Live blog: Recovery after Hurricane Irma in Florida

Meteorologist Bobby Deskins shows how much precipitation we got from the storm.

TAMPA, Fla. -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, 10News wants to help people with recovery efforts.

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

#OpenNowWhat's opening back up in Tampa Bay after Irma

9:18 p.m. Robers Mobile Home & RV Resort in St. Petersburg says they have full hookup and 30/50 electric services for those with a recreational vehicle without power or have damage to their homes.

7:59 p.m. All Hernando County hurricane shelters are closed. 5,267 residents and 736 pets were sheltered.

7:50 p.m. Bradenton has begun debris pickup. Residents should not mix vegetation debris with construction material. Non-storm garbage and trash must be kept separate for regular pick up.

7:11 p.m. Pirate Water Taxi is offering one free child all-day pass with the purchase of an adult all-day pass Wednesday through Friday.

7:05 p.m. Here's a list of U.S. Postal Service locations that have resumed normal service.

6:51 p.m. Hillsborough County has one remaining shelter open: Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, 1309 W. Swann Ave., Tampa.

6:50 p.m. An associate at the West Marine Bradenton store bought five National Guardsmen from Talahassee a 30oz Yeti Tumbler to show his appreciation:

6:38 p.m. Brooksville City Hall will be open tomorrow.

6:23 p.m. Crowder-Gulf, Polk County's hauling contractor, should begin storm debris removal from public and private roads in approximately seven days, county officials said.

6:10 p.m. The following Tampa parks and recreation centers are open Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

- Benito Playground Activity Center, 10065 Cross Creek Blvd.

- Copeland Park Center, 11001 N. 15th St.

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Complex, 2200 N. Oregon Ave.

- Fair Oaks Center, 5019 N. 34th St.

- Forest Hills Center, 724 W. 109th Ave.

- Grant Park Activity Center, 3724 N. 54th Ave.

- Gwendolyn Miller Center, 6410 N. 32nd St.

- Henry & Ola Center, 502 W. Henry Ave.

- Kwane Doster Center, 7506 S. Morton St.

- Loretta Ingraham Complex, 1615 N. Hubert Ave.

- Friendship Center, 4124 W. Bay to Bay Blvd.

- NFL Yet Jackson Heights Center, 3310 E. Lake Ave.

- Oak Park Center, 5300 E. 14th Ave.

- Springhill Center, 201 E Eskimo Ave.

- Williams Park Center, 4362 E Osborne Ave.

- Cyrus Greene Park, 2101 E Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd.

- Copeland Park, 11001 N 15th St.

- Loretta Ingraham Community Center, 1611 N. Hubert Ave.

“Thousands of residents in the City are still out of power. It’s hot and uncomfortable. We are hoping by opening up the parks and pools, families will be able to get out, cool off, and make the best of the next couple days as we work tirelessly to get Tampa back up and running,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said in a statement. 

6:09 p.m. BridgePoint Church on Crosswinds Drive in St. Peteresburg is offering air conditioning, bottled water and outlets for residents to charge their phones from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. They also have a resource center to help people with things such as cleaning up debris from yards.

6:05 p.m. Pasco County will begin debris removal on Monday, Sept. 18.

6 p.m. 7-Eleven will hand out free 10-pound bags of ice starting at 8 a.m. at its Davenport store, 7525 Osceola Polk Line Road.

5:55 p.m. Reticulated Giraffes from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay look on as workers remove Hurricane Irma debris:

5:41 p.m. Frontier Communications has created a website for customers impacted by Hurricane Irma.

5:40 p.m. Stetson Univeristy College of Law's Gulfport and Tampa campues will reoopen on Monday.

5:36 p.m. If you're a Duke Energy customer without power, here's when your lights are expected to be back on.

5:35 p.m.: Walmart has an updated site on the status of their stores impacted by Hurricane Irma.

5:07 p.m. Polk County has issued a precautionary boil water notice due to a loss of pressure for residents who use the Timbercreek Public Water System.

5:01 p.m. The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County will remain closed on Wednesday. Residents in the county's three special needs shelters will be transfered to the Dunedin Community Center.

5 p.m. Classes at Keiser University campuses, including online, will resume on Wednesday.

4:58 p.m. HART will operate a Saturday service level (plus route 31 weekday schedule) on Wednesday. There is no express service and HART HyperLINK service has resumed. There is no TECO Line Streetcar System service.

4:50 p.m. Pinellas County residents who are oxygen dependent and without power can consider the following options, as provided by Pinellas County officials:

  • Contact your home health provider and/or oxygen supplier to learn about any options or resources that may be available.
  • Contact family and friends who have power or could assist.
  • Check on the availability of power with the community centers, associations or churches to which you belong.
  • Seek temporary lodgings until power at your home is restored. For a list of hotels and motels in Pinellas County, go to www.pinellascounty.org. (Click “View Post-Storm Info” and look for “Business Openings.” You can also visit the following link to see an up-to-date list of hotels.)

For dialysis patients, several dialysis centers are now operating during normal business hours:

  • FMC – Palm Harbor, 29296 U.S. Hwy 19 N., Ste. 1, Clearwater (727) 785-9036
  • FMC – North St. Petersburg, 635 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg (727) 821-4654
  • John Hopkins All Children’s Dialysis, 501 Sixth Ave. S., St. Petersburg (727) 767-4166
  • St. Petersburg Kidney Care South, 4050 34th St. S., St. Petersburg (727) 867-1279
  • St. Petersburg Kidney Care, 800 Third Ave. S., St. Petersburg (727) 821-3201
  • DaVita – Gulf Breeze Dialysis Center, 1519 Main St., Dunedin (727) 738-4425
  • FMC Clearwater Countryside Dialysis, 26338 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater (727) 723-8123

The following dialysis centers plan to reopen tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 13) during normal operating hours:

  • DaVita – Bay Breeze Dialysis Clinic, 11550 Ulmerton Road, Largo (727) 584-4047
  • Fresenius Seminole Dialysis Center, 6450 Seminole Blvd., Seminole (727) 393-5551

4:48 p.m. Pasco County citizens unable to find shelter with residents or friends can evacuate to the Mike Fasno Regional Hurricane Center, 11611 Denton Ave., Hudson. Those seeking shelter must be under the current voluntary evacuation for the Elfers and Anclote River areas and medically dependent residents without power (i.e. those who are oxygen dependent).

4:44 p.m. The following MedExpress Urgent Care facilities have reopened:

  • Brandon
  • Clearwater
  • Lutz
  • New Tampa
  • North Port
  • Northside
  • Seffner

4:42 p.m. The New Port Richey VA Outpatient Clinic and Mental Health Clinic will open for regular business on Wednesday. The NPR Eye Clinic is still closed due to power issues.

The Tampa VA Audiology Clinic and Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center remain closed due to a lack of electrical power. All other James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital and Clinics sites of care are operating as normal.

4:40 p.m. The shelter at Nature Coast Technical High School has closed, and officials anticipate that the Challenger K-8 shelter will close later today.

4:31 p.m. The Hardee County Sheriff's Office has issued a curfew from 8:30 p.m. Tuesday until 7 a.m. Wednesday. Those traveling for work must have their employee identification with them.

4:25 p.m. Venice officials warn that residents near the Myakka River can expect tos ee 2-3 feet of storm surge through Wednesday night due to Hurricane Irma. Residents are also reminded to not burn their yard waste, but to instead prepare it for garbage pickup.

4:21 p.m. Updates from the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System:

  • C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center:

    All outpatient services, elective procedures and surgeries remain in a suspended status. No date has been announced regarding the reactivation of services, however, Bay Pines VAHCS is working to bring services back online as soon as possible. The Emergency Department remains closed.

    Patients transferred out of the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center to VA medical centers in Tampa, Orlando, Gainesville, and Lake City will begin moving back to the medical center on Tuesday. This activity is expected to continue throughout the week. Family members will be contacted by VA staff about their loved ones as patient movement occurs. 
  • Community Outpatient Clinics: 

    The Lee County Healthcare Center and Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Bradenton, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Sebring and St. Petersburg are closed. 

No date has been announced regarding reopening of clinics,” the facility said in a statement. “Bay Pines VAHCS leaders are working as quickly as possible to reactivate all clinics. Bay Pines VAHCS schedulers are currently in the process of calling veterans to reschedule appointments.”

4:19 p.m. Here's a video from Tampa Electric outlining their process to restore power:

4:15 p.m. The Dali Museum will reopen on Wednesday.

4:11 p.m. Florida Hospital North Pinellas will reopen for patient care on Wednesday.

More updates from Florida Hospital:

  • The Florida Hospital Palm Harbor ER remains open.
  • Florida Hospital North Pinellas Wound Healing Institute of Trinity is open.
  • The Wound Care Center in Tarpon Springs will open Wednesday. 
  • PT Solutions, a physical therapy service of Florida Hospital North Pinellas, remains open in the East Lake and Trinity locations. The Palm Harbor location is still closed due to power outages. 
  • Several Florida Hospital Physician Group practices opened Tuesday.  For information on a specific office location, call (844) 362-2329.

3:58 p.m. The Hernando County Government Center will be closed through Friday, including the Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, 5th Judicial Circuit Court, Public Defenders Office and State Attorney's Office. Jury duty is canceled for the week of Sept. 11.

Other Hernando County updates:

  • Brooksville City Hall is closed through Friday.
  • Hernando County Utilities is closed until further notice.
  • Health Department of Hernando County will be closed through Thursday, but the Spring Hill site will be open for limited services on Thursday and Friday.
  • The Hernando County Main Library is closed.
  • The Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport Administration Building is closed until Monday.
  • Animal Services is closed until Sept. 19.
  • All parks are closed until further notice.
  • Building, Zoning and Code Enforcement departments are closed until Monday.
  • The Weeki Watchee office of Hernando County Tourist Development is closed until further notice.

3:54 p.m. The City of Gulfport will offer free storm debris pickups for residents impacted by Hurricane Irma.

3:52 p.m. Polk County Board of County Commissioners, Clerk of Courts and Property Appraiser will open on Wednesday.

3:49 p.m. The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened the Port of Tampa the the following restrictions: 

• One way traffic in the vicinity of Egmont.

• One way traffic between sunset and sunrise from Egmont throughout Tampa Bay.

• Ft. Myers and all areas south to the furthest extent of the COTP zone remain in Port Condition ZULU.

3:44 p.m. The Glazer Children's Museum is offering $7 admission for the rest of September.

3:41 p.m. All YMCA of the Suncoast locations will open Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (Greater Ridgecrest will open at 8 a.m., High Point at 9 a.m.). The Greater Palm Harbor YMCA is closed due to no power. Locations are scheduled to open with normal operating hours on Thursday.

The Greater Ridgecrest, James P. Gills and Clearwater locations will offer child care Wednesday through Friday. Child care will be provided for participants currently enrolled in the before and after care programs in Pinellas and Pasco counties. The Citrus YMCA is doing the same.

3:38 p.m. Sarasota will resume regular garbage and recycling collection on Thursday. Residents are encouraged to place storm debris at the curb away from mailboxes, fire hydrants, light poles and other items. Storm debris should be separated from other waste.

3:33 p.m. Port of Tampa said there's plenty of gas and they have access to a quick resupply if needed. The issue isn't supply and demand, but most of the vendors stopped shipments before the storm, so now they have to resupply their stations, the port said.

3:28 p.m. There were at least a dozen cases of carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms in the Tampa Bay area, including at least two in Polk County, according to the Florida Poison Information Center. Officials also warned that residents should watch out for snakes in damaged areas and flooded waters.

3:22 p.m. 10News viewer Tanner Abbot captured this video of the Anclote River:

3:19 p.m. Pinellas County officials said an erroneous evacuation message was sent through its wireless emergency alert system to some residents. All Pinellas evacuation orders were lifted and there's no current weather-related threats.

3:15 p.m. Here's a list of emergency operations center numbers for citizens with questions:

Citrus County - (352) 527-2106

Hardee County - (863) 773-6373

Hernando County - (352) 754-4083

Highlands County - (863) 385-1112

Hillsborough County - (813) 272-5900

Manatee County - (941) 742- 5800

Pasco County - (727) 847-2411

Polk County - (863) 271-0066

Sarasota County -  (941) 861-5000

 

2:58 p.m. Astro Skate Family Fun Center is hosting a free Hurricane Party on Thursday at its Tarpon Springs, Pinellas Park and Bradenton skating centers from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The locations will also have camp on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Camp is free on Thursday and $18 a day for the other days.

2:55 p.m. Students at the Northeast High School Culinary Academy are making meals for residents.

1:42 p.m. Although water service has been restored to the city of Venice following the storm, several areas are without water now due to a water main repair. When the repair will be made is not known because  FPL must get into the area to repair a downed power line and remove debris to ensure city employees’ safety.

The area affected is:
• 1000-1044 (even numbered addresses) Groveland Ave.
• 1009-1045 (odd) Myrtle Ave.
• 315 and 1040 School St.
• 712-744 (even) Myrtle Ave.
• 711-745 (odd) Pineland Ave.
• 401 and 463 S U.S. 41 Bypass

Once water is restored, these areas will also be required to boil water for consumption only (drinking, cooking) for 72 hours and until the boil water advisory has been rescinded.

12:35 p.m. Two local sports teams are helping recovery efforts. The Glazer Family, owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have committed $1 million to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts. Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, the players league and the NHL have made a joint $2.7 million donation to aid Irma victims.

12:27 p.m. Depeche Mode has canceled its concert at the Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre scheduled for Wednesday.

11:30 a.m. Florida Power & Light provided an update on Hurricane Irma damage and estimated restoration times.

Some 210,910 FPL customers had power outages as of Tuesday morning.

The utility serves some 35 counties across Florida. Most customers in the eastern half of the state should have power back by later this week while those on the west, including the Bay region, should have power restored by Friday, Sept. 22.

The timing depends on what crews find in terms of flooding, damage, debris, etc. 

11:30 a.m. The Southeastern Conference announced Saturday's Florida-Tennessee game will be played at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as scheduled.

Kickoff between the Gators and Vols is set for 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

11:30 a.m. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Glazer family announced they are donating $1 million to the American Red Cross in support of Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

The NFL announced the Buccaneers will host the Chicago Bears at Raymond James Stadium at 1 p.m. ET Sunday as originally scheduled.

10:50 a.m. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office held a news conference on the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

10:30 a.m. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the Chicago Bears at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, at 1 p.m. ET Sunday as originally scheduled.

The Bucs have waited until this point to assess the impact of Hurricane Irma before making a final decision.

10:30 a.m. Gov. Rick Scott addressed the public on the state's response in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

10:20 a.m. A U.S. Coast Guard crew navigated the area's waters just off Tampa Bay to make sure they are safe for boaters after Hurricane Irma.

10 a.m. Manatee County temporary shelters are closed with the exception of one special needs shelter.

8:54 a.m. WestShore Plaza will be open at noon Tuesday.

8 a.m. Sky 10 flew over Lakeland, Florida, to survey storm damage after Hurricane Irma.

The area experienced flooding.

8 a.m. Sarasota County garbage collection will resume Wednesday for Sarasota and the cities of Venice and North Port.

7:30 a.m. FEMA provided an update on the federal government's response to Hurricane Irma.

FEMA administrator Brock Long will travel to Puerto Rico to help coordinate relief efforts.

6:30 a.m. NASA satellite photos show some of Hurricane Irma's devastation in the Caribbean from space. The photos show before and after the storm passed through the area.

5:30 a.m. Latest power outages:

Duke Energy Florida (by county)

Citrus: 28,654 (estimated restoration Sept. 12, 5:30 a.m.)

Hernando: 8,605 (assessing damage)

Highlands: 51,625 (assessing damage)

Pasco: 85,086 (estimated restoration Sept. 12, 4 a.m.)

Pinellas: 416,541 (estimated restoration Sept. 12, 5:30 a.m.)

Polk: 61,420 (estimated restoration Sept. 12, 5 a.m.)

Sumter: 5,600 (assessing damage)

Total: 657,531 customers

 

Lakeland

68,000 customers

 

TECO

288,857 customers

 

FPL (by county)

Highlands: 490

Manatee: 82,690

Sarasota: 127,730

Total: 210,910 customers

 

4:30 a.m. Grocery companies are beginning to determine reopening plans after Hurricane Irma.

2:45 a.m. Latest power outages:

Duke Energy (by county)

Citrus: 28,654
Hernando: 8,605
Highlands: 51,625
Pasco: 85,086
Pinellas: 416,541
Polk: 61,420
Sumter: 5,600
Total: 657,531 customers

Lakeland
3,793 customers

TECO
297,719 customers

FPL
Highlands: 490
Manatee: 83,770
Sarasota: 130,510
Total: 214,770

2 a.m. SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove will remain closed Tuesday. Seaworld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando will open Wednesday.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will remain closed Tuesday. The park will reopen Wednesday.

Related: Here's when Florida's airports are reopening


Photos: Irma's destructive path reaches from Florida to Georgia, Carolinas

Here's the latest information for Monday, Sept. 11:

10:57 p.m. 90,000 out of 425,000 Tampa Electric customers have their power back, the utility said. About 3,500 line and tree workers from utility companies as far away as the Midwest, Northeast and Canada are assisting with restoration efforts, which TECO says is the largest such effort in U.S. history.

10:39 p.m. New power outage numbers show crews are making progress toward restoring electrical service.
Duke Citrus: 25,533
Duke Hernando: 8,568
Duke Hillsborough: 23* (total of 24 customers)
Duke Pasco: 84,798
Duke Pinellas: 415,248
Duke Polk: 61,324

TECO: 307,812

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