WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
• 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.
Read More »
• Hurricane season starts this Saturday, and most Florida residents say they are worried. But according to a new AAA survey, 21% say they would ignore official evacuation warnings. Of those who would evacuate, over half say they would leave only for a Category 3 hurricane or greater. Read More »
• 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. Read More »
• 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. Read More »
• 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. Read More »
• Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in 35 counties for Hurricane Michael, which is expected to reach the Florida Panhandle or Big Bend area Wednesday, possibly as a Category 3 hurricane. Read More »
• 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. Read More »
• 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? Read More »
• 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. Read More »
• 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.
Read More »
• 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. Read More »
• 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. Read More »
• The health clinic is operating, often by flashlight, out of tents. The island’s bleak recovery epitomizes the unevenness of the disaster relief effort in the hurricane-devastated U.S. territory. Read More »
• “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. Read More »
• 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 … Read More »
• 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. Read More »
• 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. Read More »
• 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. Read More »
• As of early Tuesday afternoon, Hurricane Irma is a Category 5 storm in the Atlantic with wind speeds up to 180 mph. Five-day forecasts predict Florida will see some impact from Irma, but it’s too soon to know for sure. In preparation, Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for all of Florida’s 67 counties. Read More »