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Storm surges and record winds: Hurricane Irma’s destruction mapped

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Hurricane Irma’s path of destruction. theguardian.com

The powerful storm finally reached Florida on Sunday, moving up the peninsula’s west coast, where the cities of Naples and Tampa bore the brunt

September 11, 2017 — Florida is today dealing with storm surges and swollen rivers whilst surveying the damage caused by the passage of Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the north Atlantic. Continue reading Storm surges and record winds: Hurricane Irma’s destruction mapped

‘It was like something you see in a horror movie’: Irma survivors tell of devastation

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Cars piled on top of one another in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on Saint Martin, following Hurricane Irma Photograph: Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images

The worst-hit islands are barely habitable after enduring the destructive power of hurricane’s 185mph winds

September 7, 2017 — “We had cars flying over our head, we had 40ft containers flying left and right,” said Knacyntar Nedd, chairwoman of the Barbuda council. “People were literally tying themselves to roofs with ropes to hold them down.” Continue reading ‘It was like something you see in a horror movie’: Irma survivors tell of devastation

Death toll rises as ‘apocalyptic’ Irma wreaks havoc across Caribbean

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Waves crash against the seawall in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Irma slammed across islands in the northern Caribbean. Photograph: Alvin Baez/Reuters

At least eight reported killed as unprecedented hurricane continues towards Haiti, Cuba, and possibly Florida, leaving devastation in its wake

September 7, 2017 — The death toll from Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, has risen to eight as the category 5 storm advanced across the northern Caribbean towards the US mainland on early Thursday morning. Continue reading Death toll rises as ‘apocalyptic’ Irma wreaks havoc across Caribbean

Where is Hurricane Irma heading? Mapping the path of destruction

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Here’s what kind of damage storms like Irma and Harvey can do – Business Insider

Track the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean as it heads towards Florida

September 7, 2017 — Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, has been advancing across the northern Caribbean, leaving a trail of devastation in its path, and at least eight dead. Continue reading Where is Hurricane Irma heading? Mapping the path of destruction

Florida prepares as Hurricane Irma grows into 180mph ‘superstorm’

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Michelle Smith checks her smart phone for news while clutching her dog Sophia as she leaves a Home Depot store with storm preparation supplies in Tampa.
Photograph: Brian Blanco/Getty Images

Caribbean islands face life-threatening conditions as ‘potentially catastrophic’ storm poised to be felt in Leeward Islands on Tuesday

September 5, 2017 — Hurricane Irma expanded into a 180mph “superstorm” on Tuesday as officials warned of life-threatening winds, storm surge and rainfall in several Caribbean islands and Continue reading Florida prepares as Hurricane Irma grows into 180mph ‘superstorm’

Deadly Storms Kill At Least 18 People As Tornadoes Menace Several States

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National Weather Service

“These could be the kind of tornados you don’t want to mess with.”

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2017) — A dangerous weekend weather system has killed at least 18 people in the U.S. South, as Georgia officials on Sunday reported more than a dozen deaths after severe thunderstorms and tornadoes buffeted several states.  Continue reading Deadly Storms Kill At Least 18 People As Tornadoes Menace Several States

Hurricane Matthew damage to US sand dunes less than forecast

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A surfer makes his way out into increasingly rough Atlantic Ocean waters before the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, in Isle of Palms, South Carolina, U.S., October 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Waves or storm surge overwhelmed an estimated 53 miles (86 km) of dunes and other coastal structures in Florida

October 31, 2016 — Hurricane Matthew washed away at least 162 miles (261 km) of U.S. Atlantic sand dunes this month, less than predicted for the powerful storm, a government agency said on Monday.  Continue reading Hurricane Matthew damage to US sand dunes less than forecast

Zika money ‘essentially all spent’ – US doctors

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Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal are in Brazil to train local researchers to combat the Zika virus epidemic. / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA

The United States and its territories have recorded more than 19,600 Zika infections, and Florida is seeing a rise in locally transmitted cases of the virus

MIAMI, USA (Sept. 13, 2016) — Money to fight the spread of Zika virus in the United States is “essentially all spent,” top US doctors said Tuesday, September 13, urging Congress to come to agreement on new funding measures.  Continue reading Zika money ‘essentially all spent’ – US doctors

20 States Suffer From Toxic Algae, And We’re Doing Little To Stop It

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A toxic algae bloom along the shore of Lake Erie contaminated the Toledo area’s water supply in 2014. Dozens of other communities had similar trouble with algae this summer. (Photo by Ty Wright for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

We have the resources, but Big Ag is dragging its feet

September 10, 2016 — Thick, massive cakes of smelly green toxic algae bubbled up along beaches and rivers in South Florida’s coastal communities this summer. It was so serious, authorities declared a state of emergency.  Continue reading 20 States Suffer From Toxic Algae, And We’re Doing Little To Stop It

US ties 4 Zika cases in Florida to local mosquitoes

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Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal are in Brazil to train local researchers to combat the Zika virus epidemic. / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA

Investigators have determined ‘a high likelihood exists’ that 4 suspected non-travel cases in Miami-Dade and Broward County ‘are the result of local transmission’

MIAMI, USA (July 30, 2016) — Four cases of Zika virus in Florida are likely the first to be transmitted locally by mosquitoes in the United States, officials said Friday, July 29, marking a new phase in the fast-growing pandemic.  Continue reading US ties 4 Zika cases in Florida to local mosquitoes