The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Hermine has formed from a system swirling in the Gulf of Mexico.

A tropical storm warning was issued Wednesday morning for a section of Florida's Gulf coast and Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as Hermine approaches.


The tropical storm warning covers an area from Anclote River to the Walton County-Bay County line in the Panhandle. That area is also under a hurricane watch.

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Maybe there’s a park you remember from your childhood. And you may have seen it after renovations or upgrades and it’s just not quite the same.

Well, Rochnel Jean-Baptiste experienced that pretty early in life. She’s 14 now, and her park changed when she was 8.

She takes us on her journey to figure out why cities and counties change parks at all.

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On Wednesday morning,  Gate Number 10 at Fort Lauderdale’s Airport was buzzing with reporters and airport and airline-officials. They all wanted to give the first scheduled passenger jet service from the United State to Cuba in  more than 50 years a proper send-off: JetBlue-flight 387 was scheduled to leave for Santa Clara, 175 miles east of Havana, at 9:45 am.

Shying away from the spotlight while officials gave speeches was one of the pilots. First Officer Francisco Barreras is 54 years old. His parents came from Cuba in 1961.

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Miami changes very quickly. The city has only existed for little more than  a century and seems to constantly reinvent itself every decade.

But change can disrupt communities that have weathered those changes for a long time. The neighborhood of Overtown, in particular, has been in the middle of a lot of these changes over the years.

Jam’Mesha Briggs grew up in Overtown, went to school in Overtown and was surrounded by family who lived in Overtown. One day she had to move out.

She tells her story about what it’s like to be on the receiving end of gentrification.

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Jet Blue made history on Tuesday morning with its flight  from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara, Cuba - the first U.S. commercial flight to Cuba in 55 years.

You didn't have time to wait for the long list of results last night? Fear not.  The WLRN team has summarized the key takeaways of this primary election for South Florida. 

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Many people who voted in Tuesday's primary only visited polling places for a few short minutes, but poll workers spent up to 12 hours at their precincts.

Robertson Adams signed up to be a poll worker at the Palmetto Presbyterian Church in South Miami for Tuesday's primary elections. It was his first time working at a precinct.


He said his precinct only got about a 10 to 15 percent turnout, but that’s not necessarily bad news.

Hurricane Watch for Florida’s Big Bend and Nature Coast

Aug 30, 2016

Even though Tropical Depression Nine hasn’t officially become a Tropical Storm yet, a Hurricane Watch was issued for Florida’s Gulf coast from Anclote River to Indian Pass. A Tropical Storm Watch is also in effect west of Indian Pass to the Walton/Bay County line.

National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb urged those living along the coast to be prepared for the worst.

“We want people to focus on NOT what it is now, but what it could be. The forecast is for a tropical storm, but it could also become a hurricane.”

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Florida’s solar Amendment 4 passed with brilliant colors Tuesday. With only 60 percent needed to pass, the measure’s overwhelming support suggests, perhaps, a new direction for solar in the Sunshine State, a relatively untapped source of energy.


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Poll workers in South Florida saw a steady trickle of voters, though in some areas rain may have affected turnout in the afternoon and into the evening hours.

Today is Florida's primary election. Voters are headed to the polls and in South Florida, filling out ballots for state senator, state representatives, judges and local municipal and county elections. 

Tropical Depression Nine Expected To Strengthen Today

Aug 30, 2016

Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become Tropical Storm Hermine later today in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and meteorologist say it could intensify before landfall.


“The storm is moving over very warm water and winds aloft have lightened quite a bit,” said Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Meteorologist Jeff Huffman. “There is a window over the next 48 hours for some intensification. It could be a strong tropical storm by tomorrow afternoon as it starts to accelerate northeastward.”

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Colombia’s protracted peace talks have put a serious dent in President Juan Manuel Santos’ approval rating at home – and across the Caribbean.

Santos is probably most unpopular in South Florida, home to the U.S.’s largest Colombian community, which is strongly opposed to peace with Colombia’s Marxist guerrillas, known as the FARC.

In a 2014 interview with WLRN, Santos – who has staked his presidential legacy on ending his South American nation’s 52-year-old civil war – took a dig at Colombian expats here.

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Planning on voting today? Here is some useful information to make exercising your civic duty easy and painless. 

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Despite some concerns about weather, and even questions about security, in the run up to the primary, Florida’s elections chief says he’s confident in the state’s ability to hold an election.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner says plenty of safeguards are built in to the state’s election’s system.