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Construction closes one shelter for part of hurricane season

Construction closes one shelter for part of hurricane season

Tarpon Springs, Florida -- If a hurricane heads toward Tampa Bay over the next few months, evacuees in Tarpon Springs will have one less place to find shelter.

Tarpon Springs Middle School will not be available as a shelter location until mid-August because of construction at the school.

Instead, the city advices people to these alternate shelters:

  • Eastlake High School, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive, Eastlake
  • Palm Harbor University, 1800 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor
  • Carwise Middle School, 3301 Bentley Drive, Palm Harbor

Rip tides, coastal flooding expected along coastal areas

Rip tides, coastal flooding expected along coastal areas

Clearwater, Florida -- Clearwater residents are advised to use caution if they are going to the beach in the next couple of days.

Weather conditions are expected to deteriorate as a low pressure system moves toward Florida from the Gulf of Mexico. That system is expected to bring heavy rain, gusty winds and a potential for dangerous rip tides and coastal flooding.

Sandbags available

Sandbags available

Madeira Beach, Florida -- Due to a low pressure system over the south-central part of the Gulf of Mexico, rainfall totals of 3 to 5 inches are forecasted over the next couple of days.

Localized higher amounts of rain are certainly possible in our area with the majority of the rainfall occurring tonight through Friday. This heavy rainfall is likely to cause local flooding in vulnerable areas.  

Are you ready for the storm?

Are you ready for the storm?

Palm Harbor, Florida -- Palm Harbor residents have a chance to find out if they are ready for hurricane season before our first storm arrives.

The North Pinellas Regional Chamber of Commerce Breakfast for your Brain is featuring a speaker on hurricane preparedness.

The breakfast will be held Wednesday, June 5, from 7:30-9:00 a.m., at Next to Eve's which is located at 3150 Tampa Rd in Oldsmar.

The speaker presentation will be from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Get ready: Hurricane season 2013 begins

Get ready: Hurricane season 2013 begins

Pinellas County, Florida -- Get ready. Get Set. Go.

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is under way, and the time to prepare for what the tropics can throw at us is now.  For the next six months, Pinellas County residents and visitors will turn a wary eye to the Gulf of Mexico, wondering if this is the year that the bay area’s luck will run out.

This year, Pinellas County Emergency Management is advising residents to:

City gets ready with hurricane preparedness seminar

City gets ready with hurricane preparedness seminar

Gulfport, Florida -- Hurricane season in right around the corner and the city of Gulfport is getting prepared.

Join Tom Iovino, Public Information Specialist Pinellas County Communications, hurricane related vendors and the City of Gulfport for the 2013 Hurricane Seminar on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at the Catherine Hickman Theater (5501 27th Avenue S., Gulfport).

Restrictions for reclaimed water implemented

Restrictions for reclaimed water implemented

Pinellas County, Florida -- The season reclaimed water restrictions for Pinellas County reclaimed water customers will begin on Monday, April 1.

These reductions help avoid reclaimed water shortages during Florida’s traditional dry seasons which is April to June and October to November.

From April 1 to June 30, irrigation with reclaimed water supplied by Pinellas County is limited to three days per week, based on the resident's home address. The mandatory seasonal restrictions state: