Manatee County to offer sandbags ahead of rainy weekend

MANATEE COUNTY – In advance of the heavy rains expected over the weekend due to Subtropical Storm Alberto, sandbags will be available Friday and Saturday the Manatee County Transit and Fleet Facility at 2411 Tallevast Road. Residents (ID required) are allowed to fill ten bags per household. Shovels, sand and bags are provided. Please note that not all locations will operate in every emergency. For updates to see which locations are...

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Subtropical Storm Alberto forms, moving towards Gulf of Mexico

SUNCOAST – Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in the northwestern Caribbean Sea Friday, May 25, moving slowly towards the Gulf of Mexico. A subtropical storm is a system that has tropical and non-tropical characteristics. Impacts from the system along the Suncoast will begin Saturday afternoon with heavier downpours spreading in from the south. Heavy rain is possible through Saturday and into Sunday, as well as into Memorial Day. Most...

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NOAA releases 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season predictions

LAKELAND – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a 70% chance of a near to above-average hurricane season in its 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Seasonal Outlook. The organization says there’s a 70% chance ten to 16 named storms will form, five to nine of which could become hurricanes, and one to four could become major hurricanes. NOAA’s outlook predicts how active the tropics will be, not how many storms could...

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Tornado watch issued for Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto and Hardee Counties

SNN – Tornado Watch in effect until 6 P.M. Sunday for most areas of the Suncoast, including Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, and Hardee Counties. This does not mean a tornado is on the ground, but it does mean tornadoes are possible this afternoon. Now is a good time to get indoors and stat indoors. Stay tuned to SNN for frequent updates on air and online. The post Tornado watch issued for Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto and Hardee Counties...

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Tornado watch, rip current advisory in effect

SARASOTA, MANATEE COUNTY – The National Weather Service reports a Tornado Watch is in effect Tuesday, March 20, at 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. Both Manatee and Sarasota Counties are affected. BREAKING: Tornado Watch in effect through 7pm for #Manatee, #Sarasota, #Hardee Counties plus many points north. Secure loose objects in your yards and patios now. .@SNNTV pic.twitter.com/OB1jFKpfTe — Dan Henry (@DanHenryWeather) March 20, 2018 The National...

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Over 160 manatees dead in 2018

SARASOTA – Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties have had three, four, and six manatee deaths, in that order, according to state data. three of the deaths in manatee and Sarasota were from cold water. “We’ve had cold weather. we’ve had red tide, which are both kind of bad things for the manatees in our area,” said Gretchen Lovewell who is the Stranding Investigations Program Manager of Mote Laboratory. “With the red tide we look...

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