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MIAMI HERALD

A new, permanent hospital building is being built in Marathon for Florida Keys residents.

The Fisherman's Community Hospital was flattened by Hurricane Irma just in September 2017. It's owned by Baptist Health South Florida. Ever since, the hospital has been operating out of tents, and then a year later, portable buildings.

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For the next few weeks, getting in and out of downtown Miami will be a bit of a challenge for people who use I-95 to get there.

Starting this week, parts of I-95 will be shutting down for night-time construction.

Tonight, tomorrow night and Thursday night — all southbound I-95 lanes will be closed — from the Airport Expressway to the Dolphin Expressway between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

All northbound lanes on I-95 will also be closed from SR 836/I-395 to SR 112/I-195 on select dates starting Wednesday, also between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

Hurricane watches and warnings are old news for South Florida, but the rest of the state is not off the hook yet.

Hurricane Dorian is expected to remain offshore, but tropical storm force conditions are likely for the Space Coast and First Coast areas until this evening. The center of the storm is located 90 miles east of Daytona Beach, as it moves steadily toward the north-northwest at 8 mph as a category 2 hurricane with top winds of 105 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center's 5 a.m. advisory.

Associated Press

Last updated on Sept. 3, 4:38 p.m. 

Palm Beach County has lifted the mandatory evacuation orders for Zones A and B, effective Tuesday at 4 p.m. 

County authorities also indicated that shelters will close tomorrow at 9 a.m. Also county offices will be closed tomorrow but are expected to be back in business on Thursday, Sept. 5. 

Palm Tran will resume service at 4:30 a.m. of Wednesday, Sept. 4. 

Associated Press

Updated on September 2, 2019 at 9:30 p.m.

Several hospitals in Palm Beach County have closed or limited access out of concern about storm conditions. 

JFK Medical Center closed both its Palm Beach Gardens and Boynton Beach emergency departments. Its main campus restricted visiting hours starting Monday afternoon. The hospital is still open to patients and fully operational during the storm. 

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, and its clinics, are closed Tuesday. So are the VA Centers in Jupiter and Greenacres. 

Updated on September 3, 2019 5:57 pm

Hurricane Dorian continues to weaken as it heads northwest through the warm Atlantic waters. As of 5 p.m., the hurricane warning from the Sebastian inlet to the Jupiter inlet has been downgraded to a tropical storm warning, but all tropical watches/warnings south of the Jupiter inlet have been discontinued.

Update 7:45 p.m. Sunday: 

Hurricane Dorian continues to be a dangerous storm, packing winds up to 185 mph and gusts over 200 mph.

Dorian's western eyewall approached the eastern tip of Grand Bahama Island at 7:00 p.m. As of 5 PM Sunday, the storm was sitting 175 miles east of West Palm Beach and had slowed down, now moving west at only 5 mph.

All new watches and warnings are listed below, from the National Hurricane Center:

Tom Husdon / WLRN

If you're a Miami or and Metromover rider -- there's a snafu this morning you need to know about.

The stations from Government Center in downtown Miami to Brickell were closed while Miami Fire Rescue deals with a gas leak near the line.

Miami-Dade Transit says bus shuttles began going from Dadeland South to Overtown Transit Village North every 15 to 18 minutes. 

The Miami Police Department gave clearance to resume regular rail service and reopen surrounding streets around 9 a.m.. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

KEVIN VERBEEM VIA FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS / WLRN

People who get their water from the city of Fort Lauderdale should be prepared to have no water for the next 24 to 36 hours--city officials announced this morning.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that a contractor doing work near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport damaged a 42-inch water main.

The pipe supplies raw water from the city’s wellfields into a major water treatment plant.

Associated Press

On Sunday, President Trump tweeted that four first-year Democratic members of Congress should all "go back" where they came from. The president's comments were aimed at representatives who are women of color — all of them American citizens, three of them born in the U.S. 

Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Electric scooters are becoming a popular form of transportation in parts of South Florida, like Fort Lauderdale Beach.

But not for the summer.

Fort Lauderdale officials announced yesterday that electric scooters are now banned on the beach through mid-August, as reported by the Sun Sentinel.

Jacob Langston / Orlando Sentinel

Along with bandages, hypodermic needles and oxygen tanks, Florida paramedics can now carry firearms into high-risk situations.

On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis approved a bill that allows paramedics to arm themselves when responding to situations like mass shootings or hostage standoffs.

DATE: Tuesday, May 7, 2019. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

LOCATION: The Graham Center at Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33199. 

WHO: Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Dr. Elizabeth Béjar; Director for Business Career Management John Nykolaiszyn; students Apriah Williams, Olga Bentacourt, Joseph Burns and Adrian Figueroa.

LA Johnson/NPR

Teachers, daughters, activists, restaurant owners — these are just some of the women who inspire South Floridians. 

For the past three weeks we’ve been asking you to nominate remarkable women in honor of Women’s History Month.

Here are some of the women who were nominated and why:

Doug Engle / Associated Press

The storm names Florence and Michael have officially been retired by the World Meteorological Organization’s Region IV Hurricane Committee, which includes the NOAA’s National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Florence hit Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018. The storm claimed 51 lives and caused severe flooding in much of the Carolinas and Virginia. It is considered one of the deadliest and costliest hurricanes to ever hit the Carolinas.

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