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our top stories this morning, a toddler found alone on an island in the middle of the alafia river. his father is still missing this morning. the latest on this little boy and the battleground florida, both hillary and bill clinton will be campaigning in the bay area today. plus when donald trump will return to the sunshine state. nld and a need for volunteers to help families at the greatest time of need. how you can make a difference in someone's life when they need it most. good morning and welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> i'm gene ramirez. thanks for being with us on this tuesday morning. the countdown of thanksgiving starts now. it is the 1st of november and
weather. how are we looking? >> we're still looking above average, just a lot like we spent most of october above average. november starting that same way. 59 in inverness, 63 in lakeland, 61 currently in auburndale, 61 in sarasota. so let's talk about your sky cast. this is what you'll see as you're out and about throughout the day today. a thin layer of clouds at times, but lots and lots of sunshine, warm again with a high of 86 and just a little bit on the breezy side. tonight, comfortable, above average at 68. tomorrow, though, you'll notice a couple more clouds and i even in a long time, a high of 85. now, at 5:'sing, i'll go more specifically hour by hour through your day today and you can make out your plans and leslie will help you make your plans on your commute. >>reporter: that's right, great commute. starting off very nicely on i- 4. this is in the lakeland area and traffic looks fantastic here on lakeland. i-75 over in bradenton looks good. also looks good down in sarasota. clark road to state road 70 an 11-minute commute.
construction on i-75 right around university, but you can still get by and that's on the northbound side. that's a look at weather and traffic. back to gene and gayle. >> leslie, thanks. we're following some breaking news this morning. the search continues for a dad who vanished while on an afternoon jet skiing trip with his little boy. they were on the alafia river when the dad just disappear disappeared. that boy was -- just disappeared. that boy was found on an island wondering what happened to his dad. news channel 8's is following this breaks story this morning from the banks of the alafia happened? >>reporter: at this point they don't. william george morris was on the river behind me, gene, when he vanished with his son. now, hillsborough deputies are trying to find out what happened to him and they're trying to find him. now, this is video taken right after the 3-year-old was rescued. he was wraped in a blanket, as you can see. deputies found him on an island is known by locals as island 75 in the middle of the river. his mom called the man's cell phone after he failed to come
answered on facetime explaining his dad was gone. then a passerby noticed the child alone on the island and stayed with the boy until help arrived. the jet ski was located on the south side of the island, pulled up on a bank with an adult life jacket on board. neighbors described river conditions. listen here. >> the river next to kings, as tide goes out, there's almost white caps at some point, so, i mean, it's easy to get drug under water if you're not careful or not a strong, told by authorities that the search for this man will resume when the sun comes up. gene, we will be here and bring you the very latest information as soon as we get it. >> such a mystery, and you can't help but wonder if the little boy even knows exactly what is going on. ryan, thank you. we'll check back with you. on the campaign trail, an unprecedented event today right here in the bay area. both hillary clinton and her husband, former president bill clinton will both be here
the bay. let's take a live look now from dade city where hillary clinton will hold her rally today exactly one week before election day. quiet now, but it won't remain that way later in the day. news channel 8's meredyth censullo joins us now from our tampa news center. so, smyth, this is a huge day. >>reporter: it is, and it's proof how important the tampa bay area is to this election. hillary clinton and former president bill clinton will be here to recent polls show hillary clinton and donald trump deadlocked in florida, and the tampa bay area is key to them winning our state. for days now the clintons have been barn storming ohio, another state where she and temper trump are running a tight -- where she and trump are running a tight race. they have been stressing clinton's platform, stressing trump's inabilities to be commander in chief, attacking his relationship with russia and targeting trump's economic plans.
trying to influence -- adversary trying to influence our presidential election. that should scare everyone, republican, democrat and independent. donald trump should immediately disclose all of his ties and connections to the kremlin and its associates. >> building a 21st-century prosperity we know requires growing this economy from the middle out and the bottom up, and if you do it, people on the top will do just fine, thank you very much. >> the clintons trying to shift developments in hillary clinton's e-mail scandal. the fbi is sifting through thousands of e-mails found on a computer used by clinton's top aide. it is unknown if any of those e- mails are new or copies of e- mails that have already been reviewed. monday clinton dialed up her criticism of fbi director james comey, questioning the timing of the investigation and reiterating she has nothing to
east campus in dade city. doors opening at 1:00, and the vaint starts at 3:00 -- and the event starts at 3:00. bill clinton will speak at jet jackson rec center at wildwood park in st. pete. doors opening there at 5:30 for a 6:30 p.m. event. news channel 8 will carry both events live on wfla.com. gayle. >> hard to believe we are one week away from election day. thanks, mere. as for donald trump, he will be in pennsylvania and florida for four stops over two days, tomorrow and thursday, including one in orlando. yesterday, though, he held two rallies in michigan, predicting a win there and hammering clinton on her e-mails. >> how can hillary manage this country when she can't even manage her e-mail? you know, i have a son named baron, and i want to tell you she is a terrible example for
>> meanwhile trump's running mate mike pence was in clearwater last night speaking at a st. petersburg-clearwater international airport. during the rally, the power went out, the lights stayed out, but the audio eventually did come back on. but that did not stop pence from continuing on. the real clear politics polling average shows trump and clinton tied here in florida and a "new york times-"cnn poll out on sunday shows trump up by four. well, ohio governor john not for donald trump or hillary clinton. instead kasich wrote in senator john mccain. kasich announced a month ago he would not vote for trump after audiotapes surfaced of trump bragging about groping women. and a reminder now, early voting is under way right now across the bay area. in hillsboro county 118,000 people have already early voted. another 141,000 have already voted by mail.
302,000 voted by mail. the fight over solar power amendment 1 on this year's ballot is proving to be quite contentious. today opponents will protest the amendment at duke energy's headquarters in st. pete. those protesters accused duke energy of initially an intentionally deceiving floridians into thinking they're supporting solar, calling amendment 1 a utility sham. supporters say the amendment will promote solar, protect florida co your right to place solar panels on your home. new overnight, two men shot in east tampa on north 32nd street just north of hillsborough avenue. both were taken to the hospital. now, one of the men has serious injuries, the other is in critical condition. and now at 5:08, we turn it over to leigh spannn for a check of weather and traffic on the 8s. >> we talk about it being november 1st, we say good-bye to october and now we can look forward. let me show you how many days we have left until that time
back, only 24 days until thanksgiving and you can already taste the turkey. and then 55 days before christmas. so today is going to be a warm one as we go hour by hour. 71 degrees at 9:00 a.m. we get up to 83 at 1:00, an afternoon high of 86 which is above average. in fact, october was above average. in fact, it was the eighth hottest october on record. how about that? so november 1st continues this warm and dry trend. here's the big change. friday a few showers, only a 20% chance with a cold front. but that bring in some breezy, cooler air for the weekend. leslie is here to let you know what's going on on the roads as we start this november. >>reporter: yeah, we got a nice drive out there. i tell you, we're kicking it off very nicely, folks. let's go ahead and take a look at some travel times here. if you're moving through the palmetto area, sun coast area of bradenton, things look great on 301. also 41 looks wonderful in bradenton and into sarasota along that tam a.m.y trail. all the way down to venice, not seeing any accidents right now.
howard frankland and the courtney campbell causeway. let's take a live look. this is 275 at bearss. things are looking good, at least right now. enjoy it while you can. that's weather and traffic, back to gene and gayle. >> thank you, leslie. the 2016 heart walk is right around the corner and news channel 8 is committed to raising $100,000, but we need your help. key ez generously matching the $fiforts we raised so every dollar really counts too. the walk raymond james stadium. just go to wfla.com/heartwalk for details. families with a loved one in hospice know how difficult that can be. >> yeah. coming up how you can help comfort those families as they face tremendous challenges. plus a new way to commute across the bay begins today. up next how you can enjoy the water and avoid the traffic. you're watching news channel 8
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live in st. pete. mary, we know how aggravating it can be to sit in traffic on those bridge. how long will it take to cross the bay by ferry? >>reporter: well, to get from downtown st. pete over to the tampa convention center it will take about 50 minutes. so a little bit longer than sitting in a car, but something tells me that commute will be a whole lot more beautiful sitting on this ferry. now, the cross bay ferry is the brain child of st. pete mayor rick crisman who convinced the city council to toss in going, along with identical contributions from tampa, hillsboro county and pinellas county governments. st. pete also contributed another $100,000 in startup costs and to create this docking facility, a ul for this six-month trial run -- all for this six-month trial run. >> the sense of wind blowing through your hair, the sense of it's fun and there's no better way to arrive into a new city than to get off of a dock instead of out of a car. >>reporter: now, this ferry
from the venoi basin in st. pete to the tampa convention center. tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for kids over the age of 3. but frontier communications is sponsoring a free day. so every third sunday of the month from now until april will be free for folks to ride this ferry, and a lot of people like riding in their cars with the windows down. so i think it might be fun to test out a commute with a little ocean breeze going through your ha >> a gulf breeze. yeah, that sounds good. and, you know, maybe you take a book and just relax. it'll be a peaceful commute for you. mary, thanks. chilling 911 calls made by pulse nightclub gunman omar mateen were released monday. the city of orlando and some family members of the victims tried to block the release, saying the calls would be too painful to hear. in the calls mateen repeatedly hangs up on the police negotiator trying to stop the shooting.
>> i want to let you know i'm in orlando, and i did the shooting. >> what's your name? >> my name is i pledge of allegiance to abualbakr al- baghdadi to the united states. >> throughout the calls mateen repeatedly said he committed the attack to stop u.s. air strikes on iraq and syria. 49 people died and at least 68 were injured during the shooting. over 100 arrests, people -- more people are joining native americans and environmental protesters trying to stop the dakota pipeline. protesters are not backing down and say they will continue to try to stop the development. the pipeline will allow the shipping of oil to illinois. police have arrested more than 140 protesters. and volunteering is a way to put your unique talents to use in a meaningful way. now, those talents may provide comoforts at a life-changing time.
and, mere, the volunteering opportunities that you're talking about are really special for people. >>reporter: yeah, that's right, because we are talking about volunteers who give their time to hospice facilities. the emphasis for patients in hospice is supporting their emotional well-being and doing the same for their families. ? ? >>reporter: as a member of the united states marine band, diana fish played for the president and centers in pinellas county, diana plays for patients and their families facing one of life's most difficult times. >> it's a very important time for the families. >>reporter: diana's music provides calm and stability often when families are grieving the loss of a loved one. >> it's just almost like a background, maybe a little sense of peace.
have a calming effect and pet therapy can do the same. that's why volunteers with special talents are vital to nonprofit healthcare centers like empath health. in addition to helping patients, volunteers help relax staff members too. >> it really takes someone with an open heart, someone that really wants to just serve and give something of themselves. >>reporter: while always in need of volunteers wi also needed just to be a friendly face or a hand holder providing comfort to those who may be facing the end of their life. if you think you'd like to volunteer your time or talents, empath health is holding a volunteer drive. that's november 9th from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. the information on our website, wfla.com. >> nice way to show a little love, right?
>> i know especially for my father in their last days it's very special. they're just adding more layers. >>reporter: right. and anybody can go in there and just hold somebody's hand if you don't want to share a particular talent. >> mere, thank you. a check on the weather now. leigh is standing by. >> yeah. it's not too bad out there. i've been watching for any fog development, seeing a little bit in the brandon area at this point, but it's not very widespread, just wanted you to know if you go through some of those l.i.e.king might pass through some foggy spots. warming up to 81 at noon. it will be breezy and warm again with a high of 86. so if you step out the door in inverness right now, one of the cool spots, you're at 57. winter haven, though, you're 64, also intoar? sebring, 62 in apollo beach. so a pleasant morning and a little bit of fog in the forecast. this afternoon that east breeze has been with us for almost two weeks now, it's going to continue and it will be above average. look at the change, though. tomorrow we continue this east
especially before lunchtime, still warm tomorrow as we track a cold front. it'll take it until friday afternoon to come through here, only a 20% rain chance when it does, but it will cool us down for the subpoenaed. don't forget we turn those clocks back saturday night. leslie. >>reporter: all right. we've got a good drive right now through new port richey and also in the palm harbor area. state road 54, things look great. also not seeing any delays on 19. again, the reason it is yellow for your morning commute here instead of green is you've got those trafli we're looking at here, and they look very good. here's a live look at i-4 right around the polk parkway, downtown lakeland is up to speed as well. and also moving over and take ago look here at bearss, a great disrief from 275. i-75 up to speed in new tampa too. that's a look at weather and traffic. back to gene and gayle. >> all right, leslie. game 6 of the world series happening tonight and the cubs are hoping to force a game 7. >> coming up what the stress of this long-awaited shot at a
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some batting practice. first pitch 8:00 p.m. chicago fans know the importance of tonight's big game. they've waited a very long time for a shot at that championship title and the stress of the series may actually be taking a toll on their health. cubs fans say the games have been stressful, many stand in front of the tv instead of sitting and relaxing during the game. for some fans, the anxiety and stress can be too much. >> the best advice would be enjoy the game, ha for the cubs like all of us chicagoans. don't get too personalitily involved in it. >> good luck with that. >> you get a say, right? experts say it's important to remember no matter how important it may seem, the world series is still just a game. >> what? >> i don't know about that. election day exactly one week away. >> coming up we're taking a look ahead to both hillary and bill clinton campaigning in the
i know after trick or treating it's going to be hard to get the kids out to the bus stop, but at least it'll feel pleasant for them, right around 68 degrees when the bus picks them up. dropping them off this afternoon, 86 degrees, warm and breezy. 86 is above average, but notice how we actually get below average by saturday. leslie, how about traffic on the 8s? >>reporter: taking a look out here at i-4, looks great throughout lakeland, not seeing any delays over here on i-75 through pasco county, up and down through wesley chapel also
the mysterious discovery of a toddler on an island in the middle of the alafia river. now crews are looking for his missing father. we are live with a look at the was found alone. also this morning an unprecedented campaign stop. both presidential candidate hillary clinton and her husband, former president bill clinton will rally supporters today at two different bay area events as clinton fights for more votes in florida. plus a morning commute without ever driving on one of our jam packed bridges? still ahead we are live as the cross bay ferry gets ready to kick off its maiden voyage. what it costs and how it works.