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    GMA'S Rob Marciano has viewers concerned after they notice waves crashing dangerously close to the meteorologist during a live report. The 54-year-old has been following Hurricane Nicole and reporting from some of the hardest-hit areas. 5Rob Marciano has concerned fans after they watched waves crashing dangerously close to him during a live reportCredit: Instagram 5He has been reporting from some of the hardest-hit areas by Hurricane Nicole in Florida and GeorgiaCredit: ABC On Thursday, Rob shared an update on the storm while standing on the beach in Jensen Beach, Florida. The Connecticut native explained the damage the rare late-season weather event has caused while holding up debris that washed up ashore. Videos and photos also flashed on the screen showing major flooding and destruction in the wake of the storm. While watching the report, Good Morning America fans grew worried about the TV personality as the waves crashed along the barrier behind him. Read More on Rob MarcianoGETTING STUCK GMA's Rob Marciano gets hands dirty after suffering dangerous car malfunctionWEATHERING THE STORM GMA's Rob Marciano rides out...
    by Bethany Blankley   Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday expanded the state of emergency to all 67 counties in light of the changing path of Tropical Storm Nicole. On Thursday morning, Hurricane Nicole made landfall as a Category 1 Hurricane near Vero Beach. As of 10:00 am, Nicole was downgraded to a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. The storm has exited the Florida peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico, DeSantis said during a press briefing Thursday, but it’s expected to reenter Florida in the Big Bend region. “The impacts stretch far beyond the center track of the storm,” he said, with much of the state being impacted by heavy winds. Some areas have seen 3-5 foot storm surges and flash flooding, he said, as well as beach erosion, especially in areas that already saw erosion after Hurricane Ian. DeSantis issued a state of emergency for 34 counties Monday ahead of the storm making landfall. The Florida Division of Emergency Management, in coordination with the National Hurricane Center, is continuing to evaluate weather predictions and has...
    By MIKE SCHNEIDER and FREIDA FRISARO WILBUR-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicole weakened to a tropical depression Thursday night as it crossed the Florida Panhandle on its way north into Georgia. The storm had sent Florida homes toppling into the Atlantic Ocean earlier Thursday and threatened a row of high-rise condominiums in places where Hurricane Ian washed away the beach and destroyed seawalls only weeks ago. At 10 p.m., a National Hurricane Center advisory said the center of the storm was about 20 miles (35 kilometers) north of Tallahassee with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kmh). It was moving to the northwest at 15 mph (24 kmh). The storm, which caused at least two deaths, was the first November hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 37 years and only the third on record. It delivered another devastating blow just weeks after Ian came ashore on the Gulf Coast, killing more than 130 people and destroying thousands of homes. Although Nicole’s winds died down after it made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at about 3 a.m....
    By MIKE SCHNEIDER and FREIDA FRISARO WILBUR-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicole weakened to a tropical depression Thursday night as it crossed the Florida Panhandle on its way north into Georgia. The storm had sent Florida homes toppling into the Atlantic Ocean earlier Thursday and threatened a row of high-rise condominiums in places where Hurricane Ian washed away the beach and destroyed seawalls only weeks ago. At 10 p.m., a National Hurricane Center advisory said the center of the storm was about 20 miles (35 kilometers) north of Tallahassee with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kmh). It was moving to the northwest at 15 mph (24 kmh). The storm, which caused at least two deaths, was the first November hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 37 years and only the third on record. It delivered another devastating blow just weeks after Ian came ashore on the Gulf Coast, killing more than 130 people and destroying thousands of homes. Although Nicole’s winds died down after it made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at about 3 a.m....
    By MIKE SCHNEIDER and FREIDA FRISARO WILBUR-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicole sent Florida homes toppling into the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday and threatened a row of high-rise condominiums in places where Hurricane Ian washed away the beach and destroyed seawalls only weeks ago. The storm, which caused at least two deaths, was the first November hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 37 years and only the third on record. It delivered another devastating blow just weeks after Ian came ashore on the Gulf Coast, killing more than 130 people and destroying thousands of homes. Although Nicole’s winds died down after it made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at about 3 a.m. Thursday near Vero Beach, its storm surge slammed into the shoreline in the neighboring barrier island communities of Wilbur-by-the-Sea and Daytona Beach Shores, sending some homes crashing into the ocean. George Recktenwald, the manager for Volusia County, which is northeast of Orlando and includes the two battered beach communities, said during a news conference that officials assessing the damage had already identified nearly a dozen...
    This is the dramatic moment a cruise ship rescued a styrofoam raft which had 14 people on it in the dead of night in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Thirteen men and one woman were spotted on the sinking raft by passengers on a ship which had its voyage extended because of Hurricane Nicole. Passengers on the Rotterdam’s 11-night Caribbean cruise noticed a floating object in the sea at around 6pm on Wednesday night, before alerting the captain. The Coast Guard were contacted for a rescue mission, but the decision was made to get the people to safety because of the choppy water from the Category 1 storm. Officials on the boat shot a line out to the raft, with one of those stranded swimming out 15 yards to grab hold of it so they could be pulled to safety. A worker on the ship told DailyMail.com: ‘I saw the white raft in the search light, parts of it were rapidly falling off – it was completely falling apart. ‘We were between Cuba and Florida, because of the bad...
    Tropical Storm Nicole is digging through Florida's Atlantic coastline, inflicting considerable structural damage and triggering mass power outages. Nicole became the first hurricane to make landfall on the east coast of Florida since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 before quickly being downgraded to a tropical storm. Although weaker than Hurricane Ian, the Category 4 storm that barreled through the state from September into October, officials are warning Nicole has dealt a blow to coastline areas. NICOLE MAKES LANDFALL IN FLORIDA, DOWNGRADED TO TROPICAL STORM “This is obviously not as significant a storm as Hurricane Ian was, but coming on the heels of that, you’re seeing communities, particularly in the Volusia County area, where you had a lot of erosion along the coastline. This has put some of those structures in jeopardy,” Gov. Ron DeSantis warned Floridians during a presser Thursday. Photos and images from the storm on social media showcase the damage it bore down on coastal areas. For example, images highlighted sections of roadway A1A that were reportedly shut down due to a collapse caused by...
    FANS are urging Ginger Zee to stay safe as she covers Tropical Storm Nicole from a windy beach already devastated by crashing waves. The beloved GMA meteorologist is reporting on the rare November storm that was severe enough to warrant evacuations in Florida - a state still recovering from the destruction brought on by Hurricane Ian. 3Fans are urging GMA's Ginger Zee to stay safe as she covers Hurricane IanCredit: Instagram/@ginger_zee 3The Chief Meteorologist is reporting on the rare November storm which is set to hit Florida coasts Wednesday eveningCredit: Instagram/@ginger_zee 3Florida is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane IanCredit: AP Zee posted a video while reporting on the beach that sparked concern among fans. The Instagram post showed the meteorologist standing inside a home close to Daytona Beach that was wrecked by previous storms. "Can you imagine being in your home and then your sliding glass door used to have 30 feet yesterday, but now?" she said while showing off a steep incline right off the edge of a home on the coast. "And that's the erosion AHEAD...
    Tropical storm Nicole strengthened into a hurricane Wednesday evening as it makes a bee line for Florida. The National Hurricane Center reported at around 6 p.m. EST that Nicole had reached the requisite 75 miles per hour maximum sustained winds for the storm to reach Category 1 hurricane status, going off observations from a Hurricane Hunter aircraft. Nicole is forecast to make landfall over eastern Florida early Thursday morning, but the far-reaching effects of the storm, including heavy rain, strong winds, and storm surge are already on the Sunshine State's doorstep. #Nicole strengthens into a Category 1 hurricane and is forecasted to make landfall along Florida’s east coast early Thursday morning.#HurricaneNicole live updates: https://t.co/DwULX6JBhb pic.twitter.com/ZtLycyaM4s— AccuWeather (@accuweather) November 9, 2022 Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 34 counties on Monday. He said the state has 16,000 linemen staged, 600 guardsmen activated, and seven Urban Search and Rescue teams on standby to deploy. "The state is prepared to respond to this storm," he said in a tweet Wednesday. President Joe Biden has also approved a declaration of emergency...
    By FREIDA FRISARO and DANICA COTO MIAMI (AP) — A Florida-bound storm strengthened into Hurricane Nicole on Wednesday after pounding the Bahamas and state officials ordered evacuations that included former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club. It’s a rare November hurricane for storm-weary Florida, where only two hurricanes have made landfall since recordkeeping began in 1853 — the 1935 Yankee Hurricane and Hurricane Kate in 1985. At 6 p.m. EST, the storm was 105 miles (170 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said. Its maximum sustained winds were recorded at 75 mph (120 kph), and the system was moving west at 12 mph (19 kph). A storm surge was expected that could further erode many beaches that were hit by Hurricane Ian in September. The storm was expected to make landfall in Florida on Wednesday night before heading into Georgia and the Carolinas later Thursday and Friday. It was expected to dump heavy amounts of rain across the region. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below Tropical Storm Nicole forced people...
    By FREIDA FRISARO and DANICA COTO MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicole forced people from their homes in the Bahamas and threatened to grow into a rare November hurricane in Florida on Wednesday, shutting down theme parks and airports while prompting evacuation orders that included former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club. Hundreds of people sought shelter in the northwestern Bahamas before the approaching storm, which had already sent seawater washing across roads on barrier islands in Florida. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the center of the sprawling storm made landfall on Great Abaco island around midday with estimated maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. “We are forecasting it to become a hurricane as it nears the northwestern Bahamas, and remain a hurricane as it approaches the east coast of Florida,” Daniel Brown, a senior hurricane specialist at the Miami-based National Hurricane Center, said earllier Wednesday. Nicole is the first storm to hit the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm that devastated the archipelago in 2019, before hitting Florida. In the Bahamas, officials said that more than 520...
    Walt Disney World announced Wednesday it will be closing that evening and not reopening at its normal time Thursday due to Tropical Storm Nicole. "We are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Nicole and making adjustments based on information from the National Weather Service," the Disney Parks account tweeted. ARTEMIS I LAUNCH POSTPONED YET AGAIN DUE TO SECOND TROPICAL STORM "Folks all along the East Coast need to monitor #Nicole as it may bring flooding impacts all the way from Florida to Maine," the National Weather Service tweeted Wednesday. Nicole is still classified as only a storm by National Weather Service and sits on the Atlantic Ocean east of Florida and its Kennedy Space Center. The weather service has alluded that the storm is likely to become a hurricane Wednesday. Walt Disney World Resort Update on Tropical Storm Nicole - For the latest information, visit: https://t.co/9Z6IFb5tiK pic.twitter.com/kfRNQKKkBh— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) November 9, 2022 People visit Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on Friday, April 22, 2022. (AP...
    President Joe Biden approved a declaration of emergency in Florida on Wednesday after Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane and make landfall later in the day. The order allows the Department of Homeland Security, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts related to the storm, including identifying, mobilizing, and providing equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency, the White House said. 'BIGGEST VICTORY IN HISTORY OF FLORIDA': HUGE GOP SWING DELIVERS DESANTIS AND RUBIO MAJOR MIDTERM WINS Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) issued a state of emergency for 34 counties in the state on Monday, and nearly 4 million people along Florida’s east coast are under hurricane warnings. Mandatory evacuation orders have been declared in four counties, with voluntary evacuations encouraged in six additional counties as of Wednesday. "People in impacted areas should continue to pay attention as the storm progresses," DeSantis said Wednesday. "The combined winds and storm surge will contribute to continued beach erosion in areas that have already seen...
    THOUSANDS of Floridians are urged to evacuate as Tropical Storm Nicole gains strength with the potential to strike as a Category 1 hurricane. The devastating storm is expected to slam into Florida with winds as strong as 70mph by Wednesday evening, with many Sunshine state residents still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Ian in late September. 6Florida residents stock up on water and groceries in preparation for tropical storm NicoleCredit: Rex 6Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to make landfall in Florida as a Category 1 Hurricane by Wednesday eveningCredit: Herald Tribune 6Prisoners distributing sandbags to residents in Cocoa, FloridaCredit: The Mega Agency 6Over 30 counties across Florida are under a state of emergencyCredit: The Mega Agency Counties across Florida's east coast have issued hurricane warnings, with Nicole expected to produce heavy rain and dangerous winds. Brevard County is under a hurricane warning, while Luke, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Sumter are under a tropical storm warning. Mandatory evacuations have been issued in Volusia and Palm Beach. “Tropical Storm Nicole poses a direct threat to property and life. Residents...
    TROPICAL Storm Nicole has intensified into a tropical storm and is predicted to intensify further over the Bahamas before making landfall in Florida on Wednesday. Nicole is expected to travel erratically forward as it approaches Florida before entering the northwest Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center. With maximum sustained winds of 70 mph on Wednesday, the storm was roughly 240 miles east of West Palm Beach. This was a significant increase in intensity from the previous day. The system, which had tropical storm-force winds stretching outward up to 460 miles, was defined by NHC as a sizable tropical storm. In some areas of eastern Florida on Wednesday and Thursday, tornadoes are possible. Read our Tropical Storm Nicole live blog for news and updates… Topics Live Blogs Weather America Florida Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) More from The Sun DECISION...
    In this article SAVEFollow your favorite stocksCREATE FREE ACCOUNTThis GOES-East GoeColor satellite image taken at 2:36 p.m. EST and provided by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Nicole approaching toward the northwestern Bahamas and Florida's Atlantic coastline on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.NOAA | APTropical Storm Nicole snarled Florida travel on Wednesday, prompting at least one airport to suspend operations as forecasters warned of "hurricane conditions" for the state's east coast. Orlando International Airport said it would suspend operations from 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday "until circumstances permit operations resume." Miramar, Florida-based Spirit Airlines, said it would waive change fees and fare differences for Fort Lauderdale and Miami flights through Nov. 14 and Orlando flights through Nov. 16. The budget carrier said it would continue waiving change fees after that but that passengers would have to pay the difference in fare. Other airlines including JetBlue, which has a large operation in Fort Lauderdale, and Southwest, American and Delta, also waived fees for travelers affected by the storm. The storm is threatening the state about a month and a half after Hurricane Ian...
    Parts of Florida are announcing evacuations as Nicole approaches the state. The cone of uncertainty for landfall is large, as it's still further off the east coast of the peninsula. The counties of Palm Beach, Martin, Brevard and Volusia have all announced evacuations Tuesday as the tropical storm approaches. The storm is anticipated to hit as a Category 1 Hurricane, so it'll be a far cry from the severity of Hurricane Ian in September. Given the number of people who were trapped and killed in some areas due to slow evacuations, the east coast doesn't appear to be taking any chances. In the cone of the possibility of Nicole, however, is the Palm Beach County country club, Mar-a-Lago, where former President Donald Trump lives in the winter. According to Newsweek, the National Hurricane Center generally predicts the path accurately 60 to 70 percent of the time. To be fair, the map shows a relatively large part of the state in that expected cone, but for Palm Beach to begin evacuations shows that they have an elevated level of concern. There...
    Residents living along the coast and in flood-prone areas in Palm Beach County have been ordered to evacuate ahead of a potential touchdown from the storm expected to become Hurricane Nicole on Wednesday. The county, situated on Florida's Atlantic Coast, ordered the evacuation Tuesday, as the storm continued to move westward straight toward West Palm Beach. As of 5pm, the tempest was roughly 400 miles from making landfall. The evacuation areas cover the county's zones A and B, which includes barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile home communities, and was issued on Election Day - with rain and winds already seen in the Southeast part of the state not expected to affect any voting sites. Also included in the evacuation notice, issued by County Mayor Robert Weinroth at a 2 pm news conference, was nearly all of the county's coastline - home to several beachside locales in cities such as Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. The evacuations, which go into effect 7am Wednesday, applies to nearly 120,000 residents - 52,000 of them living in mobile homes throughout the county and 67,000 along...
    By Freida Frisaro and Julie Walker | Associated Press MIAMI — Tropical Storm Nicole churned toward the northwestern Bahamas and Florida’s Atlantic coastline on Tuesday and was forecast to develop into a hurricane over the next couple of days, forecasters said. A range of warnings and watches remain in place. Many areas are still reeling from damage caused by Hurricane Ian, which hit Florida’s southwestern Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm in late September, before dumping heavy amounts of rain across much of the central part of the state. Forecasters said heavy rain could fall on areas still recovering from Ian’s flooding. Hurricane warnings were in effect for the Abacos, Berry Islands, Bimini and Grand Bahama Island, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. Other areas of the Bahamas, including Andros Island, New Province and Eleuthera remained under a tropical storm warning. Residents in at least three Florida counties — Flagler, Palm Beach and Volusia — were ordered to evacuate from barrier islands, low-lying areas and mobile homes. The evacuation orders are set to take effect Wednesday....
    Floridians were seen braving torrential rain to stock up on food and groceries ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole's expected landfall Wednesday, taking precautions for the potential hurricane - with Ian still fresh in their minds. Residents of Southeast Florida flocked to stores all across the coast as officials issued a hurricane alert for the region late Monday. The storm strengthened from subtropical to tropical early Tuesday, as it continued on a course that officials said could see it strike anywhere from South Florida up to Jacksonville, along the state's east coast. As of 9 am ET, the storm was about 380 miles east northeast of the northwestern Bahamas, and moving at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. In its latest advisory bulletin early Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said that the forecast track had shifted slightly north, on a path that could bring it directly over Orlando. At that point, the storm is poised to continue to strengthen and reach a top wind speed of 75 mph - putting it at Category 1 hurricane strength.  Residents of Southeast...
    By Aya Elamroussi and Holly Yan | CNN A rare November hurricane could batter Florida’s east coast this week as residents try to recover from deadly Hurricane Ian. Subtropical Storm Nicole is forecast to keep strengthening and is expected to be a Category 1 hurricane when it approaches Florida’s east coast late Wednesday into Thursday morning, the National Hurricane Center said Monday. Warmer than normal ocean waters in the region will allow strengthening as the system develops and could lead to the formation of a November hurricane, CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller said. The last hurricane to strike the US in November was Hurricane Kate in 1985. A hurricane watch is now in effect along the east coast of Florida, from the Volusia/Brevard county line to Hallandale Beach, the National Hurricane Center said. The watch extends from just north of Miami to the Space Coast and includes Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Cape Canaveral and Melbourne. A storm surge watch has also been issued for parts of Florida and Georgia, from Altamaha Sound to Hallandale Beach and from the mouth of...
    As Florida residents are rebuilding after the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian - the most deadly hurricane in the state for over 90 years - they are being warned of Subtropical Storm Nicole due to strike later this week. Storm Nicole is a subtropical storm that could become a Category 1 hurricane before hitting Florida's east coast late on Wednesday or Thursday. The National Hurricane Center put into place a Hurricane Watch for much of the coast from the Volusia/Brevard County Line to Hallandale Beach as well as for Lake Okeechobee.  The expected arrival of Storm Nicole in Florida comes around a month after Category 4 Hurricane Ian inflicted considerable destruction to the state towards the end of September.  On Monday morning Storm Nicole was heading north easterly at a speed of around 9 mph, according to a notice put out by the National Hurricane Center at 10am. Its heading will become more easterly in the next day and on Wednesday it is expected to pass over the northwestern Bahamas, according to the notice. It will then hit the coast of Florida...
    Florida may soon be hit by another tropical system, maybe even a hurricane, in the coming days. A little more than a month after Hurricane Ian swept across the state, causing widespread devastation and killing dozens of people, a new area of low pressure has been detected more than 200 miles north of Puerto Rico just two days before the midterm elections. Though voting on Election Day in Florida likely won't be threatened by a landfall, the system brewing in the distance could have its far reaches extend to the state by Tuesday. As of Sunday afternoon, the system was producing "a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms," but it is forecast to move northward and then northwestward into the southwestern Atlantic Ocean "where environmental conditions appear conducive for additional development," the National Hurricane Center said in a tropical weather outlook. 1pm EST Sunday Nov 6--Key Messages for Area of Low Pressure over the SW Atlantic.Interests along SE US coast, E Florida, & C-NW Bahamas should monitor closely. Storm Surge, Tropical Storm, & Hurricane Watches could be needed...
    Country star Luke Bryan was forced to defend his decision to bring polarizing political figure Ron DeSantis on stage during a show in Jacksonville, after liberals by and large vowed to 'cancel' the singer over the unannounced appearance. The outcry stemmed from a concert held by Bryan on Friday - an event held to raise money for Hurricane Ian relief efforts for the embattled state. During the performance, DeSantis, currently up for re-election for governor, joined the American Idol judge on stage as the singer revealed plans to donate proceeds to the politician's fund for victims of the storm. The surprise appearance saw the Republican met with cheers as he took the stage - sentiments that were not shared, however, by the masses online, who were quick to criticize Bryan for, 46, associating with the governor. The outcry was so pronounced, that the 'Country On' crooner took to social media on Sunday to issue a statement directed toward the hordes of Twitter users who swore of the singer for welcoming a man they claim promotes anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion sentiment. Some went as far as...
    Liberals have vowed to 'cancel' country singer Luke Bryan after he brought out Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during a concert in Jacksonville on Friday - an event held to raise money for Hurricane Ian relief efforts for the embattled state. The surprise appearance saw the Republican governor showered with cheers as he took the stage - sentiments that were not shared by the woke masses online. DeDantis, a staunch conservative widely known - and sometimes panned - for his anti-woke policies, threw hats into the crowd as he joined Bryan, asking if onlookers were 'excited to be in the free state of Florida?' While the response in person was deafening, on social media, the liberal masses were quick to criticize Bryan for associating with the governor.  Bryan, who twice served as host for the Country Music Awards and will host again this year, had been in Jacksonville as part of his 'Raised Up Right' tour, after it was postponed multiple times due to damage wrought by the historic storm last month. The country music superstar was forced to postpone three previously scheduled stops...
    Share this: Hurricane Ian barreled ashore with winds of up to 150 mph (240 kph) on Florida’s southwest coast on Sept. 28, 2022. The storm’s powerful winds and torrential rains reduced entire communities to rubble, killing more than 120 people, including many who drowned in floodwaters resulting from the nearly 18-foot (5.5-meter) storm surge. Bridges connecting Sanibel, Captiva and other barrier islands with the mainland flooded and crumbled, isolating those areas. Estimates of the economic toll are still preliminary. But as a historian who studies South Florida’s cities and environment, I’m certain that the havoc Ian wreaked will make it among the worst storms on record, along with Harvey and Maria in 2017 and Katrina in 2005.
    by Marco Rubio   A few years ago, while visiting the National Hurricane Center, I asked the staff to describe a worst-case weather scenario for Florida. They described a high-category hurricane stalling off the coast and pummeling the western side of the state with storm surge. In other words, they described Hurricane Ian. Over the course of that storm, Florida suffered as much as $50 billion in property damage. Whole communities were destroyed. Islands were cut off. And the death toll, now exceeding 100, continues to rise. It’s the worst natural disaster to hit Florida in almost a century. Much of what has been lost can never be replaced. The loved ones killed by storm surge are never coming back. Family photos and houses filled with memories are gone forever. Similarly, though places like Sanibel Island will be rebuilt, they won’t be the same. You can’t resurrect a priceless slice of Old Florida. And yet, Floridians will keep going. We will recover. Homes and businesses will be rebuilt, schools will reopen, and our state will emerge stronger than ever. We have done...
    Florida small business owner Alexandra Fasulo is seeking asylum for her Pine Island and Matlacha neighbors after Hurricane Ian unexpectedly left her community in shambles with nearly nothing left.  Fasulo, dubbed as The Freelance Fairy on Instagram, has resided on the small island of Matlacha off the state's coast since spring 2021 but some of her neighbors she passed while on daily walks have resided there for 35 years or more.  Damp furniture and moldy clothes were all that was left after the almost Category Five Hurricane Ian hit the community on September 28 - leaving more than 125 in the state dead.  'We were not told it was going to make landfall in Matlacha,' Fasulo told DailyMail.com. 'Certain people I've passed on my walks and runs have died.'  The once vibrant city with exotic and bright colors shaping the town was left wrecked with rubbish filling the area where homes once sat.  Residents were able to go back to the island more than a week after the horrid hurricane struck. The bridge that linked the mainland to the island...
    FORT MYERS, Florida — Just days after Hurricane Ian struck, a crowd of locals gathered under a huge banyan tree at a motel's outdoor tiki bar for drink specials and live music. Less than 10 miles away, crews were finishing the search for bodies on a coastal barrier island. Even closer, entire families were trying to get comfortable for the night in a mass shelter housing more than 500 storm victims. On a coast where a few miles meant the difference between life and death, relief and ruin, the contrasting scenes of reality less than two weeks since the hurricane's onslaught are jarring, and they point to the way disaster can mean so many different things to different people. Arlan Fuller has seen the disparity while working in the hurricane zone to serve marginalized communities with Project Hope, a nonprofit that provides medical relief services. A few factors seem to account for the vast differences from one place to the next, he said: People and places closest to the coast usually fared the worst, as did people with lower incomes....
    By JAY REEVES FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (AP) — William Wellema has been living under a bridge for four days, waiting to get to Fort Myers Beach on Florida’s Estero Island to see if his vacation home survived Hurricane Ian. On Friday, he was beyond frustrated as he continued to await permission to drive across. “They’re saying it’s because of the rescue and recovery efforts,” Wellema said of the closure. He drove down from Little Falls, New Jersey, with a pass he got at the beginning of hurricane season that was supposed to allow him onto the island after a storm. Wellema said he’s considering crossing by kayak at night. He is in touch with friends in other parts of the country waiting on his word to make their own journeys south. Their wait is a reminder that the death toll, already at 101, could still grow. Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy has said no one will be allowed back until emergency services crews finish “searching for people who are hurt or might need help amongst the rubble, and...
    Firefighters in Florida are dealing with a new problem in the wake of Hurricane Ian's damaging floods - explosive fires caused by waterlogged batteries in electric vehicles.  When EV batteries take on a large amount of water, they're at risk of corrosion that can lead to unexpected fires, according to a top fire official in the state - which is America's second largest EV market after California, with 95,000 registered vehicles.  'There’s a ton of EVs disabled from Ian. As those batteries corrode, fires start,' Florida's fire marshal and top financial officer David Patronis tweeted Thursday. 'That’s a new challenge that our firefighters haven’t faced before. At least on this kind of scale.'  Firefighters in Florida are dealing with a new problem in the wake of Hurricane Ian's damaging floods - explosive fires caused by waterlogged batteries in electric vehicles. ABOVE: Firefighters in Naples, Florida, handle the aftermath of a fire in a Tesla 'There’s a ton of EVs disabled from Ian. As those batteries corrode, fires start,' Florida's fire marshal and top financial officer David Patronis tweeted Thursday 'It...
    ROB Marciano has revealed an unlikely "nemesis" to his fans after a lengthy period reporting from Florida on Hurricane Ian. The Good Morning America meteorologist, 54, on Wednesday shared a picture doing a re-take for his news report from the scene of the storm. 3Rob Marciano shared a picture doing a re-take for his news reportCredit: Instagram / Rob Marciano 3Rob returned home to his kids after a lengthy period reporting from Florida on Hurricane IanCredit: Instagram / Rob Marciano Marciano wrote: "BTW, taped tags are my nemesis...'one more take I promise'." He then credited the photo to his "patient producer" Chris Donato. The GMA host also shared a sweet note that Delta left him as he traveled back and forth to cover the storm. "Thank you for trusting DELTA with your traveling experience. I hope we made it a special one. We LOVE ABC News," the note read. READ MORE SUN STORIESDISNEY DARLINGS DWTS to cross off another ‘first’ with new dances for Sam, Charli & moreHODA'S NEW HOTTIE? Today show host Hoda says co-host is ‘setting her up’...
    Evan Vucci/ AP Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.As the death toll continues to rise from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ian, President Joe Biden on Wednesday visited several storm-ravaged communities in Florida to meet with survivors and thank first responders working tirelessly on the ground. “We’ve got a long road ahead of us,” said Biden. “I want the people of Florida to know that you’ve got my commitment. You’ve got America’s commitment.”  While the storm made landfall in several states, including the Carolinas, the worst of Ian’s damage overwhelmingly hit Florida, where most of the death toll has been recorded. (The current count stands at least 109; 105 of those were in Florida.) As of Wednesday, nearly 300,000 households are still without power. Low-income residents and communities of color have been hit especially hard.  In the lead up to Biden’s visit, much of the media attention has centered around the president’s meeting with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. After all, the far-right MAGA aficionado and potential GOP presidential candidate—who...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is insisting that the media actually wanted Hurricane Ian to hit his state for the purpose of pushing a "political agenda." In the days after the storm, the Republican governor conducted an interview with the conservative news outlet Florida's Voice in Cape Coral, Fla. At one point during the interview, the news outlet's editor-in-chief Brendon Leslie asked DeSantis if there would be any consequences for weather forecasts that wrongfully predicted that the storm would make landfall in Tampa, Fla. READ MORE: Ron DeSantis is being bankrolled by an 'extraordinary' number of billionaire donors: report Responding to the question, the Republica governor claimed the media actually wanted the storm to cause more damage in his state. "You have national regime media, that they wanted to see Tampa [get hit], because they thought that would be worse for Florida," said DeSantis. He went on to explain how he believes members of the media think. "That's how these people think. I mean, they don't care about the people of this state," he said. They...
    Governor Ron DeSantis was all business as he greeted President Joe Biden with a handshake, not a fist bump on Wednesday in Florida. The political adversaries set aside their difference to meet and assess the damage from Hurricane Ian, the category 4 storm that devastated Florida last week. According to CNN, the death toll from the storm rose to 109 with 105 of those being in Florida alone. Although DeSantis has sharply disagreed on Biden’s leadership, it appears the pair are putting aside politics for the sake of the constituents of Florida. Both the president and Jill Biden were greeted by Gov. DeSantis and his wife Casey DeSantis. According to The Guardian over 400,000 homes and businesses are still without power. President Biden and DeSantis will be visiting with residents, disaster relief team members, and business owners affected by the storm. Watch above via CPAN. Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com
    This event is slated to begin at 3:15 p.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time. President Joe Biden traveled to Fort Myers, Florida on Wednesday to address the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Prior to the speech, Biden surveyed areas ravaged by the storm, was briefed by officials on the ground and met with locals and small business owners affected by the hurricane. Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 storm a week ago, before moving up the eastern U.S. coast. The storm has reportedly killed more than 80 people, though that number is expected to rise as floodwaters recede and rescue teams access new areas. The hurricane is shaping up to be the costliest Florida hurricane since Andrew in 1992, with wind and storm surge damage estimated to be between $28 billion and $47 billion.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    Joe Biden and Governor Ron DeSantis put up a united front Wednesday as the two stood face-to-face for the first time and shook hands after the president surveyed storm damage in Florida from Hurricane Ian. The nation's first lady Jill Biden and Florida's first lady Casey DeSantis joined their husbands for the public display of unity. The Florida couple greeted the Bidens as they stepped out of their motorcade to receive a briefing from state and local officials on what is needed to successfully recover from the damage from the category 4 storm, which left more than 100 people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.  After speaking several times on the phone, including a call before the storm made landfall, Biden and DeSantis put their partnership in hurricane recovery to the test with their first face-to-face meeting. The president and GOP governor have publicly shot down suggestions that they aren't working together in their response to the storm's carnage and have even sent veiled compliments towards each other. President Joe Biden met face-to-face with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for the...
    Just hours after the eye of Hurricane Ian passed over Pine Island off Florida’s southwest coast on Wednesday, Peter Lilienthal was already on the move. Having stayed through the storm—the most brutal of the 15 previous hurricanes he’s weathered—he knew this barrier island of 9,000 would soon be powerless and cut off from the mainland. So he embarked on a mission to find food before it spoiled, and serve it to his hardest hit neighbors. “We were getting permission from everyone we could, asking if we could go in and raid their kitchens,” said Lilienthal, whose day job is running a food club on the island. “At one spot, we had to crawl through a doggy door to get in and get food out.” By the evening of Sept. 28, the day Ian made landfall, Lilienthal was cooking up hamburgers, pork chops and hot dogs to deliver on foot to those who didn’t evacuate. As he went around making deliveries—where storm surge allowed—he said the entire island was already at work, rebuilding. He soon learned these efforts would have to...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Tuesday accused the 'national regime media' of wanting Hurricane Ian to wreak havoc Tampa, claiming it would have been used to advance a 'political agenda.' The Republican leader was speaking with small conservative outlet Florida's Voice, who caught up with him in hard-hit Lee County. Facing questions over the area's delayed evacuation order earlier this week, DeSantis accused media outlets of focusing their coverage solely on the Tampa area, thereby giving residents of Cape Coral, Sanibel Island and Fort Myers a false sense of safety. Multiple media outlets have pushed back on the accusation. He repeated the defense again to Florida's Voice on Tuesday, before being asked whether there would be any 'accountability in the media' for the forecasts predicting destruction in Tampa.  'I think part of it, quite frankly, you have national regime media, that they wanted to see Tampa [hit], because they thought that would be worse for Florida. That's how these people think,' DeSantis said. 'They don't care about the people of this state. They don't care about the people of this community....
    Two 'tropical disturbances' have formed in the Atlantic Ocean as forecasters monitor the severity of the systems just days after Hurricane Ian reduced parts of Florida to rubble with its death toll on the rise. Tropical Depression 12, located 440 miles west of Cabo Verde, was packing sustained winds of 35 mph and moving northwest at 12 mph at 5pm on Tuesday according to the National Hurricane Center. Increasing upper-level winds are likely to stunt any potential growth from there with forecasters saying the depression is likely to be 'short-lived' and will dissipate late Thursday. A second disturbance closer to Florida located east of the Windward Islands at 8pm on Tuesday evening could grow over the next few days, forecasters predict. 'Regardless of development, heavy rainfall with localized flooding, as well as gusty winds, are expected over portions of the Windward Islands, northern portions of South America, and the ABC Islands during the next couple of days,' read the NHC's most recent Tropical Weather Outlook. 'Interests in those locations, in addition to those in Central America, should continue to monitor...
    Verizon is using a fleet of drones over southwest Florida to provide cellular connectivity to first responders who working around the clock in search and rescue missions to find survivors who may be trapped inside one of the more than 400 buildings destroyed by Hurricane Ian. Tethered drones that can fly for up to 1,000 hours are beaming down 4G and 5G coverage for an approximate radius of five to seven miles. Cory Davis, National Director for Verizon Frontline's Response Team and Public Safety Operations, told DailyMail.com that the cellular company has supported more than 50 first responder agencies with its resources that include over 100 assets. He explained that along with the drones, Verizon is using satellites that beam down internet from low Earth orbit, generators hitched to trailers and recently sent a portable cell site on a barge to Sanibel Island, which has been completely cut off by the hurricane. Ian hit Lee County, home to Fort Myers, the hardest and Verizon, which is calling the county 'ground zero,' is using the most assets to provide communications for...
    WALMART has announced a initiative to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian after hundreds of stores were forced to shut down during the storm. The retailer had to temporarily close at lease 244 stores along the east cost due to the destructive Category 4 Hurricane Ian, The Miami Herald reported. 2Hundreds of Walmart stores were temporarily shut down during Hurricane IanCredit: Walmart 2The superstore is now accepting donations in help with storm recoveryCredit: Getty Locations in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia all shut down during the storm. Most stores have since reopened and as of October 3, only two stores still remain closed, including the Walmart in Fort Myers Beach that was hit hard by the hurricane. In an effort to support the communities who are struggling after the storm, Walmart is accepting donations from customers when they checkout or through its associate giving program. The retailer also promised to "help maximize [the customers'] impact by matching contributions" up to $2.5million. Read more on WalmartBIG DEAL I found Walmart secret clearance item listed at $897 for just $5FIGURED...
    Hurricane Ian is set to be the deadliest tropical cyclone to hit Florida since 1935, when the Great Labor Day Hurricane killed over 400 people. Death toll estimates in Florida have risen above 100, with a large portion of the deaths coming from Lee County. Most of those deaths were from drowning. HURRICANE IAN: DESANTIS DEFENDS LATE EVACUATION IN FLORIDA'S LEE COUNTY The Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Sunday that more than 1,600 people have been rescued in parts of Southwest and Central Florida. AccuWeather staff predicted Ian will be the most damaging storm to hit the state since Hurricane Harvey in 2017, which cost Florida $190 billion in damages. AccuWeather founder Joel Myers said Ian could lead to almost $210 billion in damages in the United States. As of Monday, close to 2 million people were without power, and 20,000 people are in shelters statewide. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Ian made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane. After sweeping...
    A Florida resident on Monday told Fox News host Charles Payne the harrowing story of how his two best friends both died after they were swept away by water last week as Hurricane Ian ravaged the area. Mike Yost of Fort Myers Beach explained to Payne, who was filling in on Your World for Neil Cavuto, how his two best friends were killed by the storm’s surge after they each got their wives to safety. He and others decided to ride out the storm after 2004’s Hurricane Charley failed to significantly flood the area. “That’s why I thought, well, we’re on the second floor,” he said. “Everybody thought, ‘Charley never made it to the top floor here.'” Yost told Payne after he witnessed the storm surge take his mailbox out, he knew Ian was a different animal. He texted a number of people and told them he thought he had made a mistake by staying behind. He took to the second floor of a home and planned to hold onto an air mattress. He said his hope was the storm...
    President Joe Biden offered his unwavering support for Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Fiona, even as the country reels from Hurricane Ian. "We are not leaving here, as long as I'm president, until everything — I mean this sincerely — every single thing that we can do is done," he said from Ponce, one of the areas of Puerto Rico hardest hit by Fiona. It's been two weeks since Hurricane Fiona ravaged Puerto Rico on Sept. 18, dumping up to 30 inches of rain in some areas as a Category 1 storm and killing at least 13 people, according to the island's health department. The storm came almost five years to the day after Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria, which killed 3,000 people and caused massive power outages that lasted for nearly a year in some areas. Over 100,000 Puerto Ricans are without power as of Monday morning, according to LUMA Energy. Hundreds of thousands initially lacked access to clean water, but that number has fallen to 33,000 households, according to the government's emergency portal. "As we...
    Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is pushing back on questions over the delayed evacuation order for Lee County, a part of the Sunshine State that was particularly hard-hit by Hurricane Ian. In a CNN clip shared by his 2022 campaign's rapid response Twitter account, a journalist asks the governor: 'Why do you stand behind Lee County’s decision to not have that mandatory evacuation until the day before the storm?' 'Well, did you - where was your industry when the storm hit? Were you guys in Lee County? No, you were in Tampa,' DeSantis countered.  'They were following the weather track and they had to make decisions based on that. Local and state officials have faced scrutiny after Lee County residents were put under evacuation orders last week just a day before the Category 4 hurricane made landfall, giving many Floridians little time to escape its path. Sanibel Island, Fort Myers and Cape Coral are among the places where the devastation is most prominent - the only bridge connecting Sanibel Island to the mainland US collapsed during the storm, meaning rescuers...
    People carrying gas containers look for gas at a distribution center organized by the community after Hurricane Ian caused widespread destruction in St James City, Florida, U.S., October 2, 2022. Marco Bello | Reuters Days after Hurricane Ian hit Florida and the Carolinas, residents are struggling to navigate flooded roads and neighborhoods and federal emergency management officials are conducting major search-and-rescue efforts amid the destruction. The recorded death toll from the storm surpassed 80 over the weekend and is expected to rise as floodwaters recede and rescue teams are able to access new areas. Insurers could also face costs of up to $57 billion from Hurricane Ian's damage in Florida and South Carolina, risk modeling firm Verisk said Monday. In Florida, which took the brunt of the hurricane, roughly 600,000 homes and businesses were without power as of Monday morning, down from a peak of 2.6 million on Thursday, according to PowerOutage.us. More than 1,600 people have been rescued across the state, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are traveling to Florida on Wednesday...
    Share this: When Hurricane Ian hit Florida, it was one of the United States’ most powerful hurricanes on record, and it followed a two-week string of massive, devastating storms around the world. A few days earlier in the Philippines, Typhoon Noru gave new meaning to rapid intensification when it blew up from a tropical storm with 50 mph winds to a Category 5 monster with 155 mph winds the next day. Hurricane Fiona flooded Puerto Rico, then became Canada’s most intense storm on record. Typhoon Merbok gained strength over a warm Pacific Ocean and tore up over 1,000 miles of the Alaska coast. Major storms hit from the Philippines in the western Pacific to the Canary Islands in the eastern Atlantic, to Japan and Florida in the middle latitudes and western Alaska and the Canadian Maritimes in the high latitudes.
    A man swam half a mile through flooded streets in Florida last week to save his wheelchair-bound mother trapped in her home as it filled with water. As Hurricane Ian made landfall on Wednesday, Johnny Lauder, 49, heroically dove into the bacteria-ridden water surging through Naples after receiving a panicked call from 84-year-old Karen, who lives a few blocks away. Karen, whose legs are both amputated, told him the water was rushing into her home and had become level with her chest. Initial forecasts had predicted the Category 4 storm would hit Tampa Bay. But on Tuesday afternoon, its path changed south. By the following day, it had turned into one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the United States in decades. It has since carved a path of destruction from Florida to the Carolinas. The death toll climbed past 80 on Sunday and the embattled residents in the two states face a recovery expected to cost tens of billions of dollars. By late Sunday, around 700,000 homes and businesses in Florida were still without electricity - down from a peak of...
    A MAJOR update is coming to Walmart after the retailer announced that hundreds of stores will be shut down. After Hurricane Ian left significant damage throughout Florida, Walmart issues a news release addressing the storm. 1Walmart is closing hundreds of stores following the aftermath of Hurricane IanCredit: Getty “Many of our associates, customers and members in the communities we serve across Florida are feeling the devastating effects of Hurricane Ian,” the company said. Walmart announced that the retailer would be accepting donations from customers and will “help maximize their impact” by matching donations made by customers at their registers. “Walmart associates are also working side-by-side with state leaders and first responders, mobilizing to bring additional services to impacted communities. We will continue looking for ways to help our neighbors in Florida.” Walmart Health Centers in Tampa and Orlando were also offering complimentary sick or injury exams. READ MORE HURRICAN IANHORROR FALL Boy, 11, plunges to his death from 19-story balcony while fleeing Hurricane IanMONSTER WAVE Moment huge rogue wave smashes into pedestrians injuring six in Miami Hundreds of stores were...