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Expert: Coolers made it worse in nursing home where 12 died

A Florida nursing home where 12 elderly patients died of overheating after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning made matters worse by using portable units that were not properly …


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018

Hurricane center updates Irma death toll in U.S., Caribbean

The death toll from Hurricane Irma’s catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern U.S. has risen to 44 fatalities directly caused by its strong winds and heavy rains, plus …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017

Weirdness returns to Key West after Hurricane Irma

Things are weird, as usual, in Key West.


Hurricane Irma cost Florida 127K jobs, but most will return

Employers cut jobs in six U.S. states last month, particularly in hurricane-hit Florida, while hiring increased in five and was mostly unchanged in 39 states.


U.S. industrial production rose solid 0.3 percent in September

U.S. industrial production rose a solid 0.3 percent in September, but the increase was limited due to the lingering damage from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.


Poll: Americans blame wild weather on global warming

After hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria blitzed the nation, most Americans think weather disasters are getting more severe and see global warming’s fingerprints.


Thirteenth death from Florida nursing home that lost AC in Irma

A woman who lived at a Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning during Hurricane Irma has died, becoming the 13th fatality linked to the home.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017

12th death linked to Florida nursing home tragedy after Irma knocked out AC

A 12th patient of the sweltering Hollywood, Fla., nursing home died Thursday night, according to the Broward Medical Examiner.


FEMA isn’t relying on trailers to house hurricane victims

The hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida have likely spawned the worst disaster-created housing crisis since Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents without homes more than …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017

Hurricane Irma damage could be as high as $65 billion

Hurricane Irma’s monstrous 185 mph winds seemed to be the biggest menace as the storm inexorably made its way toward Florida earlier this month.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017

Cat 5 Hurricane Maria threatens storm-battered Caribbean

Hurricane Maria grew into a Category 3 storm on Monday as it barreled toward a potentially devastating collision with islands in the eastern Caribbean. Forecasters warned it was likely to …


Florida recovers, rests, reflects in wake of Hurricane Irma

Across Florida, people spent Sunday trying to get back to normal after one of the worst storms to hit the state since Hurricane Andrew.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017

Irma evacuation nightmare: Next time some may not leave

After a painful flight across several states to escape unpredictable Hurricane Irma, Suzanne Pallot says it’s unlikely she would evacuate South Florida again – an attitude echoed by other evacuees …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017

Rising river threatens Florida residents in Irma’s wake

Officials went door-to-door Saturday warning residents who live near the Withlacoochee River north of the Tampa Bay area of the potential for record-high flooding in the coming days.


Nursing home tragedy unfolded days after Irma’s initial hit

Three days after Hurricane Irma hit Florida, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills still didn’t have air conditioning, and it ultimately became the grimmest tragedy in a state already full …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017

Irma wipes out dreams across independent-minded Florida Keys

Tim Stanton emerged from his ruined workshop off Highway 1 on Big Pine Key and collapsed to the ground, his sunburned, tear-covered face contorted in anguish.


Seniors fight post-hurricane heat with Popsicles, compresses

Florida seniors were ushered out of stifling assisted-living centers Thursday while caregivers fought a lack of air conditioning with Popsicles and cool compresses after eight people died at a nursing …


Caribbean families separate to rebuild lives after storm

The shrieks of children playing volleyball and the occasional barking of dogs echoed inside Puerto Rico’s largest convention center, transformed into a shelter for hurricane victims from other Caribbean islands …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017

President Trump praises rapid response to Irma in Florida

President Donald Trump met with federal and state leaders in Florida on Thursday as he surveyed damage from Hurricane Irma and praised the rapid response of the recovery effort.


Florida took wise storm precautions

True, destruction was not as dire as predicted, but better to prepare for the worst than gamble with the lives of residents and visitors and those charged with protecting them.


Hurricane victims facing a long road to home reconstruction

With floodwaters nearing knee height, Arlene Estle fled to the upstairs of the Houston house where she’s lived for 50 years and raised four children. It was many hours later …


Irma’s fury in the Keys: So loud ‘it hurt your eardrums’

Huge waves crashed down on this tropical paradise, pounding the white sands of Summerland Key with brute fury. Then came bomb-blast winds as Hurricane Irma slammed ashore.


Stars turn out to push for donations for hurricane relief

Urged on by dozens of stars who turned out to sing, tell stories and plead for support for hurricane victims in a one-hour televised benefit, organizers said more than $44 …


French, British officials view Irma’s damage, vow island aid

French and British officials promised to beef up emergency and long-term aid to their countries’ stricken Caribbean territories after seeing firsthand the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017

8 die at nursing home as death toll in Irma’s wake mounts

Eight patients at a sweltering nursing home died after Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning, raising fears Wednesday about the safety of Florida’s 4 million senior citizens amid power …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017

Spokane Valley couple volunteers with Irma evacuees in Florida

Spokane Valley couple Chuck and Janet Boehme headed toward Orlando Tuesday afternoon and saw more outages, store shortages and heavy traffic. They expect Wednesday to head to coastal areas to …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017

A state built on air conditioning struggles after Irma

In a state built on air conditioning, millions of Florida residents now want to know one thing: When will the power be back on?


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017

Despite Irma, football games in Florida get a go-ahead

Amid the misery in Florida caused by Hurricane Irma, the state still has places to play. The Jacksonville Jaguars are the latest to announce they will play at home this …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017

Europe leaders view devastated Caribbean islands as locals struggle

France’s president, Britain’s foreign secretary and the Dutch king are visiting Caribbean territories hammered by Hurricane Irma, where residents have accused European governments of insufficient preparation or slow response to …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017

FEMA estimates one-fourth of Keys homes could be destroyed

With 25 percent of the homes in the Florida Keys feared destroyed, emergency workers Tuesday rushed to find Hurricane Irma’s victims – dead or alive – and deliver food and …