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Severe Weather & Storm Tracking

Spectrum News 13 chief meteorologist Bryan Karrick. Photo : Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Getting Ready For 2019 Hurricane Season

Are you ready for hurricane season? Forecasters are predicting an average season, with between nine and fifteen named storms. Two to four of them could be major hurricanes, category 3 or higher. We chat to a meteorologist and an emergency manager about preparing for storm season: what to put in your emergency kit, how to plan for an evacuation, and what to expect after a hurricane passes through. And we hear how the state of Florida is getting ready for the next major hurricane.
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Dangerous Squall Line Approaches Florida

A powerful cold front is expected to arrive tomorrow.  Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Meteorologist Jeff Huffman says it could trigger numerous severe thunderstorms when it arrives.
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Update: Powerful Storm Sweeps Across Florida

A powerful storm is moving through the state today. With it, flooding rains are possible across the panhandle and northern Florida. Severe weather, including the risk of tornadoes, is the concern in central and south Florida.
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Hurricane Season Not Over Yet

The Atlantic Hurricane Season may not be done just yet. A new tropical or subtropical storm is likely to form north of Puerto Rico this week. It could then approach the southeastern Bahamas in five to seven days.
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Update: Michael Strengthens Into A Hurricane.

Tropical Storm Michael is almost a hurricane this morning, and the National Hurricane Center says ‘there is a possibility’ it could become a major hurricane before it makes landfall in the panhandle Wednesday.
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Staring down Hurricane Florence, September 12th, 2018. Photo: Alexander Gerst, ESA- NASA

Intersection: Hurricanes & Climate Change

Hurricane season is at its peak. As Florence makes landfall in the Carolinas, some communities are still rebuilding from last year’s hurricanes, Irma and Maria. How are communities preparing to be more resilient in the face of these powerful storms?
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Hurricane Andrew – Dadeland Mobile Home Park after passage of Andrew. Photo: NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Collection

Intersection: Remembering Hurricane Andrew

When Hurricane Andrew hit Florida in 1992, meteorologist Bryan Norcross began a marathon 23 hour on-air shift, keeping Floridians informed as the Category 5 storm wreaked havoc on South Florida.
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Chad Koon inside the equipment room at Verizons Orlando superswitch. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Inside Verizon’s Superswitch

During a hurricane, communication is vital. As residents of the Carolinas prepare for Hurricane Florence later this week- we take a closer look at what it takes to keep communications networks running, especially when disaster strikes. Intersection goes inside Verizon’s Orlando ‘superswitch’- a building where millions of calls and data sessions are processed every day.
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Tropics Stay Active After Gordon

Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall overnight near the Alabama-Mississippi border, and this morning the system is rapidly weakening as it moves inland.
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Tropical Storm Gordon Almost A Hurricane

Tropical Storm Gordon steadily strengthened overnight, and this morning is moving west-northwest, away from the peninsula, with winds up to 65 mph. Further strengthening is possible before Gordon makes a second landfall tonight.
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Tropical Storm Gordon Heads For Gulf

Tropical Storm Gordon is intensifying as it pulls away from Southwest Florida this afternoon, but not before dumping several inches of rain and producing minor wind damage in portions of Miami-Dade County earlier today.
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The Good Samaritan Society: Florida Lutheran in Deland spent $30,000 to get a generator that could run air conditioning in the building with 60 nursing home beds.

Nursing Home Deaths Could Bring Legislative Changes

“A lot of these assisted living facilities that we would deem the mom-and-pops are not able to keep up with the current Florida building code standards,” said Jason Brodeur, a Sanford Republican who chairs the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee in the Florida House.
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This visible light image of Hurricane Irma was captured by NOAA’s GOES East satellite as it strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane in the Central Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 5 at 7:45 a.m. EDT

More Than 5 Million Without Power In Florida, And 980,000 In C. Fla.

More than five million Floridians are without power – including 931,834 customers in Orange, Osceola, Lake, Seminole, Brevard and Volusia counties. Statewide, five counties have more than 80 percent of customers without power: Lafayette in north Florida, and Monroe, Collier, Glades and Highlands counties in southwest Florida. 99 percent of Highlands County is without power. In Central Florida, Orange C0unty has the most customers without power, while Volusia County has the hi Orange County: 48 percent are without power, or 278,620 customers Volusia County: 67 percent are without power, or 192,371 customers Brevard County: 60 percent are without power, or 185,669 customers Seminole County: 65 percent are without power, or 137,442 customers Lake County: 57 are without power, or 100,684 …
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Some residents of Orlo Vista say they lost everything. Photo by Amy Green

Irma: The Latest

Hurricane Irma has shifted eastward with the eye expected to pass over Lake, Polk and Marion counties. It’s likely to bring winds of up to 100 mph into central Florida
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Highway Patrol Says Roads Still Not Safe

Florida Highway Patrol said they’re seeing too many people out “sightseeing” and not obeying the curfew. FHP reports trees are down and there’s standing water from the exit ramps at 528 to 520. Those ramps have been closed in both directions.
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Central Fl. Curfews Announced For Irma

Central Florida curfews will be in effect once the storm reaches us. Seminole and Orange Counties have a curfew starting Sunday night at seven. It lasts until Monday evening at six.
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90.7 WMFE will be with you throughout the storm. Here’s an outline of our on-air coverage and more resources >>

Hurricane Irma Resources

WMFE wants you all to be prepared, safe and informed as Hurricane Irma approaches this week. You can look to your local public radio station for clear and concise updates and safety information.
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If possible — and if you’re in a safe place — we’d like to follow your whole story before, during and after the storm. You can choose a way to talk to us.

Tell Us Your Irma Story

If possible — and if you’re in a safe place — we’d like to follow your whole story before, during and after the storm. You can choose a way to talk to us…
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Hurricane Prep Tips For Residents With Pets

Veterinarians are telling pet owners to prepare for their furry loved ones ahead of Irma. They say pet owners should make a pet evacuation kit with food, medicine and travel supplies.
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Puerto Rico Preparing For Hurricane Irma

Puerto Ricans in central Florida are watching Irma as she nears the island. FEMA has more than 500 officials there including a medical team and a search and rescue team. And the Governor of Puerto Rico has asked President Donald Trump to declare a state of emergency.
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