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FEMA: Flood insurance claims for Irma near 17,000 in Florida

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 07:19:35 GMT

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, and a British Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay rescue helicopter crew coordinate the rescue of an adult female and two children from the vessel Ferrel near Vieques, Puerto Rico, Sept. 21, 2017.

Hurricane Irma gives most of Florida bath of raw sewage

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:02:18 GMT

Hurricane Irma churned up a sewage bath for Florida's tiny towns and big cities that looks to have no precedent. That's saying a lot as hurricanes often douse the state with wastewater, including last year's Hermine at Tampa Bay and Matthew at Jacksonville.

Despite driver frustration, Florida to keep new hurricane evacuation plan

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:30:31 GMT

And it came as the state was trying out a new evacuation plan that allowed drivers to ride on highway shoulders instead of reversing all lanes to one direction. The idea was to minimize driver confusion and risk, while allowing supply trucks to go into areas which were evacuating.

Hurricane Irma claims in Florida: $3.1 billion so far

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:21:53 GMT

The Broward Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the death of a ninth nursing home resident who was evacuated from The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. The Broward Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the death of a ninth nursing home resident who was evacuated from The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

Shelter accepts dogs from Florida, freeing space for hurricane victims

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:50:29 GMT

A transport of dogs from Florida to the Tri-County Humane Society was delayed due to Hurricane Irma. But the new recruits arrived safely Thursday.

'Ghost ship' beached in Florida may take months to remove

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:36:00 GMT

'Ghost ship' beached in Florida may take months to remove Florida has a new tourist attraction, an unoccupied 45-foot sailboat that washed up on an Atlantic Coast beach. Check out this story on MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla.

Anti-porn bill touted by Florida lawmaker would designate porn a a public-health crisisa

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:20:43 GMT

Florida could be the next state to declare pornography a public health crisis if a Republican lawmaker has his say. State Rep. Ross Spano of Dover has filed a bill, H.R. 157 , "recognizing the public health crisis created by pornography," the Orlando Weekly first reported Wednesday.

Florida Nursing Home Listed Dead Resident as 'Resting in Bed,' State Says

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:51:54 GMT

A state agency has found that the Florida nursing home where eight residents died after it lost air-conditioning following Hurricane Irma "presents a danger to every person on its premises" and must close after staff at the facility failed to call 911 for its overheated patients, even as their temperatures began spiking as high as 109.9 degrees Fahrenheit. The agency also rebuked the nursing home for entering normal vital signs, or mildly elevated temperatures, into the medical records of several residents after they had already been evacuated or, in one case, had already died.

Hurricane Irma garbage to fuel Florida's power grid

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:59:51 GMT

Yard waste from Hurricane Irma is dumped in a Florida Department of Transportation yard next to Maximo Park, St. Petersburg, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.

Florida deputy accused of stealing items from a crime scene

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:28:57 GMT

Orange County Sheriff's Capt. Angelo Nieves tells local news outlets that Deputy Joseph Suheil Haddad was arrested Tuesday following an internal affairs investigation found that he'd used the credit cards illegally.

Florida politicians talk tough after the hurricane. But it's just that a talk

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:12:04 GMT

Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel columnist, says that with power companies, nurisng homes, Florida politicians talk tough after the hurricane. But it's just that a talk.

Train hits homeless man on railroad tracks in Florida

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:32:22 GMT

Detectives in Lakeland say 54-year-old Terrance G. Hall was killed Tuesday night in Lakeland, which is between Orlando and Tampa in central Florida.

Power is back on in Florida, but utilities still under fire

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:52:47 GMT

After a massive restoration effort, most of Florida has power 10 days after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to nearly two-thirds of the state, mostly because of improvements made to the power grid since Hurricane Wilma 12 years ago. But that may do little to stem a growing backlash over the widespread outages that caused misery across the state and sparked sharp criticism from residents and elected officials.

The Hay-Adams, Washington, D.C.: Book a stay at The

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:53:50 GMT

Check out this story on Four Seasons, Miami: There's so much to do and see in Miami. The city has the hot new Faena Forum to experience and excellent restaurants aplenty.

Florida SBDC Offering Assistance to Small Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Irma

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:11:33 GMT

Small businesses remain closed or are struggling to re-open. And small business owners are faced with no electricity, limited cell service, damaged or destroyed properties, and limited resources to do anything about it.

Immigrant hurricane victims turn to churches amid fear

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:38:01 GMT

Immigrants came from across Houston to a Baptist church gymnasium and stacked dollies with boxes of cereal, orange juice and household necessities like cleaning bleach. For many of them, the church was the safest place to seek relief after Harvey devastated Houston and left thousands of immigrants fearful of turning to the government for help amid fears they would get deported.

Some were poisoned. Others drowned. How 42 people in Florida died from Hurricane Irma

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:58:13 GMT

Deadly carbon monoxide fumes have killed 11 people in Florida as Hurricane Irma's death toll rose to 42 on Tuesday, state officials reported. The numbers are also preliminary, as there are several known deaths still not included on the state's official list, such as the eight elderly people who died after their nursing home in Hollywood lost air conditioning and the nine deaths reported in Monroe County.