Irma’s westward shift now targets St. Pete more than Tampa

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Irma’s leading edge brought hurricane-force winds to the Florida Keys late Saturday, bending palm trees and spitting rain as the storm swirled north with 120 mph (190 kph) winds on a projected new track that could expose St. Petersburg — not Miami or even Tampa — to a direct hit. […]

Total asked to evacuate Hurricane Irma nears 7M

Florida, September 9 – Florida emergency management officials have asked another 700,000 to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma. That brings the total number asked to evacuate multiple states to nearly 7 million. Florida’s Division of Emergency Management said Saturday that officials have issued a mix of mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders to 6.3 million residents. […]

House heads toward passage of Harvey aid bill, debt hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative grumbling aside, the House is heading toward backing a $15.3 billion disaster aid package that President Donald Trump and Democrats have linked to a temporary increase in America’s borrowing authority and keeping the government funded through December. The House vote on Friday would send the massive package to Trump for his […]

Hurricane Irma toll hits 10, increasing threat for Florida

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Fearsome Hurricane Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida. The most potent Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever, Irma weakened only […]

BREAKING NEWS: San Jacinto River Authority should learn from Florida’s Lake Okeechobee pre-releases to manage anticipated high waters from Hurricane Irma

BREAKING NEWS! ERIC YOLLICK, The Golden Hammer, and ASSOCIATED PRESS Lake Okechobee, Florida, September 6 – The San Jacinto River Authority should learn some major lessons from the management of the Herbert Hoover Dike and Lake Okeechobee, near Miami, as the Lake Okeechobee Flood Control District and the United States Army Corps of Engineers are pre-releasing […]

Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands as Category 5 storm

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (AP) — Hurricane Irma roared into the Caribbean with record-setting force early Wednesday, shaking people in their homes on the islands of Antigua and Barbuda on a path toward Puerto Rico and possibly Florida by the weekend. Irma, which was the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded north of the Caribbean and east […]