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hello. i am gayle guyardo. >> and i am gene ramirez. right now, look at this. a mangled mess at a gibsonton home. you have to see the images. a pickup truck crashed into and through carport of that homelanding on top of two cars. this is all happening at the lecia river front community. we have a crew on the scene and we will walk you through the scene in a live report in two minutes.
house comes to tampa today. republican front-runner donald trump will hold a rally at the usf sun dome. preparations are now underway on campus. the rally is expected to be packed. and it could cause some traffic headaches this evening. and did you see it? a democratic show down in milwaukee. this morning head to head debate between presidential candidates hillary rodham clinton and senator bernie sanders dominating the twittersphere right here in tampa. >> the american people are politics. >> i am not asking people to support me because i'm a woman. i'm asking people to support me because i think i'm the most qualified. >> this debate it was first time the rivals met since senator sanders won the new hampshire primary by a land slide. an 8 on your side warning this morning before you gas up for the weekend. yet another skimmer is found at a bay area gas station. this time it's at an exxon on
this week, a skimmer was found in st. petersburg. so make sure you check your bank and credit card statements this morning. it's 6:01. let's get a check on the weekend weather with meteorologist leigh spann. but before you plan the weekend, when you plan your drive to work, there's a little and not everywhere. anywhere between hillsborough and polk county along i-4, that's the only placeky find extended thick fog. you might see patchy areas. but most places starting out cold. it's 53 in tampa. so warmer than yesterday. lakeland, 4 3 . fish hawk 48. bradenton, 48. how much warm senator well, by 11 degrees in tampa. when you compared to yesterday. brooksville, 13 degrees warmer and. we will make it to 70 today. very close to the average of 72. and certainly warmer than it's been recently. and we only drop down to 54 tonight. at 6:08 in weather and traffic on the 8s, i'll have a weather and traffic update on the hour-
and leslee is going to get you the crash-by-crash report on the roadways. >> that's right. that's exactly it, crash-by- crash. we have a bad one in the junction. look at this. >> oh. >> that vehicle down at the bottom, it's turning around going the wrong way now. you're witnessing this live here to try to get out of the jam. you see how the vehicles aring -- i don't want to be here. i'm going the other way. southbound 275, seeing several vehicles do it now. and this is at the ashley drive ramp. and you can see all lanes are blocked and people have been stuck for at least 15 minutesful i will be keeping an eye on this one. and a crash on u.s. 19 in pinellas. more on that coming up. >> what a mess. thanks, leslee. and let's go back to the breaking news. a rude awakening at a home in gibson on the. a pickup truck crashes into a carport and then it goes air born, landing on two cars. >> a wild scene out there. news channel 8's lindsey mastis
lindsey, it's a mess behind you. >> reporter: it really is a mess. and i want you to take a close look over here. notice it's not just debris but also the family's belongings. and what is miraculous about this is that no one was hurt. if you look at the damage here, you can just see how serious this is. i want to show you what this scene looked like at 3:30 when i got here. you can see the pickup truck under the car sport it had to go through two pillars first before it landed on top of another car. and then the tow company had to take the cars out one by one and tow them away. the pickup truck was on top of a honda acard and it hit another honda accord which pushed that into a black suv that's a nissan. and that one was also damaged. and they had to take all of them away. and one neighbor tells us that the family is really upset. >> shook up. shook up.
you know. they're nice people. they are nice people. >> reporter: now look here. you see all of that wood there. that used to be a shed and a laundry room according to the neighbor. and now i did speak with a family member. they didn't want to go on camera but say they are dealing with a lot and very upset about what happened. the driver of the pickup truck was arrested and he is being charged on suspicion of dui. as soon as we get more information, we will let you know because there could be more charge to come. gayle and gene -- >> okay, they have clean-up to do this morning as well. thank you. don't forget to download our breaking news app no matter where you are any time of day. it's free. right now, this guy is behind bars, accused in a very disgusting crime that parents need to know about. deputies tell us that the 25- year-old lucas bales used a
girl. news channel 8's adrienne live. and adrienne, i know this kik app is hugely popular. it's been coming up a lot many the news lately. what do parents need to know? >> reporter: good morning, gayle. well, i know that you monitor your kids' social media closely know what kik is. well, according to the app itself, 40% of american teenagers are actually using it, if you believe that. and here's the scary thing, their phone anonymously. >> your child's information is out there enough to where they can get the face, the name of your child, find out even more about your child, where they live and go to school then use that information to hurt your child. >> reporter: scary for any parent to hear that. and definitely some disturbing details in this specific case. according to the sheriff's office, 25-year-old lucas bales
and in fact, he even posted her address on kik and threatened to send strangers to rape and hurt her if she didn't listen and send those pictures. and now thankfully, she did not follow through and send those photos and she is doing okay this morning. we did just check and bales is in jail right now. he is set to face a judge in a few hours in lee county. and then eventually be extradited back here to polk county. so of course, we will stay on top this story and let you know any updates in this case. scary though, gayle. >> it really. is because as parent, we have to remember the predators know how to work the social media. and we have to stay on of the of it as much as we can. maybe you can help with this. this morning, tampa police are looking for another person in connection to the deadly shooting at club rayne. and now they want to talk to this guy. take a close look at the surveillance picture. good shot on the left. detectives want to the find out what he knows about the shooting at club rayne on
collide and six others were hurt. -- people died there and six others were hurt. and today four occupiers of the national wildlife refuge in oregon will appear in court. they were the last of a larger armed group who took control of the facility to protest federal land use policies. and a federal judge is now ordering hillary rodham clinton's remaining emails to be released by tend of the month. those 550 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state will be published saturday. the last of the 55,000 pages will be made public by february 29th. the final batch is expected to contain the most sensitive information. interesting to see what's on there. let's get a check on weather. >> the it's a little cool. i wouldn't call it cold, maybe a brisk start. so if you're training for the gasparilla distance classic, there's not a bad time to go for a run. i'm saying the most pleasant weather will be in the evening but any time you go out, just
look at this, pleasant, there's a little fog now and i don't expect it by 8:00. and we warm up very quickly at once sun comes up, 65 at noon, 70 and beautiful at 3:00 p.m. and send the kids to play outside. and even during the evening around 63 degrees at 7:00 p.m. the cold snap, we've snapped it. we are back to 70 this afternoon. a weekend cold front early saturday. and not expecting any rain but there will be a slight chill sunday morning. the next best rain chance late monday night into tuesday morning. and let's check on weather and traffic on traffic on the 8s because a lot is happening. you said snap. i say snap because we have bad traffic. it's a mess at southbound 275. you might be hearing from other places that it is right at i-4 and the connector, but here's what's going on. where you see the accident backed up. i saw each car one by one turn around and go the other way to get out of the jam. it's completely blocked.
so don't exit at ashley. interstate. and people are checking it out. look at the back-up here, exit at martin luther king south to 275 and then down to howard interstate. lights. >> thanks goodness she's telling folk where is to go stumble into that. valentine's day is traditionally for couples so what do you do if you're sing until. >> i explore ways single cans still celebrate the loves in their lives. plus, caught on camera, how low this woman stoop when had she stole a package from someone's front porch. and republican presidential front-runner donald trump coming here to usf later today.
ba da ba ba ba in your vote, republican front-runner donald trump will be in the bay area today. he is holding a rally at the university of south florida. that's where thousands are expected to turn out as we fast approach the march 15th florida primary. but not everyone will be pleased to see him. some were disappointed about a decade ago when he planned to build a luxury high-rise in downtown tampa and then pulled out at the last minute. as many developers did of
and now news channel 8's ryan hughs is live at usf this morning. and ryan, people are still feeling burned by this though. >> reporter: exactly. 8 on your side talked to people who dished out thousands hoping to buy a piece of paradise. and now some of the people say they would not vote for donald trump if their lives depended on it. >> he's an entertainer. he is not what i'm ready to be as my president. i just don't have that confidence in him. i think i have more confidence in his young son being the president. >> reporter: certainly pointed words. back in the early 2000s, donald trump flew to tampa with his wife to wow everyone into thinking this was the next big thing. the tower would have cost $300 million. all that remains along the banks of the hillsborough river now where trump tower tampa was to rise is an empty field. high construction costs and issues with financing turned it into a big flop. and now some people here in tampa certainly have questions for donald trump. doors here open at 5:00. the event gets under way at 7 :00, gene.
back to you. >> going to be busy. thank you. again, donald trump be here in tampa this evening. doors open at 5:00. the event itself begins at 7:00. friday morning. you've got to hear this. in miami, police are searching low. she is caught on surveillance video stealing medicine intended for a sick child. surveillance video captures her walking up to the driver after a ups driver delivered the envelope. she puts it in her purse and there she goes, gets away. the boy's father is upset about this. kid. don't get any lower than that in my opinion. i hope you're happy. you took medicine from a kid. wow, you're great, awesome. >> and the boy's dad explains his son will be okay but in the meantime, police are looking for the woman. you can see that's her get-away car, a beat-up silver honda with a black hood.
count down to valentine's day and while it may seem like everyone is going on dates and getting romantic gifts for the holiday, not all of us have a sweetheart to spend the day with. never fear, i found there are ways to celebrate the people you love. this morning, i caught up with few ideas. >> reporter: she's a mom of two very active 8-year-old twin psychology, communication. she believes if you're single, celebrate the love of your family. >> children thy off of stability, structure, consistency and the fact is, romantic relationships do well. so the happier a single parent person. >> reporter: the website helps people find a work life balance and finding that perfect love match. >> it's a great way to meet
meet other sips with children. they're cheap. they're easy to find. you can go online. they've got a ton of different activities. >> reporter: or check out the library. another great meet-up spot. >> the public library has lots of great free events. >> reporter: and they're kid- friendly. so this year, love yourself, love your family and remember, love will find you. >> there's lots of single parents out there which means lots of potential partners. >> and some ideas if you are single without the kids this year, think about grabbing a friend for sunday morning brunch. stay off social media. there's a good chance that gushy posts might bring you down. and find a way to spoil yourself. maybe a sunday spa day. >> and you can see the couples massages. >> oh, no. go with a friend. >> oh, boy. you know, it's okay if you don't have anybody. maybe it's a day to go out and
>> so there will be other groups of singles. keep your eyes peeled. we are seconds away from 6:18 on this friday morning and finally a break in the cold snap. >> exactly. just enough of a chill that if you have a sweety over the weekend, it will be just enough to cuddle up close. at this point, be careful for fog along the i-4 corridor. it just got lighter in hillsborough county. and still thick fog around lakeland and spotty areas in sarasota. check out this forecast. good news on a friday. 8:00 a.m., there's the chill, a quick warm-up, out of the 50s to 65 by noon. and a pleasant 70 at 3:00 p.m. the kids come home from school, maybe get off work early, just head outside. do something outside and enjoy it. right now, lakeland where the fog is, it's 43 but warmer in tampa at 53. and bradenton, you are 48. it's 53 in clearwater.
and i checked in with my weather watcher big monkey in crystal river, 52 degrees. high pressure on of the of us this morning. still cool, relatively light winds and you might need a light jacket. as high pressure pushes east, the winds around it see winds coming from the south for us. so mostly sunny and near 70. tomorrow morning, i am forecasting a cold front but i'm not putting rain with it. you will just see a few extra clouds early saturday, about 5:30. and then it sweeps through quickly. and we see a little bit of a cool down, breezier on saturday afternoon. but the coldest will be saturday night. again, great timing if you you valentines. 44 sunday morning. 68 by valentine's afternoon. hold up for the next rain chance tuesday morning. leslee, checking on traffic on the 8s, not so lovely. nothing to love about this into valentine's day weekend. look at this, westbound i-4 through ybor, hitting the brakes. southbound 275, really jammed up.
what i want you to do is exit martin luther king and then come down armenia and pick back up 275. here's a look. what a mess. this is the back-up, this is before nebraska. exit martin luther king to avoid and it this is the ashley crash. and now fhp telling me possible fatal. not confirmed yet. but possible chance somebody has died. i will keep you updated throughout the morning. back to gene and gayle. >> yeah, that will go on for some time. it's their night to shine. >> and a worldwide movement led by a florida celebrity. up next, the way some local kids with special needs will
special is it's going down tim tebow-style. i'm dreaming wide awake this is the life i make don't need a holiday >> 200 churches in 48 states in seven countries around the world will host a night to shine. and that includes a special event for hundreds of children right here in tampa bay. >> we're going to take them around on a limo ride. they're going to have a red carpet experience. we're going to take their pictures with paparazzi. have a dj and dance and food. so we really want them to feel like kings and queens that night. >> this is all happening at harbor side christian church in palm harbor tonight. the event is growing. if you want to get involved, you put information on wfla.com or you can visit the tim tebow foundation. i asked the church, can folks volunteer? and they say people are so excited about this that they're having to turn people away. so a sign to start it in other churches. >> yeah, what a great event. weather and traffic on the 8s is three minutes away.
6:28. we have a little bit of fog along i-4 but otherwise cool, clear conditions at the bus stop. 50 degrees, they might need a light jacket but send them to play outside this afternoon when it's 70. and even emoji man gives this the big thumbs up. got the shades on. close to average through the next several day, leslee. >> emoji man is looking like tom cruise in the picture. just outside of the st.
a lot going on this morning. first, a mangled mess at a gibsonton home. you have to see this. a pickup truck crasheses into a carport and then lands on top of two cars. this is a live picture from the home in the community there. we just got our hands on the driver's mug shot and we will have that in about two minutes. and also this, a traffic disaster. look at the back-up here. this is i-275 southbound from martin luther king heading towards i-4. fhp is reporting a fatal crash in the southbound
now you are going to want to plan around this before you walk out the door because this is not going anywhere any time soon. good morning to you. welcome to news channel 8 today i am gene ramirez. >> and i'm gayle guyardo. let's get right to leslee lacey to check on how to get around the mess. leslee, this is unbelieve until the middle of rush hour. >> absolutely. crash. with that comes the closure and right now, you don't see vehicles and then the big accident here, this is the ashley drive ramp. so you're not going to be able to exit at ashley. what is happen, everybody is getting pushed over and they on. so we have a significant back- 275. armenia instead. and look at the back-up, it's hard to see. but this is martin luther king people exiting here. that's a smart decision but if you can go back farther to hillsborough avenue because it's stacked up to martin luther king so let's take a quick look here and look at
heavy away from hillsborough. so if you exit at hillsborough, come down on howard armenia and hop back on the interstate. for hours. and also a problem northbound u.s. 189 past gandy boulevard. pinellas county commuters. >> yeah, people need to take it easy. maybe need extra patiences, especially along 275. and at i-4, we have fog. especially in the eastern portion of hillsborough county. but mostly into polk county at this point. and even seeing fog in sarasota. and generally it's cool but not cold like yesterday. 53 in clearwater and tampa. bradenton, you're starting the day at 48. and it's also 48 in fish hawk which is significantly warmer than yesterday, up to about 11 degrees in tampa. by the afternoon, sunny sky, light winds, a high of 70, really nice outside. in weather and traffic on the 8s at 6:38, i take you through the next eight days to see how
more breaking news this morning. a terrifying moment in the middle of the night when a truck crashes right into a carport, landing on top of two other cars. and take a look at the damage left behind at this gibsonton home. >> and just 15 minutes ago, we learned who the driver is and what he is now charged with. news channel 8s lindsey mastis is live from the scene of the alafic riverfront community. bring us up to date. >> reporter: absolutely. good morning gayle. we now have the name of the driver but before we go to that, immaterial you to look at what damage -- to that, i want you to take a look at the damage this guy did with his pickup truck. it looks incredible. i was told by a neighbor there was a shed and laundry room and several vehicles. and now the person who was driving the pickup truck, we now know is rivero ramos. look at his mug shot. he is 37 years old and he is
and i just looked at the report and it looks like he refused a breathalyzer at the scene. so we will follow this case and figure out what ends up happening. and now take a look at what this scene looked like around 3:30 when i got out here. the pickup truck went through two pillars in order to get into this carport. it landed on top of a honda accord and pushed into another honda which then push interested a black suv. all four of those vehicles had to be towed from the scene. a lot of damage. and i got to tell you, that pickup truck on top of the honda, that honda was just crushed. and the family's crushed this morning. they are very upset about what happened. i spoke with a neighbor whose dogs heard what happened. >> my dogs went off. they're my alarm system. all three went off barking and yelping. i knew something was up.
soy got up and let them outside and i -- -- so i got up and let them outside and seen the commotion over here. looked like a tornado hit it. family really well. this. one woman in the family says they department want to talk on camera, said they're going through a lot. and that's understandable. just poured out all over the items. and they have a big clean- autopsy head of them today but from the scene. so being able to clean up today and get the things they need, it's going to be a tricky day for them. reporting live, lindsey mastis, gayle, back to you. >> yeah, that scene tells the story of how the truck must have been so out of control to go into the car shed and then still land on top of the cars. thanks, lindsey. and you can stay on top of the breaking news like this all day every day. just download the news ape breaking news app to your smart
it's your vote. this morning, #demdebate is trending on twitter right here in the tampa bay area. the conversation is reacting to the debate presidential candidates hillary rodham clinton and bernie sanders. one of the heated topics included loyalty to president barack obama. they also debated taxation, health care and race relations. both said they want to reform the criminal justice system. now on the republican side, front-runner donald trump is bringing his campaign to the bay area today. >> yeah, in a few hours in fact, he will hold a rally at the university of south florida right here in tampa. and trump is coming off a huge win in the new hampshire primary tuesday. that certainly helped him gain momentum. and the business man who doesn't mince words will speak to supporters at the sun dome which can hold about 10,000 spectators. huge crowds expect there had. tickets are free. but you must have one to get in. doors open at 5:00 at the usf sun dome. the event kicks off at 7:00.
prepared to show them on a mobile device. parking will cost you $20. well today the man accused of threatening a pinellas county mosque earlier this year will be in court. >> yeah, my name is martin schnitzler. come find me please. please report me because i would love, love it. >> well, they found him all right. this afternoon martin schnitzler is expected to make a plea in the hearing. prosecutors claim he threatened to bomb the islamic center in pinellas park. an 8 on your side consumer alert. we keep talking about this because it keeps impacting your wallet. another credit card skimmer now uncovered at a bay area gas station. this comes just a day after we told you about a device in st. pete. sarasota police removed the skimmer from this chon on tamiami trail. officials stress the importance of checking your bank statements and also trying your best to examen the gas pump you use because it's the getting harder and harder to detect the skimmers. and listen to this, a
after playing with a gun while on a hoverboard. and the shooter could face charges. parents are really interested in this story on wfla.com. the 13-year-old lovardo fisher died from a gunshot to the head. another teen was playing with the gun when it went off. the time right now is 6:38 on this friday morning. fog in some parts but big news is the cold seems to be gone. >> yes, got a chill in the air but it won't last long and neither will the fog. this is a live look from sun city center. and sandy hook at the eastern portion of hillsborough county, western polk county, that's where we see the fog, the layer of it there at the surface. clear skies above. 46 degrees at that location right now. we will be about 50 with clear skies at 8:00 a.m. and then now that the sunrises, we see it warm up quickly, up to the mid-60s at noon and 70 at 3:00 p.m. and pleasant this evening.
and oh, there it is, valentine's weekend so, saturday, a front comes through early, just a clouds, a little breezy, 68 saturday. and a starry evening for you, 55 degrees during the evening as temperatures fall quickly. it's going to be cool to start valentine's day but a lovely afternoon at 68. in fact, we're 68 both saturday and. and 73 monday before the best cold front and strong storms come through tuesday morning. now we will check back on traffic on the 8s because there's a lot going on. >> there is. the biggest issue entering into downtown tampa. and a lot of people use westbound i-4 and south 275, a mess. step away and come over here and check out the travel times, i-4 to 275, 13 minutes there. and looking good on the veterans expressway. that's not really the issue. the issue again is the junction bearss avenue to i-4, 23 minutes already. that's going to build even more. why? well, here's what's going on. look at the back-up here folks.
people trying to exit at hillsborough and martin luther king it's all due to the crash here. a fatal accident. and it's the ashley exit. so how do you get around it? let's move over and again, hillsborough avenue, down to armenia, that is your alternate. don't wait for martin luther king, you will just be sitting. back the to gene and gayle. >> thank you. and now we have been following this story all week and now it's decision day for a local school board. >> ahead, the action that could be taken today against the polk county superintendent in light investigation. historic visit. he is back in cuba. coming up next, the significance of today's visit. and commuters this is what you need to know, leslee lacey has been talking about this, a fatal crash on 275. this is the ashley exit that you're looking at. do not try to take martin luther king this morning. we will have more on this.
well take a look at this. stop what you're doing and you might want to change your plans this morning. this is i-275 southbound towards i-4. a big crash near the ashley exit has the traffic backed up all the way to martin luther king you can see all the brake lights there. you definitely want to avoid this. and in just a few memo, leslee lacey is going to tell you how to get around this. stay away 275 backed up from i- 4 all the way back to martin luther king. well today the pope will hold a historic meeting in cuba. pope francis will meet with the russian orthodox church patriarch. cuban president razl castro will host the meeting in havana. it's the first time a roman catholic pope and a russian orthodox pay tray ark have met
the pope's stop in havana will only last about three hours and then he is headed to mexico. and 8 is on your side in cuba once again as the u.s. considers lifting the cuban embargo. you will remember i went to cuba three times last year and now a u.s. congresswoman from the bay area is leading a delegation to havana. we are the only tv station covering this trip because we know this story matters to you. news channel 8's jeff patterson was there last year and he is back there now. >> reporter: i am jeff patterson back on the streets of havana. change is coming to cuba. congresswoman kathy castor is on her way here to see what impact political change is having on the average cuban. she will find that americans are filling up the hotel, the restaurants and bars and they are having an impacted on the cuban economy. -- an impact on the cuban economy. what do the cubans think about americans coming down in so many numbers?
answer because everybody is like, wow, you know? nobody was really expecting that many americans here. everybody wants to see what's happening right now with americans coming here. and so far, so good. i mean, everybody's happy wit. >> reporter: so we will be here all week finding out what the u.s. congressional delegation's observations are when it comes to change in cuba. jeff patterson credit card statements news channel 8. >> and this is of course -- jeff patterson, news channel 8. >> and i got a call from someone saying this is not the way to do things. let me know what you think. week. watch the report and continuing coverage on the delegation only here on news channel 8 and on wfla.com. happening today, a tough decision, polk county school board members will decide whether to fire their on job. this comes after getting cleared of sexual harassment allegations. news channel 8's adrienne
this morning. adrienne, technically she's allowed to keep her position. she was cleared of the allegations so why are some board members trying to push her out? >> reporter: good morning, gayle. well the associate superintendent accused her, like you said, of sexual harassment as well as some trouble in the workplace but you know what? an investigation cleared the superintendent of these allegations. that being said, several board members here believe even after that, they still want to give her the boot. >> it's my opinion that m rs. leroy's leadership style is not appropriate for the polk county public school system. and at this time, i have lost con if i the dense in her ability to continue leading the polk county public school system. >> reporter: and he's definitely not the only one who feels that way either. but the superintendent wants to keep her job. she apologizes and claims she
now if they do fire without cause, we will still be on the hook for part of her salary. so the meeting is set. that important vote is set to happen here tonight. and at 5:00, we will bring you the latest as to what happens with her position on-air as well as on our news channel 8 app. >> all right. it will be interesting. thanks. the time right now is 6:48 on this friday morning. and not so bad out there. >> it really. and we have some fog but i am watching it clear out right now because the sun is coming up here in sun city center. you see the haze at the the bottom. that's the fog. in fact, when i look at the visibility map, it's clearing out in hillsborough county. still lingering in northern polk county at this point. but most everyone else waking up to bright sunny sky. and yes, it's the cool. it's not cold compared to yesterday. around 50 at 8:00 a.m. and warm up nicely from there to 65 at noon. feels fantastic at 3:00 p.m. when it's 70 degrees. get outside and enjoy it.
it's 53 also in clearwater. and 47 bradenton. and we have 39 though in zephyrhills. so there are cooler spots. and i check in with my weather watcher betty in plant city and she is at 46. right now, high pressure is on top of us. and we are cool but nowhere near freezing. we had the freeze warnings and frost advisories yesterday. say good-bye to those and hello to the 70s this afternoon. early tomorrow morning right at sunrise, a few extra clouds as a weak cold front comes through, bringing back the sunshine, breezy for saturday afternoon. but it's going to make sunday morning on the cooler side as well, back to the 40s for snuggle bugs out there for valentine's day. 68 for valentine's afternoon. and the next best rain chance comes on tuesday morning. and now let's check in with leslee lacey. a lot going on. >> yeah, it's a nightmare. if you need to pass through
suggest not getting on 275 or i- 4. take the selmon expressway. it's worth the extra dollars. bearss avenue to i-4, up to 25 minutes due to the fatal accident at the ashley ramp, folks. so here's what the situation is. before i was telling to you exit martin luther king, and then up to hillsborough. and you are backed up to bush boulevard. exit sly or bush and then take armenia back down to 275, depending on where you're going. if you're going to downtown, take nebraska. and westbound i-4 heavy as well. slow and go all the way. and they're moving around the camera but they had just had it at the crash. they are circling around here. here's what you need know as we move to pinellas county now, northbound u.s. 19 at 76 avenue north, looking better now. the lanes have been reopened. just a little delay but the junction is the big issue. again, southbound 275 right at that ashley exit. a fatal crash. the exit is completely blocked so the selmon expressway is
that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you so much leslee. well the next few days are going to be busy for candy stores in the bay area with people rushing to get something sweet for their sweetheart. and one store where things are going to get a little bonkers is bushbells on channel side drive. you can get everything from chocolate-dipped pretzels to chocolate-covered strawberries. the owner says don't be the dispore that was advice -- >> don't wait till the last minute. i know -- line out the door. and she offers this advice. >> don't wait till the last minute. come sunday, when the strawberries are gone, they are gone. >> if you want some, you better go soon. and they get them from plant city. and why aren't you break in?
and they're supposed to be so good is you will want to lick the box. let's open it up and see what's going on here. >> oh, nice. >> look at that. >> nice. all right. >> going to go for it? >> get my -- >> look at that. >> and white chocolate, chocolate-chocolate. and i love the local strawberries. >> plant city all the way. >> we're going to do some eating now. first, what you need to know before you walk out the door including the presidential candidate that's in town. and up next, we walk through a pickup truck that took out three vehicles inside a carport early this morning. we're going to walk you through the scene. an update to breaking news we have been following this morning you are watching news
look at the major back-up on i- 275 southbound at ashley drive. that's coming into downtown the tampa. it's a total mess out there. leslee lacey, you say we really need to get off on hillsborough avenue at this point. >> actually, i'm backing that up to sly avenue. bearss avenue to i-4 southbound on 275, due to the fatal crash, let's take another look here at the back-up. you want to exit bush or sly at this point and head to armenia to get back on the interstate or take florida avenue into downtown. you can see where no traffic is getting by to the right. that's because the ashley drive exit is blocked. eagle 8 is live over the scene. oh, very, very sad news this morning, fatal crash. you can see the crumbled up vehicles. again, the ashley drive exit is blocked. selmon expressway into downtown tampa instead. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. and breaking news, people who live in a mobile home community in gibsonton are
>> yeah, a pick up truck crashed into a carport and landed on two other cars. news channel 8's lindsey mastis has been there live all morning long. what's the latest, lindsey? >> reporter: well, gene and gayle, there's a lot of mess to clean up. we actually have one neighbor who's starting to try to help the family clean up. and i want to show you a picture of the driver of the pickup truck. the sheriff's office tells us that yordys riveroramos is charged with dui. he refused a breathalyzer test. they say he was the driver of a pickup truck that landed on a car and damage 2 other vehicles. the family this morning, really upset. gayle and gene, back to you. >> thank you. and the first of many presidential candidates will visit tampa today. republican front unrunner donald trump is holding a rally at the usf sun dome tonight.
event starts at 7:00. it's expected to be packed and traffic a mess. lakeland and auburndale, not as chilly. and clearwater and tampa at 53. but the chill is in the air now. it won't last long. we get to 70 at 3:00 p.m. that's just about average for this time of the year. for saturday, a few extra clouds and breezy. chilly on valentine's morning. but then a nice warp-up. and the next rain chance is tuesday morning. looks like we got an update. the fatal crash involved a wrong-way driver. >> we see these way too often but this one was really bad. >> at the exit ramp, a that exit ramp completely blocked. use the selmon expressway if you can to get into downtown tampa.
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