hurricane season

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.

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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
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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.

Wednesday morning update: Tropical Storm Imelda came ashore in southeast Texas Tuesday evening, but will continue to produce heavy rain and possible flooding as a remnant tropical low through the day Wednesday. Tropical Depression Ten intensified overnight and became the season's tenth named storm, Tropical Storm Jerry.

The original story seen below has been edited to reflect recent changes in storm classification.

National hurricane center

Tropical Storm Jerry, the tenth-named storm of the 2019 hurricane season, formed Wednesday far out in the eastern Atlantic Ocean as it moves toward the Caribbean with the likelihood of becoming a hurricane toward the end of the week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

At 5 a.m. Wednesday, Jerry was located about 960 miles east of the Caribbean with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph as it moved toward the west-northwest at 13 mph.

The system is forecast to become a hurricane possibly as soon as Thursday night.

Hurricane Humberto Forms, Strengthens Off Florida; Other System Likely To Become A Depression

Sep 16, 2019
National Hurricane Center

Humberto strengthened into a hurricane late Sunday and then strengthened again, picking up some wind speed early Monday, according to the Nation Hurricane Center.

Forecasters are also watching two other systems, one of which is likely to become a tropical depression later this week.

Hurricane Humberto poses no threat to Florida, but may have Bermuda in its sights.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.

National Hurricane Center

We’ve reached the statistical peak of the hurricane season, with Tuesday marking the day a tropical cyclone was most likely to be in the Atlantic. And there has been no shortage of activity — with the presence of Tropical Storm Gabrielle and a few other systems.

The regenerated Tropical Storm Gabrielle was spinning far out in the Atlantic, more than 700 miles west of the Azores, zipping northward at about 25 mph on Tuesday. But Gabrielle, weakening over cooler waters, was expected to diminish to an extratropical cyclone later today.

NOAA's top scientist said Monday that he's investigating why the agency's leadership endorsed President Trump's false tweet that Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian, after Birmingham-based meteorologists from the National Weather Service publicly pushed back on it.

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