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New Tampa homes invaded by bats


Tampa, Florida -- It's an upscale, idyllic neighborhood, except for a few things...bats! The flying mammals have taken up residence in a handful of homes in the Hunter's Green subdivision.

Christina Rojas and her family just moved in this weekend and got a big surprise.

"We were unloading the moving truck and hundreds of bats came flying out," said Rojas.

Tampa airport's welcome damages Japanese jet


Tampa, Florida -- A Japan Airlines jet was damaged over the weekend after the plane landed at Tampa International Airport. It was slowly pulling up to the gate as a water cannon, typically used for special occasions, was launched.

It's a community bruised, but not broken.


Riverview, Florida -- Fences were ripped to shreds, windows blown out. Now one Riverview community is banding together after a tornado touched down, transforming quiet streets into havens for debris.

It's a community bruised, but not broken.

"(The tornado) was terrifying. I don't even know how else to explain it," said Colonial Estates resident Julie Dickinson. "(I'm) extremely thankful and blessed that the kids, and all the animals, we were all okay and no one got hurt."

Riverview tornado leaves homes battered


Riverview, Florida -- It hit within seconds. A funnel cloud formed and started to drop. Nick Nuvola raced to the windows with his cell phone.

"It was a tornado. I saw touchdown. I thought holy crap that could kill somebody."

Nuvola watched as the funnel touched down and debris started flying. He watched as the confirmed EF0 tornado picked up a shed and slammed it onto the roof of the home. An A/C unit and a riding lawnmower crashed to the ground.

VIDEO: Riverview tornado forms

Neighbors help neighbors in tornado's aftermath


Riverview, Florida -- High in the sky above all the massive damage in the Colonial Hills community Friday was a rainbow. Among the chatter of neighbors surveying the damage though there was something else. On almost every corner where the damage was the worst you could see neighbors helping neighbors by boarding up holes, tacking down tarps and picking up debris.

It was a scene that played out from each end of the community to the next.

Detectives solicit tips on girl's murder on Causeway


Tampa, Florida --- It's been just about two weeks since 9-year-old Felecia Williams' body was discovered off of the Courtney Campbell Causeway, and detectives are still looking for answers. And the next step in the investigation is asking for your help, front and center on the road.

"I hope that those involved will be brought to justice," said Williams' mother Felecia Demerson after her daughter's funeral.

Detectives agree. And they still have questions about how 9-year-old Felecia Williams was killed.

Report of gun locks down Wharton High most of day


Tampa, Florida -- Wharton High School was placed on lock down for most of the day Thursday after a report of a student with a gun on the New Tampa campus.

Hillsborough Sheriff's deputies say shortly after the start of the school day, a student came forward and reported to the school resource deputy that he had seen another male student in possession of a handgun.