A fire at Bayonet Point Hospital has led to the evacuation of over 200 patients. The fire was completely extinguished within minutes, but power had to be cut to the building to fight the blaze. We are told the entire hospital has been evacuated, and over 40 ambulances and special operations (Sunstar) buses were required…Some coming from as far away as Kissimmee. I was told the total number evacuated was 290, but it is not clear if that number includes employees, or just patients.
First up, today: We are currently under a Hurricane Watch in Pasco County. While the system in the Gulf is not yet named, the watch indicates that we could see hurricane conditions within the next 48 hours. This seems increasingly unlikely, as time passes, but remember: Even if we do NOT experience hurricane conditions, we are going to expect deteriorating conditions, including heavy rain, some storm surge, and possibly tornadic and severe thunderstorm activity through Thursday.
Laura Sherrod Pence joins us again, today, to give us the rundown on local music (and other) events, this week. Waynestock, a Barry Horvath Meet and Greet, shows by our friend Alex Centeno, and MUCH more, so please give a listen!
I’ll be at the Barry Horvath event, and the out for Waynestock, on Sunday.
Special welcome to Snug Harbor Inn, in Madeira Beach! They’ll be giving away an overnight stay to one of Laura’s listeners! Listen to the podcast for details on entering to win.
Hey! You know what I forgot in the podcast? ELECTION DAY.
Primaries are today! Get out there, will ya’?
Listen: I know some think I overemphasize tropical storm coverage on this podcast. Whatever. You only once have to experience NOT being prepared, NOT having a plan to know what real fear is…Especially if your resources are thin, and you can’t just bug out.
TODAY is the day to plan. The weather is likely to start deteriorating on Wednesday…And the entire world will be at Publix, fighting over that last box of fried chicken. Take some time Tuesday to assess the storm, and stock up while you can. Police the yard. Make sure everyone knows what to do, in your household.
Now, if you are like me, you want every man who enters your lair to be held in awe of your glowing weather recon prowess. That’s why I recommend you visit Jay’s Hurricane Page. Open it in a browser window, and you will be the envy of every weather geek you know:
The current track of TD9 has it coming ashore near Cedar Key sometime Thursday…But there IS the chance of a southward track adjustment, as the center gets more defined…So PLEASE, remember to check back throughout the next few days, and stay safe!
Don’t forget! You can join me today, from 10am to noon for CRAZY GOOD food, served by CRAZY PEOPLE. GOOD. CRAZY GOOD PEOPLE. Yeah, that’s it!
The National Hurricane Center upgraded invest 99L to Tropical Depression Number Nine, late last night. While this is not likely to become a major hurricane, depressions and tropical storms CAN bring us incredibly heavy rainfall…In the past few years, we have seen significant flooding from these lesser systems, so please…Prepare, and keep track.
I tell the complete story in the podcast…But Steve Isbitts is the guy I go to to learn how to make this thing run. He has been there, done that…Only in print, instead of podcast. Although, right now, his show has spawned TWO podcasts, one of which Spare Room Studio has a hand in.
Steve is the ultimate new media success story, here in Tampa Bay. His website is amazingly popular, and if you want fresh Buccaneer news seven days a week, you should be one of the FIVE MILLION people per year who go there for news and information.
Finally, a BIG “Way to go!” to Nick Giancaspro and all the folks that made the CanJam Tourney and Foodbank Fundraiser at Gill Dawg such a success. Over $2,200 raised, and a BUNCH of food donated. Keep being awesome!