida. the 26-year-old was moved from a psychiatric ward to a facility north of orlando. the family attorney says he is still trying to process what happened. he was transported to the state facility because of a lack of group homes in south florida. the, ifsu student accused of a gruesome double murder in
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can condition this morning. his father says his liver and lungs are failing possibly from chemical poisoning. investigators believe the poisoning comes from whatever he drank in his victim's garage. you may remember deputies had to pull him from one of the victims as he bit off pieces of flesh if the victim's face. smart phones, tablets and tvs, young toddlers love screen time but how much is too much. pediatricians recommd have no screen time. after that, no more than two hours in any 24 hour period. but experts say one thing is for sure, less is always best. keep that in mind. happening today, olympic olympic gold medalist trades her swim cap for a baseball cap for a night. the washington, d.c. native will throw the first pitch between n tonight's game
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has tossed out the first pitch for the nationals. and she has quite the arm. everybody is encouraged to come out and give her a standing ovation. >> she will get it for sure. >> for her performance in the olympic, incredible. >> one of the big stars. let's wet a check on weather and traffic on the 8s. >> good morning. the sunrises, just a few minutes after 7:00 a.m. just starting to see the gorgeous start to the day from the lake club in lakewood ranch. 91% humidity. by 8:00 a.m., lots of sunshine still. about 82 degrees. 90 by noon. yes, hot for your lunch break. and 93 at 4:00 p.m. very close to record highs, 40% chance of the typical afternoon and evening storms. right now fish hawk, 80 degrees. 79 in tampa and plant city. 77 clearwater. 80 in sarasota. weather watcher dora in inverness checked in at 77. so out in tropics, look at the
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dry air. green air, deep tropical moisture. you see tropical storm gaston, out the sea. and zooming in on what is now invest 99l. notice the dry air between now and where it's headed. that's good news. but after this, once it get to the bahamas, a better chance of developing. watching showers along the florida's east coast. and we have a east to northeast wind today and that's going to heat us up quickly but by lunchtime, rain starts in inland areas and stronger storms around 5:00. 40% chance. and we're at 93 today and tomorrow. and 92 friday. how about traffic on the 8s? here's what's shaking on 275. a great drive to the howard frankland bridge but into tampa, slow there. and also bearss down to downtown tampa, about 18 minutes from bearss to the junction. and we're seeing slow downs elsewhere like ybor city.
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heavy, nine minutes 301 to 275. and ehrlich to 275 southbound, we're at about 13 minutes starting to get stacked and packed there as well. and we have an accident folks. this is actually westbound, i-4 through the ybor city area. so keeping an eye on this one. and might be tying up leaps, slow and go traffic southbound 275. and howard frankland bridge still looks good into tampa. and not busy yet. a crash state road 54 at hunt road. and look at between the sun coast parkway over to u.s. 41 eastbound on state road 52. we have a crash u.s. 41 at causeway boulevard. and down here, south tampa, westbound on the selmon expressway at the gandy exit, a collision off to the shoulder. and that's weather and traffic on the 8s. now back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. what you need to know before you walk out the door is next. >> including new concerns about the zika virus. n the bay area.
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italy. a massive cake rocks the country. up next, a look at the damage.
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a deadly earthquake in central italy. >> the earthquake devastated several communities. the earthquake was so strong it collapsed homes on top of residents as they slept right now and digging through the rubble, searching for survivors. officials say the earthquake has caused at least 37 deaths. governor rick scott is in the bay area to discuss the spread of the zika virus. >> and he will attend a round table in hillsborough county. jamel lanee' is live from downtown tampa. >> reporter: good morning. the governorrer is meeting with local leaders here at the department of health to discuss how they're stay ago head of the crisis and to stop the
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are under more pressure now that a nontravel related case has been confirmed in pinellas county. and authorities are working to determine how and where this person contacted the virus. mosquito control is ramping up their efforts to see if local transmission is a possibility. again, that round table discussion starts at 9:30. reporting in tampa, jamel lanee', news channel 8. i'm ryan hughes in tampa. donald trump is coming here to the florida state fairgrounds for a afternoon. last night he was in texas where he called for a special prosecutor to investigate hillary rodham clinton's tenure as secretary of state. he accused her and former president bill clinton of using their foundation to get rich when she was the nation's top diplomat. we expect to hear a similar message in tampa at 1:00 this afternoon. after that, trump is on to a private fund raiser here in the
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st. petersburg police are investigating a double shooting. they say one victim drove himself to the hospital while the other was found in with a gunshot wound. investigators are not revealing identities but tell us that the victims are 25 and 29 years old. and clearwater fire-rescue is investigating a condo fire. flames broke ott at one home on cleveland street. only one unit suffered damage there. luckily no one was hurt. beautiful star wednesday. the hyundai of new port richey shows 77 degrees, pink sky as the sun comes up and seeing a beautiful start to the day here at the hula bay restaurant as well. although it's 78 degrees there. expected to get up to 93 today. which is just a couple degrees from the record high of 95. and you might get relief from the form of thunderstorms. about a 40% chance for areas along and west of 75. shaded it in yellow. and that's where the storms pushed toward the coast in the
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it's 93 today. almost the exact same forecast with 40% rain chance thursday. and once we get into early next week, notice i bump the rain chance up to 50%. and it will depend on what happens with what is 9l in the caribbean. looking at traffic right now. really heavy 275 bearss avenue to i-4. 20 minutes on your drive time. and of course that's southbound. and to the howard frankland bridge, heading to pinellas, no delays. and let's take a look at i-4. we have outside of the ybor city area westbound. but still holding on to typical delays. 301 to 275, 11 minutes. and then southbound on the vet, ehrlich to 275, 17 minutes. a live at traffic, off to the right, away from 301, starting to get slow there. and into the junction of course. and there's an accident up further on the right. and let's move to the other camera and here's a look at 275
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but hey, getting into rush hour. starting to slow down. and basically in our normal trouble spots. >> that time of the morning. >> yes, it is. >> thank you. next on "today," more on the deadly earthquake in italy. >> all right. stick with us, we will have breaking news, weather and traffic throughout the "today" show. and you can get news any time
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