Mayor Welch declares local state of emergency and urges residents to prepare for Idalia

ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Ken Welch has declared a local state of emergency and urges residents to prepare for Tropical Storm Idalia, which is expected to strengthen to a Category 3 hurricane at landfall.

Sandbags Update:
Sandbag distribution will STOP after 7 p.m., Monday, August 28 at all sites. There will be no sandbag distribution after today. For more info, visit

Trash & Recycling Update:
Trash will be picked up as originally scheduled Monday, Aug. 28. Once picked up, please make sure your cans are secured after pickup. Trash pickups scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 29, are planned as originally scheduled until further notice.

City Closures Update:
City Hall, City offices, and facilities will be closed on Tuesday, Aug. 29, and Wednesday, Aug. 30. All city recreation facilities will be closed, and recreation programming will be canceled starting Tuesday, Aug. 29, through Wednesday, August 30.

Shelter Openings 

Special needs shelter will open tonight at 7 p.m. at John Hopkins Middle School, 701 16th St. S., St. Petersburg. Pinellas County plans to open another 10 shelters on Tuesday morning. Get the latest details on the Pinellas County website.

Prepare & Stay Informed:
– Know Your Evacuation Zone –
– Review Pinellas County’s Hurricane Guide at
– Find resources from the Florida Division of Emergency Management at
– Sign up for Alert St. Pete at
– Follow @StPeteFL on social media channels for storm updates specific to St. Pete
– View the latest storm information from the National Hurricane Center at
– Pinellas County Citizen Service Center – call 727-464-3800 or use the live chat at

Please visit for more hurricane preparedness information.

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