The Top News on Tuesday: Hurricane Michael to Bring Storm Surge, 13 Child Predators Arrested and More.

Here are some of Tuesday’s top news.

Hurricane Michael to Make Landfall on Wednesday

Florida is bracing for the impact of Category 4 storm, Hurricane Michael. Some parts of the bay area could experience storm surge. In the bay area alone, there is expected to be two to four feet of storm surge.

The Panhandle is anticipating flash-flooding along with strong winds and heavy rain.

In Citrus County, schools are closed today and tomorrow. Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco Counties are under voluntary evacuations.

Sandbags are available at many bay area locations, like Dorsett Park in Tarpon Springs.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Arrests 13 Men for Child Sex Sting

Between Oct. 2 and 7, Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 13 men for child sex sting.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 13 men for child sex sting.

The undercover operation targeted online child predators.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the sting took place between Oct. 2 and 7. Detectives posed as girls and boys on social media and dating websites.

The sheriff’s office said the suspects believed they were communicating with 13 and 14-year-olds. Suspects later showed up at a Polk County location to meet with who they thought were children.

“These are deviants,” said Grady Judd, Polk County Sheriff. “These are not normal people. They look normal on the outside, but they are not normal people. They are child sexual predators.”

The 13 men arrested faced 58 charges.

Voter Registration Ended Tuesday

Voter registration ended on Tuesday with the exception of several offices that closed because of Hurricane Michael.

Tuesday was the last day to register to vote.

There are two ways to register. You can go online to the Florida Department of State website or applications by mail and postmark were also accepted.

Voting groups were out on USF campus on Tuesday to encourage people to register.

Applications were due by 11:59, on Tuesday night.

Some state election offices are currently closed due to the landfall of Hurricane Michael. However, voters in those areas will be able to register once offices reopen.

More than 40,000 people have already registered online this past week, alone.

A recent poll shows both the governors and the Senate races in a dead heat.

 

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