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breaking overnight, tornadoes rip through the heart land. the devastation left behind in indiana as people begin the process of cleaning up. u if and we continue -- cleaning up. and we continue the tropics. overnight, gaston strengthened to a hurricane. but it's invest 99 that could impact florida and the bay area. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i am gayle guyardo. it is busy in the tropics this morning. let's turn things over to leigh spann. >> yeah, this is the time of year when we expect the tropics to get active. specifically now we're going to focus on hurricane gaston. became the third hurricane of
midnight. and this tropical wave just between puerto rico and the dominican republic, it's still an invest meaning it's a tropical wave, not a tropical system at this point. they are sending in the hurricane hunters every day. yesterday, they didn't find a closed circulation. that's good news. and in the short term, actually doesn't have a good chance of developing. but once we get into the five- day range, that's an 80% chance of becoming tropical. and let's focus on gaston with 45 miles per hour winds. should weaken and then strengthen again out to sea. and not an issue for land masses. now that's the difference between that and invest 99. it will impact land masses. it will head toward the bahamas. if it's not a tropical system by the time it heads into the bahamas, good chance it will at that point. this is saturday morning. after that, it heads toward the florida area, more than likely, how strong it is, that's still
it comes. anywhere from east florida over toward the central portion of the gulf of mexico. but where ever it does, it should at least enhance our rain chances slightly. today hot at 92. in weather and traffic on the 8s, i go hour-by-hour through today's forecast. and leslee is going to help you get through the commute. yeah, we still have activity on the side of the roadway, it's i-4. and i talked to fhp. and they said, you know, we're not handling this. the local authorities interstates. maybe looking for him out there. these guys are fun to work with. now everything is off to the shoulder here. and we're trying to find out why that search light is out there and why the vehicles have showed up here at i-4 at county line road eastbound. but no delays. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. in breaking news, assessing the damage in indiana and ohio after 42 tornadoes ripped through those states.
you can see one of the tornadoes in this cellphone video that ripped through the starbucks coffee shop. and news channel 8's meredyth censullo is live in the tampa news center following the developments this morning. meredyth-- >> reporter: well, dozens of families are without homes, tens of thousands of people are without power. indiana governor mike pence is preparing to tour storm damaged area. the republican vice presidential nominee left the campaira carolina yesterday evening winds topped 165 miles per hour, rip throed neighborhood. at least 10 homes were obliterated and others heavy damaged. only minor injuries have been reported. a lot of people captured video of the tornadoes on their cellphones including that storm that collapsed the starbucks.
there's people in there. >> reporter: watch this, it literally collapses in on itself. and there were people inside. that video was shot through the window of a bar across the street. and as you saw there, the entire wall and front facade of that starbucks collapsed. following the tweets of news stations in indiana and right now, more storms are moving through that area. there is a way that you can help storm "hoosier" to 41444 to donate money to the salvation army. >> and that's powerful video. thank you for sharing. and new video out of ohio this morning. take a look. this was shot by storm chasers. you see threat, a tornado touching down -- you see it there, a tornado touching down. this tornado is blamed for destroying seven homes and five barns. happening today, emergency leaders in tampa plan to present their findings. month after a music festival
it's believed drug overdoses were to blame. during the annual sunset music festival held at raymond james stadium. 8 on your side's ryan hughes is lye at tampa city hall this morning. ryan, tampa officials sought advice from other cities on this issue. >> reporter: gayle, good morning once again. the police and fire departments, they turned to other cities to find out what they do during similar incidents and they plan to present the findings here at city hall later today. now this is cellphone festival. emergency leaders said two people died and 57 were taken to st. joseph's hospital. that kind of response is damaging to emergency services. so leaders want to make plans on how to deal with this kind of thing in future but they also hope it never happens again. now those who attended tell us it's normal for many concert goers to be on drugs. we spoke to one festival goer back in june. >> kind of like more closed
it. it happens unfortunately at festivals where people, you know, just take it to a level of insobriety that's not healthy. >> reporter: there's one option on the table, shut down the annual festival altogether. we will learn exactly what findings the police and fire departments came up with at a city council meeting here in a few hours. , gayle, back to you. >> -- hours. gayle, back to you. >> hopefully they handle on the problem. in your vote this were thunder sleet morning, donald trump -- vote this morning, donald trump continues to try to appeal to minority voters. it's a call some call condescending though. candace mccowan was there, you had opportunity to speak one on one, the only local tv reporter to do so. did he address this call to appeal to minority voters? >> reporter: yeah, he made the
then again yesterday to a crowd at the florida state fairgrounds saying that the hispanic voter has been treated horribly. and i asked the republican nominee about how some of the comments have been received. >> you said that in the past couple weeks, you may have said some things that are wrong. can you say specifically what those things are? >> no, i don't want to talk about that. i think probably once in a while i could make statements a little differently. a lot of statements frankly. >> reporter: and trump saying he is an honorable person but if he softened up things, that would be okay. -- thing, that would be okay. trump touched on job creation and taking swipes at hillary rodham clinton. now viewers getting fired up about this. one tweeting, trump is talking always about hillary rodham clinton to distract the people instead of talking about bringing back his business back to the u.s. and pat tweet, he
land slide. and now gene we talked to trump about his possible softening on the immigration stance. we have those comments in the next half hour. >> can't wait to see that. and you talk about a lot of different topics. you can find more at wfla.com. candace, thank you. >> thank you. a rapper is headed to court today. not to wow the judge with music. kevin gates will attend a preliminary hearing on a battery charge. gates is the rapper caught on camera kicking a fan at a lakeland concert last summer. he claims it was because the woman was tugging on his pants. a judge didn't buy it, denying his request to drop the charge. it's 6:08 on this thursday morning and time for weather and traffic on the 8s. >> yeah, i wanted to ho you this. the hurricane -- i wanted to show you this. the hurricane hunters have arrived in 99l. and they left from macdill air force base. left tampa, flew down and just made it into the outer reaches. about a 35 miles per hour wind. we can track them as they're
speed they're picking up. yesterday, they didn't find organization. strong winds but not organization. so we will see if it's become more organized. once that happen, we will better information. for today, it will start out sunny and muggy, about 88 degrees at noon. 20% rain chance then. 40% rain chance through the early afternoon and early evening. with a high today of 92 degrees. so low to mid-90s, high humidity, yeah, that continues. and now rain chances about 40% through saturday. and chance up to 50% for sunday, monday and tuesday with the extra tropical moisture in place because of course we have the tropics out there, the wave near puerto rico could increase our rain chances. leslee, how about traffic on the 8s? looking good on the veterans expressway. sun coast parkway up to speed as well. state road 54 to ehrlich road, i-75 miles per hours. and still great from ehrlich to 275, that's where it gets busy. but traffic light, nine minutes on the drive. and a very good drive through
u.s. 19 and also u.s. 41. still looking good. all right, let's take a look at what's going on. and we have activity out here. you can see the sun is. cooing up. there's a semi-truck here and also possibly a vehicle here. you can see that light they're pointing out activity here on the right shoulder. this is eastbound right at county line road. and i'm keeping an eye on this one for you. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> we will check back. thank you, leslee. a yearbook picture photo shop controversy. >> yeah, coming up message in one photo that has a bay area father outraged and taking action. and the changing social lessons for students. coming up, i explore the debate over including social issues like the lgbt movement in our classrooms. you're watching news channel 8
time now 6:13. right now, the desperate search continues in italy for survivors still trapped in the rubble of a 6.2 earthquake. you can see here, crews are going through piles of rock and sand that were once buildings. well overnight, the number of people who died in the earthquake jumped to 247. officials now worry that number could continue to climb. among the death and destruction in italy, there are stories of survival. look another this incredible
old girl alive in the rubble and they pulled her out to safety. beautiful moment. this morning, the number of people killed in an attack on the american university in afghanistan jumped to 10. more than 700 students were on campus when attackers stormed the campus with guns and grenades. afghan security forces gunned down two attackers. they are trying to figure out a motive. so far, no one has claimed responsibility. very few americans attend the univer department says a number of americans serve on the faculty. this morning, we get schooled on diversity as a classroom subject. social issues had many of us talking this summer including some of our kids but whether the social issues belong in the classroom depends on who you and. >> it's critical to our young people understanding the problems. >> parents should be handling it at home. >> reporter: protests tied to race relations. controversy surrounding gender
exposed to it this summer. >> it's a fact. it's reality. and anything that's real should be talked about. >> reporter: this grandfather of nine, martin, believes these are learning opportunities for the classroom. but a fellow tampa resident sees them as destructions. >> i don't think they should be interfering with education in the classroom. >> reporter: hillsborough schools say current events do not affect the african-american studies program and lgbt topics are not studied because they are not part of the florida standards. in pinellas, schools address the subjects in special programs that require parent permission. >> students are talking about these and it's important to them. >> reporter: still, they are touchy topics, especially for different age groups. while he doesn't want it discussed with his third grader, thomas sees the value for high school students. >> they'll get to learn how to treat others. and be productive citizennings.
mostly discussed at home and in out of class workshops. >> getting curriculum changed and creating culture response can be difficult. there's a lot of red tape in school districts and we recognize that. >> reporter: and across the country, california just included lgbt education in its curriculum. there kids in 6 grade will learn about different types of families and older students will learn about important lgbt figures and events like the same-sex marriage supreme court controversial topic that if parents want to see in the classroom, they need to talk to principals and take to it the school board and the state level because it's the florida standards. >> parents are tweeting and they are torn about the issue but i think it's important that there's a place that kid cans go if the parents consent where they can talk about it instead of relying on gossip in the hallways. the genesis prep yearbook
a lifetime also contained a hidden hateful phrase. a former student yearbook staffer slipped in the words "kill me" over a picture of a student shooting a basketball. leaving both her and the school administers confused, shocked and horrified. >> i don't like it. i mean, i obviously wasn't expecting it. i don't know why he did it. >> there's nothing that's more mortifying as an administer of a school than to see something like that. >> the former staffer picked up litter over part of the summer as punishment. for her picture, yearbook owners can put a fixed sticker over the original photo. a suspected burglar used an unusual get-away car, a school bus. >> it happened as the bus driver was picking up students in bradenton to take them to school. police tell us that the 28-year- old jumped on the bus. the driver thought he was a student at manatee high school so he told him to sit down.
wanted to get home. when the bus arrived at the school, the driver called police and administers and he is now facing a charge of trespassing on school property. and he is suspected of a burglary in the area where the bus picked him up. let's get a check on weather and traffic on the 8s. >> well, good morning. first of all this morning, it's already steamy and remember now the sun is coming up later. and eventually officially rising after 7:00 a.m. by 8:00 a.m., it's 80 and muggy couple showers as early as lunchtime. 88degrees at noon. toasty for your lunch break and 92 at 4:00 p.m. with a 40% chance of storms. tampa, you're at 78. currently 76 degrees in wimauma. 73 in zephyrhills. 77 in clearwater and in st. petersburg. and i checked in with dora in inverness, she says it's 73 degrees. so a fast warm-up once that morning sunshine pops up. during the afternoon, east to west breeze means we will get
a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to start. and then those showers will push toward the coast in the evening and clear out overnight. so we do it all again tomorrow. going to be another sunny start to the day with an east breeze and we see storms pushing in our direction. also tomorrow, i'll start keeping an eye on this tropical system that's currently a tropical wave as it heads towards the bahamas. it has a better chance of getting stronger and notice what happen, this is ability noon on saturday, the little bit diverging. could be anywhere from the east coast of florida into the gulf of mexico. but because it's heading our way, that's why i at least bump the rain chance up now to 50% sunday, monday and tuesday. and if we have to bring the rain chances up or down, it will depend on what happens with the system. and leslee has more interesting things going on on i-4. yeah, i-4 at county line road. got off the phone with the lakeland police department. and they said there was an earlier incident that happened
to i-4 at county line road. this is not an accident. and our friends over at fdot have moved the camera over. we can see there's a vehicle out there. they zoomed in. and what i saw was authorities with flashlights looking into this vehicle. searching this vehicle. now just over to the left here, that's where the interstate is. that's i-4 at county line road. and there are several police vehicles and emergency vehicles out there on the right shoulder. so keeping an eye on this for you. and meanwhile, semi-trucks in thck part of this. usually a lot of semi-truck drivers will pull over to sleep and so forth like. that that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. your vehicle may be at risk of stalling unexpectedly while driving. >> could be dangerous. up next, a recall alert you won't want to miss. you're watching news channel 8
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now an 8 on your side alert this morning. ford is recalling several vehicles that could stall unexpectedly. it involves flex wagon ands ford taurus models from 2013 through 2015. here's the problem, it's with the fuel pump control module. if that fail, the engine may not start or it could stall while you're driving. one little new jersey boy did quite the generous deed for law enforcement. the 5-year-old spent his allowance money on subway sandwiches and took them to william says he just wanted to make sure the officers had a healthy meal and as a thank you, william went home with a number of gifts including a shirt. and get this, he a shout-out from the police department's facebook page. so sweet. >> got to keep them healthy. >> and i like his hair cut too. a glitch with iphones? >> new in the next half hour, why some iphone 6s are coming down with what experts call touch disease.
it is 6:28. mostly clear skies and 78 degrees as we look over downtown tampa. and i'm sure the kids headed to the bus stop up. 80 and humid when the bus picks them up. dropping them off in a steamy afternoon, 92 with a 40% rain chance. we will see the first few showers as early as 11:00 a.m. or noon. rain chance goes up to 40% as the rain heads toward the coast. how about traffic on the 8s? looking at travel time, 275, i-4 to the hoc, about five minutes. still looking good bearss avenue to i-4, up to 11 minutes
preventing concert overdoses. tampa city council is expected to discuss the finings of an investigation of the sunset music festival. ahead in a live report, what this could mean for future concerts in tampa. and e trump. news channel 8 gets an exclusive interview with the republican presidential candidate. still ahead, what he had to say about his immigration policy and the building of a wall to our candace mccowan. we're tracking the tropics for you this morning. many of you are keeping a close eye on these storms in the atlantic this morning. we have hurricane gaston and also invest 99l which could become a tropical storm. so a lot going on out there. good morning.
i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. thank you for waking up with us on this thursday morning. let's get straight to meteorologist leigh spann. she's been busy. >> yes, and this is the time of year when we expect the tropics to get active. watching now two systems, hurricane gaston just after midnight became the third hurricane of the season. then we have an invest or basically a tropical wave that has an 80% chance over the next five days of developing into something tropical. gaston, the latenf in on that. 75miles per hour winds now. it's expected to weak and then strengthen again but the best news of all, it stays out to sea. so now let's focus in on 99l because the hurricane hunters left from tampa early this morning. we can track them with our weather equipment here. and while they're flying around, we are getting real wind speeds that they're seeing. they got about a 38 miles per hour gusts but they'll go back and forth and see if it's actually developing. we know that there's strong
system. when that happens, we get better information in to these models. what we know now, it's going to head toward the bahamas. between now and then, not in a good environment for developing. that's good news. once it get to the bahamas, it enters an area where it could strengthen. possibility that it will become a tropical storm. we will watch most of the models taking this through florida and into the gulf of mexico which would enhance our rain chances. one of models is this european model. right over miami, and then heads up toward tampa, eastern portion of florida. the american model much weaker at this point. so obviously a lot in question, what those hurricane hunters finds will certainly give us better information. coming up 6:38, more of a forecast for us today. but i know you have a lot of information about some interesting things going on too.
this is i-4 eastbound right at county line road. here's what's going on, folks. we have a lot of police activity on the right shoulder. and earlier, off of camera to the far right, there's a vehicle out there. and there was a lot of search lights that saw police going and searching in the vehicle with flashlights and taking pictures in that vehicle. again, off to the grass just outside of the camera. and looks like that vehicle is also crashed up. but no delays. w >> thank you. happening today, tampa city leaderses expected to talk about a spring music festival that left two people dead and many more injured. we told new may when dozens of people fell ill at the sunset music festival at raymond james stadium. ryan hughes is live from tampa city hall. emergency officials will go over plans on how to prevent this in the future. >> reporter: gene and gayle, good morning once again. it's believed that drugs led to
people sick at the concert. and now city officials will discuss what to do differently later today. this is video from the sunset music festival at the time. fire department officials allege that organizers knew that concert goers took drug bus looked the other way. two people died, 57 were taken to st. joseph's hospital. and leaders want to make sure that local hospitals are ready to deal with the impact of a similar event. dozens of people had to be hospitalized and that bogged down emergency services. but they plan to there's no repeat. mayor bob buckhorn was outraged right after the incident. listen here. >> this was not happenstance. these types of festivals attract this type of drug use and these types of drugs. >> reporter: and there's one option on the table, the shut down the festival altogether. we will learn exactly what if i circumstantials learned in the investigation here at a meeting later today. gene and gayle, back to you. >> we will be on top of it.
paining in new hampshire today. this after he held a huge rally on wednesday in tampa. news channel 8's candace mccowan talked to trump one on one. and i think it's important to point out that she was the only local reporter that to get the exclusive interview with donald trump. she's joining me now. so candace, did you get the sense -- because there's been talk that he's softening up on immigration, what do you think after talking to him? >> reporter: gene and gayle, good morning. this is one of the things that many people were listening for. they want direction he is headed. immigration one of the first things i asked about. the campaign is hoping to ale poo to more voters by softening their stance. >> talking to supporters yesterday and they were telling me, immigration, where you stand, what you have been saying for months, that's what they love about you. >> yep. >> how do you toe the line between soften your stance and keeping those people? >> well, i think we have a strong stance but a fair stance. and i use the word humane. it's a humane stance.
the wall goes up. people come into our country but they come in through a legal process. very important. we want people to come to the country but they have to come in through the legal process. >> reporter: minutes after the interview, trump echoed the plans in front of a crowd of hundreds. and trump saying, i will be the greatest jobs president that god ever created. of course, the presidential candidates are always a talker when it comes to social media. mark tweeting, just attend tampa trump rally. it was great. let's win in and others tweeting, saying, unattainable promises and not trump. trump started his rally yesterday talking about a new poll showing him ahead by two points. a florida atlantic university poll. but if you take all the polls near florida, average them together, it still shows hillary rodham clinton has a lead in florida. >> well, it was a very interesting interview. you can find it on wfla.com. i also up loaded it on my facebook page. definitely worth a listen. >> thank you.
is defending the clinton foundation calling the report about meeting involving donors, quote, sunday. she says the report drew conclusions based on a small portion as her time as secretary of state. the clinton foundation said they would ban donations from foreign countries if hillary rodham clinton is elected president. usf police are searching for this man. he is a person of interest in the case of the campus flasher. they believe he may know something about a man who exposed hif different usf dining halls. if you know who he is, call police. police are questioning a baby sitter about the death of a 10-month-old baby. he was supposed to be taking care of the baby when the child died. he hasn't been charged in the case but he is facing child abuse charges. that's related to a 3-year-old he was also baby sitting. for months, there's been a mold problem at the academy in
unaddressed. it's in portable classrooms where children spend hours each day and while the florida department of health told us no mold test was pearl formed on the classroom, the president and ceo of superior schools which owns and operates the academy claims there's no mold. he says it's debris from dry wall and -- and ducts being replaced. >> no mold? >> no. >> how do you explain the pictures that you say were from the sum senator. >> they were insulation. they came down from the ceiling but there that we can find. >> well a team did a site visit on monday and found some mold was there. school staff told the team that crews came in over the weekend to clean and paint over the mold. still, he maintains there is month mold. all right -- there is no mold. all right, how it is looking out there? >> well, starting out another beautiful day. a live look from the new port richey camera in the hyundai of
again, the sun rising less than a half hour away at this point. we have rain across south florida. a stream of rain over on the east coast. they'll probably end up getting flooding but for us, you might have extra clouds in places like highlands and sarasota county, but most of us nice and sunny this morning which allows temperatures to warm up quickly. 88 at noon. 92 for an afternoon high. that's slightly above the average of 90. but keep it at 92 for friday and downward, down to 89 degrees by monday, that's an indication that the rain chances are going up due to the tropical wave. and going to be adding some rain chances to our forecast whether or not it develops. stay tuned for sure. we will check with traffic on the 8s as the sun comes up and more people are hitting the road. >> they are. still a good drive across the bay area bridges no. delays across the water. seven minutes across the howard frankland bridge. 10 across the courtney campbell causeway. and that takes you from pinellas all the way over to
well on the polk parkway. and we saw police activity out here, here's what's going on. police activity on the side of the roadway. this is eastbound i-4 right around county line road. and over here just off camera, there was a vehicle and i saw that there was front-end damage on the vehicle. and so also police were searching inside of the vehicle. this activity has been going on for a while. traffic is starting to get busy into downtown tampa. a live look for you coming up in the next report in weather and traffic and now back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. a k-9 officer smells something foul in twinkies. >> what the animal found hiding in the box of snack cakes. and something is breaking iphones. the disease infecting the smart phones and what you can do to keep it from happening to yours. and the school that is turning parents away and telling them their kids will problem-solve without them. we will explain.
new this morning, a remarkable gesture for the victims of the pulse nightclub massacre in orlando. orlando regional medical center and florida hospital will not bill any of the patients for their treatment after the shooting. nine died shortly after arriving. but this hospital will spare the victims and in some cases their surviving family members more than $5 million. n medical bills. -- $5 million in medical bills. 8 on your side is hearing more complaints about bad bus stops in polk county. this is on clubhouse road. students there waiting for in the dark. you can barely see them there. it's an issue we have been following since a teen was hit and killed while crossing the same road, clubhouse road,
just one street light. but there's more than one bus stop along clubhouse road. one parent drives his kids to their bus stop every morning so they don't have to walk along the busy, dark road. >> like maybe like 50 steps, but i have to do that to make sure my kids are safe. we have tried to call the office, the polk county school board and they won't do it. >> well the county and rt traffic study on clubhouse road next week. well, an alert morning for iphone 6 and 6 plus users. if a new report is true, your phone might have a major design flaw and it could die at any time. >> nobody wants to hear that. meredyth censullo is here to tell us why our phones might be toast. say it ain't so. >> reporter: yeah, sorry for the bad news. if you're like me, my phone is my alarm clock, my personal
camera. but if you have an iphone 6, you could lose touch at any time. it's called touch disease. some iphone 6 and 6 plus users report over time the touch screens become unresponsive and eventually a flickering gray bar appears on the top of the screen. after that, the phone may be operational only sometimes and unlikely to make a full recovery. now the issue appears to affect iphones that are approaching two years old. the root cause according to repair vendors is a problem with two chips on the iphone that govern responsiveness. if those chips go bad or become disconnected, the phone will no longer respond to touch. tim gold, a doctor of activity on i-4devices says there's nothing you can download to fix the problem and you have no choice but to pay for major surgery. >> so i mean the only option you really have is to find a
repair and replace the chips do or do an out of warranty swap at apple. >> reporter: right now, apple stores and certified apple repair techs are not equipped for the repair. and based on reports online and in apple's complaint forum on web, so farther not acknowledging there's an issue. but i did learn that if you have an iphone 6 that's one of the newer iphone 6s, this is not an issue. the biggest thing is to and if it's more than two years old, you could run into that problem. >> and you know the 7 is coming out soon so many people upgrade anyway. you can follow the morning alerts on facebook and twitter. search the #8alert. across america this morning, a traffic stop in oklahoma city turned into a drug bust. a k-9 sniffed out drugs hid lightning a box of twinkies. it started when officers tried to stop a man who was swerving
stopped. a drug-sniffing dog smelled something funny inside a twinkie box and that's where they found five bags of meth. officers arrested the driver and a passenger. soccer star hope solo is sitting the bench until at least 2017. u.s. soccer suspended her for six months over comments she made in rio after the u.s. women's team lost to sweden. she described her opponents as the best team didn't win. the u.s. soccer organization says the comments were unacceptable. and her contract with the u.s. women's national team has been terminated. what's going on, leigh? >> well, the sun is just beginning to brighten up a little bit here at the hula bay restaurant where it's 77 degrees in tampa. should be a nice muggy morning but it is august. 80 by 8:00 a.m.
yeah, there could be a couple showers as early as lunchtime but the better rain chance is 4:00 p.m. at 40%. steamy too at 92. right now in tampa and fish hawk, 78 degrees. sarasota, 78. 77 in st. pete and clearwater. 75 in plant city. looking into the gulf of mexico, obviously the bigger story is the tropical activity. we have hurricane gaston but it will stay out to sea. and now invest 99l. a lot of tropical moisture. it's going which may mean it will stay relatively unorganized in the short-term. what it means for us, still yet to be determined but i'm going to increase our rain chances into early next week. today, quick passing shower. these pushing from east to west quickly throughout the day. a 40% rain chance. and notice up to 50% rain chance at this time for sunday, monday and tuesday.
99l. leslee, getting brighter this morning. it is. and we still have a bit of activity here i-4. not going to slow you down. just want you to know about it. eastbound, most traffic heads westbound anyway. this is at county line road. we have activity and off to the side, there's a vehicle out here that had front-end damage and they were searching it. be aware through the area. and that's where it's located. great drive, downtown lakeland looks great. ybor city starting to get slow, 11 minutes 301 to 27 westbound. and the veterans expressway starting to hit the brakes, southbound ehrlich to 275, roughly 16 minutes. a live look again at the police activity, that's eastbound i-4 at county line. and look at this, much different over here in hillsborough county, starting to hit the brake, 275 starting at bearss, this is near bird. and then into about hillsborough and downtown. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. an arkansas school is putting those so-called helicopter parents on notice.
it posted a sign barring parents from coming to the school to drop things off like their forgotten lunch or homework assignments. check out the sign. it's on the doors of this high school for boys in little rock. it tells parent, quote, your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence. they'll figure it out. they have to grow up. >> yeah, they do. they do. you want to spoil them -- >> oh, spoken like a true mom. what you need to know before you walk out the next. >> including a rapper headed to court in polk county. and getting to the bottom of deaths at the sunset music festival at raymond james stadium. what tampa city council will be doing today. you're watching news channel 8
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in the hospital. news channel 8's ryan hughes is live at tampa city hall this morning. >> reporter: good morning once again. city leaders plan to discuss their findings here at city hall during a meeting that gets underway in a few hours. let's go to video right now that was taken during the sunset music festival. emergency leaders said two people died and 57 were taken to st. joseph's hospital. that kind of response is damaging to the emergency services system. so leaders want to make plans on how to hope it never happens again. now the meeting gets underway in a few hours. updates later today. live in city hall, ryan hughes, news channel 8. >> thank you. rapper kevin gates will attend a preliminary hearing on a battery charge for kicking a fan at a lakeland concert. gates claims it was self- defense because the woman was tugging on his pants. the judge denied the request to drop the charge.
heads back to his home state to survey the severe tornado damage. the republican nominee for vice president will spend today touring some of the hard hit counties where he will see the dozens of destroyed homes and businesses. rescue crews continue the search for survivors from wednesday's powerful earthquake in italy. 247 people are confirmed dead but there is still a lot of hope. look at rescuers pulled this 10- year-old girl out of the rubble. she was trapped for almost 17 beautiful sign of hope though. >> touching video. and today we will get a look at all the renovations happening at ray jay. that's right. the buccaneers are opening the stadium doors to show us the new hall of fame club, the newly renovated luxury suites, because you never get to see them again, and the giant new projection screen and this year's new food menu. that's the reason i like to go. the multi-stage renovation plan is expected to cost more than $100 million. the thunder sleet morning,
member of the busch gardens family. a cub. he is just 20 weeks old. he's like sneaking out. you see me? his name comes from a traditional pastry. you can find him living on the edge of africa's habitat. there he is with the running shot. the loews don cesar shows a beautiful sunrise on st. pete 80degrees there. otherwise, just passing clouds this morning. really a gorgeous morning. the freedom plaza in sun city center. and 75 degrees through the day. 88degrees at noon. 29 at 4:00 p.m. and rain chances will go up after lunchtime between about 4:00. and just a few hours ago, the hurricane hunters left out of tampa and they are currently investigating 99l over near puerto rico. found a flight level wind of about 38 miles per hour. yesterday they flew into it and didn't find organization, just
with the hurricane hunters. and looking at traffic right now, we have an accident that's tying up lane westbound at wesley chapel boulevard. that's not too far away from 75. a slow down in the area. let's take a look at travel times through ybor, hitting the brakes, 301 to 275. and veterans expressway, slow and go ehrlich to 275, about 18 minutes. >> thank you. and thank you for joining us on this thursday morning. >> and we will stay on top of the breaking news of the day, weather, traffic, catch show. >> and another full hour of local news starts at 11:00. i will see you then with stacie
? ba da ba ba ba ? good morning. death toll rises. at least 247 killed in that powerful earthquake in central italy. residents desperately trying to dig out more survivors where their bare hands. moments like this one bringing hope. fighting words. donald trump goes after hillary clinton questioning her true intentions when it comes to minority voters. >> hillary clinton is a bigot. >> this as she dismisses claims that clinton foundation donors were given special access to her when she was secretary of state. >> what trump has said is ridiculous. my work as secretary of state was not influenced by any