<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Hurricane Season]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/feature/hurricane-season http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usThu, 19 Jan 2017 01:41:01 -0500Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:41:01 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[FPL Wants to Recoup $320M in Hurricane Matthew Costs]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:32:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/040511+fpl+truck.jpg

Florida Power & Light is looking to recoup nearly $320 million from customers to cover costs associated with Hurricane Matthew and to replenish a storm reserve.

Documents filed with the state Public Service Commission by FPL are requesting to start collecting the money in March, the News Service of Florida reported.

The company says 1.2 million customers had service interrupted and it replaced more than 250 miles of wire, more than 900 transformers and some 400 poles after Matthew swept past the state in October.

Many of the outages were reported in central and north Florida, including Brevard, Volusia, Flagler and St. Johns counties. According to the filing, the company estimates it spent $316.8 million in restoration costs.

The Public Service Commission has the authority to review the request and determine how much would be passed on to customers. The collections would last a year and customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month, for example, would see their monthly bills increase by $3.36, the documents said.



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<![CDATA[Evacuation Zones and Full List of Shelters]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:09:20 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/FloodZones-sm.jpg

Several counties in eastern Florida have issued voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders as Hurricane Matthew approached the state. About 1.5 million Floridians have been ordered or urged to move away from the coast.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, speaking at a news conference Thursday morning, once again, sounded the alarm for residents to evacuate, warning hesitant locals that "this is game day."

"This is going to kill people," Scott said of the Category 3 storm that has already been responsible for at least 29 deaths. "You and your family could be among these numbers if you don’t take this seriously."

Scott activated thousands of National Guardsmen to assist in preparations. Thousands of people boarded up their homes, grabbed their belongings and fled inland to escape the most powerful storm to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade.

As of 6 a.m. Thursday morning, more than 3,000 people were in more than 60 open shelters throughout Florida. The governor said the number of available shelters is expected to double Thursday. Scroll down for a full list of shelters.

"Time is running out. Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate," Scott said Thursday.

CURRENT EVACUATIONS:

  • Brevard County: Mandatory Evacuations of Merritt Island, barrier island, low-lying areas and mobile homes.
  • Broward County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for mobile homes and low lying areas.
  • Clay County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • DeSoto County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for manufactured homes, RVs and low lying areas.
  • Duval County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Flagler County: Mandatory evacuations have begun.
  • Indian River: Mandatory evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas.
  • Martin County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.
  • Miami-Dade County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for mobile homes, low-lying, and unstable structures.
  • Nassau County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
  • Palm Beach County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, substandard housing, flood prone areas, and those living in high rises close to the Intracoastal Waterway. Mandatory evacuations begin today.
  • Johns County:
    Several counties in eastern Florida have issued voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders as Hurricane Matthew approached the state. About 1.5 million Floridians have been ordered or urged to move away from the coast. 
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, speaking at a news conference Thursday morning, once again, sounded the alarm for residents to evacuate, warning hesitant locals that "today is game day."
    "This is going to kill people," Scott said of the powerful storm that has been responsible for at least 25 deaths, mostly in Haiti. "You and your family could be among these numbers if you don’t take this seriously."
    Scott activated thousands of National Guardsmen to assist in preparations.
    "Time is running out. Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate," Scott said Thursday.
    CURRENT EVACUATIONS
    Brevard County: Mandatory Evacuations of Merritt Island, barrier island, low-lying areas and mobile homes.
    Broward County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for mobile homes and low lying areas.
    Clay County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
    DeSoto County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for manufactured homes, RVs and low lying areas.
    Duval County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
    Flagler County: Mandatory evacuations have begun.
    Indian River: Mandatory evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas.
    Martin County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.
    Miami-Dade County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for mobile homes, low-lying, and unstable structures.
    Nassau County: Voluntary evacuations have begun.
    Palm Beach County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, substandard housing, flood prone areas, and those living in high rises close to the Intracoastal Waterway. Mandatory evacuations begin today.
    Johns County: Mandatory evacuation orders have begun.
    Lucie County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas.  Mandatory evacuations begin today.
    Volusia County: Mandatory evacuations have begun for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.
    Mandatory evacuation orders have begun.Lucie County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas.  Mandatory evacuations begin today.Volusia County: Mandatory evacuations have begun for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes. Mandatory evacuation orders have begun.
  • Lucie County: Voluntary evacuations have begun for barrier islands, mobile homes, and low lying areas. Mandatory evacuations begin today.
  • Volusia County: Mandatory evacuations have begun for barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.

SHELTERS

Bradford County

 

  • Starke Elementary: Starke, FL

 

Brevard County

 

  • Bayside High School: Palm Bay, FL
  • Sunrise Elementary (Special Needs): Palm Bay, FL
  • Imperial Estates Elementary School: Titusville, FL
  • Kindred Hospital (Special Needs): Melbourne, FL
  • Manatee Elementary School: Melbourne, FL
  • Parrish Med Hospital (Special Needs): Melbourne, FL
  • Quest Elementary (Special Needs), Melbourne, FL
  • Viera Regional Park Community Center: Melbourne, FL
  • Ralph Williams Elementary (Special Needs): Melbourne, FL
  • Sherwood Elementary: Melbourne, FL
  • Port St John Community Center: Cocoa, FL
  • Meadowlane Intermediate Elementary School: Melbourne, FL
  • Mims Elementary: Mims, FL
  • Oak Park Elementary (Special Need): Titusville, FL
  • Walter Butler Community Center: Bernice G. Jackson Park, FL

 

Broward County

 

  • Arthur Ashe Middle School: Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Indian Ridge Middle School (Special Needs): Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Rock Island Elementary: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Sunset School (Special Needs): Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Coral Glades High School: Coral Springs, FL
  • Everglades High School: Miramar, FL
  • New Renaissance Middle School: Miramar, FL
  • Falcon Cove Middle School: Weston, FL
  • Fox Trail Elementary School: Davie, FL
  • Lyons Creek Middle School: Coconut Creek, FL
  • Millennium Middle School (Pet Friendly): Tamarac, FL

 

Clay County

 

  • Lake Asbury Junior High School (Special Needs): Green Cove Springs, FL
  • Orange Park High School: Orange Park, FL

 

Duval County

 

  • Keystone Heights High School: Jacksonville, FL
  • Landmark Middle School (Special Needs): Jacksonville, FL
  • Mandarin Middle School Middle/High School: Jacksonville, FL

 

Hendry County

 

  • West Glades School Bldg 300 (Special Needs): Labelle, FL

 

Indian River

 

  • South Mainland Community Center: Sebastian, FL

 

Martin County

 

  • Anderson Middle School (Special Needs): Stuart, FL
  • Jensen Beach High School: Jensen Beach, FL
  • Hidden Oaks Middle School: Palm City, FL
  • Port Salerno Elementary School: Palm City, FL
  • Warfield Elementary School: Indiantown, FL

 

Miami-Dade County

 

  • Booker T. Washington Senior Center: City of Miami, FL
  • Darwin Fuchs Pavilion (Pet Friendly): Miami, FL
  • John Ferguson High School (Special Needs): Miami, FL
  • Michael M. Krop Senior Center: North Miami-Dade, FL
  • Robert Morgan Senior Center: Miami, FL

 

Nassau County

 

  • Bryceville Elementary School: Callahan, FL
  • Callahan Intermediate Bldg.: Callahan, FL
  • Hillard Elementary School: Hilliard, FL
  • Hillard Middle/High School: Hilliard, FL

 

Palm Beach County

 

  • Atlantic High School: Delray Beach, FL
  • Park Vista Community High School: Boynton Beach, FL
  • Boynton Beach High School: Boynton Beach, FL
  • Boynton Beach Community High School: Boynton Beach, FL
  • Forest Hill High School: West Palm Beach, FL
  • Havert L. Fenn Center (Special Needs): West Palm Beach, FL
  • South Florida Fairgrounds (Special Needs): West Palm Beach, FL
  • Lake Shore Middle School: Belle Glade, FL
  • Palm Beach Central High School: West Palm Beach, FL
  • Palm Beach Gardens High School: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Pahokee Middle High School: Pahokee, FL
  • West Boynton Recreation Center (Pet Friendly): Lake Worth, FL

 

St. Lucie County

 

  • Pierce Central: Ft. Pierce, FL
  • Samuel Gaines Elementary: Ft. Pierce, FL
  • Treasure Coast High School: St. Lucie, FL
  • Lakewood Park Elementary School: St. Lucie, FL

 

Living in South Florida poses the threat of tropical storms and hurricanes. It's important to know if your home is located in an evacuation zone.

Miami-Dade and Broward counties have flood zone maps identifying the areas that are at risk of a storm surge in the event of severe weather.

In Miami-Dade, there are 5 surge zones labeled A to E. The county describes Zone A as the greatest risk for a storm surge for category 1 and higher storms.

Zone E is at greatest risk for a storm surge from category 5 storms.

Almost the entire county south of Tamiami Trail falls in one of its 5 surge zones.

The areas include Coral Gables, Country Walk and even the Redland west of Krome Avenue.

Miami-Dade County updated its storm surge map for the first in 10 years in 2013.

Broward County's evacuation zones include two areas: Plan A from the coastline to A1A and Plan B from A1A to North Federal Highway.

The risk in Broward is not from the ocean moving inland, but from water pushing up rivers and canals eventually swamping streets across the county.

While emergency officials stress no single hurricane would force every zone to evacuate, it's important to know where you live and know what to do in case your zone is called.



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<![CDATA[Matthew Prep: Hurricane Supplies List]]> Tue, 04 Oct 2016 11:44:09 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/can+foods+crop.jpg Hurricane Season is from June 1 to Nov. 30. And Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends gathering the following supplies in case of a storm.

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<![CDATA[Hurricane Shelters in South Florida]]> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:52:04 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hurricane+shelter.jpg

In the event of a hurricane evacuation, shelters will open throughout South Florida. Keep in mind that not every center will be open for every evacuation, so call your local hurricane hotline to find out which centers will be open. Pet owners will have to register for pet-friendly evacuation.

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Here is a list of all the shelters that may open during a hurricane evacuation:

Miami-Dade County: Hurricane Guide

  • Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School (Pet-friendly) (Opened 4 p.m. Wednesday)
  • North Miami Senior High School
  • North Miami Beach Senior High School
  • Highland Oaks Middle School
  • Miami Central Senior High School
  • Lawton Chiles Middle School
  • Hialeah Gardens Senior High School
  • Barbara Goleman Senior High School
  • Country Club Middle School
  • Miami Carol City Senior
  • Booker T. Washington Senior High School (Opened 4 p.m. Wednesday)
  • Ronald Reagan Senior High School
  • Charles Drew Middle School
  • Miami Coral Park Senior High School
  • W.R. Thomas Middle School
  • Robert Morgan Educational Center (Opened 4 p.m. Wednesday)
  • Terra Environmental Senior High School
  • Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School
  • South Miami Senior High School
  • Felix Varela Senior High School
  • E . Darwin Fuchs Pavillion (Pet-friendly) Opened 4 p.m. Wednesday)

For Miami-Dade shelter addresses and evacuation routes, click here or dial 3-1-1 to find out which shelters will be open when an evacuation is announced.

Broward County: Hurricane Preparedness Guide

  • Lyons Creek Middle School (Opened 9 p.m. Wednesday)
  • Monarch High School
  • Coral Glades High School (Opened 9 p.m. Wednesday)
  • Fox Trail Elementary School (Opened 9 p.m. Wednesday)
  • Rock Island Elementary/Arthur Ashe Middle School (Opened 9 p.m. Wednesday)
  • Watkins Elementary School
  • Park Lakes Elementary School
  • New Renaissance Middle School (Opened 9 p.m. Wednesday)
  • Everglades High School (Opened 9 p.m. Wednesday)
  • West Broward High School
  • Plantation Elementary School
  • Pompano Beach High School
  • Falcon Cove Middle School (Opened 9 p.m. Wednesday)
  • Millennium Middle School (pet-friendly) (Opened 9 p.m. Wednesday)

For Broward shelter addresses and evacuation routes, click here or dial the emergency hotline at 3-1-1 or 954-831-4000.

Monroe County: Storm Ready Guide

  • Coral Shores High School (Pet-friendly)
  • Key West High School (Pet-friendly)
  • Stanley Switlik Elementary School (Pet-friendly)
  • Sugarloaf Elementary School (Pet-friendly)

Monroe County shelters will not open for Category 3,4, or 5 hurricanes. For more information about where to evacuate in the event of a Category 3 or higher, check the Monroe County Emergency Management website before a storm or call 1-800-955-5504.

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<![CDATA[2016 Hurricane Season Comes to an End Wednesday]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:04:58 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-613367746.jpg

Wednesday makes the final day of the 2016 Hurricane Season – one that saw Florida end its streak of avoiding being hit by a hurricane.

Overall, there were 15 named storms in the Atlantic this season. Seven of them became hurricanes, with three of them being classified as major storms.

After not being directly hit by a hurricane since the 2005 season, Florida saw that streak come to a close when Hurricane Hermine struck the Florida Panhandle, just south of Tallahassee, on September 1st.

Parts of the state were also hit in early October by Hurricane Matthew – which initially was on a path to hit South Florida, but stayed offshore before hitting such cities as Daytona Beach and Jacksonville.



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<![CDATA[Hurricane Planning and Pets]]> Tue, 04 Oct 2016 14:40:43 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/Hurricanes+and+Pets.JPG

Here we go, South Florida. It’s been eleven years since a named storm made landfall in our community, and while the hiatus has been nice, we all knew it was too good to last. As Matthew gets closer, it’s time to start getting prepared - and that means preparing our pets as well. Here are some things to think about as we get ready to batton down the hatches.

Before The Storm

The most important thing you can do for your pet right now is to get him or her microchipped! Many pets go missing during and after storms for reasons I’ll get to in a moment. Every pet should have a microchip anyway, so now is a good time to check this very important box. If your pet already has a microchip, be aware that these chips are not locators. To increase the chances of being reunited with your pet, call the company who manufactures your pet’s chip, and make sure all of your information is registered and up to date. Your veterinarian will be able to scan your pet’s chip and advise you how to contact the manufacturer. Roughly 60 percent of pet microchips are either never registered, or are registered with outdated information, so now is a good time to check this very important box. Since storms often disrupt the flow of business, place an ID tag with your pet’s contact information on your pet’s collar.

Next, figure out where your pet will ride out the storm. I recommend keeping pets crated in the same room where your family will be staying. Try to stay calm, as storms can be frightening for pets as well as people.

While litter boxes make it easier for cats to handle being inside during a storm, dogs may require a place to void inside the house. Puppy training pads and newspapers work well, as do indoor grass patches.

If you plan to evacuate, make sure you can take your pets with you. For a list of hotels that accept pets, please visit www.dogfriendly.com. If you plan to use a public shelter, bear in mind that not all of these facilities allow pets. Check out these lists of pet friendly shelters in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties, and be advised that you cannot use many of them unless you are pre-registered to do so. If you think you will need to use these facilities, you must pre-register NOW!

When you’re stocking up on food, water, and extra medications, don’t forget about your pet! Finally, make sure your pet’s first aid kit is well-stocked and ready for action. You may also want to take a few minutes to brush up on the basics of pet CPR.

Finally, find out if your veterinary hospital and local emergency clinics are equipped with generators. If they are not, find facilities that are, and be prepared to use them as a backup should you need them in the midst of a power outage.

During The Storm

Be sure to provide your pet’s favorite chew toys and food puzzles to keep his mind on something other than the chaos outside. If your kitty enjoys catnip, by all means, allow her to partake! If she just wants to hunker down and be left alone, that’s okay too. Watch her closely after the storm for inappropriate urination. This can be the first sign of stress-related cystitis or urinary tract infections.

This is a great time to run your dog through his favorite trick and obedience routines. It gives them the sense of confidence they need to get through a potentially frightening experience - and may help to refocus your frazzled mind as well! Zohan will be literally jumping through hoops while sporting his awesome Thundershirt! For more tips on keeping pets calm throughout the storm, click here. If you think your pet may need some anti-anxiety medications, now is the time to see your veterinarian.

After The Storm

Even during a relatively minor storm event, the fences, gates and pool guards that keep our pets safe can be first things to take a hit. It is very easy to fall into our pre-storm habits and simply open the door for our pets. Please do not do this until you have had the chance to thoroughly inspect your property. Make sure fences are holding steady and gates are firmly in place. Many homeowners take down their pool fences to prevent them from blowing away. Several of our patients drowned in their owners’ pools after Katrina and Wilma in 2004. If your pool fence is down, secure any doggie doors to prevent your pet from entering the yard unattended.

Storms also stir up nasty critters such as snakes and bufo toads. Flushed from their homes by heavy rains, these animals are likely to feel more defensive, and will not think twice about harming your pet. To best preserve your sanity, err on the side of caution, and leash-walk your pets in the yard until life returns to normal. Have maps to the nearest pet emergency clinics handy, just in case.

In addition to hiding downed power lines, standing water can harbor intestinal parasites. Make sure your pets are current on heartworm and parasite prevention, and do not allow them to drink or play in standing water.

If you lose power, monitor pets for signs of heat exhaustion. Provide plenty of fresh drinking water, and consider seeking out an air-conditioned boarding facility for pets who may be having a tough time. Keep pets, especially cats, away from burning candles. About 100 house fires per year are started by pets, and candles are often the main culprit.

Finally - try to stay calm. Our pets take their cues from us, so the more we relax, the more they relax. We’ve only just entered the most active part of the season, so dust off your disaster plan - and above all, stay safe.

 

Dr. Kupkee is the lead practitioner at Sabal Chase Animal Clinic.

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<![CDATA[Flights Bring Aid to Haitians, North Miami Mayor Speaks]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:30:37 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101316+haiti+aid+flight.jpg

The mayor of North Miami is calling for the U.S. to continue its halt of deportations to Haiti for the foreseeable future, as aid began slowly making its way to residents who still urgently need help after Hurricane Matthew.

North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph spent Thursday getting an aerial view of southwestern Haiti as crews worked to deliver food and supplies to residents. It's terrible from the air, and there's desperation on the ground as thousands continue to sleep outside.

"They have delivered goods and the minute that they deliver the goods then they distributed them to the people and it's like nothing was done. It's like a drop in the ocean," Joseph said.

The U.S. has temporarily halted any deportations to Haiti because of the destruction Matthew caused but Joseph believes the U.S. should continue its halt of deportations not just temporarily but for the foreseeable future, something that could have a big impact on South Florida.

"Not just a halt but to stop deportation and expand TPS for the Haitians who are living in Haiti and are looking for the American dream like everybody else," Joseph said.

The TPS, or Temporary Protected Status, would give Haitians a coveted protection. The U.S. policy shows it's allowed in an environmental disaster, such as an earthquake or hurricane, or an epidemic.

On Thursday's journey with the task force assigned to get food to western Haiti, we saw men racing to a helicopter that had just landed in what normally is a soccer field. The Army pilots are back in sky almost as quickly as they came.

None of the flights can operate at night and the roads out in the areas are still impassable in some areas. So there is another night of hunkering down but at least with food in one town.

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<![CDATA[7 Deaths, 2 in Miami-Dade, Related to Matthew: Officials]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:45:54 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16280782195701-hurricane-matthew-satellite-image-space.jpg

The deaths of seven people - including two Miami-Dade residents - have been connected with Hurricane Matthew, according to the state medical examiner.

Both Miami-Dade deaths were caused when the victims, both men in their 70s, fell from ladders while preparing their homes for the hurricane, according to a report issued Monday.

The manner of death for the men - ages 71 and 78 - is listed as accidental with blunt injuries the probable cause of death listed. The deaths happened between October 4-5.

Of the other five deaths in the state, three happened in Volusia County, while one each occurred in Duval and Orange counties. All are listed as accidents.

The youngest victim was a 9-year-old boy in Volusia, who died from carbon monoxide poisoning after a generator was turned on in his home, the report said. An 89-year-old Volusia man was electrocuted and burned after power lines fell on his home, the report said.

The third Volusia victim, a 63-year-old woman, was feeding her animals when a tree fell on her, the report said.

In Orange County, a 70-year-old woman suffered respiratory distress when her BiPAP machine failed during a power outage, the report said. She was taken to an emergency room where she later died.

The Duval victim, a 72-year-old man, was repairing a hole in his roof when he fell off the roof, the report said.



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<![CDATA[Cholera Fears in Haiti After Hurricane Matthew]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:22:28 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101016+haiti+hurricane+matthew+aftermath.jpg

Across Haiti there is a real fear about what's is happening in places that have been cut off due to Hurricane Matthew as the roads remain impassable to the western portion of the island and the fear of cholera was spreading rapidly Monday.

Families who survived the storm are struggling to make it after the flood waters from Matthew left just the cinder blocks of homes.

In one town, families lost all of their crops during the time of the banana harvest, their entire livelihood wiped out.

On Sunday, Haitian resident Moroni Charles was in Les Cayes, one of the areas hardest hit on Haiti's southern coastline.

"That was really sad to see that city and all the people that are like drying their stuff that's been after the hurricane by the woods," Charles said. "That was really devastating."

On a flight to Port-Au-Prince, American Airlines flight attendants were asking for donations from passengers to aid UNICEF and they were handing the money over. Relief workers from South Florida are now in Haiti including Chris Cottone, who came from Fort Lauderdale.

"Well you look around and you can obviously see tragedy. The country has in many areas not even rebuilt from the earthquake so we have a great love from the Haitian people and we just want to give in anyway we can," Cottone said.

From Doral the United States Southern Command has deployed helicopters, and the Marines. It says it has given out almost 100,000 pounds of supplies so far and has just short of 400 people on the ground in Haiti.

A major concern with the conditions is cholera, which is already a problem in Haiti and now even more so.

"There's already been a cholera epidemic here. That's going to get worse now because there is no clean water where the hurricane really hit hard," NBC News medical contributor Dr. John Torres said. "If they don't have clean water they have to drink that contaminated water."

There are so many relief flights that there was a holding pattern at the airport Monday. Now they have to figure out how they are going to get all of the aid effectively sent out to the areas that really need it the most.



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<![CDATA[Florida's East Coast Begins Clean Up After Hurricane Matthew]]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:24:14 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100716+hurricane+matthew+cocoa+beach.jpg

Cleanup began up and down Florida's East Coast Friday after Hurricane Matthew narrowly avoided making landfall but brought heavy wind and rain to the Sunshine State.

The wind was still howling Friday afternoon in Brevard County, where the worst of Matthew tore up roofs and brought down old trees. Those who evacuated were coming home to assess the damage and admitted they thought it would be worse.

"That's the roof we lost and it wound up across the street over here, right in front of this guy's truck," Rockledge resident John Isenhart said. "For the most part, thank God, we weren't there, I was more worried about the tree falling over and smashing it."

Many weren't there to witness the damage. They fled to places like Orlando, fearing the storm would make landfall. The Category 3 storm never made it to shore, but there's no question it left a mark.

"It tore up pretty bad and I feel these people were fortunate they were gone and not here cause they might have been cut or something by glass or something," Rockledge resident Lorenzo Bronson said.

For others, frustration began to set in as those who evacuated tried to get home. Local officials weren't quite ready to let them in Friday as Brevard County Sheriff's deputies had a road block preventing people from heading east over the bridge to Cocoa Beach.

"We waited at the first bridge, they opened it at 3 p.m., and then they stopped us here," Jeff Johnson said.

Only emergency officials and utility crews were being let over the bridge. It was unclear if the bridge was closed for inspection or if emergency personnel wanted to wait until areas like Satellite Beach, Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral were deemed safe.

"Just the leadership that's not letting us in is frustrating. And we heard power lines are down but not all of Cocoa Beach, it's just communication, what's going on," Bill Atkinson said.

There were reports of downed power lines blocking roadways, destroyed roofs, fallen trees and a few house fires.

Further south, in Stuart in Martin County, residents said they felt only mild effects from Matthew. The town was up and running again Friday and people were definitely in store for some cleanup over the weekend.

"Could've been a serious hurricane and the house was secured, dogs were all secured," Stuart resident William Ryan Heart said. "The good Lord pushed it away from us so we were lucky."

Some areas, however, did sustain a bit of damage. At one home a large tree in the backyard was uprooted and knocked down a power line, sparking a fire.

"I saw the explosion and the spark and flames from the back of the house and I came out," neighbor Floyd Kirkland said.

Kirkland said he ran across the street and knocked on his neighbor's door to alert the family. Two adults and three children were inside the home sleeping.

"He saved our lives, I mean he saved my kids, he saved all of us," homeowner Michelle Rogen said. "I'm very grateful."

Most locals have taken down a few shutters or pieces of plywood, but don't plan on removing them all. Matthew's future path and the rest of hurricane season concerns them.

More than 40,000 homes and businesses lost power in Martin County. Florida Power and Light was working to restore power in the area.

In Melbourne, locals were thrilled the city came out almost unscathed.

"I think our government did a good job of telling us what to prepare for and what could've been and I think we're lucky it didn't happen that way," resident David Boles said.



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<![CDATA[Weaker Matthew Expected to Loop Back to Florida]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:37:03 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100716+hurricane+matthew+loop+south+florida+nbc+6.jpg

Hurricane Matthew passed by South Florida Thursday as a powerful Category 4 storm and now expected to loop back to the area as an entirely different - and weaker - system.

Matthew is forecast to remain a hurricane as it moves up the East Coast Saturday and into early Sunday but will begin to weaken. It will downgrade to a tropical storm then a remnant low as it turns toward the south then southeast.

By midweek, South Florida could again see some showers and possibly thunderstorms from the remnants of Matthew.



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<![CDATA[Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 14:37:15 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100716+hurricane+relief.jpg

NBC 6’s complete coverage of Hurricane Matthew has been keeping our viewers informed every step of the way and, as our South Florida community has been fortunate with minimal impact, other communities in the Caribbean and here in the US are feeling the devastating effects of a major hurricane.

Here are some organizations you can support to help victims of Hurricane Matthew:

Volunteer Florida has established a volunteer registration link for those interested in assisting Floridians after Hurricane Matthew. Register here to volunteer.

Food for the Poor is asking for canned food, canned milk, canned meat and money. You can go to the Food for the Poor website and make a donation and they will buy and ship supplies there.

Catholic Charities is also accepting donations through their website. On the donations page, in the "You are supporting" dropdown menu, you can select "Disaster Relief – Hurricane Matthew"

International Red Cross: Over 3,000 volunteers and staff of the Red Cross in Haiti have been mobilized to aid communities in the path of powerful Hurricane Matthew and are prepared to deliver first aid and other medical care, clean water and sanitation and shelter assistance. Donate here.

The American Red Cross was getting ready for a massive multi-state response to the hurricane. More than 500 disaster workers and 90 response vehicles are standing by in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, the Red Cross said. Donate here or donate $10 by texting 90999.

UNICEF: The United Nation's Children's Fund is dedicated to helping children. Donate here to support its Matthew relief efforts.

Save the Children is helping children and families with emergency assistance. Donate here.

CARE plans to provide clean drinking water, food assistance and emergency supplies such as tarps for shelter, blankets and hygiene kits, according to a press release. Donate here.



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<![CDATA[Services, Businesses Begin to Reopen After Matthew Passes]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 20:21:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-187784209.jpg

With Hurricane Matthew no longer a threat to the area, businesses and public services were among those who were reopening on Friday.

In Miami-Dade County, police and fire rescue services resumed their normal schedule as will transit operations for both Metrorail and the Metromover. Shelters began closing in the morning, while drawbridges have reopened for boat traffic.

In Broward County, transit services will resume using a Sunday schedule.

Miami International Airport officials said they would start accepting arrivals Friday morning, with the first departures taking place in the early afternoon. Over 300 flights, however, have been cancelled. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport reopened at 11 a.m.

Both Aventura Mall and Dolphin Mall opened at their regularly scheduled time Friday of 10 a.m.

A number of power outages remained Friday but Florida Power and Light said crews were working around the clock to restore service. Only about 400 customers remained without service in Miami-Dade and Broward as of 9 p.m.

Everyone is encouraged to call in advance to confirm if the business or public service you are attempting to use or attend will be open.



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<![CDATA[Tracking Hurricane Matthew - 11 AM October 7th]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 11:58:13 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025888002_1200x675_781285955695.jpg NBC 6's Adam Berg has the latest update on Hurricane Matthew has it continues its march up the Florida coast.]]> <![CDATA[US Airlines Cancel Thousands of Flights Through Saturday]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:59:53 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16280715639027.jpg

Hurricane Matthew cleared out of Florida's southern tip Friday morning and service gradually resumed in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale's airports. Orlando International Airport said it will resume operations at 6 a.m. Saturday, though many flights are still cancelled. 

However, as the storm moves north transit hubs in neighboring states tapered off flights or closed terminals altogether.

According to FlightAware, a site that tracks global flight statuses, Matthew has forced airlines to cancel more than 4,500 flights between Wednesday and Sunday.

Charleston International in South Carolina shut down operations Friday afternoon and cancelled all Saturday flights. The airport said plans for Sunday will be announced at a later time, and updates can be found here.

In Georgia, the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport closed at 12 a.m. Friday. The terminal is scheduled to reopen at 8 a.m. Sunday. 

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest airport, said it is monitoring the storm and asked passengers to check with their carrier for cancellations. Over 200 flights have been cancelled Friday and dozens more on Saturday.

The Air Force controls the runways and will dictate when to close the airfield. Service at the airport could resume Sunday, Campbell said.

Early Friday Ft.Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport announced that the airport's terminals were being reopened and that "our airline partners are implementing their plans to resume service later this morning," the airport announced in a tweet.

The number of canceled flights globally on Friday morning was down to 1,946 from Thursday's 2,800, according to FlightAware. As Miami and Fort Lauderdale clear up, the number of delays and cancellations will continue to decline.

American Airlines announced Friday that most of its flights would resume sometime Friday morning or afternoon. The airlines saw its first arrival at Miami International Airport at 9:05 a.m with a flight from São Paulo, Brazil. A reduced departure schedule began Friday at 1 p.m. and a full departure schedule was expected at 4 p.m.

As the storm tracked northward, Delta Airlines also resumed flights Friday morning to Miami, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

Miami, along with Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, both shut down Thursday. Fort Lauderdale halted operations at 10:30 a.m. with Miami following at noon.

Orlando International Airport announced Thursday afternoon that it would cease commercial operations at 8 p.m. ET. It anticipates to resume flights on Saturday, Oct. 8, contingent on staff availability and clean-up ability. 

All flights to and from Orlando have been cancelled Friday and half scrapped Saturday. FlightAware expects that number to rise. Orlando's world-famous theme parks — Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld — all closed due to the storm.

Orlando Melbourne International Airport closed at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. It was not clear when it expect to reopen. Jacksonville International Airport remains open, but noted several flights have been canceled. "Check flight status with your airline before coming to the airport," JAX wrote in a tweet.

The Palm Beach International Airport also reopened Friday and many airlines planned to resume operations from the terminal. The airport advised passengers to check with their airline before going to the airport as several flights remain cancelled.

Changing Flights

Hurricane Matthew has prompted airlines to offer travel waivers to passengers scheduled to fly from airports impacted by the storm.

Airlines had previously offered Matthew-related change-fee waivers to areas in the Caribbean hit by the powerful hurricane but are now extending them to cover U.S. airports as well.

American said it would waive change fees on trips scheduled between Oct. 5 to Oct. 9 from certain airports in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina. The airline had already offered waivers on trips scheduled through Thursday in several Caribbean nations including Cuba.

United Airlines said it would waive change fees and any difference in fare for customers scheduled to fly Wednesday through Friday to, from or through five airports in Florida. The waiver has also been extended to several airports in the Carolinas and Georgia.

Delta waived change fees on flights to, from and through the Caribbean between Oct. 2 and Oct. 6 that may have been impacted by Matthew. Flights Thursday and Friday in or out of eight Florida cities as well as to and from several airports in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia can also be changed without incuring fee. Customers who wish to cancel a trip as a result of a flight cancellation are entitled to a refund.

JetBlue Airways said passengers flying Thursday through Sunday to or from eight cities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina can change planes without a fee or additional fare. A similar offer covers Caribbean travel through Thursday.

Spirit Airlines said it would waive the change fee and fare difference on Florida trips Thursday and Friday.

Southwest Airlines will allow customers with flight reservations scheduled to arrive or depart cities that have been affected by or will be in the storm's path between Oct. 2 and Oct. 7, to re-book a new trip or travel standby within 14 days of their original travel date. 

Cruises

Cruises have also been affected by Hurricane Matthew, with Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Carnival Cruise Line all rerouting some ships or modifying the order of ports.

For instance, the Carnival Elation — which is currently in the middle of a five-day cruise — is skipping Half Moon Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas, adding in an extra day at sea and an extra day in Key West, Florida. The Carnival Conquest skipped a stop in the Dominican Republic for an extra day at sea.

Royal Caribbean, however, has changed the date for at least one cruise sailing out of Port Miami. The Empress of the Seas will now depart Friday instead of Thursday.

Port Canaveral has announced it will close by Wednesday afternoon, the first time the naval port has shut down operations since 2004.

Bus and Rail

Amtrak suspended passenger rail service through Friday between Miami and New York and the auto train between Lorton, Virginia, and Sanford, Florida. A line that normally runs from New York to Savannah, Georgia, only went as far south as Washington.

Transit Operations have also been affected by the storm. Broward County Transit will cancel all scheduled bus service and paratransit service for Thursday. The county said it will decide on what service will run on Friday and Thursday evening. 



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<![CDATA[Tracking Hurricane Matthew - 5 AM October 7th]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 05:51:13 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025881834_1200x675_781122115939.jpg NBC 6's Ryan Phillips has the latest advisory on Hurricane Matthew as it moves up the coast of Florida.]]> <![CDATA[Deerfield Beach Pier Damaged by Hurricane Matthew]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 23:07:21 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/deerfieldbeachpier.jpg

The strong waves that crashed along South Florida's shores by Hurricane Matthew Thursday damaged the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier.

Even though Broward County did not feel the brunt of the category 4 storm, the outer bands did a number on the popular pier.

The pier was closed ahead of Matthew and it will remain closed until the damage is assessed, said the Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department.

The pier underwent a multi-million dollar renovation back in 2012 after it was significantly damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

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<![CDATA[Hurricane Matthew 7PM Update]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 20:41:54 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025873822_1200x675_780914755568.jpg Hurricane Matthew 7PM Update]]> <![CDATA[Hurricane Matthew's Boomerang Path]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 17:32:26 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025871994_1200x675_780799043510.jpg Chief Meteorologist John Morales explains the boomerang path Matthew is projected to take.]]> <![CDATA[Some Ignore Matthew Warnings, Brave the Elements]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 16:44:19 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/MatthewElboRoomFTL.jpg

The threat of Hurricane Matthew did not put a damper on South Florida daredevils and partiers.

NBC 6 had a team of reporters covering the category 4 storm along the coast from Stuart to Miami Beach and at almost every beach there were people partaking in risky behavior.

Our reporters saw people jump into the ferocious waves, others are flying kites even though the wind gusts soared as Matthew bore down on the coast.

In Pompano Beach, surfers were seen riding the wild waves. A thrill seeker even went on a dangerous paddle-board ride on the choppy waters in the Haulover Inlet.

In Fort Lauderdale Beach, patrons crowded the historic Elbo Room as Hurricane Matthew scraped the coast. Partiers posted pictures to social media showing people hanging out at the bar during the stormy weather.

 

Gov. Rick Scott along with Miami-Dade and Broward counties sent a stern message to residents, advising them to should take the storm seriously, heed to evacuation orders and stay indoors.

It looks like those warnings did not stop these handful of daredevils from braving the wind and rains Hurricane Matthew delivered to South Florida.


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<![CDATA[Florida-LSU Football Game Saturday Postponed Due to Matthew]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:59:13 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-607365480.jpg

As Hurricane Matthew pushes north with the Central Florida area square in its sights, the Florida Gators won't be taking the football field this weekend as scheduled.

The Southeastern Conference announced that the game Saturday between UF and the LSU Tigers will be postponed. The teams will attempt to reschedule the game for a later date, however they do not share the same bye week later in the month. Florida is off the 22nd, LSU the 29th.

The decision came after U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a Republican from Louisiana, wrote a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott urging him to force UF to either relocate or postpone the game.

Vitter said that playing the game in Gainesville on 12 p.m. Saturday, less than 100 miles from the coast that Matthew is forecasted to rake along on Friday, was too dangerous.

Georgia and South Carolina are also bracing for Matthew to hit them Friday and Saturday, and the two states' schools moved their matchup back to Sunday from Saturday, South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp said on radio, according to NBC affiliate WXIA.

Two other schools in Florida have moved their games scheduled for this weekend. The University of Central Florida postponed their game scheduled for Friday night against Tulane, moving it to November 5. Florida Atlantic University moved their game Saturday at home against Charlotte to Sunday at 12 p.m.

The marquee game of the weekend in Florida, between the rival Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles, is still scheduled to kick off Saturday night at 8 p.m. inside Hard Rock Stadium. Officials from both schools say they will monitor the storm further before a decision on a possible date or location change if one is needed.



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<![CDATA[Wind and Rain, Power Outages in South Florida From Matthew]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 06:55:57 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100616+florida+beach.jpg

Tens of thousands were without power as the outer edges of Hurricane Matthew brought wind and rain to South Florida while it approached the East Coast.

Matthew had maximum sustained winds of 140 mph as it moved to the northwest and passed by Miami and Fort Lauderdale about 100 miles to the east. Winds dropped to 130 mph after it passed Thursday night.

A hurricane warning in Broward County and a tropical storm warning in Miami-Dade was dropped Friday morning.

The highest gust seen in South Florida was a 59 mph wind gust at Port Everglades as of about 3 p.m.

As of 7 AM, 7,620 customers from FPL were without power in Miami-Dade County while 8,980 people were without power in Broward County.

48,250 customers in Palm Beach County are still without power with 44,560 and 42,640 customers waiting for power to be restored in Martin and St. Lucie Counties respectively. 



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<![CDATA[Hurricane Matthew in Florida]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:31:34 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/MatthewMiamiTreeDown.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Tracking Hurricane Matthew - 2 PM October 6th]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:02:19 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025867936_1200x675_780611651879.jpg NBC 6 Chief Meteorologist John Morales has the latest advisory on Hurricane Matthew as it continues to move toward Florida.]]> <![CDATA[NBC 6's First Alert Doppler Radar Helps You During Matthew]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 12:31:25 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/202*120/First+Alert+Doppler.jpg

As Hurricane Matthew gets closer to South Florida and prepares to strike, NBC 6 is here to help you stay one step ahead of the storm – not just with Matthew, but every day of the year.

Our First Alert Doppler Radar is the only live radar in South Florida, giving you a two minute advantage when it comes to getting updates on severe weather. In storms like Matthew, every second is valuable – and NBC 6 has you covered.

The NBC 6 Weather team, led by South Florida’s chief meteorologist John Morales, is committed to bringing you the latest information to help you stay safe.

To see our First Alert Doppler Radar, click here.



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<![CDATA[FPL Preparing for Power Outages, Restoration Efforts]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 12:27:30 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/fpl+scam.jpg

While South Florida residents are bracing for the high winds and heavy rains from Hurricane Matthew, officials from Florida Power and Light are preparing to restore power to areas that will lose it over the next 24 to 36 hours.

FPL has spent over $2 billion in an effort to make power restoration move as quickly as possible should a storm knock service out. 450 power lines have been added underground, while nearly 135,000 miles of lines have been cleared of trees and vegetation – one of the main causes of outages when they hit lines during a storm.

Over 1.4 million poles have been inspected while 4.8 million smart meters were added, allowing the company to instantly know when problems come up.

FPL will have over 12,000 people ready to respond to outages – including 9,000 field crew members. Power companies from as far away as Texas and Massachusetts will be dispatched to Florida to help with restoration efforts.

If you need to report an outage, you can call FPL’s hotline at 1800-4OUTAGE or complete the online form. A map of where outages are occurring can be found be clicking here, as it will be updated as quickly as FPL officials can.

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<![CDATA[South Florida Grocery Stores Closing Doors]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:50:54 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100616+south+florida+publix+shelf+matthew.jpg

Florida grocery stores have been crowded with people buying last-minute supplies ahead of Hurricane Matthew, but many were closing Thursday for safety of employees and shoppers.

Publix 

All stores East of I-95 from Brickell to Jupiter - Closed at Noon

All remaining stores in Broward County North to Jupiter - Closing at 2pm

All Stores in Martin County to Sebastian - Closing at 4pm

Winn Dixie:

To see which stores at Winn Dixie are closed, click here.

Sedanos: 

Miami-Dade stores: Closing at 3pm

Broward stores: East of I-95  - Close at 2pm

West of the Turnpike - Close at 3pm



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<![CDATA[Travelers Scramble to Fly Out Ahead of Storm]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:36:52 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/021214+canceled+flights+fort+lauderdale+airport.jpg

Jennifer Stout was one of the lucky few able to schedule a flight to leave South Florida ahead of Hurricane Matthew.
"I came here for a conference and it was canceled. I thought 'Okay, I better get back home to Oregon where I'm from as soon as possible," she said.
She was able to be booked on a flight leaving Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport at 8:30am.
"I was fortunate to get this flight out of here," she said.
The airport is suspending all flights in and out of the airport as of 10:30am.
Just after 9am, FLL reported it has canceled 413 flights. Miami International has canceled 646 flights.
MIA will continue to have flights until noon when most airlines are suspending operations. The airport is not expected to close.
Airlines have cleared planes from the tarmac. A few stragglers were left at the airport terminals trying to get on the last flights leaving before strong winds and heavy rains move in to the area.
Fort Lauderdale has sandbags lined up along hallways in case they're needed to keep water out of the airport terminal.



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<![CDATA[Tracking Hurricane Matthew - 8 AM October 6th]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:38:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025862458_1200x675_780375619799.jpg NBC 6's Ryan Phillips has the latest advisory on Hurricane Matthew as it continues to move closer to Florida.]]> <![CDATA[Price Gouging Hotline Activated During Hurricane Matthew]]> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 22:01:36 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/shopping-generic-retail-sal.jpg

Florida leaders are warning consumers of price gouging ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

Attorney General Pam Bondi activated Florida's price gouging hotline after Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency.

Officials want to crack down on businesses that try to take advantage of consumers during the storm.

The price gouging law prohibits extreme increases in price of essential items such as food, ice, gas, hotels, lumber and water during a declared state of emergency.

Anyone who suspects of price gouging should file a complaint by calling 1-866-9-NO-SCAM. For more information on the price gouging hotline check out the Florida Attorney General Office's website.

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<![CDATA[Tolls Suspended, Plazas Closed in Impacted Areas of Florida]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:41:14 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_sunpass_signs.jpg

No tolls will be collected from drivers in areas of the state being impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

Drivers will not be charged tolls on the following roadways:

  • Florida Turnpike (entire length)
  • Alligator Alley
  • Miami-Dade Expressway Authority
  • Central Florida Expressway Authority

Earlier today, Governor Rick Scott had directed the Department of Transportation to not collect tolls in counties with evacuation orders. These latest roadways are an expansion of that earlier order.

The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority suspended collecting tolls as of 8pm Wednesday.

“The safety of motorist throughout Miami-Dade County is MDX’s primary concern. We will continue to monitor the approaching storm and coordinate any ongoing efforts through the state emergency management staff,” said Louis Martinez, Chairman of MDX’s Board of Directors in a statement released Wednesday.

MDX roads include SR 836/ Dolphin Expressway, SR 874/ Don Shula Expressway, SR 924/ Gratigny Parkway, SR 112/ Airport Expressway and SR 878/ Snapper Creek Expressway.

Authorities have also begun the closure of several Florida Turnpike service plaza as Hurricane makes its way up the eastcoast.

Turnpike plazas will cease operation at the following locations and times:

  • Snapper Creek at noon
  • Lake Worth/West Palm Beach at 1:00 pm
  • Fort Pierce/Port St. Lucie at 2:30 pm
  • Fort Drum 4:00 pm
  • Canoe Creek at 10 pm
  • Turkey Lake at 10 pm
  • Okahumpka at TBA

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<![CDATA[Projected Wind Gusts for South Florida From Matthew]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:53:34 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100616+wind+generic+palm+trees.jpg

Hurricane Matthew remained a Category 3 storm Thursday and was expected to bring hurricane or tropical storm-force winds to parts of South Florida. 

NBC 6 has projections of what wind gusts could be in Miami-Dade and Broward County based on the most recent advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Broward could see wind gusts of 50-60 mph during the day Thursday with gusts of 70-80 mph Thursday night. Gusts could be up to 50 mph on Friday.

Miami-Dade could see winds between 25-35 mph Thursday with gusts up to 65 mph Thursday night. Winds gusts on Friday could reach 40 mph.

The National Hurricane Center warns to not focus too much on forecast tracks of the storm. A slight change in direction could impact wind gusts.



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<![CDATA[South Florida Hospitals Prepare for Hurricane Matthew]]> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:14:00 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/782585.jpg

South Florida's health departments and hospitals are preparing for Hurricane Matthew.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County's administrative offices and clinics will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Jackson Health System will continue normal operations at all facilities, with the exception of its primary care clinics, the ambulatory care centers, and rehab outpatient clinic, which will all be closed Thursday and Friday.

Jackson Health System also sent an alert to maternity patients advising pregnant women to go to the hospital if they are:

• You are carrying multiple babies (twins, triplets, etc.) and are at least 34 weeks into pregnancy

• You have placental implantation abnormalities and are at least 28 weeks into pregnancy

• You have a history of preterm labor

• You are referred to the hospital by a treating physician

Broward Health will remain open during the storm but, only for emergency and trauma patients.

Broward Health will also accept pregnant women who are 38 or more weeks pregnant, have a high-risk pregnancy or patients who have been pre-registered for delivery starting at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Each maternity patient is allowed to be accompanied by one adult only.

All outpatient procedures at Broward Health will be canceled on Thursday and Friday.

Emergency rooms at all Baptist Health Hospitals in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties will remain open.

However, All Baptist Health Urgent Care Centers will be closed Thursday and will reopen as soon as Friday.

Baptist Health Ambulatory Surgery Centers will be closed Thursday.

Elective Surgeries and outpatient procedures will be canceled on Thursday and Friday.

Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston will close Thursday and is scheduled reopen Friday.

Leon Medical Center clinics, pharmacies and urgent care facilities will be opened Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.



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<![CDATA[South Florida Stations With Generators]]> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 18:39:25 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100516+long+gas+line+south+florida+hurricane+matthew.jpg

After Hurricane Wilma, Florida passed a requirement for new gas stations and those along evacuation routes to be wired for generators.

Here is a list of Miami-Dade gas stations with generators or generator capabilities:

MACMILLIAN OIL COMPANY OF FLORIDA INC
2955 E 11TH AVE HIALEAH 33013

SUNSHINE CHEVRON
5485 PALM AVE HIALEAH 33013

SUNSHINE #30028
1598 W 68TH ST HIALEAH 33014

CITGO
2290 W 84TH ST HIALEAH 33016

HIALEAH GRDNS SHELL
8010 HIALEAH GARDENS BLVD HIALEAH 33016

MOBIL ON THE RUN
6800 W 24TH AVE HIALEAH 33016

U GAS QUALITY FUEL
7950 W 28TH AVE HIALEAH 33016

MURPHY USA #6507
9203 NW 77TH AVE HIALEAH GARDENS 33016

U-GASS OKEECHOBEE
11601 W OKEECHOBEE RD HIALEAH GARDENS 33016

R O OKEECHOBEE - CITGO
13899 W OKEECHOBEE RD HIALEAH GARDENS 33018

RACETRAC #261
1955 NE 8TH ST HOMESTEAD 33030

TOM THUMB FOOD STORE #127
18400 SW 177TH AVE HOMESTEAD 33031

DION OIL QUIK MART #15 MOBIL
26929 S DIXIE HWY HOMESTEAD 33032

BHUIYAN CITGO
29595 S. DIXIE HWY HOMESTEAD 33033

CAMPBELL DRIVE CHEVRON
801 NE 43RD AVE HOMESTEAD 33033

GLADES COUNTRY MARKET - SHELL
17695 SW 272ND ST HOMESTEAD 33033

DIONS QUIK MART #12 - MOBILE
16 N KROME AVE FLORIDA CITY 33034

RACE DAY GAS
961 W PALM DR FLORIDA CITY 33034

SHELL - GATEWAY
10 SE 1ST AVE HOMESTEAD 33034

RACETRAC #2356
14201 NW 57AVE MIAMI 33054

RACE-WAY
19851 NW 57 AVE 33055

RACETRAC #112
20696 NW 27TH AVE MIAMI 33056

RACETRAC #555
17021 NW 27TH AVE MIAMI 33056

ALEX ELECRIC INC. BP
8200 NW 25TH ST MIAMI 33122

BAY POINT OIL INC - SHELL
3601 BISCAYNE BLVD MIAMI 33137

BRAMAN CAR CARE CENTER LLC - SHELL
2010 NE 2ND AVE MIAMI 33137

TEXACO FOOD MART
2 NE 79TH ST MIAMI 33138

AMERIKA
3080 NW 54TH ST MIAMI 33142

MAXIMO INVESTMENT INC - CHEVRON
8645 SW 72ND ST MIAMI 33143

79TH STREET VALERO
1300 NW 79TH ST MIAMI 33147

FL PETROLIUM INC - CHEVRON
3251 NW 103RD ST MIAMI 33147

CHEVRON
1176 NW 79TH ST MIAMI 33150

DADE CORNERS TRAVEL PLAZA
16650 NW 27TH AVE MIAMI 33154

MARLIN U-GAS
10700 SW 186 ST CUTLE BAY 33157

SHELL -LICUM INTL
18600 S DIXIE HWY CUTLER BAY 33157

EUREKA RACETRAC #567
11180 EUREKA DR MIAMI 33157

SHELL-AMA
11690 QUAIL ROOST DR MIAMI 33157

DORAL SERVICE CENTER - SHELL
7900 NW 36TH ST DORAL 33166

SHELL - RODRIGUEZ
7201 NW 36TH ST MIAMI 33166

VALERO #36
4801 NW 36 STREET MIAMI SPRING 33166

BP AMOCO #13526
2755 NW 119TH ST MIAMI 33167

NW 27TH AVE STATION - VALERO
11301 NW 27 Avenue MIAMI 33167

CARAF OIL
13705 NW 7 AVE NORTH MIAMI 33168

RACEWAY #740
18302 NW 7TH AVE MIAMI 33169

KROME SUNOCO
26400 SW 177TH AVE HOMESTEAD 33170

RNC INVESTMENT - SHELL
8701 NW 13TH TER MIAMI 33172

COLLEGE PARK SHELL
10998 SW 104TH ST MIAMI 33176

SIERRA OIL & RETAIL CENTER - SHELL
11600 BETHUNE DR MIAMI 33176

7 ELEVEN INC. - BP
1550 IVES DAIRY RD NORTH MIAMI BEACH 33179

HESS
19880 NW 27TH AVE MIAMI 33180

HESS #09566
11401 BISCAYNE BLVD NORTH MIAMI 33181

COSTCO WHOLESALE #1023
13450 SW 120th Street MIAMI 33186

SNAPPER CREEK SERVICE PLAZA
MM 19 FLORIDA'S TURNPIKE MIAMI 33186

CUTLER RIDGE SHELL
20195 S DIXIE HWY MIAMI 33189

SEVEN STRATS HOLDING INC / DADE CONER
17696 SW 8TH ST MIAMI 33194

CHEVRON #200188
15698 SW 88TH ST MIAMI 33196

Here is a list provided by Broward County Emergency Management. The county said it stopped collecting names of generator-ready stations in 2013. Therefore this may not be a complete list.

CHEVRON #202684
1301 S UNIVERSITY DR

RACETRAC #665
2300 W BROWARD BLVD

7-ELEVEN FOOD STORE #34801
1200 W HILLSBORO BLVD

BP COPANS #614
290 W COPANS RD

RACETRAC #491
3031 SW 31ST AVE

RACETRAC #566
2855 DAVIE RD

RACETRAC #553
1410 HWY 84 W

EXXON-WESTON
2620 WESTON RD

FIRST COAST ENERGY #1819
2600 N 29TH AVE

SUNSHINE #300035
1277 W HILLSBORO BLVD

RACETRAC #469
599 W ATLANTIC BLVD

FIRST COAST ENERGY #1836
1011 S POWERLINE RD

HESS #09253
2860 DAVIE RD

BP HOLLYWOOD #590
3253 HOLLYWOOD BLVD

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