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Preparing for Idalia

August 28, 2023

The Nature Coast, Suncoast and Tampa Bay are in the southern portion of the cone of a Tropical Storm named Idalia. Also, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus Counties are under a state of emergency. The storm is expected to become a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico by early morning Tuesday, August 29th.

The intensity and paths of storms can often shift quickly, severely limiting an individual or family’s ability to evacuate. In addition, there is always a potential for flying debris, downed power lines, and localized flooding.

Please prepare, evacuate if needed, and join us in praying for the protection of all in the storm's path!

8/28/23 Updates


  • Due to the impending threat of Tropical Storm Idalia, Bishop Gregory Parkes has decided that Catholic School buildings in the Diocese of St. Petersburg will be closed on Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30. This includes Catholic schools and Early Childhood Centers in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus Counties.

  • The Pastoral Center in St. Petersburg will close at 12 noon on Tuesday, August 29th and all day on Wednesday, August 30th.

  • Please check with your parish about event and Mass cancellations.

Father, all the elements of nature obey your command.
Calm the storms and hurricanes that threaten us
and turn our fear of your power into praise of your goodness.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

(Prayer from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers. USCCB. 2007)

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