Carl Lisciandrello

Digital News Editor

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, 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

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While Hurricane Humberto continues to strengthen and grow on a path toward Bermuda, forecasters are now monitoring a tropical depression that is forecast to become a hurricane by the end of the week.

A portion of Interstate 175 and 6th Street South was closed in St. Petersburg on Monday afternoon after a large truck struck the I-175 pass.

Days after teasing the east coast of Florida with the possibility of another tropical scare, Humberto strengthened late Sunday night into a hurricane but is moving out to sea.

Portions of Florida’s east coast are under a tropical storm watch as the likelihood has increased that Tropical Storm Humberto will form off the Atlantic Coast this weekend.

Rep. Jackie Toldeo, R-Tampa
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A local legislator is taking steps to combat what she calls "an alarming and urgent healthcare crisis” – especially among young people.

Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, said she is introducing legislation to raise the legal age to purchase vaping and tobacco products to 21.

The National Hurricane Center has increased the possibility that a tropical wave over the southeastern Bahamas will pass through Florida – and the Tampa Bay area – as the next named tropical system.

Some areas along the east coast are no longer under a hurricane warning as Hurricane Dorian slowly crawls north parallel to the First Coast en route to a possible landfall in the Carolinas. 

Hurricane Dorian strengthened slightly as of the National Hurricane Center's 5 p.m. update continues to produce tropical storm conditions along the east coast, bringing storm surge along with dangerous surf.

The 11 p.m. Tuesday advisory from the National Hurricane Center showed Hurricane Dorian as a Category 2 storm moving 8 mph NNW.
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Hurricane Dorian continues pounding Florida’s east coast this evening as the Category 2 storm moving out in the Gulf of Mexico, parallel to the state.

The storm’s outer bands are producing tropical storm force winds, periods of heavy rain and storm surge across central Florida.

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

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.

Here are the latest developments on Hurricane Dorian:

Energy companies in Florida have begun preparations to assist with an emergency response as millions could lose power during Hurricane Dorian.

According to Florida Power & Light, nearly 16,000 workers – including out-of-state utilities and contractors – are available to assist over 24 staging sites and be deployed to assist areas hard-hit by the powerful storm.

The Tampa Bay area can expect a few subtle reminders this week that a major hurricane is threatening to produce potentially catastrophic conditions along the east coast.

National Hurricane Center

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.

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Hurricane Dorian is moving closer to the northwest Bahamas, still an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm.

While the Tampa Bay area is no longer in its path, the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dorian was located at 11 p.m. Saturday about 125 miles east of Great Abaco Island, about 310 miles east of West Palm Beach.

The prospect of Hurricane Dorian dumping inches of rain across the region has prompted several public school districts to add an extra day off this Labor Day weekend.

As predicted, Hurricane Dorian is now a major hurricane, reaching Category 4 strength Friday night while slowly making its way west toward a wary Florida.

All 67 Florida counties are now under an emergency order as the state awaits a powerful hit, likely early next week, from Hurricane Dorian.

Gov. Ron DeSantis

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.

Florida is in the forecast track as Tropical Storm Dorian continues to move northwest.

Puerto Rico is under a tropical storm warning and hurricane watch as Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to be near hurricane strength before making landfall there on Wednesday on a track toward Florida’s east coast by this weekend.

Michael McGlockton, right, is embraced by assistant state attorney Scott Rosenwasser following the verdict.

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The family of the man fatally shot in a Clearwater parking lot expressed a sense of thanks and justice Friday night after his shooter was convicted on a manslaughter charge.

Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast fatally struck a pedestrian on U.S. 19 in Hernando County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Florida Sheriff's Association

Citrus County Sheriff Kenneth M. Prendergast fatally struck a pedestrian on U.S. 19 in Hernando County on Wednesday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

More than 58,000 items will be available on Saturday during Florida’s 2019 unclaimed property auction in Orlando.

In a matter of seconds early Tuesday morning, an implosion marked Tampa International Airport’s next step toward executing its master plan and expansion.

In a matter of seconds early Tuesday morning, an implosion marked Tampa International Airport’s next step toward executing its master plan and expansion.

The university announced local philanthropists Jugal and Manju Taneja have donated $10 million to the school, which will now be known as the USF Health Taneja College of Pharmacy.

The University of South Florida received the largest financial gift offered to a pharmacy school in the state on Friday, and renamed its school for the donors.

Emerald Oak Drive in Crystal River was closed from U.S. 19 to North Diamond Terrace.

The Tampa Bay area remains under a flood watch as the rain that has saturated the ground and swelled area rivers remains intact.

The Tampa Bay area will have to deal with drenching rains, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for the region through Friday.

First it was the heat, and now it's the rain.

After enduring a few days of scorching conditions, the Tampa Bay area will have to deal with drenching rains, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for the region through Friday.

According to Ray Hawthorne, meteorologist with the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, the region has already received nearly 6 inches more rain than normal since June 1.

Sweltering heat gripped much of Florida on Monday.

It’s the middle of August in Florida, which means we should be accustomed to the sweltering, suffocating heat we’ve been sweating through across the Tampa Bay area – especially since the end of last week.

But if you been thinking these oppressive conditions feel just a bit worse than normal, you’re right.

It turns out that Sunday’s heat levels broke records in some parts of the region, and this trend will continue at least for the next couple of days.

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If you thought gas prices have been getting pleasantly low in the last week, you’re right. And if you live in the Tampa Bay area, you should be especially thankful.

Gas prices in the region are among the lowest in the state, according to AAA.

The price of gas dipped around 8 cents a gallon last week, to an average of $2.44 a gallon.

That average has settled in at a tidy $2.35 in Tampa Bay, according to AAA, making it the least expensive metro market in the state along with Punta Gorda and Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice.

Thursday's launch of the United Launch Alliance communications satellite lit up the sky over Northdale.

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