As residents of the Sunshine State, our beach days don’t end when students go back to school, nor do the challenges that beachgoers can face.
A cooling breeze and gentle waves greet visitors on a rare green-flag day in St. Lucie County. But it’s not always that way. St. Lucie County lifeguard Grayson Money says just a week before, rip currents posed quite a danger.
"You get strong winds, especially out of the Southeast," he says. "That’s really good for producing rip currents and that’s also our No. 1 rescue, really, is the rip current rescue.”
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.
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."
When I got an email from my daughter’s preschool, titled "Snow Day!" I was confused. In the Northeast, where I grew up, snow days mean the school is closed. Do South Florida schools use fake snow days as an excuse to close? The message was even more confusing:
Eight tons of SNOW will be delivered to our preschool straight from the North Pole! The cost of bringing in the snow is $1,500.00 so for this special activity the cost per child is only $15.00.
Originally published on Sun September 15, 2013 12:00 pm
From the east and the west, two storm systems are closing in on Mexico, bringing strong winds and heavy rains. Hurricane Ingrid is moving toward the country's east coast in the Gulf of Mexico; Tropical Storm Manuel is closing in on the southwest coast in the Pacific Ocean.