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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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tracking the system. news channel 8's mary mcguire at s at a sandbag filling location with all you need -- at a sandbag filling location with all you need to know. and ryan hughes is at raymond james stadium with the buc's decision to move thursday night's game. let's start with leigh. >> the hurricane hunters from macdill air force base flew out this morning and have been flying around the center of circulation. at this point, they have not found a closed circulation meaning that the northern side of this continues weak due to wind sheer. wind speed that they just found up to about 93 miles per hour. this is the latest forecast, just half -- about 39 miles per hour. this is latest forecast. the next 24 hour, it should become a tropical storm and also in the next 24 hour, it will make a hard right turn and head northeast. this is 2:00 p.m. on wednesday with 50 miles per hour winds. this is 2:00 a.m. on thursday with 65 miles per hour winds. during the day on thursday,
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afternoon, it's going to come on land somewhere between the panhandle and as far south as the tampa bay area. but most of the models taking this toward the big bend area of florida which means our worst weather will come on thursday before the friday morning heads into the atlantic and we can say good-bye to the system affecting us. here are some models. this is the european model. drifting into the central gulf today. heavier downpours, look at this yellow color, heavy rain throughout the day on wednesday. and of course, throughout day on thursday. just rounds of heavy rain will be possible. so flooding really a big concern. not only from heavy rain but also from an onshore wind and the high tide higher than average. and then the american model. same location but slightly different affects for us. again, just tracking all that's out there. rain throughout the day today
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and actually not as much rain painted for thursday. notice the heavy rain to the north. again, small differences but could play a big role in how much our flooding threat is. in weather and traffic on the 8s, i will have an hour-by-hour look at today and then the rest of the week. at least it's dry now. probably won't be tomorrow morning. >> yeah, got to enjoy it today. it is a good dry. and we're not seeing congestion. ulmerton road, seminole boulevard to 275, minutes. depends on how much red lights you catch. and out in the southern part of sarasota county, toledo blade boulevard to river road, that's roughly 10 minutes. and i-4 in lakeland, things look good. this is right around the polk parkway. and that's a look at weather and traffic. and now back to gene and gayle. >> okay, leslee, thank you. as we continue tabbing the tropics, our team coverage continues with how people are
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>> many folks already know the drill, especially if they live in low-lying flood-prone areas like south tampa. news channel 8's mary mcguire is live at a sandbag filling location. a lot of people aren't taking chance, especially after last summer's widespread flooding. >> reporter: you have that right, gayle. they are adopting the philosophy to be better be safe than sorry. and you can see there's still a lot of sand here in south tampa for people to scoop up today in preparation for the wet weather. homes and property, sandbags are the first line of defense against flooding. across the bay area, sandbag filling stations are opening up for residents as flooding remains in a concern. steve came to flowed up on sandbags just in case. >> well, we want to make sure that all of the debris is cleared out by the curb so the water will flow down. when we had the hurricanes and
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out there with a rake pulling the debris down and away from the curb so the water could flow freely. i think that's important. >> reporter: additionally, officials are requesting that residents with a storm drain on the property check it to ensure that the drain is clear of debris including leaves and trash. now a number of the sandbag locations are opening up all across the bay area. we have a list of all those locations at and also, that details what you need to you head out and fill up the sandbags and prepare for this wet weather, gayle. >> well, it's good to see that people are prepared because the flooding can cause so much damage. thank you, mary. the storm is days away but it's impacting events in the area. the tampa bay buccaneers were supposed to play the washington redskins thursday night and that's pushed up a day. news channel 8's ryan hughes is live at raymond james stadium. and the team is taking the forecast seriously.
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team officials worried about this storm, so much so that they moved the pre-season game between the buccaneers and the washington redskins scheduled for here at ray jay to wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. it was scheduled for thursday night but team officials feared it would be canceled as tropical depression nine bears down on the gulf coast of florida, likely bringing high wind and rain thursday and friday. team management spoke to county and city leaders as well as the national weather service before making the decision to move the game. season game. again, the game has been rescheduled tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. and you can catch it right here on news channel 8. gene, back to you. >> all right. we will be watching. thank you. right now, pasco county deputies are searching for the suspect or suspects who shot a 1-year-old girl as she slept. and while the girl continues to recover, her mother, she's facing charges. investigators believe the port richey woman was targeted.
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documented gang member and that the shooting was the result of drug activity. her family is defending her, describing her as a loving, single mom. this morning, polk county schools are in mourning. the 13-year-old student who was hit by a car while walking on the side of the road last week has died. jacob scott was walk ago long the edge of barfield road when he was hit by a car. it was his first time walking to the bus stop for a new school. investigators tell driver michael edmondson drifted off the road as he entered the curve. scott is the fourth student to die in the past five years while walking to a bus stop in polk county. tampa continues to remember the priest. a public visitation and evening pray letter be held today at st. lawrence catholic church. thousands of people are expected to attend the funeral tomorrow morning.
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respected religious and civic leaders. he was 87 years old. and he sure impacted a lot of lives here in the bay area. all right, the time right now is 5:38. let's turn things over to leigh spann for weather and traffic on the 8s. >> at least at the moment, we're not seeing any rain but there's rain to the east and rain to the south. let me take you hour-by-hour starting at 7:00 a.m. when it's 77. we make to it 80 at 9:00. 87 at noon. and around 90 degrees at 3:00 p.m. and of course, -- and the rain chances going up as well. we saw showers yesterday. i expect to see it again today, especially inland and farther to the south. the rainfall potential today will be pockets of heavy rain. and now the green shaded area, that's less than an inch. so spots where you see more than an inch but it's isolated. and unfortunately, that's different than the next several days. today, plus tomorrow, that's where we look at places that
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up to 3 inches. now this is sort of a broad brush. you could see isolated spots less than this. and more. but jui inches of rain between now and wednesday. and then you get the consistent heavy rain thursday into early friday. and that's where i'm expecting to see on top of everything another several inches of rain in that 24 hour period. you could see between now and friday, anywhere from 5 to 8 inches of rain depending on where you are. so high. and the extra rain and clouds bringing temperatures down from 90 today to 85 tomorrow. and 84 on thursday before we rebound back to basically more typical weather into next week. we will check with traffic on the 8s because a lot of people getting ready and a lot of people going to the polls and getting ready for the weather. yeah, traffic is going to heat up but we have the dry roads today and right now, not seeing delays out there. especially on the bay area
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through hernando and pasco county. we've got a great drive here, eight minutes between state road 52 to 54. once you transition to the veterans expressway, a little bit later today, it tends to get busy, 54 to ehrlich, seven minutes and continuing down to 275. still a good drive. most of traffic southbound on the veterans expressway. meanwhile, wesley chapel area, still looking good on 75, state road 52 to 75, 11 minutes. and bearss avenue into downtown tampa, again, this is usually where it about an hour from now. but right now, it looks fantastic. let's take a live look at the howard frankland bridge. six minutes to cross it. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> all right. thank you. outrage over the the high cost of a life-saving drug for people with allergies is prompting change. >> what the pharmaceutical company is doing to help cut cost and by how much. and a not so smooth experience at a bay area
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officer and how the store is making sure it doesn't happen again. you're watching news channel 8
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an umm date on a story that has a lot of you sounding off on the wfla facebook page. >> yeah, tropical smoothie cafe emplee fired after refusing to give service to police officers and now. the police officer who was denied service says he forgives the employee. news channel 8's meredyth censullo has an update for us. >> reporter: well, this story began and may be ending on facebook. sunday, the police officer posted on facebook that he and another uniformed police officer were refused service at tropical smoothie. they left and contacted a
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fired. he told news channel 8 that he was at the of his shift and didn't want to serve anyone. >> i shouldn't have said anything, knowing what's going on in our country with cops and everything going on. i understand why it's so big and gone viral so fast. but it was all just a big misla ni?aing. -- big misla ni?aing. >> reporter: so last -- -- misunderstanding. >> reporter: so last night the police officer says, like to thank tropical smoothie for taking the appropriate action. i do believe this is an isolated incident. i'm not sure what the gentleman's problem was with law enforcement or his past history of encounters but i forgive him too. and guys, he removed his original post from his facebook page saying he feels the issue has been resolved. but that wasn't before it was shared nearly 10,000 times. guys. >> wow, i love how he's taking the high road.
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think about the story on facebook and twitter. use the #8alert. an 8-year-old girl is fighting for her life after she was shot this weekend notary public miami-dade county. her dad is in stable condition. police say she was standing by the front door of her grandmother's house when someone pulled up in front of the home and started shooting at her father. a stray bullet hit her in the head. police are looking for the suspect. the first commercial flight from the united states to cuba in mo cleared for departure. cuban officials gave jetblue the final approval monday. the flight will take off from fort lauderdale tomorrow and will land. it will the first of as many as 1 hen daily flights from the u.s. to cuba. american airlines will start flying in september. the decision is expected to bring thousands more u.s. tourists to the island. and news across america, firefighters are trying to get
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wildfire in northern california. the fire has destroyed five homes and forced the evacuation of at least 50 families. firefighters are now working to create a fire line to keep the flames away from other homes in the area. well, a memorial mass was held in jackson, mississippi to remember two nuns who were found murdered last week. the sisters served the community for decades as sisters of the church as well as nurse practitioners. capitol murder in connection with the killings. imagine driving down the road and ending up like this. this car took a plunge after a water main break near baltimore. take a closer look at this. officials said the water main break created the hole in the roadway. well, investigators are still trying to determine how this happened. the good news is, the driver of the car is okay. at least 135 homes and an
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now an 8 on your side medical report. a less expensive option for people in need of those life- saving epipen. the company that sells the device is planning to launch a generic version. they have been under scrutiny for the skyrocketing cost. a two-pack of epipen will cost about $600. the company claims it's generic brand will cost about half that, about $300. a study is raising the question of whether breast cancer can be detected in a split second. researchers at boston hospital found radiologists can correctly identify most abnormal mammograms by looking at an image for just half a second. while split second assessments would not be used on real patients, it suggests that radiologists are able to pick up on signs of breast cancer. well the healing power of music. look at this. how sweet.
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premies helps them thrive. researchers found a mother singing live or recorded helped stabilize a newborn's breathing. those who heard them mom sing were discharged three days sooner. and another added benefit, singing to baby helped alleviate stress in moms. you know, and they really did a lot on touch therapy which works beautifully for premies and now to sing to them. >> think they know it's mom? >> i >> can't just play some celine dion. >> with my singing, it would probably be best to do that. >> i guess it sounds sweet to them. >> yes, absolutely. >> that's mean, gene, that's mean. we have rain all around us at this point. rain on the east coast. rain to the south. rain off the coast. thankfully things are dry now. i don't think it's going to stay that way for long. we have extra clouds around: 78degrees at 8:00 a.m. 87 at noon. showers forming. 60% rain chance today.
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downpours multiple times today. and otherwise, a high of about 90 degrees. and bartow, it's 73 at this point. 74 in brooksville. sarasota you're at 77. here's what i'm talking about. the winds are from the east. you see the rain on the east coast, it could sneak in earlier for polk county and highlands county. where after lunch, our winds come more from the southeast. and that's going to the bring up rain from the south. you see how the rain could come in waves which is why you may see rain multiple times. and around 4:00, 5:00, heavier rain through the evening. and i think the rain tapers off this evening before it comes back again tomorrow morning. so we could have a wet morning commute thanks to tropical depression nine which at this point is expected to become a tropical storm later today. here it is 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. getting closer to us through the day on thursday. this is 2:00 a.m. on thursday. by 2:00 p.m. on thursday, right along the big bend of florida.
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worst of our weather, the heaviest rain, the strongest winds the possibility of flooding with multiple days of rain. and for this system pushes out into the atlantic ocean and finally leaves us alone. not before we have that 70% rain chance tomorrow and 80% on thursday. leslee, how about traffic on the 8s? well, still looking good. holding on to this sweet drive. and a dry drive too. thank you, leigh. i-4 looks great. you will have about a 13 minute commute. and also coming in a pasco county, still looking great on i-75. and from state road 52 to the 275, that's roughly 11 minutes. >> thank you. well a big parade for little stars. the welcome home ceremony for the winners of this year's little league world series just ahead. and also ahead, a mcdonald's restaurant transformed. why this retirement celebration was so important. you're watching news channel 8
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this is such a sweet story. after 32 years of hard work, a mcdonald's employee with down syndrome is now enjoying her retirement. her favorite task was controlling the fry station. her coworkers and members of
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the send-off. they filled the restaurant with decorations and showered here with gifts. >> her smile, her enthusiasm and her daily hugs made our restaurant more than just a restaurant. it made us part of her family. >> she says she plans on returning to mcdonald's every saturday for a meal with her mom and employees say that meal will be on the house. >> so nice. >> why you think the fry station? >> those fries are delicious. and the northeast, for the winner of this year's little league world series. check them out. family and friends gave them a warm welcome home monday. they paraded through the town before reaching their home field where they took a group picture. they became the first u.s. team in five years to win the little league world series sunday. they beat a team from south korea 2-1. a teacher's success is key to a student's success.
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bringing teachers together to brainstorm the best ways to teach math. but next, weather and traffic on the 8s is just three minutes away. (vo) we went to hollywood to ask if america's favorites - burgers, tacos and chili could taste just as great made with turkey. thousands stepped into the jennie-o tasting booth to find out. with just one bite, they knew.
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of course, we are tracking the tropics with tropical depression nine out there. through the day today, we're going to see increasing rain chances. at this point, se the east coast and off our west coast of florida. just leaving in a 10% rain chance this morning. and then a 30% rain chance early afternoon. 60% chance during the later afternoon hours. and steamy with a high of 90. how about traffic on the 8s? well, we are looking great across the waterways. in fact, across the howard frankland bridge, only six minutes to cross it. courtney campbell causeway, looking at 10. and that takes you from memorial highway to pinellas county. sunshine skyway bridge up to speed as well. no delays on the gandy.
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54 through new port richey, still a good drive as well as u.s. 19 through palm harbor.
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tracking the tropics, tropical depression number nine is threatening to make a turn toward the bay area. we have team coverage of what you need to know to prepare for the storm. and the bucs are changing the stormy weather. the big change is team is making with the next pre-season game against the redskins coming up. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i am gayle guyardo. it is busy if the tropics. let's tun things over to leigh spann. >> good morning guys. and as of 5:00, about an hour ago, it's still tropical depression nine. and still expected to become a tropical storm sometime today. and winds right now, less than tropical storm forced at 35 miles per hour.


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