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>> have a great day. >> bye-bye. ? ? ? good morning. we have breaking news right now. governor rick scott has declared a state of emergency in 42 florida counties. that is as we prepare for the arrival of tropical depression 9. we are seeing the effects of it in th rain and flooding. meteorologist leigh spann has tracked it all morning. we are anxiously a waiting the 11 a.m. update. what can you tell us. >> it came in moments ago. believe it or not, it's still a tropical depression. it looks a lot more organized but according to the information from the national hurricane center it has not gotten better organized. it's still a tropical depression. interestingly enough, it's pretty stationary.
forward speed. that's when it starts to strengthen. but locally, you see the orange shaded counties, citrus, hern -- hernando and pasco, these are tropical storm warnings. in 36 hours these areas could see tropical storm force winds. 36 hours out from that. here is the latest forecast. it came in at 11:00. stationary which is a problem. it will sit over the warm waters. but eventually it takes the jog to the northeast tomorrow morning it is still well offshore. 50 miles per hour winds at that point. by tomorrow evening, 8:00 p.m. it's still off the shoreline but just barely. so, it looks like late thursday night into the early morning hours of friday we will see this making landfall around the big bend as a strong tropical storm. it moves into the southern portion of georgia by friday morning then it puts on the gas and moves in the next 24 hours all the way up the southeast coastline and into the
look at the winds from the national hurricane center. see the yellow area? that is where they expect the tropical storm force winds to extend out from the center. this is tomorrow evening. again when it's closer to making landfall. some of our area is pretty close to the tropical storm force conditions. i want to draw your attention to the metro area of tampa bay as well. not just closer to the center. but we are getting a strong southwest wind flow. that pushes our tides higher than normal and doesn't let the low tides come back out so all th have a lot of places to go. that's why flooding can be an issue along with the tropical storm force winds farther to the north as the system heads to the north and east. yes, it's been raining a lot. a flood watch in effect at 2:00 p.m. for almost all of the coastal areas. for pinellas county, it has been pouring on you for six hours or more. close to 10 hours now basically as we have one to six inches of rain in place. we have seen a lot of flooding. some of the rain is spreading
and hernando county and we have some rain in the northern portion of manatee county. so, yes, heavy rain today and unfortunately another 8 to 12 inches of rain between now and friday leading to the flooding conditions and, of course, the strong winds happening when this system comes closer to us tomorrow. stacy, a lot going on. >> absolutely. we are on top of it. and we continue to track the tropics. again, the governor declaring a state of emerge this morning -- counties this morning including citrus, hernando, pasco, polk and pinellas. we are seeing flooding in areas including pinellas. the mary mcgwire joins us from downtown gulfport where water is filling the streets. hi, mary. >> reporter: good morning, stacy. actually the roads have been shut down in downtown gulfport because of the street flooding. check this out. my boots are covered by these floodwaters right here.
across the street. we are seeing cars defying the barricades and right here you can see them trying to drive through the floodwaters. that is certainly not advised. i reached out to city officials in gulfport. the casino is closed for the day and the recreation centers. they say at 2:00 p.m. they will give an update on what the plan of action will be for tomorrow, whether or not they will effectively shut the city down. this is an area that typically flooding during rain events li so, businesses here, they are closing up shop. you can see sandbags are packed up in front of doors, in front of a lot of the businesses. they are closing for the day to prepare for this. the city is giving out sandbags until 8:00 p.m. tonight. i have been reaching out to residents asking if they are worried about this, they are not so worried right now. high tide is expected to hit today around 12:30. they say that these streets
you can kayak through them. >> more to come, unfortunately. we will keep tabs on that, mary, thank you for the update. a reminder for bucs fans. when the stormy weather forced the team to move the preseason game against the redskins from tomorrow night to tonight. so, that game is tonight at 8:00 at ray jay. we are your official buc station. you can watch it at 8:00. our regularly scheduled nbc programming can be seen tv, bright house channel 607. right now thousands are filing in to st. lawrence catholic church on north himes avenue in tampa for the funeral services of monsignor lawrence higgins. we are, of course,ing to carry the funeral live for you beginning at 11:30 as soon as it begins. but let's look at the traffic on himes avenue with leslee lacey as people arrive at the funeral service.
avenue in the west tampa area. some like to call it old west tampa. not far from raymond james stadium. here is what you need to know. the st. lawrence church is where the funeral is taking place, south of hillsborough avenue. himes is getting bogged up. people are parking at al lopez. al lopez is closed unless you are attending the funeral. you can park there. there are shuttle buses taking you back and forth and in lot t heavy traffic in the area. now, the funeral gets underway in about 25 minutes. we don't know how long it will take but i talked to the police department. they will direct traffic. you have the procession after that when the funeral ends. they are guessing between 2:00 and 3:30 or so. they will take it down himes avenue all the way down martin luther king here over to garden
that procession will be very, very large. so, between, say, 2:00 and 3:30 avoid martin luther king or have patience and expect delays. that's a look at the roadways for this afternoon. back to you, stacie. >> thanks. in your vote, big wins in the primary election. there were no major problems at the polls in florida. republican senator marco and patrick murphy won. rubio already challenging murphy to six debates leading up to the november election. u.s. representative debbie wasserman schultz won her first reelection challenge for her house seat. in case you missed any of our election results we have all of them posted for you on wfla.com. it's a big day for republican presidential candidate donald trump. he will deliver a speech outlining his immigration
with the president of mexico. it comes after months of harsh words between trump and mexican leaders including the president comparing trump to hitler and mussolini. as for the speech in arizona, an aide for the trump campaign says he will strike at clinton for unprecedent policies on amnesty. trump's running mate, mike pence will be in the bay area. he will nd lunch i st. pete. after that he will go to a campaign rally at the hyatt regency. we will have the story in the evening newscast. a busy day for hillary clinton as well. today the fbi is expected to release the report that it sent to the justice department regarding that no charges be filed against clinton. the democratic candidate will campaign in ohio today.
several days. clinton campaign officials say she will continue to question donald trump's leadership abilities while touting her experience in diplomatic leadership. well, new this morning, we got an update on a new phase of construction at tampa international airport. beginning next tuesday, the blue side arrivals and departure section will be closed from 8:00 at night until 4:00 in the morning every day so crews can work on the sky connt it will affect people traveling on american, delta, jetblue and united airlines. this is part of the airport's big expansion project that is underway right now. these nightly closures will run through january of next year. that affects the blue side. so, all pickups and drop office for the blue side will be directed to short-term parking during the window at night. also new this morning, about 10 minutes ago, history was made in cuba.
regularly scheduled flights to that island nation. the flood took off about an hour ago at 10:07 from fort lauderdale and landed before 11:00 in santa clara. jetblue is one of several airlines approved by the department of transportation for round-trip flights to cuba. and this morning, we are continuing to track tropical depression 9. leigh has the full forecast coming up. but here is a question. how prepared are you for the storm. some important it comes to your electronic devices coming up. >> plus, a bizarre event on the hudson river in new york. a ferry run into 10 kayakers. we will give you an update on how officials thing it happened. >> a live look as they prepare for the funeral service of monsignor lawrence higgins in tampa. he died last week. he is a religious icon in the bay area, one of the most be
welcome back. we mentioned the story at the end of the newscast yesterday but we wanted to show you these pictures. they are awesome. >> we couldn't leave you hanging. this is footage of the northern lights captured by drone. this is on the coast in an can get with the drones, especially when you combine that with the beautiful aurora borealis. that's on my bucket list to see that at some point in my life. fascinating picture. >> fun to watch. >> it is. >> we are not having fun with our wet weather and our flooding. it's everything that you warned us about the last few days. it's coming on shore. >> this is just the beginning, unfortunately. we have all day today and
downpours. i know it's rough. a lot of times we show you the radar estimated rainfall totals. we actually have a rainfall bucket that i can show you. look at this. frenchys in clearwater beach almost 4 1/2 inches of rain at midnight. this resets at midnight. a lot of rain. that's why we are seeing such intense flooding. there is a flood advisory along the coast -- there was one until 11:00 a.m. in pinellas. even lakeland, inland areas are seeing less rain bu got an inch and a quarter. everybody has seen the overcast skies. rain continues. there is going to be a flood watch as the green shaded areas you see on the coast starting at 2:00 p.m. and going until friday evening. that's where we expect the flooding to continue because the rain just continues to push from south to north. i will start in the northern areas. we are just starting to see the heavier rain in citrus, hernando. pasco you have seen it longer. the jello shaded area, that's
rainfall amounts over the howard frankland bridge, downtown tampa, palm harbor. the southern portion of pinellas county we have -- in clearwater 4 1/2 inches of rain but some places are reporting almost 6 inches of rain almost. this is a trail of intense rain, the red color. look where it's heading in this counterclockwise fashion heading up right back into pinellas county. in our forecast, breezy, more rain, cloudy, dreary, downpours through 4:00 p.m. 82 at 7:00. rain not letting up. unfortunately, if you are heading out to the bucs game, i know the tropical downpours will be continuing. hopefully you have the bucs rain slicker. it will be wet. it may not rain the entire game but it will be wet. this rain is already coming on shore. again, in this counterclockwise fashion. notice you may get some breaks in the rain. you won't get breaks in the
rain. this is tropical moisture in place. even by this evening, look at this, more rain coming on shore. this doesn't let up overnight. you can see it in the early morning hours when the storm, when it's upgraded, heads to the north and east up to the big bend of florida, eastern panhandle. for us, more flooding rain. any rain on top of the rain we have seen so far will lead to flooding and the strong gusty winds, rough surf and possibly tornadic activity. when you have a tric system, tornadoes are a threat. 85 degrees today. again, cloudy, breezy, dreary, rainy. tomorrow, i think it could be worse because now we will see the rain on top of that rain. 80% chance of off and on heavy downpours. friday, because the system is moving slowly, we have a 60% chance. but, hey, we are clearing it out for labor day weekend. that is good, right, stacie. >> absolutely. thanks, leigh. the big story is the weather and the tropical
now in case. that means more than just getting sandbags and stocking up on water. news channel 8 has more reminders about your number one communication tool, your phone. >> reporter: for many of us, our phones are our connection to important information in in a storm. we, of course, recommend you download the free news channel 8 weather max app, you can taylor alerts to receive severe weather notifications from channel 8 as well as national weather service. my favorite part is the live radar option. now is the time to charge your phones and other devices. if you have an extra power source, charge that, too. if you don't have one, pick one up today. they are cheap and great to have around at any time. also, temporarily forward your land lines to your cell phones in case local service goes down. limit your social media networking if there is major storm damage. that will keep the network clear for emergency
it's going to save your battery. remember in an emergency, text messages may go through faster than phone calls. and, of course, you can stay connected with wfla 24-7 through our web site, facebook and twitter. and across america this morning, we are not the only ones keeping an eye on tropical weather. hawaii is preparing for as the category 2 storm approaches. road crews have started to stack sandbags on highways prone to flooding. this is what madeline looks like from space. cameras outside the international space station captured the spectacular views ideas 257 miles -- yesterday, 257 miles above the earth. behind that is lester.
weekend. and president obama is going to stop in hawaii later today after a stop in lake tahoe, nevada. he will participate in the 20th annual lake tahoe environmental summit. the president is expected to proclaim his commitment to protect lake to tahoe's environment. after that it's on to highway to address lead address the world conservation congress. this year marks the first time the world conservation congress will be held in the united states. a fast moving brushfire in southern california in the city of banning. that fire displaced about 700 people and forced the evacuation of 200 more. but those evacuation orders have since been lifted. the so-called bog garrity -- bogart fired has burned more
managed to get about 10% containment on that fire. happening right now as we have been telling you, thousands of people are filing in to st. lawrence catholic church on north himes avenue for the funeral mass of monsignor higgins. it is scheduled to start in a few minutes. we will carry it live when it does on news channel 8. rod carter is there outside the church. i can imagine even with the weather a this religious icon in tampa. >> absolutely. the weather is a metaphor to the sadness that covers tampa bay with the death of monsignor. we have the breasts coming in. in a few management you will see the remains of monsignor higgins. they are pulling into the circular driveway. you can hear the bagpipes in the background. he has been a staple in the community of tampa bay for a
showing up here today. we spoke to bob martinez who said monsignor higgins was an amazing man and proud to call him friend. and we talked to kathy castor who echoed the same sentiment. there are thousands inside the church. they are braving this wet weather because they say it's absolutely worth it. we know that a number of the auto logists that will be here. one is former coach moments ago and mayor bob buckhorn and mayor pam iorio. a special service will take place outside the church in the pouring rain as it has been raining all morning long. monsignor higgins a man that cared deeply for the city of tampa. he has been here a number of decades, moved here in 1958. five years after being or tainted in ireland. one of the things that he
was that in lieu of flowers people would make donations to a number of charities that are near and dear to his heart. some include brown ministries, st. peter clasper church, the gold shield foundation. and he will be eulogized by a number of people. you can see the hearse backing into the courtyard for the service. it will be a somber service here at the church on himes and everything so wonderful about him. he did light up a room. i'm sure there will be
monsignor laurence higgins. he passed away last week at the age of 87. rod carter is there. we get ready to see the casket removed from the hearse. it will be an emotional service. thousands are turning out at the church. rod? >> reporter: good evening, stacie -- good afternoon, i should say. you can hear the bagpipes for this special service taking place prior to the funeral which is set to start in a few minutes. monsignor higgins, a man that loved tampa bay has since 1958. there is an interesting moment that will take place after the service. the buccaneers have framed a jersey with his name on it and it has higgins on the back. number one actually. as you can see, the casket is being moved into the sanctuary now as the bagpipes play. it's raining out. it's a fitting contribute to the sadness that this community
loved tampa bay. absolutely loved sports. so, stacie, back in 2003, you know, this is a fond memory, memories that people will tell. in 2003 he held the mass and prayed before the super bowl win for the tampa bay buccaneers. that jersey will mean a lot. it will hang in the high school here. the service set to start in a few minutes. >> we will take a quick break, rod and be right back with the full funeral service. we will carry it live on ne channel 8. we will be right back. i'm hillary clinton and i approve this message. there's a race going on right now. the world's clean energy super power's either going to
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a moment. -- seated for a moment. on behalf of the family of the church of st. petersburg and st. lawrence parish, i welcome all of you this morning to come to this farewell for someone that most of you new and loved so very, very much and who was with you at many of the most important moments of your life. i wish to express in a ia way my gratitude to the murray family who stood with him, especially in these last few months and cared for him with great love and great devotion. i also would like to express my thanks this morning to father tom morgan, the previous pastor of st. lawrence, the man who had the impossible job of taking over when monsignor higgins retired and who did it
the priest who was his pastor when he was young. to father michael moore, the current pastor, first assigned here early in the breast hood and now at this particular moment has found the grace and the gifts to embrace and bring monsignor higgins home to the lord. father coating, his friend and associate for many years and to the entire parish you loved him, you cared for him, more could hardly be asked. a close -- i will close with this brief story. there are tons that i could tell you. you will hear a lot more before the service is over. three years ago on his 60th anniversary of ordination, he as stoned me by asking me to be the celebrant and preach on that occasion. and he was sitting right over beyond where the deacon is and
were my opening words almost verbatim. monsignor higgins, i find it incredible and unbelievable that you have chosen me to preach this occasion since i always thought you had an allergy to bishops. to which that irish voice says, i am on antibiotics, keep going. if we had a stethoscope and could listen, they would say let's get so, let us pray. here with favor our prayers which we humble offer for the salvation of the soul of laurence, your servant and priest, that he who devoted a faithful ministry to your name may rejoice in the perpetual company of your saints through
laugh. a time to mourn and a time to dance. a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them. a time to embrace and a time to be far from em braces. -- embraces. a time to seek and a time to loose. a time to keep and a ti cast away. a time to end and a time to sew. a time to be silent and a time to speak. ment a time to love and a time to hate. a time of war and a time of peace. god has made everything appropriate to its time and has
gospel according to matthew. >> glory to you o lord. >> when he saw the crowds, jesus went up the mountain. his disciples came to him and he began to teach them saying blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. blessed are they who mourn for they will be come ford. blessed are the meek for they will inheart the land. bless -- iit they will be shown mercy. blessed are the clean of heart for they will see god. blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of god. blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness for chris is the kingdom -- for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. blessed are you when they persecute you because of me.
and without curbs and there was no carrollwood, there was no town and country and there was no st. joseph hospital on martin luther king boulevard or as it was known then, buffalo avenue. laurence e. higgins was directed to build a parish and for 59 years as a priest, he gave his heart and people of our community. i think it's true that in a priest funeral he preaches his last homily, his final sermon. monsignor picked the reading
backgrounds and each experiencing different ways that he connected to us. and like good mentors and friends in our lives, whose words emerged at a time like this, so do his. now, monsignor had a special homily style. i remember when i was ordained in 1983, my first assignment. i would sit in the back in and he was -- it was like he was calling us into a huddle. he would speak directly, passionately and not long then he would literally break the huddle with let's do it. i felt like we wanted to run out of the church. he also had his own way of making a point.
had just blessed the easter water and renewed our baptismal promises. all the people had candles lit through the church and at that time he was going with the holy water sprinkler to sprinkle drops of holy water to remind us that baptism takes away our sins. and right about here he stopped, got a smirk on his face and said some of you a whole bucket of this. and everybody did just what you did. we knew he wasn't being self righteous but he made the point. monsignor's message was the gospel of jesus. about the primacy of faith and the strong prayer life. closest to monsignor's heart
family. as he would often say, it all starts with lafamilia. it's about family praying and worshiping together, being there for each other and for giving when necessary. why so passionate? certainly for the obvious reasons. for lives lived well and a remedy at the root of many social ills. bu heard earlier, he has set eternity in the human heart. our lives are not me deokay kerr -- mediocre. his compassion went out to worthy causes and people he cared about deeply. monsignor, as you know, had a
people. in times of difficulty, people knew he really cared for them. as a priest, he walked in to their pain. this past year, since i am back at tampa, i have heard so many stories from people across our community, about how he was there for them. and i could tell never forget it. what he strove for remind us all that we are called to make a difference. the list of what he a come accomplished with others in our community is staggering. last week someone from the media asked how was monsignor able to achieve so much. certainly it was a good dose of irish charm and friendship.
attitudes that monsignor picked for today's readings, jesus says blessed are the merciful for they will receive mercy. the way monsignor was with people who were hurting suggests that's what he strove for. finally i would like to talk about what he says to us about the way he lived his last year. since just before hip a year ago, is it has been a struggle. especially for someone who has always been so active. for the murray family and those close friends who also cared for him so devotedly, so devotedly, he taught us to live
his care never waved. his constant prayer were edifying. whenever he would hear about someone's funeral, he wanted to go. even when he really, really could not. it was just in him to want to reach out and be there for you, for the people of this city and community. and when he prayed, a couple of times -- a couple of dips in his health. a couple of times we thought it might be his end back. i remember being with him one night. we were saying night prayer and he was going in and out of consciousness. every time he woke up, words of prayer were on his lips. and it wasn't about the words. it was -- it was a realization. a realization about the ultimate relationship in our lives. i remember thinking after that
be like that when i die. i hope so. so, faith and family, making a difference and living until we die, are at least part of his last test tilt -- testament. monsignor picked today, st. paul's words for this his last near. i have fought the good fight. i finished the race. i have kept the faith. laurence, the lord bless you and keep you. the lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious to
baptism was given the pledge of eternal life that he may be admitted to the company of saints. we pray to the lord. >> lord, hear our prayer. >> for our brother and friend laurence who served the church as a priest, that he may be given a place in the liturgy of heaven, we pray to the lord. >> lord hear our prayer. >> our friend laurence was often the means of grace for life in christ. may we continue to foster his spirit of reconciliation, we pray to the lord. >> lord, hear our prayer. >> many friends and members of our families have gone before us and await the kingdom. grant them an everlasting home with your son we pray to the lord. >> lord, hear our prayer. >> for those who have fallen
again, that they may see god face to face we pray to the lord. >> lord, hear our prayer. we are all assembled in faith and confidence to pray for our brother and friend laurence. strengthen our hope so that we may live in the expectation of your son's coming we pray to the >> lord, hear our prayer. >> we ask this through christ