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

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Some good news and bad news signal Florida state government is slowly returning to normal in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

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

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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.

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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. 

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The outlook is grim again for Florida’s budget drafters—and that’s before considering the cost of Hurricane Irma.  State forecasters are warning the coffers are nearly empty for the third year running.

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

St. Petersburg Times

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

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

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The Florida AFL-CIO is still determining how many of its approximately 1 million active members, retirees and their families were impacted by Hurricane Irma.

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

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam met Thursday with state emergency officials.

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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.

The Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, along with seven Florida teachers are suing the state, the Florida Department of Education and all 67 public school districts. That includes university lab schools, Florida Virtual School and the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. At issue: whether the state's “Best and Brightest” teacher bonus program discriminates against black and Hispanic educators and those over 40.

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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.

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

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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. 

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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.

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President Trump is expected to make a visit to Florida this week due to Irma. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders made that announcement Tuesday.

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While all eyes were on Irma, some officials took the time to remember those killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks.

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Jacksonville is seeing record-breaking flooding as storm surge pushes the St. Johns River over its banks. One person feeling the effects from Irma is Jessica Palombo, news director at member station WJCT.

LIVE UPDATES: Hurricane Irma Coverage

Sep 10, 2017
Hurricane Irma approaching Anguilla from NOAA's GOES-16 satellite.
NOAA

WFSU is following the path of Hurricane Irma. Check back here for regular updates.

We’d like to hear from you before, during and after the storm. If you’re in a safe place, here’s how you can reach us:

  • Call us at 850-414-1234 during our live shows
  • Reach us on Facebook or on twitter @WFSUmedia
  • Email: fpr@wfsu.org with your name, location and your situation.
  • Tallahassee residents, report power outages on the DigiTally app.

Hurricane Irma blasted the Florida Keys early Sunday morning with Category 4 winds and driving rain, and Governor Rick Scott is warning Floridians to heed the deadly threat.

Irma is expected to bring hurricane force winds and flooding to the Big Bend area sometime after 6 p.m., with winds lasting through early Monday morning. Officials predicted a storm surge in Northwest Florida of between 4 and 6 feet.

Governor Rick Scott's office

Update: 9/10/17: Gulf, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla County Schools have announced extended closures. FAMU, FSU and TCC will remain closed through Friday.

Original Story: Public schools, colleges and universities will be closed starting Friday through Monday, says Gov. Rick Scott. A change in Hurricane Irma's forecasted path has prompted the closures which is in effect for schools across the state. Some colleges, universities and school districts have announced longer closures.

Hurricane Irma approaching Anguilla from NOAA's GOES-16 satellite.
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Tallahassee and Leon County aren’t under evacuation orders due to Hurricane Irma, but so far roughly one in four Floridians are. 

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