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tracking the the tropings and depression number nine. it's churning in the gulf of mexico, threatening to make a turn toward the bay area. we have team coverage of what you need to know to the storm . good morning. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i'm gayle guyardo. >> we have been tracking this area for nearly a week and a half now as tropical wave, now a tropical depression. but even as 5:00 this morning, just now, it's the still a tropical depression.
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strengthen. it has winds of 35 miles per hour now. it's going to drift toward the central gulf of mexico today and tomorrow. during that time, it should become a tropical storm. and by 2:00 p.m. on wednesday, you can already see it starting to make the turn to the northeast. between 2:00 p.m. on wednesday anding the a.m. on thursday, our weather will start to -- wednesday and 2:00 a.m. on thursday, our weather will start to deteriorate. and between 2:00 a.m. on thursday and 2:00 a.m. -- on friday, that's the worst of the weather. this could come onshore anywhere from panama city all the way down here to tampa. but generally the models bring it in north of citrus county, around the big bend of florida. and that would puts on the southern side of the storm which would be the worst area of the storm. and then heads into the atlantic ocean. we don't have to werely about it anymore past the weekend. -- to worry about it anymore past the weekend. right now, hurricane hunters
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tracking them with gps. they are trying to find tropical storm-forced wins. at this point, -- forced-winds. at this point, they're not finding any. you see through the day today, that yellow color pops up, that's tropical storm-forced winds and along nature coast, north of that near the big bend. we could see tropical storm- forced winds in hernando county. with the wind flow around it, we get the worst area where you can get the stronger onshore wind flow so that high tide could actually be higher than average. meaning we could see coastal flooding by 2:41 during high tide on thursday. in weather and traffic on the 8s, i have an hour-by-hour look for today before we get into the worsening weather for the week. for the time being, we're going to check on traffic on the 8s. we're going to enjoy the dry roads while we have them.
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sarasota, looking good. state road 64 down to fruitville road in sarasota, about nine minute.. and up to state road 70, 10 minutes on 75 northbound. all right, checking out gibsonton, still looking good here, 301 to big bend road, a seven minute commute. and 64 to fruitville, nine minutes. that's a look at weather and traffic. back to gene and gayle. >> thank tracking tracking the tropics. our team coverage continues with how many people are preparing for up to 7 inches of rain. >> yeah, that kind of water can do the a lot of damage. our mary mcguire is live from the filling station in south tampa where people can come and it scoop up some sandbags -- come out and scoop up some sandbags today. what do residence need to know? >> reporter: good morning, gene.
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most popular place in town as folks prepare for the forecasted wet weather. before you head out to scoop up some of the sand, bring proof of residence single -- within an hour of opening, 150 bags had been given out. a lot of people adopting the philosophy, better safe than sorry. >> i think it's important. just for peace of mind. even if the weather doesn't hit, i have a couple bags. it will help me shore things up a bit. and i think it's important to allow communities to prepare themselves. a number of locations are set up all across the bay area to give them out for this week.
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bring to get those sandbags up on wfla.com for you to check out. and additionally, officials are urging residentses that have storm drains on their property to make sure they are clear of all debris so -- urging all residents that have storm drains on their property to make sure those are clear of debris. >> good information there. definitely something we don't want to wait until the last minute for. thank you. >> one organization on top of things, our tampa bay buccaneers. a pre-season game between the bucs and the washington redskins has been rescheduled. ryan hughes is live at ray jay stadium. the game was moved up a day. >> reporter: the final pre- season game of the year was scheduled for thursday night here at ray jay. but the impending storm forced team management to move it to
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would be canceled as tropical depression nine bears down on the gulf coast of florida, likely bringing high wind and heavy rain thursday and friday. so in the interest of fan, player and stadium staff safety, they moved if game up a day. they spoke to county and city leaders as well as the national weather service before making the decision to change the date. again, kick-off off against the washington redskins now -- kick- off against the washington redskins now tomorrow night. and that airs right here on news channel safe than sorry for sure. >> thank you, ryan. in an 8 on your side report this morning, angry parents at a chatter school in largo are hopeful they'll find out once and for all if there's mold at the plato academy. at an emergency school board meeting last night, the board voted to hire pure air to test the school for mold. it comes after parents complain about mold on vents, walls and even on desks.
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mold problem pointing to five reports that did not find mold. and there's no word on when the new the tests will be done or how soon the results will be available. in your vote, today is the florida primary. polls open at 7:00 this morning. some candidates you can expect to see include the democratic and republican contenders for the u.s. senate and the house of representatives. voters will decide on a solar energy amendment. a few things to for voting today. tough cast your ballot at your assigned polling place and also do not forget to bring your current id. you will need that. if you need help getting to your polling place, sarasota and pinellas county are providing free bus service. and also for a guide to the primary, visit us online at wfla.com. new concern over zika virus in your backyard is growing this morning. a new non-travel related case
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that brings the total number of people who contracted the virus locally in florida to 43. combined with the travel relaced cases, the state now reports 545 cases of zika virus infections. 75 of those cases involve pregnant women. all right, time right now is 5:08. how is it looking leigh? >> well, at this point, we're dry across tampa bay. let me show you the satellite and radar close to home. we have rain on the east coast and to the so push in our direction. notice the hour-by-hour forecast. i left in a 10% rain chance in the next few hours. you will see some extra clouds around, 80 degrees at 9:00 a.m. a 30% chance through midday when it's 87 degrees at noon. 90 around 3:00 p.m. and rain chances 50% through the early afternoon. 60% later in the afternoon. and i'm going to time this out as far as what you can expect with the tropical depression. the worst weather i believe will be starting tomorrow night. that's wednesday night.
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thursday. that could mean between now and friday. 6 to 8 inches of rain. so obviously not only flooding from heavy rain but also with the onshore wind flow, the high surf during high tide periods thursday, and even wednesday as well, and then strong winds closer to the center of circulation north of i-4. our rain chances go from 60% today to 70% tomorrow. and 80% on thursday. look at the rainfall potential. today and tomorrow, we will see widespread areas anywhere from rainfall. again, some places more, some places less. this is a broad brush. and then add thursday and friday's rain and that's where we get 6 to 8 inches a possibly. flooding concerns certainly an issue. we will check in now with traffic on the 8s because probably the last morning we talk about it being dry. let's take advantage of it while we can. enjoy the drive this morning. your dry drive.
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between hernando and pasco county, no delays through shady hills. state road 52 to 54, that's an eight minute commute. and transition on to the veterans expressway, it's still looking good. 54 down to ehrlich road, looking at roughly seven minutes on the drive time. hillsborough county, well, wesley chapel from pasco, 52 down to 275 right at the northern apex, that's about 11 minutes. and then from bearss into downtown tampa and i-4, that's roughly a nine minute commute southbound on that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. now back to gene and gayle. >> thank you, leslee. so simone biles is breaking up with her long-time coach. >> yeah, but still ahead, why the break-up is good news for the bay area. and a weather mess in parts of colorado. look at this, the system that left hail piled up like snow. and this morning, teachers helping teachers. up next, we're getting schooled on a new initiative connecting teachers so they can work
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today.
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%f0 we're back. this morning, we get schooled on inevacuate i math education
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math education in pasco county schools. >> reporter: it's a bit of a learning curve for some teachers this year. a new initiative relies on twitter to connect math teachers in the school district. the concept is elementary. when one idea is shared online, the exceptionally. pasco county has 30 schools and there's only one brian dean who overcease teaching and learning of mathematics for all of them. that's a big problem to solve. >> how to connect these people working harder than ever that teach the same course, same standards, how can we make them work smarter, not harder? >> reporter: he launched #pascomath. he encourages teachers to tweet
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it allows for an open collaboration of ideas, what is working or not working for teachers using the same lesson plans. that's incredibly helpful for katherine rickif he woulder who provides -- rickfelder who provides support for three grades. >> i did get information and brought it back to the kids and said, this is how one group did it. it opens up a new the classroom. >> reporter: this sixth grade teacher already an advocate for using social media appreciates seeing how other teachers are making lesson plans click. and her students get a kick out of showing off their work. >> so i think it givers them a sense that they are doing something great too. and that school has become more than just a task they have to do. it becomes a place where they can feel confident and comfortable. >> reporter: funds from the
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supporting this initiative. each week for five week, two teachers are rewarded with gift cards to the starbucks or dunkin' donuts. >> that's a great incentive. >> yeah, a neat thing that they're trying there. >> and an efficient way to get them on the same page. even though some of them have to learn how to use social media. >> and you can go online and search #pascomath and see what the kids are doing. >> fantastic. >> all right. k happening today, a big announcement for a gymnastics program in sarasota. evo athletics is hiring the coach of a gold medal olympian. she is joining the team. she is the longtime coach of gymnast simone biles. she was the head coach of the women's gymnastic's team in rio. great get. >> i'll say. sports figures are weighing in on the growing controversy surrounding 49ers quarterback
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the national anthem. a former buccaneers is not happy about the actions. he was born a canadian citizen but is now an american citizen and believes in saluting the anthem. he is hoping the controversy will prompt discussion and possibly change. >> maybe this helps us go and really look with a fine tooth comb about what's happening and see if we can help people out and change things. >> he isn't the only nfl football player to take a standn in 2014, five st. louis rams players took to the field in support of ferguson's protesters. and across america, some wild weather out west. look at the flash floods in colorado springs. so much rain fell in such a short period of time, drivers became stranded. and this happened next, after the rain, the hail. you can see what that looked like in this video. snow employees came out and helped them -- snowplows came out and helped them clear the
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number of traffic deaths. a 7.2% jump in 2015 compared to the previous year. the national highway safety traffic administration reports 35,092 deaths. it's the result of more drivers on the roads. now at 5:18, let's see what's going on weather-wise with weather and traffic on the 8s. >> we're dry at the moment. i don't think it's going to stay that way for long. if you need to get to work and walk the dog, you should be okay. a light breeze, 78 degrees at 8:00 a.m. by lunchtime, steamy and 87. by 4:00 p.m., a 60% coverage of thunderstorms and you could see multiple thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and evening with a high temperature of 90. outside right now, 73 in inverness. weeki wachee, 75. bartow 77. and currently 75 in venice and north port. tropical moisture is increasing because of the tropical depression in the gulf of
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northward. and that's why i think the rain is going to start earlier. this is 12:30 with rain. during the afternoon, i will stop around 3:30, some heavier downpours possible. not all day. and you could see some multiple times and that continues through evening. i think the evening rain ends but after midnight, another batch of rain starts to come in off the gulf of mexico because as this tropical storm at that point starts to turn toward the noas big bend of florida. even more downpours during the day ahead of the worst day which i believe will be thursday. the latest forecast on tropical depression nine. again, tomorrow afternoon, the it's a tropical storm. and then during the day on thursday, it comes onshore somewhere around the big bend of florida, some of the counties still in the threat cone at this point. so really thursday is the worst day, the heaviest winds, strongest rainfall, thunderstorms, things like that and even coastal flooding a possibility.
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down to 50% -- taper the rain chances back down to 50% friday and saturday. things look good on i-4 beside the polk parkway. and not seeing delays. travel times on i-4 through plant city, palm buckman highway to 75, just 10 minutes and also mcintosh to park road, about 11 minutes on the commute. meanwhile, between each entrance of the polk parkway, a 13 minute commute. and out of pasco county, traffic looks great on 75. state road 52, 11 minutes. great drive on the howard frankland bridge as well. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> all right, thank you, leslee. hollywood and the nation are remembering legendary actor gene wilder. >> yeah, he passed away at the age of 83. ? there is no life i know ? ? to compare with pure imagination ? >> a colorful character no
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wilder for his role as willie con cav in the -- willie wonka. but he starred in many comedies which put smiles on many faces. his family says complications from alzheimer's disease are to blame for his death. he was 83 years old. >> it would be fun to do a gene wilder movie marathon this weekend. >> and also for the great work fighting cancer. >> absoly >> yeah. the fitness tracker that is diving into the pool. >> up next, what this new tracker will do to help you stay fit. you're watching news channel 8
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. thankfully, we will be dry
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more cloud cover, 78 degrees but rainy when they come home. howard frankland bridge only six minutes to cross. you're looking at 10 across the
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preparing for tropical depression nine. the system could become a tropical storm this morning and is expected to bring more rain to the bay area. and the storm already affecting events in our area. if bucs are moving season game against the red skins. details of the new game day next in a live report. plus, denying service to a police officer. this got a tropical smoothie employee fired. how the police officer is responding this morning. it might surprise you. good morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. thank you for joining us. the bay area is preparing right now for tropical depression nine which is expected to bring heavy rain to our area. this morning we have team

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