Hurricane Irma blog: Hillsborough offers seniors meals, cool place to eat

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Here's the latest information for Thursday, Sept. 14:

8:48 p.m.: Hillsborough County is offering hot meals and a cool place for senior citizens experiencing power outages in the County. Hillsborough County Aging Services will open six nutrition and wellness sites to offer relief during the day to all residents 60 years and older.
 
Aging Services will serve a hot meal at lunchtime at each location, as well as offer a place for seniors to simply escape the heat.
 
The sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, then Monday through Wednesday. The sites include:
* Brandon Senior Center, 612 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon, (813) 635-8066 - Lunch served at 11:45 a.m.
* Gardenville Recreation Center, 6215 Symmes Road in Gibsonton, (813) 671-7601
- Lunch served at 11:30 a.m.
* Lutz Senior Center, 112 NW 1st Ave. in Lutz, (813) 264-3804 - Lunch served at noon
* Oaks at Riverview Senior Center, 101 E. Kirby St. in Tampa, (813) 272-6829 - Lunch served at noon
* Ruskin Senior Center, 905 6th St. SE in Ruskin, (813) 672-1107 - Lunch served at noon
* Wimauma Senior Center, 5714 North St. in Wimauma, (813) 671-7672 - Lunch served at 11:45 a.m.
 
Seniors must be a Hillsborough County resident and will need a valid ID with a county address. Residents should call to reserve a hot meal if they are able to. Meals will also be provided outside of lunchtime hours.

8:16 p.m.: A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for the Bass Lake community in Pasco County, including Lake Worrell Acres, Cranes Roost, Bass Lake and surrounding areas due to anticipated rising waters from rainfall. The Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter, 11611 Denton Ave., Hudson, is available.

8:04 p.m.: Pinellas County residents with roof damage can sign up for Operation Blue Roof, which reinforces blue tarps to protect roofs until repair arrangements can be made. Sign ups will take place at Indian Rocks Baptist Church, 12629 Ulmerton Rd., Largo, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday. Residents should being their driver's license or other proof of residency.

7:51 p.m.: Polk County has set up locations for residents to pick up two cases of water and once case of meals ready to eat (MREs). The items will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until power is fully restored and stores are open again:

Davenport

Market Square Park

Market St. & 17/92

 

Dundee

Community Center

603 Lake Marie Dr.

 

Eagle Lake

Sheriff’s Office

150 S. Second St.

 

Fort Meade

Fort Meade Park

1205 N.E. Ninth St.

 

Frostproof

First Baptist Church

96 West B. St.

 

Haines City

Lake Eva Aquatic Center

220 Third St. S.

 

Lakeland

Victory Church

1401 Griffin Rd.

 

Mulberry

Civic Center

901 N.E. Fifth St.

 

Poinciana

Community Center

395 S. Marigold

 

Polk City

Food Town

303 Broadway Blvd. SE

6:34 p.m.: Duke Energy has crossed the 1 million mark for the number of customers with restored power. Nearly 375,000 remain without power.

6:03 p.m.: The City of St. Petersburg has opened two disaster relief centers:

Enoch Davis Center
1111 18th Ave. S.
Friday, Sept. 14, noon to 7 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 18- Fri., Sept. 22, noon to 7 p.m.

Sunshine Senior Center
330 5th St. N.
Friday, Sept. 14, noon to 7 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 18- Fri., Sept. 22, noon to 7 p.m.

Individuals and businesses can also directly apply for funding.

6:02 p.m.: Polk County has discontinued two precautionary boil notices for the Babson Park Public Water System and the County Class system located in the Country Estates Phases one and two subdivisions. 

5:42 p.m.: Winn-Dixie is giving away water and ice from tractor-trailers at the following locations:

St. Petersburg

1049 62nd Ave. N.

Friday at 9 a.m.

SE Grocers 24-pack bottled water, limit two (2) per family

 

Winn-Dixie, 2139 34th St. N.

Saturday at 11 a.m.

40-pound box of ice, limit one (1) per family, donated in partnership with Sanderson Farms

Tampa

805 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Saturday at 10 a.m.

40-pound box of ice, limit one (1) per family, donated in partnership with Sanderson Farms

Thonotosassa

9535 E. Fowler Ave.

Saturday at 10 a.m.

40-pound box of ice, limit one (1) per family, donated in partnership with Sanderson Farms

5:37 p.m.: Walmart has an updated list of stores that are open and closed.

5:36 p.m.: Frontier Communications will waive late fees for 30 days for all Florida customers. 

5:34 p.m.: Hillsborough County has created a disaster fraud hotline to help residents screen illegal contractors - 813-635-8316. Hotline hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

5:29 p.m.: Many of you have asked when your cable service will be back on. We took your questions to Spectrum:

5:02 p.m.: Tampa code enforcement officers checked more than 100 of the city's adult living facilities, and all were in good shape, the city said in a statement.

4:47 p.m.: Pasco County extends it's local state of emergency declaration after FEMA determined that county residents are eligible for federal assistance

4:31 p.m.: More than 65 percent of statewide power outages have been restored, said Gov. Rick Scott, who described the effort as the "largest single state power restoration in history." 6.7 million accounts were without power at its peak, and power has been restored to more than 4.4 million accounts.

4:28 p.m.: All HART services have resumed their regular schedules.

4:27 p.m.: USF will provide complimentary admission to Friday's football game versus Illinois to first responders and their families as well as Florida high school football teams.

4:23 p.m.: Boil water notices are lifted for Hernando County communities east of U.S. 41 and Weeki Wachee Woodlands. Notices are still in effect for Royal Oaks and Brooksville.

4:20 p.m.: 10News spoke with State Sen. Darryl Ervin Rouson (D – Hillsborough) regarding elderly residents dying in nursing homes following Hurricane Irma:

3:38 p.m.: Congressman Charlie Crist is hosting a Disaster Recovery 101 events for Pinellas residents to learn more about available resources for businesses and residents following Hurricane Irma:

Friday

Clearwater Fire Station, 1140 Court St., 1 p.m.

Saturday

St. Petersburg location TBA, 10 a.m.

3:13 p.m.: An update on the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County's facility operations:

Tarpon Springs, 301 S. Disston Ave: The center will remain closed on Friday.

Mid-County, 8751 Ulmerton Rd., Largo: Limited non-clinical services only.

St. Petersburg, 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N: Full services

Pinellas Park, 6350 76th Ave N: Full services

Clearwater, 310 N. Myrtle Ave: Full services

2:52 p.m.: The Largo Police Department's communications center phone line, 727-587-6730, is back to full service.

2:51 p.m.: Pasco County released a graphic for residents on hurricane debris pickup:

2:37 p.m.: Citrus Connection will operate fare-free on Friday. Here are the routes that are running:

Lakeland

Route 1 (South Florida Corridor) starting at 6:15 a.m. running hourly.

Route 3 (Lakeland Hills Corridor) starting at 6:15 a.m. from the Lakeland Terminal running hourly.

Route 12 (Lakeland/Winter Haven Connector) starting at 6:15 a.m. from the Lakeland Terminal running on a two-hour frequency.

Route 15 (Kathleen/Providence/Harden) starting at 6:15 a.m. from Lakeside Village running on a two-hour frequency.

Route 22XL (Lakeland/Bartow Express) starting at 5:55 a.m. from the Lakeland Terminal running 90-minute frequency.

Route 45 (George Jenkins-Swindell) starting at 6:15 starting at the Lakeland Terminal running hourly.

Winter Haven

Route 15 (Winter Haven/Haines City) stating at 5:45 a.m. from the Winter Haven Terminal running on a 90-minute frequency.

Route 22XW (Winter Haven/Bartow Express) starting at 5:45 a.m. from the Winter Haven Terminal running on a 90-minute frequency.     

Route 30 (Legoland) stating at Eagle Ridge Mall at 6:15 a.m. running on two-hour frequency.

Route 40/44 (Winter Haven Southside) starting at 5:45 a.m. from the Winter Haven Terminal running at a 90-minute frequency.

East Polk

Route 416 (Haines City/Poinciana) operated by Lynx will run on its regular schedule.

Route 427 (US 27/Haines City) operated by Lynx will run on its regular schedule.

2:36 p.m.: All transit services in Pinellas County have resumed regular operation.

2:26 p.m.: Hernando County issued a voluntary evacuation order for residents living along the Withlacoochee River due to flooding. The Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville, is the host shelter.

1:55 p.m.: Hillsborough County and Feeding Tampa Bay are distributing fresh food to those impacted by Hurricane Irma at the following locations and times:

Thursday
Belmont Heights Estates, 2419 East 31st Ave., Tampa
Food Distribution Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Dover Boys & Girls Club, 2820 Gallagher Rd., Dover
Food Distribution Time: 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Friday
Village Presbyterian, 13115 S. Village Dr., Tampa
Food Distribution Time: 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Saturday
University Area Community Development Center, 14013 N. 22nd St., ampa
Food Distribution Time: 9 -10:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m.   A Point of Distribution (POD) has been set up at Fort Meade Park (1235 9th St NE, Fort Meade, FL 33841).  Residents who need food or water are able to get one case and one meal.  The county is working on more locations to set up.  

 11:05 a.m. President Donald Trump: "Your governor... the job he's done is incredible."

10:52 a.m. The USPS says they are acting in "recovery mode" after Hurricane Irma. Post offices in Clearwater, Dunedin, St. Petersburg, Tampa and elsewhere are operating with limited delivery and retail services.

10:42 a.m.: U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson tweets: "Spoke with the head of VA. He has given me authority to move anyone in a nursing home without power into a VA hospital if necessary."

10:41 a.m. President Donald Trump lands in Florida to tour areas affected by Hurricane Irma.

10:02 a.m. All the power tools and a generator were stolen from the shed of the Tampa Bay Humane Society during Hurricane Irma.

7:40 a.m. Utility crews were seen leaving their staging area on Gandy Boulevard to continue restoring power to the Tampa Bay region.

1 a.m. President Donald Trump will go to Fort Myers and Naples to visit the people affected by Hurricane Irma.

Trump leave the White House for Joint Base Andrews. He will then travel to Fort Myers, and then to Naples.

The president is expected to arrive in Fort Myers around 10:40 a.m. Thursday.

Here's the latest information for Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Photos: Recovery begins after Hurricane Irma pummels Florida

Here's the latest information for Tuesday, Sept. 12.

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