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85º | 70% chance of precipitation | Sunrise 6:32 a.m. | Sunset 8:26 p.m. | Tides | Old Tampa Bay | High: 10:05 a.m. + 7:08 p.m. | Low: 1:07 p.m. | Clearwater Beach | High: 3:46 p.m. | Low: 9:35 a.m. + 11:18 p.m. | Full Weather Report | Traffic Report

 
⛈️ Pull on that rain jacket
A summer storm rolls into downtown Tampa.
A summer storm rolls into downtown Tampa.|Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Hurricane season just begun and June is already kicking off with a bang — with mounds and mounds of rain, thunderstorms, and some wind.

Forecasters are predicting the Tampa Bay area will see three to six inches of rain over the next week, according to WTSP. The rain has already started — here’s what you need to know.

What’s the forecast?

  • Why the sudden influx of showers? It’s the result of a low pressure system over the Gulf of Mexico + the rain is expected to last through the week.
  • Stay on top of the latest weather updates with this dashboard from WTSP.
  • Though forecasters say a tropical system isn’t likely, there’s a 20% chance this system develops slowly over the next week.

Flooding tips

  • Some of Tampa + the Burg’s low-lying neighborhoods will likely see more flooding than others (like Shore Acres and Hyde Park). Look up your flood zone in Hillsborough + check your area’s risk in Pinellas.
  • One of the most important things to remember is not to walk in sitting water. Even if that puddle may look clear, snakes, downed power lines, and sewage could be hiding from your view. Here’s even more tips for navigating floodwaters.
  • It’s equally important to report downed power lines and other electrical issues — so they can get fixed as quickly as possible. Report an outage to Duke Energy or TECO.

Hurricane prep tips

  • This storm may already be here, but this is a great time to make sure you have sandbags, your kit, and all your in-case-of-emergency plans settled in case of a tropical storm or hurricane.
  • Find even more information to help you get prepped in our hurricane guide.
 
Asked
 
Are you ready for hurricane season?

A. Oh I’ve been ready
B. Not yet
C. My kit’s in the mail
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, June 12
  • “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” | Wednesday, June 12-Thursday, June 13 | 8 p.m. | Seminole Hard Rock, 5223 Orient Rd., Tampa | $50+ | This 2003 play follows a gay Italian American from a large family who wishes to marry his boyfriend in a traditional Italian ceremony.
Thursday, June 13
  • Mindful Bouquet Workshop | Thursday, June 13 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Keel & Curley Winery, 5202 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City | $54 | Soothe your mind + ignite your creativity in a peaceful flower arranging class from the experts at Flower Crown Kombucha.
Friday, June 14
  • National Bourbon Day | Friday, June 14-Saturday, June 15 | 6 p.m.-12 a.m. | Shuffle, 2612 N. Tampa St., Tampa | Free with reservation | Celebrate the father figure in your life with old fashioneds, whiskey sours, key Manhattans, a market, and live music.
  • “Falsettos” | Friday, June 14-Sunday, June 23 | Times vary | Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd. #151, Tampa | $25-$45 | This musical shares a hilarious and poignant look at a modern family and love.
Saturday, June 15
  • KPB Gandy Beach Cleanup Monthly Series | Saturday, June 15 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Gandy Beach, 13090 Gandy Blvd. N., Gandy | Free | Join Keep Pinellas Beautiful to assist with a shoreline and mangrove cleanup — make sure to register.
  • The PWRTRC 2024 Juneteenth Literacy Music Festival | Saturday, June 15 | 4-9 p.m. | Albert Whitted Park, 107 8th Ave. SE, St. Petersburg | $39 | Celebrate Black culture through music, literature, and community while taking in the Burg’s waterfront views.
Sunday, June 16
  • Jen Ruiz | Sunday, June 16 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Oxford Exchange, 420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa | $5+ | Join the bestselling author to discuss her latest book, “12 Trips in 12 Months,” which chronicles her adventures like scuba diving in Mexico and descending into a volcano in Iceland.
  • AfroCAN | Sunday, June 16 | 5:30-9:30 p.m. | Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 900 E. Scott St., Tampa | $0-$75 | Dress in Afro-inspired chic attire, explore local Black-owned businesses, buy meals from local Black chefs, and bring your blanket to enjoy entertainment on the lawn.
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News Notes
 
Civic
  • Rep. Kathy Castor is hoping to bridge the gap in West Riverwalk expansion funding with a new request to the federal government. The lawmaker hopes to pull in about $3 million for the project, which would add a five-mile walking + biking path west of the river. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Opening
  • Gold’s Gym arrives in Ybor City later this summer as part of the ongoing Gas Worx development. The new state-of-the-art facility will feature a 25,000-sqft indoor area + a 4,500-sqft outdoor workout zone. The facility’s grand opening is set for Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m. (That’s So Tampa)
Announced
  • This one’s just for the kitties. Friends of Strays is opening a second shelter — solely for cats — at 3015 46th Ave. N. in St. Pete. The 2,500-sqft “Cat Box” will house traditional cages, cage-free rooms, and individual rooms — otherwise known as “Hair B&Bs.” (St. Pete Catalyst)
Shop
  • Some say the best suits are custom-made. Tweeds Custom Suits just opened its doors this week, offering tailored looks aplenty right in the heart of downtown St. Pete. Find tuxes, custom suits, and other dapper duds at the 865 Central Ave. storefront. (I Love the Burg)
Coming Soon
  • Order’s up. The beloved Busy Bee Diner is opening up another TBAY location in Clearwater. Located at 2552 Sunset Point Rd., the new eatery will start serving affordable omelets and clubs sometime this month. (I Love the Burg)
Plan Ahead
  • Big ideas are coming to the dome. Companies will pitch themselves at Tropicana Field at Tampa Bay Wave’s 2024 TechDiversity Accelerator program Pitch Night tomorrow, June 13. The 15 cohort members were selected out of hundreds of applicants. Get tickets. (St. Pete Catalyst)
Sports
  • Check in on the Rays post-sweep. Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews and more from local experts of the Tampa Bay Rays with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
     
     
    Holiday
     
    It’s all about dad
    A tank of coral at the Florida Aquarium's Coral Conservation and Research Center. There is blue fluorescent lighting above the tank and the coral sits in water.
    The Florida Aquarium is in its sixth year of coral spawning.|Photo by The Florida Aquarium
    Still on the hunt for plans for celebrating dear old dad? We got you.

    We rounded up some fantastic finds for the fatherly figure in your life who loves an activity:
    • The Florida Aquarium is offering two-for-one admission all weekend long, so you can check out the stingrays, coral reefs, jellyfish, and all kinds of other marine life.
    • For the competitive duos, may we suggest a friendly round of cornhole? It’s a bit of a hike outside Tampa, but The Starkey Market is hosting its fifth annual Father’s Day Cornhole Tournament — beers and eats will be available for purchase too.
    • Make memories and mementos at the Dad & Me Epoxy Coaster Workshop. Kids ages six and up can craft personalized coasters + a holder with their papa — all supplies and two admissions are included with each ticket.
    Find Father’s Day brunches + even more event options on our calendar.
     
    The Buy
     
    Strut your stuff this summer with accessories from Designed For Joy. The Birdie purse comes in various colorways and features a scarf detail on the handle – perfect for a summer date night.
     
    Answered
     
    Earlier this week, we asked “What’s your go-to summer treat?”
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    Chill Bros has flavors like Double Down Oreo, Tampa Banana, and Belgian Brownie. | Photo by @eatloveteach

    Well I have to agree with the majority of our readers whose main summertime staple is ice cream.

    But I won’t argue with those of you who said you beat the heat with frozen drinks — tied with those who prefer Italian ice, of course.
     
     
    The Wrap
     
    Bailey Lefever in a park near a pond Today’s edition by:
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    From the editor
    Anyone else missing Indie Flea a little too much? The outdoor market is hosting its summertime iteration soon. Be on the lookout for early shopping tickets.
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