Natural Disaster
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Shelters open to 75,000 Floridians as Irma nears

by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/09/17, 06:25 pm

UPDATE: The National Hurricane Center has extended storm surge warnings along Florida’s east and west coasts as Irma spins closer to landfall. The Category 3 storm whipped up 125 mph winds Saturday afternoon, but forecasters expect it to strengthen into a Category 4 storm before crashing into the Florida Keys. It’s likely to make a second landfall at Cape Coral or Fort Myers, charging over Tampa next.

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Irma fears prompt more mandatory evacuations for Florida

by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/08/17, 11:00 am

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has ordered all schools, from elementary schools to colleges, closed Friday through Monday so they can serve as shelters for those fleeing Hurricane Irma. The massive storm, downgraded slightly overnight to a Category 4, should make landfall in South Florida early Sunday morning. Forecasters warn that winds, likely to clock in at more than 150 miles per hour, will cause widespread property damage as they lift roofs and toss debris through the air.

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Texas governor calls for day of prayer

by Leigh Jones
Posted 8/31/17, 04:50 pm

As Harvey’s misery continues to multiply, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called for a statewide day of prayer Sunday. Vice President Mike Pence traveled with Abbott to Rockport, Texas, on Thursday, where Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane nearly one week ago. Officials have attributed at least 30 deaths to Harvey, but they expect that toll to rise. Rescue crews are still pulling people from floodwaters in and around Port Arthur and Beaumont, where residents remain without drinking water.

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