Palm Beach County prepares to fight hurricane amnesia, a common ideology held by the county’s officials and emergency management.
The Emergency Operations Center in Palm Beach County held its annual hurricane briefing for legislative officials and media last week. Emergency management strongly advised officials to inform their communities to have a plan and kit for any situation.
We were alarmed to learn yesterday that hurricanes with female names are not being taken as seriously as their male counterparts. It seems people in the path of a hurricane are more likely to heed warnings to take shelter or evacuate if the storm is named Charley than if the storm is named Eloise. Which can be a deadly decision. [Because, seriously: Hurricanes are dangerous — even if they have "lady" names.
There's a reason flooding is always a possibility when it storms in South Florida.
"Our flood-control system was built over 60 years ago to handle two million people. We now have almost eight million people," says Gabe Margasak, a public information officer for the South Florida Water Management District.
Because of this, in the past six years the District spent about $270 million in upgrades.
Designers of All Aboard Florida's Miami station say the complex will remake downtown. But folks between the train's proposed stations aren't so thrilled with potentially 16 trains each way barreling through their neighborhoods.
Also with the start of hurricane season this week, we chat with Citizens Property Insurance CEO Barry Gilway.
Host Tom Hudson speaks with Andrew Marra of the Palm Beach Post, Laura Wides-Munoz of the Associated Press, Tim Padgett and Alicia Zuckerman of WLRN-Miami Herald News, and Toluse Olorunnipa of Bloomberg News.
South Florida has started preparing for this year's hurricane season. Local, state and federal officials met this week at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Miami to discuss the latest developments and what this years' storms looks like for the region.
Researchers at NOAA predict a near-normal to below-normal season this year.
Florida Power & Light says it is prepared for hurricane season.
Since 2004, FPL has made $1.4 billion worth of technological changes to turn the lights back on quicker after storms. The company wants to make sure the past doesn’t repeat itself.
"Well, it was 10 years ago actually this year that we had Hurricane Charley and Hurricane Francis and Jeanne impact our service territory," says FPL president Eric Silagy. "All of you who were here at that time remember how devastating that was."
Florida Power & Light on Friday announced what it says is the first ever partnership with the National Guard.
The FPL Command Center was on high alert as employees prepared to face a fictitious Category 3 Hurricane. This is just one part of the company’s new hurricane preparedness strategy that involves a partnership with the Florida National Guard.
The flooding left behind by heavy overnight rainfall in parts of Palm Beach County is more than just a nuisance that closed schools and blocked roads.
Now, it has caused two deaths.
The Palm Beach Post reports that a 56-year-old woman drowned after accidently driving her car from a flooded street straight into a canal. A 90-year-old man died after he fell into a canal while out for a walk.
It’s hard to be a fan of hurricanes. Two out of three Haitians don’t have enough food to eat these days – thanks largely to storms like last year’s Hurricane Sandy and how they’ve ravaged Haiti’s agriculture.
And yet we need hurricanes once in a while. They’re a sort of planetary thermostat that cools oceans and redistributes hot air. Their rains more effectively alleviate droughts, and that can be a help instead of a horror to impoverished countries like Haiti.
We're now more than halfway through the Atlantic hurricane season and -- knock on wood -- no Atlantic hurricanes yet. Depending on how long this continues, 2013 stands a chance of setting a record for "Latest First Atlantic Hurricane" in history.