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'Hometown of Tomorrow' Kept Power on During Ian

Florida's Babcock Ranch, US' 'first solar-powered town,' didn't lose electricity

(Newser) - The stories out of Florida in the wake of Hurricane Ian are harrowing and devastating , with a death toll that continues to climb . One town in the western part of the state, however, fared better than most, with Ian serving as a "true test for the community," per...

Deputies: Boys' Theft of Maserati Turned Deadly

One teen has died, 2 others are badly injured after alleged car theft in St. Petersburg, Fla.

(Newser) - One teen is dead and two others seriously hurt after an apparent high-speed joyride in Florida over the weekend. Gray News reports that deputies were responding to a call about a vehicle burglary in progress in St. Petersburg on Sunday around 3:20am, with the assistance of a flight unit,...

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Florida Woman Went to Extremes to Keep Paralyzed Spouse Alive

Inside one Punta Gorda couple's tale of survival

(Newser) - As more and more media outlets manage to interview Florida residents who have weathered Hurricane Ian—in many cases emerging with their lives but little else intact— NBC News shares one couple's harrowing story. Christopher Smith suffers from prostate cancer, and had been due to receive radiation treatment on...

Sanibel Island Assesses Storm's 'Biblical' Destruction

Causeway is out, leaving remaining residents stranded

(Newser) - Putting Sanibel Island back together after Hurricane Ian hit is going to take a while, Florida officials said. "The damage is catastrophic, and it is biblical," city manager Dana Souza told the Today show. The first step is comprehending the scale of the destruction. "Residents who have...

Hurricane Survivors Tell Ghastly Stories: 'It Was Hell'

Fort Myers-area residents describe nightmarish experiences

(Newser) - In the Fort Myers area, which was hit especially hard by Hurricane Ian, residents are assessing the scale of the devastation and describing a hellish 24 hours. Homes, roads, and businesses have been destroyed. Authorities, who are still trying to determine the death toll, say the recovery will take years....

Ian Becomes Hurricane Again as South Carolina Braces

Storm becomes stronger after slamming Florida

(Newser) - Ian strengthened into a hurricane again on Thursday evening, bringing 75mph winds toward South Carolina, where it's projected to make landfall at midday Friday near Charleston. The National Hurricane Center warned of "life-threatening" flooding and storm surge for the South Carolina coast, the Washington Post reports. With the...

Most Homes in Ian's Path Don't Have Flood Insurance

Options are limited for homeowners after a disaster

(Newser) - The low percentages of homes in Hurricane Ian's way that have flood insurance will mean people may not be able to rebuild, and even if they can, homeowners and their communities will be in for an extended period of slow, traumatic recovery. For one thing, regular homeowners insurance doesn'...

'Substantial Loss of Life' Is Possible in Florida: Biden

First storm deaths are reported as president declares major disaster

(Newser) - President Biden warned Thursday that Hurricane Ian could turn out to be the deadliest storm in Florida history, causing a "substantial loss of life." Biden made the remarks at the Washington headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, NBC News reports. The first storm deaths were reported, per...

As Ian Bore Down on Florida, Political Barbs Continued

Storm didn't stop campaign ads from DeSantis, Demings, Rubio

(Newser) - On the one hand, seeing political ads on TV as a major storm rages outside your window might be a welcome distraction. Or, maybe you won't be in the mood to watch election-season nastiness as your roof shingles are getting ripped off by the wind. Apparently, several Florida politicians...

2M Without Power as Ian Swamps Florida
Ian Leaves Trail of Devastation

Ian Leaves Trail of Devastation

Hurricane was 5th-strongest storm ever to hit US; 2M without power, people trapped in homes

(Newser) - Hurricane Ian left a path of destruction in southwest Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, damaging the roof of a hospital intensive care unit, and knocking out power to 2 million people before aiming for the Atlantic Coast. One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the United States barreled...

Tree Branch Trips Up Hurricane Ian Reporter
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Tree Branch Trips Up Hurricane Ian Reporter

Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel wisely gives up his report

(Newser) - Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel is a human "symbol of severe weather," having reported from the center of all kinds of storms for more than three decades, notes USA Today . But mighty Hurricane Ian managed to knock him down. As Deadline notes and this video shows, a...

Now a Category 4, Ian Barrels Toward Florida

Hurricane-force winds, rainfall of up to 18 inches, 'life-threatening' storm surges expected

(Newser) - Hurricane Ian intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm as it approached Florida, and forecasters predicted it would retain top winds of 140mph until landfall Wednesday afternoon. Tropical storm-force winds and rain were already hitting the state's heavily populated Gulf Coast, with the Naples to Sarasota region at...

Hurricane Ian Knocks Out Power to All of Cuba

Storm heading to Florida next

(Newser) - Cuba remained in the dark early Wednesday after Hurricane Ian knocked out its power grid and devastated some of the country’s most important tobacco farms when it hit the island’s western tip as a major storm, the AP reports. Authorities were working overnight to gradually restore service to...

2.5M Ordered to Evacuate as Ian Approaches Florida

NHC warns of 'catastrophic' winds, flooding from Hurricane Ian

(Newser) - Hurricane Ian tore into western Cuba as a major hurricane Tuesday and left 1 million people without electricity, then churned on a collision course with Florida over warm Gulf waters amid expectations it would strengthen into a catastrophic Category 4 storm. The National Hurricane Center said Cuba suffered "significant...

Hurricane Ian's Approach 'Near Worst-Case' for Tampa

'Just leave now,' Tampa mayor urges residents

(Newser) - The Tampa area is bracing for a direct hit as Hurricane Ian intensifies . The storm grew into a Category 3 hurricane before making landfall in Cuba on Tuesday morning, the AP reports. After lashing Cuba, the storm is expected to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico before bearing down on...

Hurricane May Be Category 4 When It Hits Florida

Tampa, other coastal areas brace for Ian on Wednesday

(Newser) - Hurricane Ian was growing stronger as it approached the western tip of Cuba on a track to hit the west coast of Florida as a major hurricane as early as Wednesday, per the AP . Ian was forecast to hit Cuba and then become an even stronger Category 4 with top...

Florida Is Bracing for a Major Hurricane

State of emergency declared ahead of the arrival of Ian in a few days

(Newser) - Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for all of Florida on Saturday as Tropical Storm Ian gained strength over the Caribbean and was forecast to become a major hurricane soon on a track toward the state, per the AP . DeSantis had initially issued the emergency order for two...

Captain Who Fatally Cut Parasail Line Arrested

A woman died and two children were injured in Memorial Day tragedy in Florida

(Newser) - A Florida boat captain who admitted cutting a line securing a parasail to his vessel, resulting in the death of one of three riders , has been arrested for manslaughter. Daniel Gavin Couch, 49, hadn’t done a recent weather check ahead of high winds on Memorial Day, which put the...

Florida Crash Is a Tragedy for Beer Lovers

Coors Light cans blanketed lanes of 1-75 after Wednesday's collision

(Newser) - Four 18-wheelers crashed on a Florida highway Wednesday, turning the roadway into "a silver sea of beer cans," per the AP . A semi-truck had clipped another while changing lanes on 1-75 near Brooksville, about 30 miles north of Tampa, which forced other trucks to brake shortly after 6am....

Sheriff's Office: Fight Over Lights Left On Led to Murder

Michael D. Williams allegedly murdered ex-wife, her son after fights about electricity usage

(Newser) - Florida police arrived at Michael D. Williams' home on Sunday after the 47-year-old placed a 911 call to report he'd killed his ex-wife and her adult son in self-defense. The Volusia Sheriff's Office alleges the deaths were actually the grim outcome of a fight over electricity and leaving...

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