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Possible sinkhole by Lowry Park Zoo

Possible sinkhole by Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa, FL -- Tampa Police are on scene at a possible sinkhole on N. Boulevard Aveenue bewtween W. Sligh Avenue and W. Patterson St.

The road is currently closed in both directions while police determine the extent of the damage to the road.

Police request that motorists avoid the area on their commute home tonight.  More information will be added as it becomes available.

Gas prices rise as major storms rock the South

Gas prices rise as major storms rock the South

Tampa, FL -- The trading price of crude oil inched up slightly last week as news of Tropical Storm Lee threatened Gulf refineries, according to a AAA Club South report.

AAA reports Tropical Storm Lee caused multiple companies to shutdown and evacuate refineries in the Gulf of Mexico cutting off 48 percent of output quotas.  Hurricane Katia has yet to make landfall, but is threatening the East coast of the U.S.

Currently a Category 2 hurricane, Katia has the potential to damage refineries along the East coast, which could push oil and gas prices higher. Crude oil closed Friday at $86.45 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange--$1.08 more than the week prior. 

"Retail gas prices rose an average of 5 cents last week in the Southeast and are expected to increase further this week after Lee disrupted Gulf refining," said Jessica Brady, spokesperson, AAA Auto Club South. "Normally, oil would trade at higher prices as a result of the storms, but bearish economic news is keeping downward pressure on prices."

Gas prices remain steady

Gas prices remain steady

Plant City -- Once again as the Labor Day weekend approaches you can still find some reasonable gas prices.

The Circle K on E. 60 and Turkey Creek Road is the lowest in the area right now.  A gallon of regular will cost you $3.39.

The Citgo at 4612 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Turkey Creek Road has a gallon going for $3.41.

Tampa gas prices prediction post-Irene

Tampa gas prices prediction post-Irene

Tampa, FL -- Average retail gasoline prices in Tampa rose 0.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.46/g yesterday.

This compares with the national average that has increased 2.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.61/g, according to gasoline price website, TampaGasPrices.com.

"Retail gasoline prices finished last week quite strong in some areas on concern surrounding Hurricane Irene," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst. "The concern surrounding refinery production on the East Coast helped boost gasoline prices outside that area as well. The good news for motorists is that damage to refineries was likely minimal and gasoline production will resume soon. However, with Labor Day weekend fast approaching and these refineries taking days to resume production we still may see retail prices gradually climb during this week," DeHaan adds.

Students react to changes at USF entrance

Students react to changes at USF entrance

Tampa, FL -- Students welcomed big changes along the university's main entrance on Leroy Collins Boulevard.

In addition to majestic landscaping featuring wild date palms, major changes have been made to better control the flow of traffic and how students board the Bull Runner buses.

The Bull Runner stops have been moved from near the end of Leroy Collins Boulevard to before the USF Library. Cutouts have been put in place along the roadway, allowing buses to pull out of the way of traffic while students board and exit the buses.

DUI checkpoint Friday

DUI checkpoint Friday

Temple Terrace, FL -- The Temple Terrace Police Department is hosting a multiagency Comprehensive Roadside Safety Checkpoint this Friday night, Aug. 26 starting at 10 p.m.

This initiative coincides with the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown, which began Aug. 19 and runs through Sept. 5. The checkpoint location is 50th Street, south of Fletcher Avenue.

The safety effort will include the Temple Terrace Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the University of South Florida Police Department.

Hole opens up on North Highland Avenue

Hole opens up on North Highland Avenue

Tampa, FL -- The City of Tampa's Wastewater Department began emergency repairs yesterday on a mainline cave-in in the 4600 block of North Highland Avenue between Curtis Street and Hilda Street.

Southbound traffic on Highland Avenue will continue to be detoured until repairs are complete to Osborne Avenue and North Boulevard for those traveling west, and to Osborne to Central Avenue traveling east.

The repair is scheduled to be complete no later than Friday, Aug. 26.