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> we are staying on top of a shootout in polk county this morning. officers say they had to shoot back at a man who opened fire on them last night. this morning, disturbing details about the suspect's past. hurricane hermine is gone but now the cost to repair the dama f0 especially in water-logged pasco county. we will show you how much money we're talking about. and hillary rodham clinton and donald trump both on the me stage fighting for the military vote. hear what both candidates had to say about their plans to keep america safe. good morning. and welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. thank you for joining us. smell that? pig skin in the air. yeah, it's football baby. that's right, football is back. the nfl season kicks off
we are looking ahead to tonight's big rematch. you don't want to miss this. f0 first though, a check on the weather. >> and we have a taste of fall this morning. it's not cool necessarily but it is certainly more comfortable. when you look at the water vapor imagery, how much moisture is in the air. and this red color, that's dry air. and this greenish blue down here, that's humid air. and notice how the humid air is not making its way to the north. so we are covering the tampa drier air which will keep our rain chances small. out of the forecast for the first half of the day. and then only 20% mostly south of i-4. and it's good news for the river flooding conditions. we have actually canceled the river at elfers flood warning. just yesterday, finally dropped below flood stage. and little manatee river also canceled.
arcadia, still above flood stage. we need time to dry out. at 5:38, i will take you eight days through the temperature trend. and leslee has the roadways. u.s. 19, palm harbor looks good. u.s. 41 through land o'lakes, state road 52 to 54, roughly a 13 minute commute. and a live look at the sunshine skyway bridge. a nice drive. spanning across the water. and now i do have an accident southbound before you get the sunshine skyway bridge in pinellas county. that's tying up lanes and around 54th avenue south. and more on that coming up in the next report. that's a look at weather and traffic. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. a traffic stop turns into a gun battle between a convicted felon and a drug task force officer in lakeland. this went down on a quiet neighborhood street east of lakeland. d that's where we find mary mcguire. mary, were any officers hurt in the fire fight?
who is accused of shooting at them is now in a hospital bed. polk county sheriff grady judd tells us that this guys, 32- year-old francis perry refused to roll down the window when four police officers surrounded him. instead, he says perry opened fire. police officers fired back, riddling the car perry was in with bullets. >> we shot back because he shot at us. and we shot at him a lot. >> reporter: again, no officers were hurt in this incident. perry was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery. inside and perry's car, officers claim they found drugs. perry is now facing a laundry list of charges related to this latest incident. the most serious of which is trying to kill a law enforcement officer. those charges will be added to his current rap sheet which we are told is close to 100 pages long, gayle. f0 the polk county sheriff's
later today about perry's condition, gayle. >> what a sigh of relief that the law enforcement officers are okay. thank you. > right now, the recovery f0 from hurricane hermine continues in pasco county but e price tag for repairs may be worse than we first thought. pasco officials say damages from hurricane hermine could top $89 million, making it one of the costliest disasters in pasco county history. news channel 8's ryan hughes is live this morning. ryan, what is behind the big jump in the estimate for the damages? >> reporter: gene and gayle, good morning to you. the closer the county officials looked, the more places they realized were hit hard by hurricane hermine including this mobile home park here. let's go to video now. this is what part of the county looked like at the height of the flooding. hurricane hermine roared through and dropped several inches of rain. the river overflowed the banks, spilling into neighborhoods. emergency managers put out that high damage estimate for home,
more than 300 homes sustained major damage in the storm. one woman told us her house flooded and now it has mold. >> i've got kids that are asthmatic. that's a no-go right there. that right there put the icing on the cake. >> reporter: again, hurricane hermine is considered one of the costliest disasters in county history. leaders plan to apply for state and federal aid. that could take hs longer as the clean-up goes on here. gene and gayle, back to you. >> i bet the residents are thinking the sooner the better. thank you. manatees didn't fair so well against hurricane hermine. now several must be rescued. florida fish and wildlife officers have rescued a mom and her calf using nets to hoist the sea cows out of the mud. and more manatees must be rescued from a pond at the plantation at crystal river. luckily they're safe for now.
it's literally wonderful for them. it's fresh water. and yeah, they're in no hurry to get them out. they are no danger. >> no one knows for sure how many more manatee will need to be rescued but it could take several days. a man accused of sexually abusing a child is locked up in polk county. but investigators fear there could be more victims out there. james malone is facing 197 felony charges for allegedly having child porn on his computer and worse. detectives tell us some of the images are of him molesting young boys. the case started when he was picked up in july during a child porn sting. detectives seized 52 devices from his home and discovered the abuse. well, new video to show you this morning of some of the 178 pigs now in custody of the polk county sheriff's office.
barely walk while in custody at darlings darlings animal rescue. the owners are facing more than 100 animal negligent charges. a second baby has been born with the zika virus in miami. f0 the family is not speaking with the media. doctors introduced the first baby affected by zika virus. the centers for disease control ports at least 14 infans have been born in the country. spread in the bay area as well. in pasco county, a travel related case has been found. that makes eight in that county. and 74 in the bay area. the health department is going
pertains to zika virus, at least it hasn't been so wet in recent days. >> exactly. we've had time to dry out but still dumping any standing water around the house. we really needed this time to dry out so the rivers can go back below flood stage and we can get rid of some of the standing water. temperature-wise, feels nice in the mid-70s. 81degrees at 10:00 a.m. 89degrees at 2:00. and then an afternoon high of 91 at 4:00 p.m. rain potential, pretty low i like to say this, look at this through the next several hours between now and 9:00 p.m., most of the rainfalls below or south of i-4. and even then, it's not a very widespread rain event. today's high 91. tomorrow, 92. sunglasses on, according to emoji man. and next week, the rain chances go up and we go back to about 90 at average. tracking the tropic, not having
there's one wave off of africa with a 60% chance of developing. we will check on traffic on the 8s as more people hit the door. they are. more vehicles toen the roadway. a problem spot now, t's actually one end of the sunshine skyway bridge and the other end. here's what you need to know. southbound 275, actually past 54th avenue south. and they've got the cameras zoomed in and closer and you can see the sign for pinellas point. closer to the sunshine skyway bridge. and it is tying up one of the lanes here but traffic is so light. and look at that, by. the right lane taken away. and the left lane getting by just fine. on the map as i zoom in, this is where it's located. be aware of. that and moving across the sunshine skyway bridge, we have a wonderful drive. and looks like this crash is all but cleared up and it's off to the side of the roadway. and i do tell you about back ups including on the howard frankland bridge. and you know how bad it is get out there. the department of
interstate express lanes as i have been telling you about. that it's known as tbx, as well as replace the northbound segment of the howard frankland bridge. and they're asking for your input. so there's a meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the upper tampa bay regional library and there are more to come of those meetings. find out more at wfla.com. now back to gene and gayle. >> all right. thank you. football is back. the nfl season kicks off tonight only here on news channel 8. th a rematch of last year's super bowl. that's right, the defend thing champion broncos will be at home and will look different without peyton manning as quarterback as he retired in the off-season. he will face cam newton and the carolina panthers. it begins here on news channel 8 at 7:30. imagine what it would be like to win a gold medal. >> it's the memory of a lifetime. we talk to a bay area swimmer about how her life has changed
in the race for the white house, today we are hearing reaction to last night's presidential forum. it was a back to back forum, not a debate. >> different set-up giving them each a half hour to speak. but voters got a chance to compare hillary rodham clinton and donald trump's views on issues of national security and military and the veterans. meredyth censullo is tracking the responses from you as you wake up this morning and catching up.
that forum and is asking for the public's feedback, which candidate came out on top. there's an nbc poll on twitter and right now, 47% say hillary rodham clinton, 53% say donald trump. by coin toss, hillary rodham clinton was the first to take questions followed by donald trump. trump's basic pitch is we need a change and i'm that change. clinton arguing a change to trump would be dangerous. denied she knowingly sent classified material. she also pledged there would be no more u.s. ground troops in middle east conflicts. donald trump said he would select new generals to lead military operations in the fight against isis but declined to deliver details on his plan. >> they are not going to get ground troops. we are not putting ground troops into iraq ever again. and we're not putting ground
>> i have a substantial chance of winning. if i win, i don't want to broadcast to the enemy exactly what my plan is. >> reporter: and gene, 35,000 people have weighed in on the nbc online poll so far. again, giving trump a slight lead. i'm going to keep an eye on the responses and i will have an update for you in the 5:35 half hour. >> a lot of reaction coming in. thank you. just days after the meeting between mexico's president and trump, a top mexican official has resigned. president enrique pena nieto has accepted the resignation of his treasury minister. the man who helped arrange for the trump visit. local media are blasting enrique pena nieto him for not confronting trump more directly during the billionaire's stop in mexico. sarasota city leaders have voted to install parking meters downtown next year. supporters say they are meant to get people to come and go more quickly, making it easier
may consider taking legal action to stop the meters. they fear it will discourage shoppers there. a murder suspect is back in police custody after he escaped while on camra from an investigation room. he broke free from his handcuffs after using hi body weight as leverage to twist and snap the chain. and then he climbed through the drop ceiling. watching the feed while the cameras were rolling. mother nature gave one minnesota family a wake-up call. one boulder we want through the front door. heavy rain led to the rock slide. the second day of digging has started in the search for the remains of a student who disappeared 20 years ago. she was just 19 years old when she was last seen leaving a
officials say they're digging at a site identified by specially trained dogs this year. a photo of of an american ag of free firefighters raising the american flag over ground zero in 9/11 is returning home. nearly two years ago, a man dropped off the flag at a fire station. they determined it was indeed the flag from ground zero. today it will go on permanent display at the 9/11 museum. sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks. >> incredible. what is life like after you won a gold medal? >> pretty sweet, i would imagine. >> that's what we asked the olympic gold medalist. f0 she is been back in her
she was part of the swim team that won gold in the four by 0 relay. she returned to a crowd of friends and fans will. and we caught up her as she was taping a guest cohost appearance. she says at home, she keeps it out of sight for personal reasons. >> actually i haven't like --i have it put away. it's cool to think about. it's feeling that, you know, i think you only know the feeling if you have a medal. >> she says she is, quote, crashing with her parents trying to decide where she's going to train next. she hopes to be part of team usa for the 2020 olympic games. f0 >> we should put go in there and touch the medal. >> i would be wearing it around town. >> look at me, i'm gene ramirez. >> let's get a check on the weather. doing the whole little -- >> i'm with gene though.
it goes with every outfit. the forecast for today, not too bad. mostly sunny and pleasant. still holding on to lower humidity. 75degrees at 8:00 a.m. a few clouds. by lunchtime, warm and dry, 86 at noon. 91 at 4:00 p.m. i add in rain chances. mostly for areas south of i-4. and that's not a big chance. right now, inverness, you're the gold medal winner down to 64 degrees. lower humidity allows you to be cooler overnight. 69 73 in bartow. sarasota at 76. in the forecast, look where the rain falls. i've circled the area south of lakeland and south of tampa where you could see a couple showers pushing east to west throughout the afternoon and evening. but just a couple. because this dry air is hanging around. this is the forecast through the day today. humid air across south florida. and the air is going to try to sneak north. but generally for the next several is day, we will be
just 30% rain chances through the weekend. leslee, got flashing lights. >> i do. i'll tell what you, this camera keeps zooming in and moving around. this is southbound 275. in the distance, sunshine skyway bridge. this is past 54th avenue south. but it's before you get to the pinellas point drive area. and what we have is a collision with injuries and through tree lines, you can see more activity. the right lane is taken away but traffic is so light, we're not seeing southbound on 275. so i want you to the keep this in mind near the pinellas point sign past 275. or past 54th avenue south. this is where it's located on the map. and you see the right lane taken away. once you pass it, a wonderful drive. no delays on the sunshine skyway bridge, just spanning across the water, six minutes. and 75 looks good, just about everywhere. that's weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle.
a job fair in tampa. e diverse affair is happening at the holiday inn west shore conference center. it starts at 10:30 this morning and runs through 2:30 in the morning. organizers expect dozens of employers and claim some will even hire on the spot. dress to impress. get your resumes and head out there. it was a picture that touched millions of viewers. >> and now part of the picture is gone forever. >> a tragic heart ache felt all
a florida family's loss is being felt around the world. >> it started with a photo of their twins hugging in the nicu. look at that sweet picture. f0 the photo shows mason hurricane embracing. -- they were born three weeks ago. mason was healthy but hawk suffered a rare con genital fect and only had a 50% chance of survival. when the parents posted the picture on social media, they received more than 6 million views. >> we didn't expect it to take off the way it has. f0 we have been contacted from ireland, scotland, the united kingdom, people from all over. >> we are sad the to say that e of the babies, the one that suffered from congenital heart failure passed away this week with his parents and brother by
f0 the family is seeing an outpouring of support on social media. a chance to help women ach new heights. >> coming up in the next half hour, i'm going to show you just how that will happen today in tampa. plus, olympic swimmer ryan lochte will be given his punishment today for the lie he told about being robbed in rio. how tough that could be. a live look at downtown tampa. weather and traffic on the 8s is just three minutes away. thank you. my advice for looking younger, longer? pam. this, this is pam's. try not to take things personally.
time for weather and traffic on the 8s. still feels comfortable. look at this, 74 at tampa international airport. dew point of 70. f0 a north to northeast wind at 6 miles per hour. mostly sunny and warm today with a high of 91. 20% rain chance, leslee. all right, southbound on 275 before you get to the sunshine skyway bridge. actually right before pinellas
> a traffic stop turns into a shootout between a convicted felon and officers. >> we shot back. because he shot at us. and we shot at him a lot. >> still ahead, the suspect shot is no stranger to crime. hurricane hermine's high price tag jumps in one bay area county. new numbers this morning for just how much damage the storm cause when it flooded hundreds of homes. good the thursday morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i'm gayle guyardo. let's turn things over to leigh spann on this thursday morning. f0 >> good morning. it's a nice morning. we still have lower humidity to talk about. this time of the year, that's a