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THURSDAY UPDATE: The Latest On Hurricane Irma Relief In Tampa Bay

Here's the latest on the clean up after Hurricane Irma, as of Thursday, 6/14 at 6am. And for information on FEMA, scams/fraud, specific Tampa Bay area county updates, Red Cross & more, click HERE.

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

FLORIDA TOLL ROADS: (As of am Thursday 9/14): 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.


ANIMAL SHELTERS: Tampa Bay area animal shelters have taken in a bunch of animals that were displaced because of Hurricane Irma and they need your help. They're also looking for donations of supplies to help with this huge influx of pets, including food, treats, cat litter, pet toys and gently used towels. If you can help, contact one of these shelters:


  • 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.)

POWER COMPANIES (as of 6am Thursday 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.