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Irma is long gone, but South Florida's watery wilderness is still feeling the pain

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MIAMI --When Hurricane Irma charged across the state last month, coastal communities hammered by powerful storm surges attracted the most attention. But inland Lake Okeechobee, the state's 730-square mile liquid heart, also took a hit.

Lake levels already high from the wettest rainy season in 86 years shot up 3 1/2 feet, raising concerns about ...Read more

Regulators move to permanently shut down nursing home after 14 died without AC

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--Florida regulators have moved to permanently revoke the operating license of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after 14 people died when it lost air conditioning during Hurricane Irma.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration also wants the owners to pay a fine of about $43,000 for violations of health ...Read more

Dead woman billed on 100th birthday by Florida nursing home

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Even though Albertina Vega is dead and the sweltering nursing home where she died is shut down, the facility still billed her on what would have been her 100th birthday.

Vega, 99, was one of 14 deceased residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills where the central air conditioning failed during Hurricane ...Read more

911 calls capture chaos at Florida nursing home

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A nursing home staff worker called 911 seeking help for an 84-year-old woman in cardiac arrest, citing the facility's lack of air conditioning.

"I just noticed, because we don't have any air conditioning, so I saw her slouch over," the attendant tells 911, according to audio recordings released by the city of Hollywood ...Read more

Emergency calls from Florida nursing home detail chaos before deaths

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"She's not breathing." "Her fingers started to change color." "They're doing CPR now."

At the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, the first of 14 lives were beginning to flicker out. After days without air conditioning -- because Hurricane Irma had knocked out the power to the home -- the fragile elders were starting to show increasing ...Read more

Rare North Atlantic hurricane threatens Ireland

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Near the end of a long hurricane season that has included destructive blows from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, one more powerful storm has appeared on the horizon.

Surprisingly, however, Hurricane Ophelia is not aiming for the hard-hit U.S. or the Caribbean, but rather for Ireland.

"In last 40 to 50 years, this is the first time we've ...Read more

Ophelia becomes a hurricane, tying record from 1893

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MIAMI -- Ophelia became a hurricane late Wednesday, the 10th named storm in a row to reach that status, tying a record set more than a century ago.

Located in the central Atlantic about 760 miles southwest of the Azores, the hurricane poses no threat to land and would probably be unremarkable if not for its place in the record books. The last ...Read more

After Irma, Barbuda isn't ready for evacuees' return

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CODRINGTON, Barbuda -- It was a grim homecoming.

Crumpled sheet metal, shattered glass, snapped wooden planks, clothing and remnants of refrigerators, stoves and flat-screen televisions were strewn where a village bustled the day before Hurricane Irma visited this tiny Caribbean island in early September.

Days after Irma left, another ...Read more

Florida's hurricane response system was 'ill-prepared' for disaster, audit warned

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Long before Florida entered the deadliest hurricane season in a decade, auditors at the state's Division of Emergency Management warned what the state was ill-prepared for a major disaster.

An annual audit completed in December 2016 by the agency's inspector general detailed a lengthy list of deficiencies needed to prepare ...Read more

Ophelia poised to break a hurricane season record more than a century old

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MIAMI -- The feverish 2017 hurricane season doesn't seem to be letting up: On Monday, Tropical Storm Ophelia formed in the central Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane this week.

While the storm poses no threat to land, it could become the 10th consecutive storm to grow to hurricane strength -- a streak of intense systems that will ...Read more

They were married 61 years. They died weeks apart after their nursing home overheated

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MIAMI -- Cecilia Franco, 90, died at 3:45 a.m. Monday, becoming the 13th Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills resident to die from ailments suffered when the nursing home turned into a hotbox following Hurricane Irma.

Franco lived only 26 days after her husband of 61 years, Miguel Antonio Franco, who was among the eight Sept. 13 deaths at ...Read more

Floridians help get supplies to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico 'the Miami way'

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MIAMI -- Within hours after Hurricane Maria crashed ashore last month, officials at Fort Lauderdale's Nova Southeastern University knew their Puerto Rico campus would be closed for weeks or even longer while the shattered island recovered. And, with power, water and even most forms of commerce knocked out, they worried about what might be ...Read more

FEMA administrator calls San Juan mayor's criticism of hurricane relief 'political noise'

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is brushing off new criticism from the mayor of San Juan over the federal government's recovery effort in hurricane-battered Puerto Rico.

Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, dismissed the latest pleas for urgent assistance from the mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, as "political ...Read more

Hurricane Nate crashes ashore near mouth of Mississippi River

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Hurricane Nate crashed ashore near the mouth of the Mississippi River on the Louisiana coast Saturday night, the latest in an unusually ferocious storm season that's racked up billions in damages.

With top winds of 85 miles per hour, Nate was headed north at 20 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. The warning for New Orleans and Lake ...Read more

UN secretary-general surveys Irma's devastation in Barbuda

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CODRINGTON, Barbuda -- A pink-colored popcorn maker stood in the middle of the living room floor, turned upside down, surrounded by scattered clothing, paper and other household knicknacks. Over to its left, a large refrigerator lay frozen in time, tilted on its side.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who had just passed a destroyed ...Read more

Legislators take 'sobering' flight to see hurricane damage in Puerto Rico, promise more help

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A bipartisan group of legislators flew over the devastated interior of Puerto Rico Saturday and returned to the island's capital voicing astonishment at the level of destruction caused by Hurricane Maria.

"The scope of the devastation was really sobering," said Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Pa., whose district has a significant...Read more

Second floor was deadliest at nursing home with no air conditioning

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- They were mostly very old and sickly. But at least 10 of the 12 residents of the Hollywood nursing home who died after Hurricane Irma had another factor in common -- they lived on the building's top floor, where the heat was the worst and most windows were left unopened.

It wasn't until the morning of Sept. 13, shortly before...Read more

Blown away: On the Texas Coast, a recovery haunted by the past

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Since the storm, Carlos Hernandez and his wife have spent most days under a portable canopy in front of their ruined house, looking out at cotton fields stripped clean by Hurricane Harvey's winds.

All around them, in growing piles, are the remains of their lives: photo albums, bags of clothes, the ceramic bowl their daughter bought them, their ...Read more

Puerto Rico doctors only now discovering the problems in remote towns

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JAYUYA, Puerto Rico -- After Hurricane Maria's landslides and flooding further isolated this mountain town, a volunteer doctor rushed to treat diabetic Brunilda Sovilaro, found on the floor of her home, covered in insects, unable to walk, disoriented and refusing to leave.

"You are sick. You are very hot," Dr. Jorge Lopez of Orlando told the 50...Read more

Suspension of Jones Act has done little to help Puerto Rico get supplies

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WASHINGTON -- When the Trump administration waived the Jones Act in Puerto Rico for 10 days Sept. 28, it was called an important step for the U.S. territory's recovery from Hurricane Maria.

But the president's waiver, which expires Sunday, has made little difference in the flow of aid to Puerto Rico.

None of the 12 ships known to be operating ...Read more

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