Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Hurricane Guide

FEMA to stop sheltering Florida Irma victims in hotels

ORLANDO — Federal disaster officials are ending a program that paid for hotel rooms for more than 27,000 Florida households in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

FEMA officials announced Tuesday that the short-term emergency sheltering program will end March 10, six months after Irma hit the Sunshine State.

At the request of the state, FEMA extended the temporary hotel program five times over the last six months.

More than 26,000 households have already moved out after making home repairs or finding suitable longer-term housing.

FEMA has been working with survivors to help them identify resources and develop a long-term housing plan.

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'You gotta take care of home': Michael Jordan donates $2 million to Florence recovery efforts

'You gotta take care of home': Michael Jordan donates $2 million to Florence recovery efforts

As Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolinas late last week, bringing with it torrential rain and flooding, the news was grim: Towns were transformed into islands cut off by floodwaters, the number of storm-related deaths increased daily and hund...
Published: 09/19/18
Noah's Ark except it's a school bus: Truck driver rescues 64 dogs and cats from floods of Hurricane Florence

Noah's Ark except it's a school bus: Truck driver rescues 64 dogs and cats from floods of Hurricane Florence

There is nothing like a meal at the Waffle House after driving more than 60 animals from the South Carolina coast to southern Alabama inside of a school bus. Tony Alsup can attest.Alsup, a 51-year-old trucker from Greenback, Tennessee, was parked at ...
Published: 09/17/18
Fearsome new stage begins as Florence floods inland rivers

Fearsome new stage begins as Florence floods inland rivers

NEW BERN, N.C. — As the death toll from Florence mounted and hundreds of people were pulled from flooded homes, North Carolina is bracing for what could be the next stage of a still-unfolding disaster: catastrophic, widespread river flooding.After bl...
Published: 09/16/18
Now a tropical storm, Florence spreads watery mayhem across Carolinas

Now a tropical storm, Florence spreads watery mayhem across Carolinas

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Published: 09/15/18
Hurricane Florence: First Deaths Reported in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence: First Deaths Reported in North Carolina

Tropical Storm Florence continued to thrash the Carolinas on Friday evening with fierce winds, driving rain and catastrophic flooding. Downgraded from hurricane strength after making landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina, the storm had killed at l...
Published: 09/14/18
Carlton: The destructive, unpredictable whim of a hurricane

Carlton: The destructive, unpredictable whim of a hurricane

Here’s what a lot of us think, truth be told, every time those computer models start stretching their colored tentacles toward the place we live:Please not here.Please not us.A fierce and powerful hurricane hurtled toward the East Coast this week, an...
Published: 09/14/18
Weakening winds from Hurricane Florence approach the Carolinas

Weakening winds from Hurricane Florence approach the Carolinas

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The outer bands of wind and rain from Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina on Thursday as the monster storm moved in for an extended stay along the Southeastern coast, promising to drench the properties of 10 million p...
Published: 09/13/18
You’ll know Hurricane Florence is bad when the Waffle House Index hits code red

You’ll know Hurricane Florence is bad when the Waffle House Index hits code red

Everyone is preparing for Hurricane Florence, which continues to barrel toward the Carolinas. Residents are evacuating the area, FEMA is getting supplies, Weather Channel reporters are breaking out their strongest windbreakers - and the Waffle House ...
Published: 09/13/18
NASA images show how massive Florence is

NASA images show how massive Florence is

Hurricane Florence is so enormous, astronauts in space had to use a super-wide angle lens to capture a photo. German astronaut Alexander Gerst took to Twitter this morning warning coastal residents to "watch out.""Get prepared East Coast, this is a n...
Published: 09/12/18
Hurricane Florence decreases to a Category 3, could still bring ‘life-threatening’ storm surge to Carolinas

Hurricane Florence decreases to a Category 3, could still bring ‘life-threatening’ storm surge to Carolinas

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Florence has decreased to a Category 3 storm, but could still bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall across the Carolinas. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm’s peak winds have decreased.Communities along...
Published: 09/12/18