hurricane season

Lynne Sladky / AP

Robin Rokobauer doesn't like to chance it. When there's a hurricane, she almost always evacuates.

Rokobauer lives in Cocoa Beach, Fla., on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and 153-mile-long Indian River Lagoon. Her mother is 93.

"She's got to have flushing toilets," Rokobauer says of her mother. "She's got to have fresh water. She's just got some physical needs that require that."

NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today called for another above average hurricane season in the Atlantic, making it the fifth in a row threatening to break previous records.

COVID-19 Adds To Hurricane Response Costs

May 19, 2020
Al Diaz / Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE --- Restoring electricity after hurricanes this year would have added costs because of coronavirus physical-distancing requirements, utility officials told the Florida Public Service Commission on Tuesday.

Plans are underway to establish more staging areas to reduce crowds of relief workers, shift to single-serve packaging of food and revamp sleeping arrangements for restoration crews working remotely, as utilities look to prevent the spread of the virus.

Hurricane forecasters and the models they depend on failed to anticipate the strength and impact of last year's deadliest storm. Hurricane Dorian caused catastrophic damage to islands in the Northern Bahamas, killing more than 200 people and causing billions of dollars in damage.

News Service of Florida

TALLAHASSEE --- Moving forward with a 2019 law that is expected to lead to more underground power lines, four major utilities have filed plans that call for billions of dollars in projects over the next decade to strengthen electric systems against hurricanes.

Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric Co. and Gulf Power filed the plans Friday at the state Public Service Commission. The filings were an initial step as regulators review the plans and, ultimately, decide how costs will be passed along to utility customers.

How Landscaping Can Prevent Hurricane Damage

Dec 27, 2019
Camila Guillen, UF/IFAS

With the Atlantic Hurricane season over, experts are already reminding us to protect our properties for next year. Some of the advice involves landscaping your yard. The University of Florida IFAS program has prepared a list of trees that can help protect your property from severe storms.

Mark Tancig, the horticulture extension agent in Leon County, said in North Florida, where Hurricane Michael did most of its destruction last year, people are reluctant to replant. He said that's the wrong idea.

NOAA

Hurricane Dorian stands out as one of the biggest news stories of 2019.

The ominous Category 5 storm threatened South Florida for days. While the region escaped its destruction, the storm stalled over the northern Bahamas, scouring the islands with high winds and storm surge.

Florida's Nursing Homes Grapple With Generator Requirement

Dec 5, 2019

Time is ticking for the state’s long-term care providers to comply with a requirement to have backup generators and fuel or face fines or even the possible revocation of their licenses.

Dorian's Threat Dominated Hurricane Season

Dec 1, 2019
NOAA

For Florida, the 2019 hurricane season will be remembered for a gigantic, nerve-racking scare over the Labor Day weekend.

Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Palm Beach County staffers who didn’t show up for Hurricane Dorian duty could have put the public at risk. Now they’ll have to pay for it.

More than two dozen employees didn’t report to man the county’s shelters when evacuation orders were issued in anticipation of Dorian. They all have been suspended for one week without pay and could be fired if they do it again, said Human Resources Director Wayne Condry.

Just over a month after Hurricane Dorian slammed into the northern Bahamas, parts of the island nation are still in ruins, thousands of people remain displaced and rebuilding has only just begun.

"We are moving as quickly as we can to get up and running," says Michael Jones. "But when that will be is anyone's guess."

National hurricane center

Tropical Storm Karen could perform a feat of mid-ocean acrobatics later this week and execute a clockwise loop that will take it toward Florida and the Bahamas. However, experts say it’s too soon to assess the extent of the threat.

Karen weakened Wednesday afternoon and the National Hurricane Center sharply lowered its estimates of the storm’s likely top winds over the next few days, reducing its projections from 65 to 45 mph.

Karen Is A Tropical Storm Again; Jerry, Lorenzo And A New Disturbance Near Mexico

Sep 24, 2019
National hurricane center

Karen strengthened into a tropical storm — again — on Tuesday and is forecast to bring wind and rain to eastern Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands today.

Also, shortly before midnight Monday, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck about 50 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. And although a series of aftershocks were felt, officials reported that there were no reports of significant damage.

National hurricane center

Welcome to autumn. There are two tropical storms, Karen and Jerry, being monitored by the National Hurricane Center and by the end of the first day of fall Tropical Storm Lorenzo is expected to form.

Currently, Tropical Storm Karen is moving through the southeastern Caribbean Sea and the forecast is predicting it will travel north over or very close to Puerto Rico.

Because of its track, a tropical storm warning was issued Monday for Puerto Rico as well as the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. The warning means tropical storm conditions are likely withing 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Jerry nearly a hurricane as it approaches the Caribbean

Sep 19, 2019
National hurricane center

Tropical Storm Jerry picked up strength Thursday and is expected to become a hurricane today as it approaches the small Caribbean islands way out to the east, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“On the forecast track, the center of Jerry will be near or north of the northern Leeward Islands Friday and pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday,” Hurricane Specialist Dave Roberts wrote in the latest storm advisory.

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