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As Atlantic hurricane season nears, Monroe County wants to make sure Florida Keys residents are prepared.

One big change in Monroe County’s hurricane plan is that Florida International University will no longer be a shelter for the general public, according to Irene Toner, director of Monroe’s Office of Emergency Management.

She says only Monroe residents with special needs will shelter there. The general population will instead stay at Miami-Dade Fair Grounds, which will allow pets.

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05/21/15 - Thursday on Topical Currents: You may not care to hear the news, but our hurricane season begins June 1st.  We haven’t been severely threatened by a storm in nearly ten years, so we’ll go over possibilities with meteorologist Dr. Angela Colbert, from the Frost Museum of Science.

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Hurricane season began early this year, with Tropical Storm Ana edging along the coast of the Carolinas over the weekend. Which means hurricane-hunter aircraft were already at work, even before some of the fleet had finished its annual awareness tour of the Atlantic coast.

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As Floridians ring out the old and ring in the new for 2015, there’s one thing they can say “farewell” to: a tax on their insurance bills that goes toward paying hurricane damage claims.

Insurance policies issued or renewed after Jan. 1, 2015, will no longer include the hurricane tax for the Florida Catastrophe Fund. The charge shows up on most insurance bills including homeowner and auto insurance policies.

But watchdog groups are urging policyholders to check their insurance bills, anyway. 

Another hurricane season has flown by without a lot of wind.

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season will come to an end on Sunday having produced just eight named storms: Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna.

“If this were a typical year we would have seen 12 named storms,” said National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen.

A total of six tropical storms turned into hurricanes. Two of those grew into Category 3 or higher storms.

As Hurricane Gonzalo bears down on Bermuda, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hurricane scientists are analyzing data from a recent experiment involving drones to improve hurricane forecast models in the future. 

Palm Beach County Fights Hurricane Amnesia

Jun 8, 2014
Constanza Gallardo

Palm Beach County prepares to fight hurricane amnesia, a common ideology held by the county’s officials and emergency management.

The Emergency Operations Center in Palm Beach County held its annual hurricane briefing for legislative officials and media last week. Emergency management strongly advised officials to inform their communities to have a plan and kit for any situation.

We were alarmed to learn yesterday that hurricanes with female names are not being taken as seriously as their male counterparts. It seems people in the path of a hurricane are more likely to heed warnings to take shelter or evacuate if the storm is named Charley than if the storm is named Eloise. Which can be a deadly decision. [Because, seriously: Hurricanes are dangerous — even if they have "lady" names.

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Now that the hurricane season's begun, state-backed insurer Citizens Property Insurance assures everyone, it’s in the best shape it’s ever been.

That may be cold comfort for former customers now with smaller insurers, or current customers living on the coast who may still see rate increases.

Citizens CEO Barry Gilway says after shedding thousands of policies, the company is in a very good position.

Being A Meteorologist Is Harder Than You Think

Jun 2, 2014
Constanza Gallardo

Hurricane season started Sunday. A slow season is expected this year, but meteorologists know their forecasts constantly change.

So, meteorologists in South Florida partnered with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science for its annual Feel the Force event, where the community learned about hurricane preparedness.

Thirteen-year-old Lucas Sanchez was a meteorologist for the day with help from local pros from WSVN-TV and WPLG Local 10.

Why Flooding Can't Be Prevented In South Florida

May 30, 2014
the Miami Herald

There's a reason flooding is always a possibility when it storms in South Florida.

"Our flood-control system was built over 60 years ago to handle two million people. We now have almost eight million people," says Gabe Margasak, a public information officer for the South Florida Water Management District.

Because of this, in the past six years the District spent about $270 million in upgrades. 

The Florida Roundup: Is South Florida All Aboard?

May 30, 2014
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Designers of All Aboard Florida's Miami station say the complex will remake downtown. But folks between the train's proposed stations aren't so thrilled with potentially 16 trains each way barreling through their neighborhoods. 

Also with the start of hurricane season this week, we chat with Citizens Property Insurance CEO Barry Gilway. 

Host Tom Hudson speaks with Andrew Marra of the Palm Beach Post, Laura Wides-Munoz of the Associated Press, Tim Padgett and Alicia Zuckerman of WLRN-Miami Herald News, and Toluse Olorunnipa of Bloomberg News. 

NOAA Predicts A Near-Normal Hurricane Season

May 29, 2014
Constanza Gallardo

South Florida has started preparing for this year's hurricane season. Local, state and federal officials met this week at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Miami to discuss the latest developments and what this years' storms looks like for the region. 

Researchers at NOAA predict a near-normal to below-normal season this year.

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

FPL Adds New Storm Service Technology

May 20, 2014
Lisann Ramos

Florida Power & Light says it is prepared for hurricane season.

Since 2004, FPL has made $1.4 billion worth of technological changes to turn the lights back on quicker after storms. The company wants to make sure the past doesn’t repeat itself.

"Well, it was 10 years ago actually this year that we had Hurricane Charley and Hurricane Francis and Jeanne impact our service territory," says FPL president Eric Silagy. "All of you who were here at that time remember how devastating that was."

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