Carl Lisciandrello

Carl Lisciandrello is digital news editor of WUSF Public Media.

Carl has worked in the Tampa Bay media for nearly 40 years, starting as a clerk and part-time reporter in the Clearwater Sun sports department. He spent nearly 30 years in various positions at The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com, eventually becoming digital editor before joining the Tampa Bay Times as digital news editor in 2016.

Carl is a New Jersey native who likely can be found near a beach, at church, anywhere near downtown Safety Harbor, or enjoying a cigar with his buddies. He is a University of Florida graduate.

Contact Carl at 813-974-8661, on twitter @carlmarksWUSF, or by email at clisciandrel@wusf.org.

Housing, office and retail space, and downtown parking are targeted for the site of the former St. Petersburg police headquarters.

Not so fast.

Tropical Storm Sebastien has formed in the Atlantic, meaning folks who thought we were going to coast into the end of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season will likely have to wait for a few more days.

Hurricane season officially ends in 12 days, but there’s a 50-50 chance that we will have one more named storm to acknowledge before we can call it a wrap.

When the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 in Wednesday night’s American League wild-card game, the focus quickly turned away from their performance on the field to just exactly how they got to this position.

Lorenzo has strengthened into the fifth hurricane of the Atlantic season as Tropical Storm Karen continues to drench Puerto Rico on a potential eventual path toward the U.S. East Coast.

Hurricane Dorian was nearly stationary this evening, the National Weather Service reported during its 11 p.m. update.

A slow westward to northwestward motion was expected to resume overnight and continue into early Tuesday.

It's also weakened slightly but still remains a catastrophic Category 4 storm that threatens Florida’s east coast with dangerous storm surge and inundating rains.

Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas as a catastrophic Category 5 storm Sunday, its record 185 mph winds ripping off roofs, overturning cars and tearing down power lines as hundreds hunkered down in schools, churches and shelters.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for Florida counties in the path of Hurricane Dorian, which is currently forecast to make landfall as a powerful Category 3 storm late this weekend.

Dorian has strengthened into a hurricane near St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and could become a Category 3 storm when it makes its projected landfall in Florida late Sunday night or early Monday.

Showers and thunderstorms will become more numerous at times across the Florida peninsula by the end of the week thanks to an approaching tropical wave.

The wave is not expected to become a significant tropical event, but it is being monitored by the National Hurricane Center for potential development into a depression or a tropical storm over the next five days.

Nothing much Wednesday

As rocket launches go, Thursday’s deployment of a communications satellite from Cape Canaveral was nothing too unusual.

Wildlife officials spent Monday rescuing a group of five whales that beached themselves on Redington Beach that morning.

Officials with Clearwater Marine Aquarium used trucks and boats to transport the whales to safe locations.

The Tampa Bay region will have to endure one more potentially stormy afternoon before normal summertime conditions return in time for the weekend.

Early risers are waking up to a bit more sunshine than in the last few days, with blue skies peeking through some light clouds.

The man who was struck by lightning on Clearwater Beach earlier this week has died.

Police have identified the man as Garry L. Perks, 32, of New Port Richey.

Forecasters continue to monitor an area of disturbed weather associated with a cold front in the northern Gulf of Mexico that may have a minimal chance of forming into a tropical system but will could produce heavy rainfall and potential flooding across the Tampa Bay area.

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