By The Associated Press | October 9, 2018 at 5:20 am By JENNIFER KAY and GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael has strengthened to a Category 2 storm in the Gulf of Mexico as it approaches the Florida Panhandle. Intensifying over warm Gulf of Mexico waters Tuesday, it stands to become a major hurricane before making landfall Wednesday along Florida’s Panhandle. Mandatory evacuations were issued as beach dwellers rushed to board up homes just ahead of what could be a devastating hit. A hurricane hunter plane that bounced into the swirling eye off the western tip of Cuba late Monday found wind speeds rising, supporting forecasts that the storm could reach major hurricane status Tuesday night — Category 3 or above — with winds topping 111 mph. Mandatory evacuation orders went into effect Tuesday morning for some 120,000 people in Panama City Beach and across other low-lying parts of the coast as Hurricane Michael approaches. Parts … [Read more...] about Hurricane Michael hits Category 2; ‘potential to be historic storm’
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Just as they prepare for a crucial harvest in the wake of Hurricane Irma, lobster fisherman in the Florida Keys fear a trade war with China could undermine storm recovery in the island chain. Lobsters are among the seafood and other U.S. goods hit by Chinese tariffs in early July, after the Trump administration put tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of Chinese goods. Florida's nearly eight-month commercial spiny lobster fishing season opens Monday. Keys fishermen had hoped the harvest would help them recoup losses from last September's hurricane, which made landfall in the Keys with 130-mph winds. But the industry has come to depend on Chinese exports over the last decade, and fishermen worry tariffs that could raise prices by 25 percent will send the Chinese market looking for lobster in another country's waters. NBC 6's Steve MacLaughlin reports on Big Pine Key's deer rescue that is working to recover after Hurricane Irma. (Published Monday, May 28, 2018) "Coming into this … [Read more...] about Florida Lobster Fishermen Fear Trade War Amid Hurricane Irma Recovery
NECKER Island has been Sir Richard Branson's private paradise retreat and a playground for his A-list guests for decades. But the island was devastated by Hurricane Irma. Here's what we know... What is Necker Island and where is it? Necker is a 74-acre island with white sandy beaches and lush hills with stunning views of neighbouring islands. It is part of the British Virgin Islands chain in the Caribbean Sea, about 100 miles east of Puerto Rico. It was uninhabited until Richard Branson turned it into a luxury resort. In 1965 Daily Telegraph journalist Andrew Walker and photographer Don McCullin were cast away on the island to see if they could survive for three weeks but quit after 15 days. McCullin said there was nothing idyllic about the desert island, adding: "The mosquitoes and other insects were more venomous and persistent than any I had encountered in Vietnam or the Congo." Now it is one of the world's most exclusive resorts, with around 100 staff catering for up to 34 guests. … [Read more...] about Where is Necker Island, how much did Richard Branson’s home cost and did it get destroyed in Hurricane Irma?
Business owners in Palm Beach County had a message for Hurricane Irma. (Greg Lovett/Palm Beach Post) People bristle in disbelief, even anger, when hurricane center specialist John Cangialosi tells them the truth about Hurricane Irma’s wind speeds. Many believe they survived much worse during the September tempest, and aren’t keen to hear otherwise. But only those within about 15 miles of Irma’s fierce eye that made landfall near Cudjoe Key on Sept. 10, 2017 experienced the sting of a Cat 4 hurricane. As the wind field spread and slowed, people at either end of the island chain — Key Largo and Key West — likely felt no more than sustained Category 1 winds. Hurricane Irma crossing the Florida Keys on Sept. 10, 2017. In Palm Beach County, where trees toppled and electricity faltered, no sustained hurricane-force winds were measured during Irma, although a 91-mph gust is on record at Palm Beach International Airport. Broward County had one sustained … [Read more...] about Hurricane Irma: Think you survived a Cat 4…not even close
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — The number of sinkholes in Florida have surged since Hurricane Irma hit.It’s been nine months since a large sinkhole opened up on Ocean Pines Drive in Pasco County. Now, a company that deals with sinkholes everyday is warning folks to be aware. Especially after Hurricane Irma and because we’ve entered the unofficial “sinkhole season.”Before you buy a home, check out this sinkhole mapThomas Beddow believes when it comes to sinkholes he’s cursed.“It’s the sinkhole curse, it follows me wherever I go," said Beddow.Even with sinkhole coverage it cost him half a million dollars to fix the 175-foot-deep hole in his old home even force to pay $20,000 out of pocket. His nightmare is making a comeback. He tells us his new condo is showing signs of activity. Plus, his neighbor down the street currently working to repair one.“Without a doubt there’s more sinkholes in Florida," said James Olson director of geology … [Read more...] about Experts warn number of sinkholes in Florida have surged since Hurricane Irma hit