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What you need to know for Friday, June 11, 2021

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TAMPA, Fla. โ€” It's finally here Tampa Bay-- Friday! 

Don't let red tide ruin your beach plans๐Ÿ–๏ธ 

If you live in the Tampa Bay area, you're probably familiar with red tide.

It's the harmful algal bloom that produces toxic chemicals that can cause respiratory illnesses in people and even serious and sometimes deadly effects on marine life.

It's certainly not uncommon in Florida this time of year, but it doesn't mean you have to avoid the beach altogether.

We put together some useful tools to help you check for red tide conditions at your local beach.

RELATED: How to check for red tide in your area

Looking for something to do besides hit the beach? We have a list of everything else happening across the Tampa Bay area here.

Mark your calendars ๐Ÿ“…

The stage is set for the Stanley Cup Semifinals and the NHL has released the full series schedule.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will face off against the New York Islanders.

The Lightning start the series off with a home-ice advantage. Whoever wins the best-of-seven semifinal series will advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Here's how the rest of the series shakes out: 

  • Game 1: Sunday, June 13 | 3 p.m. | NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
  • Game 2: Tuesday, June 15 | 8 p.m. | NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports  
  • Game 3: Thursday, June 17 | 8 p.m. | USA, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
  • Game 4: Saturday, June 19 | 8 p.m. | USA, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
  • *Game 5 (if necessary): Monday, June 21 | 8 p.m. | NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
  • *Game 6 (if necessary): Wednesday, June 23 | 8 p.m. | NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
  • *Game 7 (if necessary): Friday, June 25 | 8 p.m. | NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

RELATED: Full Stanley Cup Semifinals schedule between Lightning, Islanders released

Credit: AP
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Luke Schenn (2) congratulates center Barclay Goodrow, right, along with defenseman Victor Hedman (77), center Yanni Gourde (37) and center Blake Coleman (20) following Goodrow's goal during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, May 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


A large and very bright fireball meteor lit up the night sky above the Tampa Bay area and a good part of Florida Wednesday evening. 

It was seen by quite a few people. More than 70 reports had been filed with the American Meteor Society as of Thursday morning. 

The fireball flared across the sky about 9:50 p.m. and appeared to be viewable for about six seconds. The people who saw it said it emitted an incredibly bright light.  

RELATED: Did you see the bright fireball Wednesday night over Tampa Bay?





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