2017 Hurricane season

Monroe County Board of County Commissioners via facebook

For years Floridians have been facing a growing need for affordable housing. This year’s hurricanes are making the situation worse.

Governor Rick Scott's twitter

At Puerto Rico’s request, Florida Governor Rick Scott will travel to the devastated island Friday to offer advice about how to speed up efforts to restore the island’s power.

Hurricane Maria approaching Puerto Rico.
NOAA

Florida Senate lawmakers are wary of Governor Rick Scott spending emergency dollars in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  A Puerto Rican state senator is urging lawmakers to prepare for evacuees.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection / https://www.flsenate.gov/PublishedContent/Committees/2016-2018/AEN/MeetingRecords/MeetingPacket_3946.pdf

Florida’s beaches are in constant need of restoration, to truck in sand that the sea washes away. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, miles of critically eroded beaches are in even more danger. Now a powerful lawmaker is once again trying to get funding to replenish the shorelines.

MGN Online

Governor Rick Scott wants to find better ways for the public to evacuate, in case of an emergency. He’s ordering an evaluation of the state’s roadways.

Adam Putnam via flickr / Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is predicting this year’s Florida citrus crop will be the smallest since the 1940s. The state is slated to produce 54 million boxes, down from nearly 300 million in the 2000s.

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Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, shutting down the island’s roads and power systems, leaving many isolated and in the dark. Now thousands are evacuating the U.S. territory for the mainland. Many may settle in Florida’s purple counties ahead of the 2018 elections.

Jonathan Kos-Read via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathankosread/

One Florida lawmaker believes workers who evacuate because of an emergency don’t deserve to lose their jobs. A new bill would give the state’s employees more protections.

U.S. Army / https://www.army.mil

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio wants the military to take charge of Puerto Rico’s hurricane response. He says the storm’s effects are hamstringing the island’s supply chain.

Florida Channel

Governor Rick Scott does not appear to be backing down from his emergency rule, requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have a generator within the next two months.

Gas Prices Decreasing After Hurricanes Harvey And Irma

Sep 25, 2017
MGN Online

Gas prices are on a steady decline after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 

Kelsey L. Adams via U.S. Navy / U.S. Navy

Hurricane Irma forced hundreds of thousands of Floridians from their homes, including residents at military bases. Key West and Jacksonville saw some of the worst effects of the storm, and are also home to major military installations. But now the bases are returning to normal.

RFA Mounts Bay, the British Royal Navy auxiliary vessel from which the helicopter responded.
US Coast Guard website

A  British Royal Navy helicopter has rescued a woman and two children from a capsized boat disabled during Hurricane Maria.  But a man on the vessel has died.

Governor Rick Scott visiting Collier County after Hurricane Irma.
Governor's Press Office

Florida is still dusting itself off after the Hurricane Irma, but Governor Rick Scott is encouraging Floridians to stay prepared.

Nick Evans

Hurricane Irma has passed, now Florida is regrouping.  In Leon County this week, city and county workers abandoned their normal duties to go out and assess damage from the storm.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services via wikimedia commons

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam met Thursday with state emergency officials.

tablexxnx via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/tablexxnx/

Carbon monoxide poisoning from generators has reportedly killed five Floridians in the wake of Irma. Here are some ways to prevent exposure to the potentially deadly gas.

Neal Dunn Campaign

A contingent of Florida’s congressional Republicans is urging the president to waive contracting rules in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

MGN Online

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Texas may be impacting Irma victims in Florida trying to register for federal assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Bay County Sheriff's Office

A donation drive is underway in Bay County to help the victims of Irma in Central and South Florida. 

NOAA

Talquin Electric is hoping to have power restored by Thursday night for its members.  The cooperative serves people in Gadsden, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties.

NOAA via twitter

Florida’s capital dodged the most destructive impacts of Irma, allowing now city and county operations to begin returning to normal.

Waffle House via facebook / Waffle House

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, many Floridians are turning to Waffle House, as one of the few places to get a cup of coffee or a cell phone charge. But as the state begins rebuilding, the restaurant is taking on an even greater significance.

Leon County Schools

School Districts across the Big Bend will re-open later this week in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Many schools served shelters before and after the storm.

Nick Evans

A couple dozen local employees are fanning out across the county to assess damage from Tropical Storm Irma.

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