Hurricane Irma

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran is appointing a select committee to study Hurricane Irma response and disaster preparedness. 

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.

WUSF

State regulators say the 335,000 insurance claims filed by Hurricane Irma victims already outstrip the two storms that blasted Florida last year.

A roadway is blocked by a large tree branch.
Erich Martin

County officials say storm debris pick up will start this week and continue until the job is done. Mathieu Cavell is the spokesman for Leon County.

AP

All students in 48 Florida counties will be eligible for free lunches after the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to help communities hardest hit by Hurricane Irma.

Washington Times

Calling the Hurricane Irma-related deaths of eight people in South Florida a preventable tragedy, a Plantation Democrat wants to force nursing homes to have a five-day emergency power supply. 

Governor Rick Scott's press office

Several former Florida athletes are using their platform to help Hurricane Irma victims.

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.

St. Petersburg Times

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says Hurricane Irma has left the state’s iconic citrus industry in tatters.

CNBC

The Port of Key West remains closed in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and the Coast Guard is urging boaters to stay away.

Thinkspot, Inc.

Rebuilding Florida’s brand won’t be easy in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

City of Tallahassee Twitter

After restoring power to most local residents, Tallahassee Electric Crews are headed out of the Capital City to assist other places’ recovery.

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

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam met Thursday with state emergency officials.

Tom Flanigan

With most local needs now met, Tallahassee area residents were helping other parts of Florida recover from Irma today (9/14).

AFP/Getty Images

Hurricane Irma’s state-engulfing radar signature and widespread damage will be a hard image to shake, but tourism experts say Florida’s biggest industry will rebound.

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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. 

One shelter remains open in Leon County. Officials say they’re keeping the space available for anyone who might not be able to return home yet, as well as anyone who gets stuck on their way. Leon County spokesman Mathieu Cavell says some of those returning home could get stopped on their way by a possible bridge closure along I-75.

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.

City of Tallahassee Twitter

Starting Tuesday, Wakulla County residents who want to get rid of waste and debris related to Irma can now bring them to their local landfill.

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.

Tom Flanigan

With Leon County’s storm recovery well underway, the county’s Sheriff’s Department has sent help to a far more storm-tossed area to the south. While Tropical Storm Irma did not leave the Capital Region unscathed, Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil pointed out the situation was far more serious elsewhere.

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