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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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They came to pay their respects, to find community, to look for meaning. They brought bundles of flowers, hand-lettered posters, prayers written on paper hearts.

On Thursday night, thousands of people came to Pine Trails Park to hold vigil on the anniversary of the shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

As part of our 2018 election coverage, the WLRN News team focused on information that would empower voters in our region, from Palm Beach County right on down to the end of the road -- Key West.

With this series, we broke down some of the biggest issues on the ballot. These stories, along with our interactive voters’ guide, represent a roadmap to help South Florida voters navigate a particularly complex ballot, which in some places ran up to 10 pages.  

Photos By: Peter Haden, Caitie Switalski, Pedro Portal

The deadly February school shooting in Parkland led to a landmark gun and school safety law. The November midterm election lasted well beyond Election Day in Florida, with a mandated recount in a few races. Blue green algae and red tide swirled in waters around the state, and Hurricane Michael slammed into the Panhandle.

Courtesy Knight Foundation

Art Week starts with good news for South Florida. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced on Monday $37 million in new funding for arts organizations in Miami.

Part of the new funding will ensure that the popular Knight Arts Challenge will continue every other year, starting in 2019. But most of the new funds will support the work of 22 existing local institutions.

The Suncoast Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognized WLRN-TV with a Suncoast Regional Emmy Award for "Inside the Mind of a Comic Creator." 

The announcement came during the 42nd Annual Suncoast Emmy Awards Ceremony on Saturday, December 1st, in Orlando, FL.