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Florida Highway Patrol Seeking Driver Who Sideswiped And Injured Road Ranger

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL. – A female driver is sought by Florida Highway Patrol after she sideswiped a Road Ranger on the Howard Frankland Bridge Friday.

According to FHP, a Florida Road Ranger was traveling northbound on the Howard Frankland Bridge along the outside paved shoulder and coming to a stop to assist a disabled vehicle. 



Troopers say a 2014 Mazda 6, was traveling northbound in the outside lane, and just prior to the Road Ranger exiting the Road Ranger truck, the Mazda traveled partially onto the outside shoulder and sideswiped the truck.

Troopers say the Mazda traveled down the grass embankment and collided with a concrete barrier wall before coming to stop. 

The driver of the Mazda exited the car and hopped into a gray Nissan Versa driven by a heavy-set black male and left the crash scene. 



SOURCE: FHP

The driver, who was not the owner of the Mazda, was described as a white or Hispanic female with blonde hair.

The Road Ranger was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or the suspect driver is asked to contact the FHP by calling *FHP or 813-558-1800 or Crime Stoppers at 800-873-TIPS.

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Low pressure off the Florida Coast threatens to strengthen. Here’s the latest

Low pressure off the Florida Coast threatens to strengthen. Here’s the latest

TRACKING THE TROPICS: Activity wants to try and become better organized this weekend

NOW, HERE’S YOUR STORM TRACKER RADAR… MODERATE RISK FOR P RI CURRENTS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING. .. THIS HAZARDOUS WEAER TH OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTHEAST GEORGIA. .DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT. PLEASE LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR GO TO WEATR.HEGOV ON THE INTERNET FOR ME OR INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOLLOWING HAZARDS. MODERATE RISK FOR RIP CURRENTS. COASTAL FLOODING: MINOR COASTAL FLOODING IS POSSIBLE WITH E TH HIGH TIDE THIS EVENING. A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISO RY COULD BE NEEDED. TOY DA SUNNY, WITH A HIGH NEAR . 88 LIGHT NORTHEAST WIND BECOMING EAST 10 TO 15 MPH IN THE MORNING. TONIT GH MOSTLY CLEAR, WITH A LOW AROUND 72. EAST WIND 6 TO 11 MPH BECOMING LIGHT NORTHEAST TEAFR MIDNIGHT. SUNDAY SUNNY, WITH A HIGH NEAR 91. EAST WIND 5 TO 11 MPH. SUNDAY NIGHT MOSTLY CLEAR, WITH A L OW AROUND 75. EASWIT ND 5 TO 8 MPH BECOMING CALM IN THE EVENING. MONDAY A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. MOSY TL SUNNY, WITH A HIGH NEAR 90. LIGHT SOUTHEAST WIND INCREASING TO 5 TO 9 MPH IN THE MORNING. MONDAY NIGHT A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AFTER 2AM. PARTLY CLOU, DY WITH A LOW AROUND 75. TUESDAY A P50ERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS, MAINLY AFTER 2PM. MOSTLY SUNNY, WITH A HIGH NEAR 91. TUESDAY NIGHT A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. MOSY TL CLOUDY, WITH A LOW AROUND 76. WEDNESDAY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY, MAINLY AFTER 2. PM PARTLY SUNNY, WITH A HIGH NEAR 90. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION IS 60%. WEDNESDAY NIGHT SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTOS RM LIKELY, MAINLY BEFORE 8PM. MOSTLY CLOUDY, WITH A LOW AROUND 75. CHANCOF E – **CHIMES** HERE’S YOUR SEVEN-DAY FORECAST. ..

Low pressure off the Florida Coast threatens to strengthen. Here’s the latest

TRACKING THE TROPICS: Activity wants to try and become better organized this weekend

Follow Melissa on Facebook here or Twitter hereWe’re watching an area of low pressure about 150 miles off the coast of Florida near Dayton Beach that currently has winds at 30 mph and unorganized activity, but is threatening to strengthen into a Tropical Depression over the next couple of days.While it’s elongated and not very well-defined at the moment, waters are warm and there’s a 60% chance of it becoming a tropical depression in the next two days.While a couple of the models show the system trying to turn towards our direction, most show it meandering near or moving over the Florida Peninsula late this weekend into early next week. If it does become a tropical storm, the next name on the list is Fred.With this activity bringing in some breezy conditions from the east-northeast today, we look to stay dry for the weekend with scattered shower activity staying at bay and slightly below average temperatures.We do see an increased risk for rip currents today, so keep an eye on the waters if you’re heading out to the coast.The forecast doesn’t stay dry, though. Rain chances return quickly as we start the new workweek.Stay safe!-Melissa

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We’re watching an area of low pressure about 150 miles off the coast of Florida near Dayton Beach that currently has winds at 30 mph and unorganized activity, but is threatening to strengthen into a Tropical Depression over the next couple of days.

While it’s elongated and not very well-defined at the moment, waters are warm and there’s a 60% chance of it becoming a tropical depression in the next two days.

While a couple of the models show the system trying to turn towards our direction, most show it meandering near or moving over the Florida Peninsula late this weekend into early next week.

If it does become a tropical storm, the next name on the list is Fred.

With this activity bringing in some breezy conditions from the east-northeast today, we look to stay dry for the weekend with scattered shower activity staying at bay and slightly below average temperatures.

We do see an increased risk for rip currents today, so keep an eye on the waters if you’re heading out to the coast.

The forecast doesn’t stay dry, though. Rain chances return quickly as we start the new workweek.

Stay safe!

-Melissa

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Lower storm chances, steamy across Central Florida Saturday

ORLANDO, Fla. – It won’t be completely dry everywhere, but it is not going as stormy as it has been over the last few days.

A disorganized area of low pressure off the east coast of Florida will send a few downpours, storms back into Florida. The highest opportunity for scattered rain and storms will be along the coast but still lower than the past few days.

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That same system in the Atlantic will try to pull in drier air for inland areas, keeping rain and storm chances on the lower side Saturday. On Sunday, rain chances will go up slightly as that disturbance moves closer to Florida.

Beach forecast:

A high rip current threat exists along the east coast beaches. Red Tide is present for some of the Gulf Coast beaches. Click here for what you can expect at the beach this weekend.

Tropics update:

Most of the tropics are quiet, but development is possible off of the Florida coast late this weekend or early next work week. Here is the latest on that disturbance.

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BOSTON — The Rays’ acquisition of Nelson Cruz from the Twins on Thursday got Aaron Boone’s attention.

“He’s a wrecking machine,’’ the Yankees manager said of the slugger whom the Rays acquired (along with a minor leaguer) in exchange for a pair of prospects. “He’s a great hitter, obviously, still. He’s over 40 now and is still as good as ever.”

Cruz, who turned 41 this month, hit his 20th homer of the season — and first with the Rays — on Friday.

He joined a Tampa Bay team that trails the first-place Red Sox by one game. The Yankees will head to St. Petersburg, Fla., for a key three-game series, beginning on Tuesday.

“It makes them, certainly offensively, that much more potent and dangerous,’’ Boone said before the Yankees’ 6-2 loss to the Red Sox. “It gives them a little different element with a lethal right-handed power bat. He’s an elite offensive player. Add that to a really good team and it makes them even tougher.”

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The trade deadline is a week away and the Yankees have plenty of needs.

They’ve been looking for outfield help for most of the season — especially since Aaron Hicks was lost for the year following left wrist surgery.

That has caused them to rely heavily on Brett Gardner, and because of the absences of Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar and others, they’ve had to call up an army of outfielders from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Post’s Joel Sherman reported that one of the Rangers’ top scouts watched some Yankees prospects at High-A Hudson Valley on Tuesday, and the Yankees have long been interested in Texas star Joey Gallo.

The Yankees have inquired about Minnesota’s Max Kepler, with the Twins in full sell mode.

The Marlins’ Starling Marte is also available and of interest to the Yankees. Unlike Kepler and Gallo, however, Marte is right-handed and the Yankees already lean heavily in that direction.

Hal Steinbrenner seems determined to stay under the $210 million luxury tax threshold and the Yankees are only a few million shy of that mark.

Asked if believed the Yankees would make a move before the deadline, Boone said Friday, “We’ll see. I know [general manager Brian Cashman] and those guys [in the front office] around the clock are having those conversations with everyone. We’ll see where these next several days lead us.”

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