Tag Archives: Florida

FLORIDA: 4.5 Million Without Power, Key West Largely Unscathed, Damage Much Worse In Middle/Upper Keys

The Miami Herald reports: As the waves and winds began easing Sunday, residents of Old Town emerged not knowing exactly what to expect from the most powerful hurricane to strike the Florida Keys in more than a half century. But all in all, many in Key West seemed relieved that the damage from a Category 4 Irma was not much, ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Hurricane Irma Open Thread

Overnight open thread for Irma watchers. Here’s the latest: Hurricane Irma churned toward Florida on Saturday, leaving a trail of death and destruction across the Caribbean and prompting one of the largest emergency evacuations in American history. The National Hurricane Center said on Saturday evening the eye of Irma was beginning to slowly move away from the coast of Cuba ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Storm Surge Forecast Issued For Key West

The Washington Examiner reports: A “reasonable worst case scenario” forecast shows half of Key West underwater due to storm surge, according to a Weather Channel meteorologist. Hurricane Irma, a Category 3 storm as of 11 a.m., is predicted to turn away from Cuba and make landfall in the Sunshine State by Sunday morning. Forecasters say the eye is expected to ...

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Irma Now Forecast To Make Landfall At Category 5

NBC News reports: The newest projected path for Hurricane Irma shows it regaining strength after it passes Cuba and making a Florida landfall as a Category 5 storm. Irma is then expected to move over Florida and then continue through Georgia and west over Huntsville, Alabama as it loses hurricane status. With the current projected path, Irma will make landfall ...

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Hurricane Jose Upgraded To Category 4

The Orlando Sentinel reports: As Hurricane Irma makes its way toward Florida, two other hurricanes are gaining strength as they near land. Hurricane Jose is now an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm. It’s still forecast to steer north, potentially avoiding any impact to Florida. It’s 535 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands, which were battered this week by Irma, according ...

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MIAMI BEACH: High-Rise Building Managers Turn Off Water And Power To Force Evacuations To Mainland

CBS News reports: The mayor and emergency managers have spoken and the people of Miami Beach listened. Thousands packed what they needed and evacuated. Friday morning the normally busy South Beach was a virtual ghost town, the businesses and hotels along Ocean Drive shuttered or boarded up for the storm. Mayor Philip Levine has urged everyone in the city to ...

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Mar-A-Lago Ordered To Evacuate Ahead Of Irma

The Miami Herald reports: President Donald Trump’s seaside Mar-a-Lago resort has been ordered to evacuate because of Hurricane Irma, along with the barrier islands and low-lying areas of Palm Beach County. About 125,000 Palm Beach residents are being told to leave starting Friday at 10 a.m., according to the Sun Sentinel. All of Florida is under a state of emergency, ...

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Latest Model Predicts “Worst Case Scenario” For Miami

NBC News reports: Hurricane Irma was on a track to slam Miami this weekend as it continued to cut a fatal and destructive swath through the Caribbean islands Thursday. As of 6 p.m., Miami was about 52 hours from feeling the first effects of a killer storm that has already been blamed for at least nine deaths across a string ...

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Mandatory Evacuations Begin For Fort Lauderdale

Broward County Mayor Mayor Barbara Sharief last night ordered the mandatory evacuation of areas east of US 1, which runs parallel to the coast about two miles inland. The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: The evacuation order for areas east of Federal Highway, barrier islands, low-lying areas and mobile homes goes into effect at noon Thursday. She said the implementation is ...

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Meet Florida’s Sheriff Wannabe Joe Arapaio

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is threatening to jail wanted people seeking shelter due to Hurricane Irma. The sheriff, who is known for his outspoken comments, made the threat in a series of posts to Twitter. “If you go to a shelter for #Irma and you have a warrant, we’ll gladly escort you to the safe ...

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FLORIDA: Gov. Rick Scott Urges Evacuations, Says Irma Is “Bigger, Faster, And Stronger Than Andrew” [VIDEO]

The Miami Herald reports: One of the most powerful hurricanes on record continued steaming toward South Florida early Wednesday, with its course after three days still shifting. In their early morning discussion, National Hurricane Center forecasters said the latest model runs have moved Irma’s path slightly to the east, taking the fierce Cat 5 storm over Florida’s east coast or ...

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Miami-Dade To Begin Evacuations Ahead Of Irma

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: As Hurricane Irma threatens South Florida, Broward and Palm Beach County officials are mulling when to open shelters and order evacuations; Miami-Dade County will begin evacuations Wednesday. Miami-Dade County officials announced that evacuations will begin Wednesday. County offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. “Because of the strength and intensity of this storm, we need ...

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Mandatory Evacuation For Florida Keys Ahead Of Irma

Miami’s CBS affiliate reports: Evacuation orders are being given in the Florida Keys as Monroe County emergency managers prepare for Hurricane Irma. “For the Florida Keys, if you were to create the worst case scenario that is what we are looking at,” said Monroe Co. Emergency Operations Center Director Martin Senterfitt. The grim outlook prompted Senterfitt to order mandatory evacuations. ...

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Hurricane Irma Strengthens To Category 5 Overnight

The Weather Channel reports: Hurricane Irma has strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 hurricane as it bears down on the Leeward Islands, and will rake through the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispañola, the Bahamas and Cuba before posing a dangerous threat to Florida and parts of the Southeast beginning this weekend. The center of Irma is located just under 300 ...

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Hurricane Irma May Make Landfall At Category 4

The Weather Channel reports: Hurricane Irma is a growing threat to the continental United States, with impacts possibly beginning in Florida later this week. Before that, Irma will bring dangerous conditions to the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Bahamas and Cuba. It is too soon to speculate on the specifics surrounding the U.S. threat from Irma, but the hurricane ...

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Ricky Loved Madonna

Gentle readers, today is Madonna’s 59th birthday. Below is a short story that first appeared on JMG on this day in 2006, a date which, as you’ll see, plays a role in the story. Ricky Loved Madonna Twenty years ago today, August 16th 1986, I was a few months into a new job with AMC Theatres, a position that I ...

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University Of Florida Cancels Speech By Nazi Trump Fan Richard Spencer Over Risk Of “Imminent Violence”

The Miami Herald reports: The University of Florida denied so-called “alt-right” leader Richard Spencer’s request to speak on campus in September, citing “serious concerns for safety.” The university decided against allowing Spencer, who led the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville that erupted in violence and ended with the death of a young woman, to speak on campus after the ...

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FLORIDA: 22-Year Old Man Murdered In Hate Crime Shooting After Defending His Gay Cousin [VIDEO]

West Palm Beach’s NBC affiliate reports: The words spoken before a deadly shooting in Lake Worth could reveal the suspected shooter’s motive. The arrest report for Nelson Hernandez Mena, 48, states witnesses heard Hernandez angrily utter anti-gay statements just before one man was killed and a second person was injured. The mother of the 22-year-old man who was shot and ...

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FLORIDA: State Agrees To Pay $1.1M Over Law That Banned Doctors From Discussing Guns With Patients

The New York Times reports: Florida has agreed to pay $1.1 million in legal fees to lawyers who sued the state over a 2011 law that barred doctors from talking to patients about gun ownership, according to a gun control organization involved in the case. The organization, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said Gov. Rick Scott of Florida ...

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MADE IN AMERICA WEEK: Trump’s Florida Businesses File Visa Requests For Dozens Of Foreign Workers

The Hill reports: President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida filed requests with the government on Thursday to hire 70 temporary foreign workers as cooks, housekeepers and servers at the private club, according to records posted by the Labor Department. The jobs would begin on Oct. 1 and end in May 2018, according to the filings. Those positions would take advantage ...

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