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UPDATE: The Latest On Hurricane Irma Recovery In Tampa Bay

Here's the latest on the clean up after Hurricane Irma:

SCHOOLS: (as of 6am Wednesday 9/13):

  • Closed all week: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Sarasota, Manatee, Polk & Hernando Counties will be closed until Monday, 9/18.

***Please check your individual school district's website to confirm closures & get updates.***

TRAFFIC LIGHTS: As a reminder, if traffic lights are out, treat them as a 4-way stop.

FLORIDA TOLL ROADS: (As of am Wednesday 9/13): Tolls are still suspended & there's no word yet on when they'll start collecting again on. Check Florida's Turnpike System website before you travel.


GAS: More big big oil tankers delivered gas to the Port of Tampa. Check gasbuddy.com or download their app to find out gas stations that now have gas.

POWER COMPANIES (as of 6am Wednesday 9/13): There are still hundreds of thousands of people without power. Right now:

  • TECO estimates that by Sunday night all power in the Tampa Bay area will be restored.
  • Duke Energy is predicting that they'll have electricity for their customers back on by Friday night.
  • Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative is reporting on their website that it may take between 7-10 days to restore power to the majority of its' members.
  • According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Florida Power & Light is projecting that it could take as long as next Friday, 9/22 for the West Coast of Florida to have electricity back up and running, with the exception of areas with extensive water & wind damage.
  • Lakeland Electric is reporting that 55,000 of their customers have had power restored and that 23,000 remain without power.
    • Click HERE to get updates on TECO.
    • Click HERE to get updates on Duke Energy.
    • Click HERE to get updates on Florida Power & Light.
    • Click HERE to get updates on Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative.
    • Click HERE for outage information for Lakeland Electric.

We are now down to just over 36,000 with out power. We will continue to restore power through out the night.

Posted by Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS GAME: If you have tickets to Sunday's Bucs home game against the Bears, it will go on as scheduled.

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