Brendan Farrington and Tamara Lush, Associated Press Updated 11:59 pm CDT, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 A couple is silhouetted against the sunset at the St. Andrews Marina in Panama City, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, ahead of Hurricane Michael. (Patti Blake/News Herald via AP) A couple is silhouetted against the sunset at the St. Andrews Marina in Panama City, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, ahead of Hurricane Michael. (Patti Blake/News Herald via AP) Photo: Patti Blake, AP Robert Sandousky gestures as he holds up some wire he plans on using to repair one of his fences from storm debris at his home Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, in Keaton Beach, Fla. Sandousky has ridden out several storms since he moved to the area some 40 years ago. Hurricane Michael continues to churn in the Gulf of Mexico heading for the Florida panhandle. less Robert Sandousky gestures as he holds up some wire he plans on using to repair one of his … [Read more...] about Florida Panhandle braces for 1st major hurricane in years
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Patrick Riley Naples Daily News Published 3:26 p.m. UTC Jun 23, 2018 Less than a year ago, one of the most ferocious storms in recent memory ripped through Southwest Florida, shredding trailers, flooding homes and triggering the largest evacuation in Collier County’s history. Hurricane Irma made landfall on Florida’s west coast as a Category 3 storm Sept. 10, packing peak wind gusts of more than 140 mph, dropping more than 10 inches of rain and drawing storm surges of 4 to 5 feet. More: Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Marco Island The massive storm drained the county’s resources as shelters quickly filled up. Some evacuees had to scramble to find refuge outside Collier County, such as at Germain Arena in Estero. In Collier alone, 17,000 evacuees sheltered at 29 schools, which make up the vast majority of storm shelters. But if Collier is threatened by an even fiercer storm this hurricane season — a strong Category 4 or even more … [Read more...] about Hurricane shelter space shortage in Collier second largest in Florida, report says
click to enlarge Florida’s citrus industry experienced its worst growing season since World War II as the hurricane-battered harvest is now essentially complete. The latest forecast numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show no change in the past month for orange production, which is off 34.7 percent from the prior growing season. Meanwhile, grapefruit production has fallen another 1.8 percent from a May forecast, coming in at half of what was picked in the prior growing season and at its lowest level in nearly a century. “This brings a very difficult citrus season to a close,” Shannon Shepp, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus, said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to a quiet, resilient season in the fall.” Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam called the season, which included devastation from Hurricane Irma and continued battles with deadly citrus greening disease, “horrible.” “It’s … [Read more...] about Florida citrus farmers just wrapped up the industry’s worst season in decades
With no running water, no power and no school for her kids, Carmen "Millie" Santiago fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean last fall. Like thousands of evacuees, she landed here in central Florida. And, like hundreds, she's still stuck in a motel.Seven months after the storm, the quick-witted 50-year-old with chestnut hair and a warm smile has become the de facto mayor of "El Super Ocho," or Super 8, the beige motel in the shadow of Disney World where she lives with her husband and two children. She keeps business cards of apartment managers, case workers and potential employers spread out on a table by the motel room door -- anything that might help her neighbors figure out how to survive the complex and increasingly eternal limbo they find themselves in.This week, hundreds of evacuees were told they would be booted from the motels where they've lived rent-free on assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. On Friday at 1 p.m., after mounting … [Read more...] about Motel misery: Hundreds fled Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico only to end up functionally homeless in Florida