<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:15:11 -0400 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:15:11 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Chief Meteorologist John Morales on TS Erika]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 22:21:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/john+morales+headshot.jpg

After spending much of Tuesday as a minimal tropical storm, thunderstorms increased dramatically early Wednesday morning near and south of Erika's center of circulation.

Winds as of 11 a.m. were 45 mph. Further strengthening should be stopped or dampened by some dry air and increasing upper level wind shear, which beginning Wednesday afternoon and continuing Thursday is expected to be in the 15 to 25 knot range.

The storm is now less than 300 miles from crossing the Leeward Islands, where it's expected to arrive Wednesday night. The path would then take Erika's center across the Anegada Passage and into the British and U.S. Virgin Islands early on Thursday, then on to Culebra and very near the north coast of Puerto Rico. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for all of those islands. For the Dominican Republic the storm would pass about 80 kilometers from your north coast on Friday, and the main threat from Erika could be rain (which is sorely needed there as well as in the rest of the Caribbean).

Now on to the $64 million question: What happens next? The truth is no one knows. How can we not know? Because even though there's now an official NHC forecast for a landfalling hurricane in the Bahamas and Florida (the 1st time that's happened in Florida in 3 years), there is a wide spectrum of possible outcomes which range from complete dissipation in the Caribbean to a powerful hurricane over the open Atlantic away from land. The GFS operational run (plus the ESRL FIM and NASA GEOS-5) continues to weaken Erika into a tropical wave in the Greater Antilles, but the European operational run has gone back to forecasting a viable tropical cyclone through the Bahamas, and now into Florida.

This Euro operational run has not been consistent from run to run, and the average of the ensemble of several ECMWF runs points to dissipation. Other global models have varying ideas, ranging from the Canadian which passes a weak system through the Florida Straits or Keys, to the Navy model which brings a strong hurricane to the peninsula, to the Japanese model which doesn't strengthen her until she's moving north in the westernmost Bahamas. The specialized hurricane models are aggressive, strengthening Erika into a hurricane by this weekend. The HWRF places it near the east coast of Florida, but the GFDL has it as a "fish storm" safely north of the Bahamas.

So how can I help you make sense of all this? My best advice is to look more at the present condition and evolution of Erika instead of individual models. She's better equipped, due to a larger circulation, to withstand upper wind shear. There's not as much dry air as there was with Danny either. Watch how she behaves between Wednesday and Friday. If Erika reaches the waters east of the Bahamas as a tropical storm, then we may have our hands full in the Bahamas and Florida.

The waters in the Bahamas are very warm and Erika may have a chance to intensify more rapidly. The front that's in northern Florida Wednesday is expected to dissipate and the Bermuda high could nose back into the peninsula from the east. The next dip in the jet stream may be too far west to deflect Erika to the north in time to spare the state. Yes, models point to a stronger hurricane turning north just before reaching Florida, but right now it's too close to call. That said, Wednesday is the day start the first phase of preparations. To me that means doing the things you should've done at the beginning of hurricane season in June.

Do you have a plan? Do you know if you live in an evacuation zone? How about supplies to protect and prepare for a hurricane? We're 4 or 5 days out, but IF it heads to Florida I want you to be prepared.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Play Role of Spoiler in Win Over Nationals]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:26:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485612968.jpg

The Miami Marlins played a rare meaningful game on Friday and beat the Washington Nationals by a final score of 4-3.

The Nationals are in desperate need of wins as the New York Mets continue to increase their lead in the division. After this loss, Washington's elimination number is down 29. Miami is out of contention, but will have a say in the division race. The Marlins have several more games with both Washington and New York.

Adam Conley wasn't stellar but he was good enough to pick up his second major league win. Conley gave up three runs on six hits in five innings while striking out six. The rookie now has a 4.96 E.R.A. and is a candidate to start 2016 in the rotation.

Miami's bullpen did a tremendous job of preserving the lead with four innings of one-hit ball. The pen combined to allow no runs and one walk while striking out a pair. Kyle Barraclough, Bryan Morris, Adam Dunn and A.J. Ramos all saw time on the mound. Ramos notched his 23rd save of the year in the ninth.

Martin Prado was a big reason for Miami's win as the third basemen had two hits and brought home two runs. Prado brought home both of those runs in the third inning when he sent his seventh home run of the season out of the park. The veteran has been hot lately and has his batting average up to .274.

Marcell Ozuna also homered in the game with his seventh blast of the season. Ozuna added his 19th double of the year as part of a two-hit day.

The Marlins will turn to Tom Koehler on Saturday as they look to take a second straight from the Nationals.



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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Holds Fundraiser]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:38:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Donald+Trump+082815.jpg

Donald Trump spoke Friday evening during a fundraiser at the home of a famed New England car dealer Friday evening.

Ernie Boch Jr. hosted the Republican frontrunner in Norwood, Massachusetts. More than 1,000 guests were charged $100 to attend, but the candidate insists this isn't about raising money.

"This is not a fundraiser tonight," he said.

In fact, Boch says this party is not an endorsement, either - he says he's curious about the candidate wants to know more. He hopes his guests have fun and come away with a better understanding of Trump.

"Whether they like him, fine, if they hate him, fine. I'm not going to try to convince anybody to vote for him or not to vote for him," said Boch. "I just want to have him over here and up close and personal."

Outside the iron gates of the sprawling mega mansion were about dozens of protesters hoping to point out that Trump is pro-life.

"We're going to hold him accountable," said protester Christian Miron. "Donald Trump opposes a woman's right to safe, legal abortion care."

But some women told necn they don't just vote based on reproductive rights.

"There's so many other issues out there that are important," said one attendee. "I'm concerned about kids in the inner city getting better education, and I'm going to ask Mr. Trump about that today."

"I think he could tone down on some of the stuff he says about women," said Boch. "I'm pro-choice. I'm socially liberal and fiscally conservative."

And Trump did soften his tone when asked about female voters.

"I cherish women," he said. "My daughter and my wife said, 'You have to talk about that' because they know how I feel."

He used the issue to fire a shot at fellow Republican candidate Jeb Bush.

"Bush said he didn't want to fund women's health issues, and then he came back a few hours later and said he misspoke," said Trump.

Asked why he often attacks Bush, Trump got another jab in.

"I would say Jeb Bush is a frequent target because when this whole thing started, I thought he was going to be the primary competition," said Trump. "He's drifted very much to the middle of the pack and he's rapidly disappearing, so we're going to have to start looking at somebody else."

He also addressed recent gun violence.

"We have a problem with mental health in this country," said Trump. "Whave to take care of people and we have to find out who these people are."

With his feud with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh fresh in everyone's memory, Trump was asked his thoughts on the local leader.

"Honestly, I don't know him. I don't know him. He said something nasty about me and then I said, 'You failed on the Olympics.' And he failed," said Trump. "I hope he does a great job as mayor, but I really don't know him."

From there, he segued less than seamlessly into something sure to gain the favor of Patriots fans.

"I do know Tom Brady, who's great, Bob Kraft, who's great, and Coach [Bill] Belichick, who's great. Those people I know, but those are real winners," said Trump. "Leave Tom Brady alone, right? We love Tom Brady!"

Brady's former teammate, offensive tackle Matt Light. loves the Donald, too.

"I think that what most people want in this country is somebody that's going to be honest, they're going to be open, and they're going to say it the way they see it," said Light. "And I can't see anybody else but Donald Trump fitting that bill."



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<![CDATA[3,000 Pounds of Marijuana Found on Boat in Caribbean: CBP]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:27:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082815+customs+marijuana+boat+caribbean.jpg

A boat carrying about 3,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $7.6 million was intercepted in the Caribbean Sea by officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Miami.

The suspicious vessel was spotted on Aug. 18 and was tracked CBP aircraft and Coast Guard boats as the suspected smugglers onboard tried to elude the authorities, officials said.

The boat was eventually stopped and three suspects were taken into custody while the 1.5 tons of marijuana was seized.

"Our highly-trained agents are fully engaged and diligently disrupting illicit activity before it reaches the coastline," William Gibbon, Director of CBP’s Miami Air and Marine Branch. "We’re focused on providing aerial and maritime surveillance, interdiction, and operational capability in support of the maritime border security mission."



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<![CDATA[Toddler Wanders from Daycare: Mom]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:44:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/82815daycare.jpg

A New Jersey toddler wandered out of his daycare center and walked home without employees noticing, his astonished mother complained Friday.

Yomara Ortiz said she dropped off her 3-year-old son Dariell at KinderWorld EduCare Center in Hamilton, New Jersey, as she does every day. Not long after arriving at her job, a family member called to say that Dariell suddenly appeared at the front door of his home.

"I couldn't believe it," Ortiz said. "I thought she was playing a joke on me."

Ortiz lives only two blocks from the daycare center, but the toddler had to cross a busy street to get home.

Daycare staff had no idea that the 3-year-old had wandered off, Ortiz told NBC 4 New York.

"She didn't know where he was," Ortiz said of the staff member's response. "She had nothing to say. She just apologized and said it wouldn't happen again."

It won't, Ortiz said, adding that she will no longer leave her son at KinderWorld.

The daycare center was open Friday and taking care of children. Employees decline to speak to NBC 4.

Ortiz filed a formal complaint against KinderWorld and a state inspector visited the site Friday. 



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<![CDATA[Family of Security Officer Killed Pleads for Answers]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:48:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082815+keith+cox.jpg

A South Florida family called out to the community on Friday to help them find whoever was responsible for the death of a loved one.

49-year-old Keith Cox, a Metrorail security officer, was shot and killed this week at the MLK Station.

"My brother could be your husband, your wife, your child. Somebody saw something," Kevin Cox said. It was an emotional plea from the brother of Keith Cox, who was shot Tuesday night.

"The cowards who perpetrated this senseless crime have taken his life," Kevin said.

Keith was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital Trauma Center where he was listed in critical condition. His daughters wiped away tears during Friday's plea, as Latanja Gill described the distant, but close relationship shared with their father.

"We spent two weeks in Orlando just three weeks ago. It was the first time our whole family had been together. I'd not met my sister, I'd not met my brother, my uncle. That was the first time we all got together and that was all he wanted," she said.

Now, they're clinging to hope that Miami-Dade Police will find the culprit.

Members of the family said part of their reason for their plea was to connect with the community in hopes of finding new leads and answers.

"Help us solve this crime, get justice for my brother. My brother did not deserve this, nobody does," Kevin expressed.



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<![CDATA[1 Hurt in Rollover Crash on Turnpike in Deerfield]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:11:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082815+rollover+crash+floridas+turnpike+deerfield+beach.jpg

One person was hospitalized after a rollover crash on the Florida's Turnpike in Deerfield Beach Friday.

The person was trapped under the vehicle after the crash in the northbound lanes of the Turnpike south of the Sawgrass Expressway, Broward Sheriff's Fire Rescue officials said.

After the victim was extricated, they were flown to Broward Health North, where their exact condition was unknown.

The crash caused heavy delays in the area. The cause of the crash wasn't immediately known.



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<![CDATA[Survivor of Virginia TV Shooting Remembers Dodging Bullets]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:00:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_937316844660-WDBJ.jpg

Vicki Gardner, a local tourism official who was being interviewed by WDBJ-TV when a gunman opened fire on the news crew on live television, remembers dodging bullets before being shot in the back, a spokesman for her family told NBC News on Friday. 

"It happened fast, and it was frightening," Troy Keaton, the family's spokesman, said. "She saw Alison shot, Adam also. She was ducking and dodging and ended up on the ground, kind of hunched over, and he shot her in the back."

Alison Parker, a reporter, and Adam Ward, the cameraman, were killed by a disgruntled former reporter from WDBJ, who later killed himself. Parker was shot in the head and chest, and Ward was shot in the head and torso; both deaths were ruled a homicide, a medical examiner said. 


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<![CDATA[Man Pulls Mother, Kids from SUV After Crash into Pool]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:02:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082815+car+into+pool+2.jpg

Miami-Dade Police were called to the scene where a vehicle crashed into a pool.

It happened on Friday afternoon in the 3300 block of Southwest 63rd Avenue.

Police said the vehicle ended up in the pool following a two-vehicle crash.

They said the driver of an Acura hit a Mazda four-door with a woman and two kids inside, ages 6 and 8. The Mazda spun from the street and ended up in the pool.

"She must not have put on the brakes, she hit the gas instead. She propelled herself through the fence behind us and flipped upside down into the pool, trapping her and her two kids inside," said witness David Taggart.

Police said a neighbor in the area observed what happened and came to the aide of the woman and the children, helping them get out of the vehicle. The woman escaped through the sunroof, while the man helped the children get out through the back door.

"By the grace of God this man was in the right place, at the right time. An angel who saved my kids," the mother said.

"It was nice of him to do that and very brave and he doesn't take credit. He's gone. He's not here," said the homeowner, Adolfo Garcia.

Luckily, no one was injured in the incident.

Police said the Acura driver was at fault for not making a proper stop, but there's no word on whether she has been ticketed.



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<![CDATA[Pilot Dies Practicing Stunts]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:52:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/208*120/82815plane.jpg

A pilot died Friday after his propeller-driven stunt plane crashed while he was practicing tricks for a weekend air show in New York's Hudson Valley.

The plane crashed around 2 p.m. at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, where the New York Air Show is scheduled to take place this weekend

The pilot was the only person in the plane, an experimental aircraft owned by Andrew Wright, of Austin, Texas, said New York State Police Trooper Steven Nevel.

Aviation journalist Benjamin Granucci, of the blog NYC Aviation, tweeted that the plane appeared to be a single-engine Giles G-202.

He said the plane was making a practice run for the weekend's events. He said that it appeared the aircraft crashed into the ground after coming out of a dive.

A woman at the air show box office said the show will go on as scheduled.



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<![CDATA[Closures and Alerts]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:48:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Tracking+Erika+web+header.jpg

Stay current with official notices from South Florida pertaining to Tropical Storm Erika:

Miami-Dade Residents Advised to Be in Ready Phase for Erika

Miami-Dade’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is closely monitoring the movement of Tropical Storm Erika. At this time, all Miami-Dade County services continue normal operations.

The Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will continue to operate at a Level 2, partial activation status effective 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28. Under Level 2 status, OEM staff, county officials and partner agencies are required to report to the EOC.

While Miami-Dade County is not in immediate danger, all residents and businesses should check their disaster kits, review their hurricane plans and remain alert to new information and instruction about the developing storm. Specifically, residents are urged to:

  • Make sure that emergency equipment, such as hurricane shutters and battery-powered radios, are in good working order.
  • Ensure that sufficient emergency supplies (e.g., nonperishable food and water) are on hand for each person in the home to last at least three days.
  • Obtain and store materials necessary to properly secure your home.
  • Secure yard and construction debris so they do not pose a hazard during a storm.
  • Take tree trimmings to a local trash & recycling center.
  • Find out if you live in a flood or evacuation zone by visiting miamidade.gov.
  • If you live in a surge planning zone determine, in advance, where you will stay, how you will get there, and what supplies you will take if you are ordered to evacuate. Also, plan your departure time so ample time is allowed to get to a safe area. Miami-Dade surge planning zone maps are available on our website.

The 3-1-1 Answer Center has extended its hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 29, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To reach the 3-1-1 Answer Center, residents can dial 3-1-1 in Miami-Dade or 305-468-5900, TDD: 305-468-5402 or via email 311@miamidade.gov. Specialists are taking calls in English, Spanish and Creole. Residents can access disaster-related information 24 hours a day on the OEM website located at www.miamidade.gov/oem.

OEM is committed to working with its partners and the community to lessen the impact of disasters and potential catastrophic incidents. OEM accomplishes its mission through planning, response, and coordination of information and resources.

Miami Beach Advisory - Friday

Miami Beach continues to monitor the path of Tropical Storm Erika. South Florida is still in the possible path of the storm. At this time, there are no evacuations nor are there any anticipated evacuations for Miami Beach. You should be prepared and stocked up on your supplies.

Possible Flooding
Tropical Storm Erika is expected to bring large amounts of rainfall. Flooding is expected in low-lying areas especially during the extreme high tide periods on Sunday and Monday. Although Miami Beach and Florida Department of Transportation installed storm water pump stations to assist with the flooding, the program is not complete. Operational crews will be monitoring flood prone areas and are ready to address flooded areas accordingly.

Closures
South Pointe Pier will be closed on Sunday, Aug. 30. City events and meetings at municipal facilities are canceled for Sunday, Aug. 30 and Monday, Aug. 31.

No Tree Trimming
Please cease any tree trimming at this time. Limbs and leaves can become potential projectiles.

Parking
All municipal parking garages will have normal operations throughout the weekend as of this notice.

Information:
Hotline: 305.604.CITY(2489)
Twitter @MiamiBeachNews | Facebook @CityofMiamiBeachGovernment

American Red Cross Prepares for Tropical Storm Erika

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in Florida Friday morning in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika which includes the 13 counties of the American Red Cross South Florida Region. The staff and volunteers of the Red Cross have been monitoring the storm and making preparations with the possibility of opening shelters on Saturday. Red Crossers across the region have been mobilized to help if and when the time comes.

“The next 48 hours are critical in the formation and trajectory of Tropical Storm Erika. We are watching it closely but strongly encourage South Florida to prepare,” said Carlos Castillo, Regional Disaster Officer. “Be Red Cross Ready: build a kit, make a plan and stay informed.”

BUILD A KIT
It should contain a three-day supply of water (one gallon, per person, per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items and copies of important personal documents. The Red Cross also recommends having at least two weeks worth of emergency supplies at home.

MAKE A PLAN
It is important that everyone in the household helps put the emergency plan together and knows what they should do if something occurs. Household members may not be together when a disaster happens.

STAY INFORMED
Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or local media outlets for critical information about the storm and download the Red Cross Emergency App. This free app provides information on what to do before, during and after emergencies. The preloaded content in the apps gives people access to vital information to use during emergencies, even if they can’t connect to the internet. Users can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 70,000 other disasters every year, from home fires to hurricanes and more. Learn more about how Disaster Relief donations have helped people affected by previous disasters including home fires.

Coast Guard Urges Preparation for Tropical Storm Erika

The Coast Guard urges mariners to heed warnings as Tropical Storm Erika is expected to affect South Florida this weekend.

As Tropical Storm Erika approaches, the Coast Guard urges people to be mindful of the following:

  • Anticipate bridge closures. Mariners are advised that during strong storms drawbridges along the coast may deviate from the normal operating procedures. Drawbridges are authorized to remain closed upon the approach of gale force winds or higher as stated in the Code of Federal Regulations 117.35, which applies to “natural disasters or civil disorders.” Mariners should anticipate bridge closures by listening to the National Weather Service and Coast Guard broadcasts on the storm conditions.
  • Stay off the water. The Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities are degraded as storm conditions strengthen. This means help could be delayed. Boaters are urged to heed weather watches, warnings and small craft advisories. People should not go out on their boats 48 hours prior to and at least 72-96 hours after a hurricane has passed as debris may be in the water and navigational aids may have shifted.
  • Evacuate as necessary. If evacuations are set for an area, the public is urged to heed to those orders. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to evacuate those in danger during the storm.
  • Secure your belongings. Owners of larger boats are urged to move their boats to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or damage. Trailerable boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to secure life rings, life jackets, emergency position indicating radio beacons and small boats. These items, if not secured properly, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources to be diverted to ensure people are not in distress.
  • Be cautious of hazardous materials. If you have hazardous materials on or near the water, you are responsible for any spills that may occur. Take the necessary precautions to secure them prior to any foul weather.
  • Stay clear of beaches. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by hurricanes. Swimmers are urged to wait until local officials say the water is safe.
  • Stay informed. The public should monitor the progress and strength of Tropical Storm Erika through local television, radio and internet. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF-FM channel 16. Information can also be obtained on port conditions in South Florida by visiting the Coast Guard's Homeport Site.

For more information on the progress of Sandy and hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Hurricane Center’s website. For breaking news, follow us on Twitter @USCGSoutheast.

Monroe County Office of Emergency Management

As of 2 p.m. Friday, Tropical Storm Erika was nearing the southern coast of Hispanola and its center was positioned about 900 miles east, southeast of Key Largo. The storm, according to meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center and Key West National Weather Service Office, continues to be poorly organized.

Monroe County Emergency Management is preparing to respond to a tropical storm, if needed. Protective actions have not yet been implemented and will be announced later this evening, if necessary.

Focus areas for Erika include the county’s special needs clients; potential school closings; campgrounds and parks; as well as instructions for Keys visitors.

Monroe County does not evacuate in the event of a tropical storm.

In conjunction with the Key West National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center, Keys officials are continuing to monitor the situation and residents and visitors should do the same.

On the web: http://monroecountyem.com/

Miami-Dade Schools on Erika

Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho will make a decision this weekend regarding potential school closures as a result of Tropical Storm Erika. Carvalho will make his decision in collaboration with Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management, based on all of the best information that is available.

“South Florida enters the weekend with the possibility of a tropical storm looming, and growing concern from parents and students,” said Carvalho. “For Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the safety and security of students and staff is our number one priority, and will always be the most important factor in our decisions.”

Among the factors that will influence possible school closures will be the impact the storm will have on the District’s transportation fleet (buses cannot operate in sustained winds of 39 MPH or more), potential flooding of low-lying areas, and the possible use of some schools as shelters. Any decision regarding school closures will be communicated to parents, students, employees, and the community with ample time, using a variety of forms of communication to be sure to reach everyone concerned.

Earlier this month, the district tested its emergency preparedness systems, at the district-level and at individual schools, and we are happy to report that “We Are Ready”.

For updated information, visit the school district’s website, www.dadeschools.net or follow us on Twitter (@mdcps) and Facebook.

South Florida Water Management Prepares for Potential Erika Impacts

In advance of potential heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Erika, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has prepared the regional flood control system to reduce flooding where possible.

“This agency was created in 1949 to operate what has become a $13 billion regional flood control system serving more than 8 million people,” said Jeff Kivett, SFWMD Director of Operations, Engineering and Construction. “We are making final preparations to move stormwater in advance of the storm while also balancing the need to store water for future supply.”

Canals and water control structures in key areas of South Florida’s system were placed in the low range Friday afternoon, and adjustments will be made as necessary. Water managers are also operating the system to enhance the ability of local and community drainage facilities to route excess runoff into the District’s regional canal system.

Water levels and flows are monitored around the clock by field staff and the District’s advanced Operations Control Room in West Palm Beach.

Pre-storm preparations by the District include:

  • Lowering canal levels in key areas to make room for moving water
  • Inspecting the flood control system
  • Ensuring adequate fuel supplies for pump stations and other equipment
  • Readying staff and equipment for storm assignments
  • Strapping down equipment and closing storm shutters at facilities
  • Conference calls with local drainage districts that connect to SFWMD canals

The SFWMD is also coordinating information with the state Emergency Operations Center as well as federal and local partners, including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

City of Miami Garbage and Recycling

The City of Miami Department of Solid Waste will suspend services due to the upcoming storm and will resume regularly schedules service on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Residents may dispose of household waste and debris at the Department of Solid Waste Mini Dump Facility that is open special hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, and from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, located at: 1290 NW 20th Street, Miami, Florida.

For more information, please contact Customer Service at 311 or (305) 468-5900.

City of Sweetwater to Provide Sandbags to Residents

With Tropical Storm Erika on track for South Florida, Sweetwater is taking measures to help their residents mitigate any potential flooding. Sandbags will be given out on Saturday to City residents, across from the City’s Public Works facility. “The sandbags are an extra precaution for our residents due to the amount of rain we’ve had these past few days which can potentially saturate the ground and make it easier for flooding to occur, “said Mayor Orlando Lopez. The sand bags will be limited to six per household; proof of residency in the City is required. Other flood control measures the City has taken include new underground water pumps, clearing drainage from debris that may obstruct water flow, and emergency retention basins.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at 9 a.m. while supplies last.
WHERE: Sweetwater Public Works, 1701 NW 110th Avenue (Lot across the street)
WHO: Orlando Lopez, Mayor, City of Sweetwater

Hollywood Out of Sandbags

In preparation for Tropical Storm ERIKA, the City of Hollywood Department of Public Works is currently distributing more than 2,400 sandbags to Hollywood residents. The distribution is as follows:

Friday, Aug. 28, 1 p.m to 6 p.m.

A second day of sandbag distribution was cancelled after strong turnout Friday, officials said. This sandbag distribution is for Hollywood residents only. Hollywood residents may pick up sandbags on a first come, first served basis at the Public Works Administration Complex, 1600 South Park Road. Proof of Hollywood residency is required.

A maximum of 10 bags per household will be provided. Public Work's staff will be on duty to assist with loading the sandbags into residents’ vehicles.

For more information on the sandbag distribution, please call Public Works at 954.967.4526.

Hollywoof Dog Park Grand Opening Celebration Is On

The Hollywoof Dog Park Grand Opening Celebration is still scheduled to take place on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 beginning at 9 a.m. As with any special event hosted by the City, weather conditions are closely monitored in an effort to keep the public safe. Should conditions deteriorate causing the postponement of this event, the Office of Public Affairs and Marketing will notify residents via a NotifyMe alert, and post to the information to the City’s website, twitter feed and facebook page.

The celebration runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Stan Goldman Memorial Park, 800 Knights Road in Hollywood. Dog owners are welcome to bring their four-legged friends and join the Junkanoo band procession that will lead into the dog park for the celebration.

For more information on the Hollywoof Dog Park Grand Opening, please call the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts at 954.921.3404.

Shredding Event and Used Clothing Donation Postponed

Due to Tropical Storm ERIKA the shredding event and clothing donation scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29 at Boulevard Heights Community Center has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date. Employees scheduled to assist residents with their boxes have been reassigned to prepare the City for the possible impact of Tropical Storm ERIKA.

For additional information on the City’s shredding events, please call the Office of the City Clerk at 954.921.3211.

Sign up For CodeRED

CodeRED is an emergency notification system in which alerts can be received on your home phone, by text message or e-mail. These alerts will provide emergency updates to residents and advise them of any protective actions they should take in the event the City is placed under a tropical storm watch or warning. Visit www.hollywoodfl.org/emergency to sign up for CodeRED.

Miami-Dade Collge Monitoring Erika

The Miami Dade College Emergency Planning and Executive Crisis Teams are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Erika. The college remains open and under normal operations through the weekend.

For the latest status of operations, students and employees are urged to check MDC's homepage at www.mdc.edu, the MDC Hotline at 305-237-7500, the news media and the college's social media pages.

Coral Springs Erika Advisory

In light of past hurricane landfalls in South Florida, City officials are encouraging residents to be prepared. Emergency staff will be in place to deal with potential problems if Tropical Storm Erika continues on its projected path.

City officials remind you to please remain indoors during the storm. This storm is expected to produce substantial rain and cause extensive flooding.
Here are the latest updates as of 5 p.m.:

Waste Pro:

  • Bulk or yard waste services may be suspended next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Please refrain from placing bulk items out for collection or doing any tree trimming this weekend to prevent flying debris during the storm.
  • Residents may drop off any bulk and yard waste at the Waste Transfer Station this weekend in preparation for the storm. The Station will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday with extended hours this Sunday only (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
  • Garbage and Recycling cart collection will occur as normal as long as winds are below 39 MPH. Check the City website, www.CoralSprings.org for updates on garbage and recycling pick-up schedules.

City Facilities:

  • Officials will determine over the weekend if City Hall will be closed on Monday, Aug. 31. Please monitor the City's website at CoralSprings.org, CityTV Channel 25 on Advanced Communications and Channel 99 on AT&T’s U-Verse, CityRadio 1670 AM (can also be streamed online at CoralSprings.org/cityradio), and local news broadcasts for the status of City Hall.
  • All outdoor recreation events will be canceled on Sunday. Parks and park facilities will be closed on Sunday.

Schools:

  • Broward County School Board will be making a decision over the weekend and notifying parents. Residents may also check www.browardschools.com for updates.

Elderly/Disabled/Special Needs

  • The Vulnerable Population Registry is for residents who are at risk due to disability, frailty or health issues, regardless of age, who elect to stay at home in the event of a hurricane or other emergency. To sign up for the Vulnerable Population Registry, please call Lynne Martzall at 954-344-1833 and leave a voicemail. After the storm, Coral Springs Police will may use the Registry to help evaluate resident needs and to assist in planning their response in an emergency.
  • For a Special Needs Shelter, residents MUST call the Broward County Hotline at 3-1-1 or 954-831-4000 (City does not coordinate Special Needs Shelter assignments).

The Hurricane Call Center will be activated on Sunday, Aug. 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. To reach the Call Center, please call 954-344-1001. Staff at the Call Center will be able to answer questions about City-related issues and not concerns regarding canals, cable television or electricity.

Miami-Dade Sandbags Available if Tropical Storm Advisory Issued

With South Florida still in the cone of uncertainty of Tropical Storm Erika, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss is urging residents to get prepared. Residents should be stocking up on water and essentials and checking out the County’s Hurricane Guide at www.miamidade.gov/hurricane/.

Should a tropical storm advisory be issued, sand will be available at eight locations in District 9 where residents who live in flood-prone zones can come to fill their sand bags. Residents are asked to bring their own sand bags and shovels. Before visiting the sites, please call 311 or visit www.miamidade.gov/hurricane/ and stay tuned to weather reports to confirm that a tropical storm advisory has been issued and that that sand is available at the sites.

The locations are:

West Perrine: West Perrine Park
10301 SW 170th Terrace, Miami, FL 33157

Richmond Heights: 14660 Lincoln Blvd. (Williams Grocery lot)
Miami, FL 33176

Goulds: Habitat Housing
11496 SW 227th Terrace

Naranja: Across from St. John MBC
13740 SW 264th St., Naranja, FL 33032

Country Star/Cambridge Estates
28350 SW 136th Place

Richmond West: Eureka Villas Park
14301 SW 180th Street

South Miami Heights: Roberta Hunter Park
SW 117th Avenue and 208th Street, Miami, FL

Las Palmas:
Southwest corner of Krome Avenue and Southwest 200th Street

Florida Keys Community Collge Closes for Erika

Due to Tropical Storm Erika, Florida Keys Community College will be closed as follows:

  • The Key West Campus will be closed Saturday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Aug. 31.
  • The Middle Keys Center in Marathon will be closed Sunday, Aug. 30 and Monday, Aug. 31.
  • The Upper Keys Center in Tavernier will be closed Sunday, Aug. 30 and Monday, Aug. 31.

During the time periods stated at the respective locations, all classes are cancelled, services suspended, and buildings will be locked at all College locations.

The College plans to resume operations as normal on Tuesday, September 1. Students and employees are encouraged to monitor their FKCC email, their voicemail, as well as the College’s website: www.fkcc.edu for any further notifications.

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<![CDATA[Man Says He Robbed Bank to Pay for Baby's Cancer Treatment]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:09:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/surveillance_robbery_brian_randolph1.jpg

A man sits in a Michigan jail while his 1-year-old daughter awaits her next round of chemotherapy.

Brian Randolph, 23, told police he robbed a bank to help pay for his baby daughter’s cancer treatments because her insurance had been canceled. He was charged with armed robbery and bank robbery following an arrest on Aug. 14 in Detroit. 

"As a parent, I can understand. I want the best for my child too. If all this was supposed to go towards the child's care, why is he is spending money on nice things for himself?” Lt. Chris Sovik of the South Lyon Police Department told NBC Owned Stations. 

Randolph is accused of robbing the Vibe Credit Union in South Lyon of $8,173 on Aug. 12. He allegedly entered the bank with glasses and a baseball cap, passed a note to a teller that stated he wanted $20,000 and had a shotgun in his pants, according to the Detroit Free Press.

He was apprehended by the Oakland County Violent Crime Task Force in a rental car with just over $3,000 in cash and designer clothing on Aug. 14. Randolph is being held on a $500,000 cash bond and his next court date has been scheduled for Sept. 2.

A Go Fund Me account was set up by Asia Dupree, the mother of Randolph’s child, for the baby's battle against retinoblastoma. As of Aug. 28, $29,363 has been raised.
 



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<![CDATA[Zoo Announces Two New Leopard Cubs]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:24:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/DSC_6826.jpg

Brookfield Zoo in Illinois has announced the birth of two snow leopard cubs.

The cubs, which are currently off exhibit bonding with their 4-year-old mother Sarani, are scheduled to make their public debut in mid-October.

The two females, which each weigh about 10 pounds, were born on June 16, zoo officials said. 

Sarani and her 5-year-old mate, Sabu, arrived at the zoo in October 2011 from Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls and Cape May County Park & Zoo in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.

Snow leopards are listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and experts say their numbers are declining. The Snow Leopard Trust estimates population numbers of the elusive cat are between 4,000 and 6,500 remaining in the wild
 



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<![CDATA[Diabetes Drugs Can Cause Severe Joint Pain: FDA]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:47:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-166272621.jpg

Certain diabetes drugs can cause severe and disabling joint pain, the Food and Drug Administration warned patients on Friday.

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the type 2 diabetes medicines sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin, and alogliptin may cause joint pain that can be severe and disabling," the agency said in a statement.

These are generic names for Januvia, Onglyza, Tradjenta, and Nesina, which are all in the same calss and work by making more insulin for the body.

The drugs are already linked with some potentially severe side-effects. Januvia, for instance, can cause a severe inflammation of the pancreas called pancreatitis that's not only excruciating but that can be deadly. Onglyza has been linked with a higher risk of heart failure.
 



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<![CDATA[Nazi Gold-Train Hunters Used Map Drawn on Deathbed: Official]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:18:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Nazi_gold-Train.jpg

Two treasure hunters who claim to have found a Nazi train filled with gold in Poland discovered it by following a map drawn up by one of the people who hid it around 70 years ago, a Polish government minister said Friday, NBC News reported. 

The map was drawn by a man who helped conceal the train at the end of World War II and passed it on "on his deathbed," Poland's Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski said.

The deputy minister said officials had been able to locate the 100-yard-long military train using ground-penetrating radar. He stopped short of confirming the claim the train was filled with gold, weapons and valuable art.

According to a local rumor rumor, a German train filled with gold, gems and armaments went missing around the city of Walbrzych while it was fleeing the Red Army advancing towards Berlin in the spring of 1945.



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<![CDATA[N.C. Police Officer Won't Be Retried for Killing]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:09:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_78140885929.jpg

The North Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed former college football player in 2013 won't be retried, an official said Friday, a week after a judge declared a mistrial in the case, NBC News reported. 

Randall "Wes" Kerrick, 29, killed Jonathan Ferrell, 24, after a traffic accident on Sept. 14, 2013, and was accused of voluntary manslaughter. Kerrick is white; Ferrell was black.

Prosecutors argued Kerrick should have used nonlethal force to subdue Ferrell, a former defensive back for Florida A&M, after Ferrell climbed out of his wrecked car and dragged himself to a nearby house to get help. The woman in the house called 911 to report a possible break-in.



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<![CDATA[3 Generations Linked by Single Womb After Transplant]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:19:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/BoyWombTransplant.jpg

For one family in Sweden, a pioneering procedure has led to a baby being born from the same womb that nurtured his mother, uniting three generations.

The new mother, who lost her own uterus to cancer in her 20s, said it was "unimaginable" that she now had her own child, thanks to her mother's donated womb.

"It can't be described how happy we are," she told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview. "It's everything that I hoped for and a little bit more," said the woman, who asked that she and her mother not be identified in order to protect the privacy of her 9-month-old son.

Dr. Mats Brannstrom, who is behind the revolutionary process, has ushered in four babies, all boys, with transplanted wombs; a fifth is on the way. He said there was something very special about this case: "It's one uterus bridging three generations of a family."

Before his breakthrough, there had been two attempts to transplant a womb, in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, but no live births. Doctors in Britain, France, the United States and elsewhere are planning similar operations with wombs from women who have died recently, not living donors.

Brannstrom, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Sahlgrenska Hospital at the University of Gothenburg and Stockholm IVF, first transplanted wombs into nine women about two years ago as part of an experimental study, including the new mother, who was the first. Complications forced the removal of two of the wombs. The women in the trial were either born without a womb or had it removed due to cancer.

The new mother, in her early 30s, recalled that as hospital staffers wheeled in her mother for the transplant, "I was crying and told her I loved her and thank you for doing this."

The woman's mother (the baby's grandmother) said she immediately agreed when her daughter raised the idea.

The proud grandmother, in her mid-50s, acknowledged she has difficulty understanding the magnitude of the birth, but "at the same time, I sometimes think that I am a part of history."

The new mother underwent in vitro fertilization to make embryos using her eggs and her husband's sperm. Doctors waited a year after the transplant to ensure everything was OK. After four attempts to transfer embryos into the new womb, she got pregnant. There were no complications, and she delivered via cesarean section, as planned.

"Feeling him against my cheek was the most wonderful feeling ever," the mother said. In tribute to Brannstrom, she and her husband gave the baby the middle name of Mats.

She said they will one day tell the boy how he was conceived. "My thought is that he will always know how wanted he was," she said. "Hopefully when he grows up, uterus transplantation (will be) an acknowledged treatment for women like me and he will know that he was part of making that possible."

Brannstrom and his colleagues are planning more groundbreaking womb transplant procedures. One trial will use wombs from recently deceased women and another will employ robotic surgery to shorten the time of the 10- to 12-hour operations. Brannstrom is working with doctors in India, Singapore, Lebanon and Argentina to do womb transplants there.

Experts marvel at Brannstrom's work and described it as the biggest breakthrough in fertility medicine since IVF.

"This was impossible until Brannstrom did it," said Dr. Antonio Gargiulo, an associate reproductive endocrinologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston who has not been involved in the operations. He said removing a womb is unlike any other operation and that the organ must be very delicately grafted onto the recipient's major arteries and veins.

Gargiulo said doctors need to monitor whether babies in the womb get enough nutrients from the placenta and must ensure sufficient blood flow to the arteries.

Brannstrom said the blood flow during pregnancy was normal in all four babies and that all are healthy.

The new mother and her husband are contemplating a second child; the transplanted womb was intended for two pregnancies, before being removed so the mother can stop taking rejection medications.

She said she will be forever grateful to her mother.

"The real unique thing is what me and my mom went through," she said. "It's a big thing and he and his grandmother will have this bond for the rest of their lives."

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<![CDATA[Friday: Chief Meteorologist John Morales on TS Erika]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:51:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/john+morales+headshot.jpg

Friday is the pivotal day in Erika's lifetime. We always knew Danny had 3 strikes against it. But Erika had only two (dry air & shear), until now.

The third strike may be the terrain of Hispaniola, which includes Pico Duarte at over 10,000 feet. The storm is discombobulated, with all of the rain and stronger wind gusts to the east and south of the still exposed (devoid of thunderstorms) center of circulation.

Past experience tells us that disorganized storms often get ripped apart by mountains. Yet Erika, at the moment I write this, continues over water just south of the Dominican Republic's southern coast. It's still producing tropical storm force winds mainly in squalls.

NHC has for 3 days now been forecasting a turn to the northwest (because that's what the models have been showing). Instead, the storm's northern side is so weak that center has been guided by the east-to-west trade winds. Does that change Friday?

Looking at the latest trends it does look like Erika's center will make landfall near the city of Santo Domingo. For the Dominican Republic (more than Haiti) this means the risk of several inches of rain. Puerto Rico saw only an inch or two, but it was on Erika's drier northern semi-circle. The DR would see more of the dirty side of the storm, and possibly have the system's "tail" linger over the country through the night and into Saturday. While some wind gusts as high as 55 MPH are possible, the biggest risk there will be flash flooding.

Meanwhile, with aircraft reconnaissance unable to fly missions into Erika due to the high peaks of Hispaniola, we may not get "ground truth" as to what's left of Erika when she finally leaves the Antilles until late Friday night.

Satellite images will give us some hints, but that hasn't been a good tool due to the disorganized nature of the storm. If Erika is still a viable tropical cyclone tonight and tomorrow morning, then it's "game-on" for the Bahamas and Florida.

But here's the good news: models seem to finally be catching up to reality. While the model tracks mostly point to a landfall in Florida, they've backed off on their intensity projections. Not a single model that brings the storm to Florida brings it as a hurricane.

If you've been paying attention, you know NHC will follow suit and therefore forecast a tropical storm making landfall in Florida and not a hurricane. A Tropical Storm Watch would be issued as early as Friday night, and a Warning on Saturday for a possible Erika landfall late Sunday night.

While this is an inconvenience and some safety precautions are required, it would be a much different situation than having to experience a landfalling hurricane.

So let's see what's left of Erika after Hispaniola. Don't forget that if it's still a depression or storm, there is very warm water in the Bahamas and north of Cuba, so we cannot let our guard down (remember, reality versus models).

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<![CDATA[Face of Hurricane Katrina Misery Continues Her Journey]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:09:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Arianna_Evans.jpg

Of all the transformations Hurricane Katrina left in its wake, the story of one child's journey may be the most striking.

Arianna Evans, who was born male, captured the nation's attention in the days after the devastating storm. Standing outside the New Orleans' Superdome, 9-year-old Evans, known then as Charles, became the face of the tragedy when an NBC News cameraman captured the child making a plea to the world.

"We just need some help out here," the child said. "It is just so pitiful. Pitiful and shame.... We have over 3,000 people out here with no home, no shelter. What are they gonna do? What we gonna do? Take a look at all of this. Now what they gonna do if the hurricane come again?"

Evans became something of a celebrity, but her story had just begun. In the years that followed, Evans endured more tragedy even as she came to an understanding of being "trapped in the wrong body." In May, she began taking hormones to become a woman. Now, 19, she has traveled a long road from tragedy to triumphant self-realization.



Photo Credit: NBC News
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<![CDATA[Ashley Madison CEO Stepping Down After Hack]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:50:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-484478072.jpg

The CEO of Avid Life Media, the parent company of adultery website Ashley Madison, is stepping down after a hack that exposed the personal information of millions of users, NBC News reported. 

"This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees," Avid Life Media said in a statement Friday about CEO Noel Biderman. "We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base."

The company will be led by the "existing senior management team" until a new CEO is chosen, the company said.



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<![CDATA[NBC 6 Tropical Storm Erika Facebook Q&A]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:26:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082815+erika+friday+5a.jpg

Our team of experts is here to answer all of your Tropical Storm Erika related questions in a LIVE Facebook Q&A session during our extended Friday newscast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You can watch the newscast LIVE on the NBC 6 news app.

To join the conversation, simply reply to our Facebook thread. We will even answer some of your questions LIVE on-air during the broadcast.

Don't forget, NBC 6 Meteorologist Adam Berg will also host a LIVE Twitter Q&A from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.!

We look forward to hearing from you!

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<![CDATA[Waterspout Forms Offshore East of Miami Beach]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:43:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082815+waterspout+miami+beach.jpg

A large waterspout was spotted just offshore east of Miami Beach Friday morning around 9 a.m.

NBC 6 crews in the area spotted the waterspout forming in a cloud, stirring up the water below.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.


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<![CDATA[Hero Prof. Thanks Airman for Saving His Life on Train]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:18:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Moogalian.jpg

A French-American professor shot by a gunman on a train in France has telephoned a U.S. airman who stopped his bleeding to thank him for saving his life, his wife told NBC's "Today" on Friday.

Mark Moogalian, 51, was shot in the back after trying to stop the attacker carrying an assault rifle and other weapons. Moments later, 25-year-old Ayoub El-Khazzani was subdued by three vacationing Americans, including Airman Spencer Stone, who also attended to Moogalian's injuries.

"My husband was able to talk to Spencer on the phone a couple of days ago and he was very emotional," Isabelle Risacher-Moogalian said. "That's the first thing he told him, he said, 'Hey man, thanks for saving my life.'"

She added: "I went to see Spencer and I gave him a big kiss and I said, 'Look, you know, thank you. I will never be able to thank you enough for what you did. You saved his life.' Spencer was like, 'Yeah, you know, no problem!'"


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<![CDATA[Evacuation Lifted at G. Holmes Braddock Sr. HS]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:49:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/g15.jpg

Students returned to classes at G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School in Miami following a brief evacuation Friday morning amid reports of a suspicious package in the building.

The school was following regular protocol for such an incident.

School Board police say the package had cleaning supplies in it, and may have been inadvertently left overnight by cleaning crews.

Aerial footage showed throngs of students lined up outside of the school, located at 3601 SW 147th Avenue in Miami. Hazmat crews and bomb sniffing dogs were called to the scene.

No further information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Dancer Arrested in Pink Pony Strip Club Raid]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:22:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082815+kayla+morejon.jpg

A dancer at the Pink Pony strip club in Doral is now the third person to be arrested following a raid that uncovered teens consuming drugs and alcohol, also resulting in the arrest of the father of one of those teens.

According to an arrest report, 21-year-old Kayla Morejon, a dancer at the Pink Pony strip club, is accused of dancing on-stage with one of the teens. The minor was not clothed during the incident, police said.

Morejon was arrested and charged with delivering a controlled substance to a child and promoting a sexual performance by a child. She was ordered held on $17,500 bond.

The report indicates that Morejon requested an attorney, and that she provided a statement against her attorney's advice admitting to her actions with remorse.

Morejon is the third person arrested in connection with the raid, which uncovered teenagers inside the Pink Pony strip club on Northwest 33rd Street in Doral. Police previously arrested 59-year-old Jose Manuel Arguelles, who police say took his own 16-year-old daughter and another girl to the club, and provided them with alcohol and cocaine. Arguelles was charged with child neglect, promoting sexual performance by a child and delivering a controlled substance to a child.

Police also previously arrested 26-year-old Yadier Pena-Gonzalez. He's been charged with child neglect and delivering a controlled substance to a child. It is not known whether Pena-Gonzalez has hired an attorney. Sources told NBC 6 that Pena-Gonzalez was seen in the video using drugs and partying with the underage girls.

According to initial reports, an investigation was launched after Arguelles's daughter's mother saw cell phone photos and video of the daughter and her friend in the club "drinking alcohol and snorting cocaine."

The daughter told police her father often brought them there. The 17-year-old victim told police she witnessed Arguelles give the daughter alcohol, cocaine and marijuana, the report said.

At his bond court appearance earlier this month, Arguelles' bond was reduced from $145,000 to $45,000. He was also ordered under house arrest and to have no contact with his daughter or her friend.

Attorneys for the city and the Pink Pony agreed on August 20th to shut the club down for 45 days, at which point the case will be reevaluated. The Pink Pony was ordered to pay a $3,500 fine and seven employees were fired.



Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[NBC 6 Tropical Storm Erika Twitter Q&A]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:20:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Adam+Berg.jpg

NBC 6 Meteorologist Adam Berg will once again take over the NBC 6 Twitter account Friday to answer your questions in a LIVE Twitter Q&A from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m.!

Many of you brought your questions and concerns about Tropical Storm Erika during Q&A sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, so we will again turn the account over to Adam to keep the conversation going.

To participate, follow @nbc6 on Twitter  and send your questions before and during the session using the hashtags #Erika and #NBC6! We look forward to hearing from you!

Here are a few of your questions from Wednesday's session:

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<![CDATA[Weather: Warm, Showers Friday]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:24:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082815+erika+delgado+weather.jpg With all eyes on Tropical Storm Erika, showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for South Florida Friday are unrelated. NBC 6 Meteorologist Erika Delgado says temperatures will be on the warm side with highs in the upper 80s/lower 90s.]]>