hurricanes

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
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

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."

FPL And National Guard Partner Up

May 5, 2014
Lisann Ramos

Florida Power & Light on Friday announced what it says is the first ever partnership with the National Guard.

The FPL Command Center was on high alert as employees prepared to face a fictitious Category 3 Hurricane. This is just one part of the company’s new hurricane preparedness strategy that involves a partnership with the Florida National Guard.

Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center

The flooding left behind by heavy overnight rainfall in parts of Palm Beach County is more than just a nuisance that closed schools and blocked roads.

Now, it has caused two deaths.

The Palm Beach Post reports that a 56-year-old woman drowned after accidently driving her car from a flooded street straight into a canal.  A 90-year-old man died after he fell into a canal while out for a walk. 

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

It’s hard to be a fan of hurricanes. Two out of three Haitians don’t have enough food to eat these days – thanks largely to storms like last year’s Hurricane Sandy and how they’ve ravaged Haiti’s agricultural landscape.

And yet we need hurricanes once in a while. They’re a sort of planetary thermostat that cools oceans and redistributes hot air. Their rains more effectively alleviate droughts, and that can be a help instead of a horror to impoverished countries like Haiti.

NOAA / Satellite and Information Service

We're now more than halfway through the Atlantic hurricane season and -- knock on wood -- no Atlantic hurricanes yet. Depending on how long this continues, 2013 stands a chance of setting a record for "Latest First Atlantic Hurricane" in history.

Hurricane Season A Bust? Not So Fast

Aug 21, 2013
FlickR/NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Almost halfway finished, the 2013 hurricane season has been a breeze in Florida.

But Craig Fugate, the federal government's top emergency manager, looks at things a little differently. His question: "Have we started playing college football yet?"

Fugate and Bryan Koon, director of the state Division of Emergency Management, held a news conference Wednesday to reinforce the message that Florida is just entering the thick of hurricane season in late August and September --- which, coincidentally is when college football starts.

Hurricane Food Tips

Jun 6, 2013
https://twitter.com/JanNorrisdotcom

06/06/13 - At 1:30, Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Jan Norris, publisher Food and Florida Online.  Hurricane season is here,  Jan gives tips on what to have on hand, how to prepare the fridge and freezer before a storm; how to store foods once power is out and how to tell if foods are OK to

Texting while driving is soon to be illegal in Florida. But does the new law actually have enough teeth to make a difference? What about those red light cameras? An update on the way we drive.

Key decisions are made in next month’s trial of George Zimmerman, who stands accused of murdering Trayvon Martin. What will jurors know about the Miami Gardens teenager’s background? What won’t they hear in the trial everyone will be watching in Sanford starting next month.

Florida Legislature Must Face Homeowner Insurance Debacle

Mar 12, 2013
Wikipedia Commons

Two months ago, I was forced cancel my windstorm insurance due to the high deductions, meager coverage and exorbitant cost. For the past four years, the insurance lobby has run wild in their insatiable demand for bigger profits for insurance companies already flush with cash.

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The price of property insurance in Florida keeps going up --  such that some homeowners are getting second mortgages or dropping coverage all together.  The state created Citizens Property Insurance to be the insurer of last resort for Florida homeowners. But plans to shrink Citizens by loaning money to private insurance companies and allegations of corporate misconduct have sparked outcries by some state officials and the public alike. 

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation

Florida has successfully dodged a major storm for a while now. But, the state's residents have not been so lucky at dodging rate increases on their property insurance.

Property insurance rates have been rising for millions of Floridians even though the state hasn't been directly hit by a hurricane in seven years.

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