<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Hurricane Season]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcmiami.com/feature/hurricane-seasonhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.pngNBC 6 South Floridahttps://www.nbcmiami.comen-usSun, 18 Nov 2018 16:29:30 -0500Sun, 18 Nov 2018 16:29:30 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[The 5 Deadliest Hurricanes to Hit the US Since 1900]]>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:38:13 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-3242810.jpgHere is a look at the National Hurricane Center's ranking of the deadliest storms to hit the U.S. since 1900:

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<![CDATA[Hurricane Season Supplies List]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 10:43:04 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/can+foods+crop.jpgHurricane 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 Oscar Forms in Atlantic Ocean; No Threat to US]]>Sun, 28 Oct 2018 16:37:33 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102818+Hurricane+Oscar.png

Hurricane Oscar formed over the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday but poses no threat to the United States, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Oscar is the eight named hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. As of the NHC's 5 p.m. advisory, the storm was located about 725 miles southeast of Bermuda.

The hurricane is moving west at a speed of 16 mph with maximum sustained wind speeds of 75 mph.

"A continued westward motion is expected overnight, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest by early Monday, with a northwestward motion forecast on Monday afternoon," the NHC said in a statement. "By Tuesday, Oscar is forecast to begin moving toward the north or north-northeast with an increase in forward speed. The hurricane is then expected to accelerate quickly toward the northwest through the middle of the week."

Oscar is projected to strengthen for the next 48 hours but then is forecast to weaken gradually. Hurricane Oscar formed after officials increased the death toll due to Hurricane Michael, which devastated part of the Florida Panhandle.

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<![CDATA[First Alert Doppler 6000: South Florida’s Most Powerful]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 14:59:55 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/FAD6K-1.jpg

First Alert Doppler 6000 is here and South Florida weather coverage will never be the same. NBC 6 and Telemundo 51 invested in this one of a kind technology to keep you safer.

First Alert Doppler 6000 is the most advanced weather radar and only one of four in the world. It’s a dual polarization, high frequency, S-band radar… available to consumers for the first time ever.

So what does this mean for you?

First Alert Doppler 6000 is live. While other stations share the National Weather Service radar to gather their forecast data, NBC 6 has the only live radar. That means we give you the information first, up to six minutes faster than anyone else.

Our radar is completely controlled by our experienced team of meteorologists. We can speed up the radar sweep, scan particular sections of the atmosphere and therefore more accurately sense where dangerous storms may strike.

See First Alert Doppler 6000 in action here

Our six-minute advantage can help get the most up to date information available to make life-saving decisions for you and your family. When minutes count, count on First Alert Doppler 6000.

This is the most powerful weather Doppler available and it can more accurately predict what’s in the air. First Alert Doppler 6000 can detect rain, hail, smoke, even debris lifted in the air by tornadoes. This feature allows NBC 6 to forecast the conditions you’ll be facing, right down to your street.

It’s also capable of seeing through the storm. That means the signal doesn’t just see the initial line of storms, but also what’s behind it. This gives our weather team the ability to cut through and see inside the storm, showing you exactly what’s coming and how long the bad weather will last.

With a signal that reaches out to 300 miles from its antenna at NBC 6, we can better forecast where the weather Is going to hit, how bad it will be and how long it’s going to last. This will be especially helpful during tornado season and crucial during hurricane season.

First Alert Doppler 6000 emits two different kinds of signals (dual polarization), sending information back instantly and accurately. This give us the ability get nearly precise rainfall rates, pick out areas of hail and see exactly when a tornado has touched down.

Weather in South Florida can change minute by minute and can sometimes even be deadly. This technology is designed to keep you ahead of the storm and give you the precious time you need to be prepared, weather-ready and storm-safe.

Get accurate 10-day and hourly forecasts here

"This is the most powerful remote sensing weather tool South Florida has ever had," says Chief Meteorologist John Morales. "No public or private entity has ever counted on or provided such a sophisticated and powerful system."

With the largest, most accredited and experienced team of Meteorologists in South Florida, NBC 6 and Telemundo 51 are uniquely positioned to leverage this awesome tool to benefit our audience on all platforms, on air, online and on mobile.

NBC 6 is committed to bringing you the most accurate weather information possible, and Doppler 6000 is just the latest investment we’re making into weather related technology to do just that. First Alert Doppler 6000 is here to serve our community and ensure that the First Alert weather team is your most-trusted source when it comes to severe weather.

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<![CDATA[How To Choose Which NBC 6 Weather Alerts You Want to Receive]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 15:00:42 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082317+nbc+6+app+alerts+settings.jpg

In addition to First Alert Doppler 6000, the NBC 6 news and weather app provides weather alerts and location alerts, but app users who don't want to receive some of those notifications have the ability to turn them off.

To choose which alerts you would like to receive, open the app and click on the homepage menu in the upper left corner.

Next, click on the settings spoke on the upper right. This will bring up the full settings page.

Under "Notifications" click on "Weather Alerts."

From there, you can choose whether you want to receive First Alert Weather Notifications - those are the ones sent from our NBC 6 team of meteorologists - and/or National Weather Service Weather Alerts, Lightning Alerts and Precipitation Alerts.

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<![CDATA['Best Convoy': Publix Trucks Seen Heading to Help Panhandle]]>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:03:23 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/101818_publix_trucks.jpg

A line of Publix trucks bringing supplies to the Hurricane Michael-ravaged Florida Panhandle was a welcome sight for some passersby.

Video posted to Facebook by Ralph Alspach on Sunday showed a large convoy of Publix trucks being led by police cruiser heading down U.S. 231 toward the area hit hardest by Michael, which came ashore with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph last week.

"Best convoy known to mankind is coming over the hill," Alspach says in the video. "Publix is here."

Publix is just one of many companies and organizations pitching in to help the survivors of the hurricane, which has claimed at least 20 lives in Florida alone.

"We were on the way to Panama City to help some friends clear trees and we saw some depressing damage, but this convoy lifted our spirits! #Publix #HurricaneMichael," Alspach wrote in his post.

Photo Credit: Ralph Alspach]]>
<![CDATA[What to Do During a Hurricane if You're Stuck in Your Car]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:45:49 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052417+steve+maclaughlin+hurricane+season.jpg

NBC Miami meteorologist Steve MacLaughlin breaks down what you should do if you find yourself stuck in your car during a hurricane.

<![CDATA[Hurricane Planning and Pets: What You Should Do to Get Ready]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:31:52 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/Hurricanes+and+Pets.JPG

Here we go, South Florida. It’s been a long time 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 Irma 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 batten 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. 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. 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 should pre-register now.

When you’re stocking up on food, water, and extra medications, don’t forget about your pet! 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[Full List of Hurricane Shelters in South Florida]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 11:33:19 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hurricane+shelter.jpg

Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Broward and Monroe Counties advise people in living in evacuation zones to find a safe shelter during a storm or hurricane. For those who can’t access a safe place, the American Red Cross will provide shelters of last resort in Miami-Dade and Broward County. Monroe County shelters will only open in case of storms of category 1 or 2. Keep in mind that not all shelters will be open.

Get informed through the local media and contact your county emergency offices for more information about the shelters that will be opened.

Miami-Dade County: http://www.miamidade.gov/fire/emergency-management.asp

Broward County: http://www.broward.org/Hurricane/Pages/EvacuationShelterInformation.aspx

Monroe County: http://www.monroecountyem.com/Facilities

Palm Beach County: http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/dem/Pages/default.aspx

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<![CDATA[South Florida Evacuation Zones in the Event of a Hurricane]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 16:49:50 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052317+miami-dade+broward+evacuation+zone+maps.jpg

Evacuation Zone: Miami-Dade County

Residents are encouraged to stay with family or friends who live in a non-evacuation zone. Hurricane evacuation centers are open to residents, but should only be considered as a last resort.

Evacuation orders will be given by areas or partial areas. The zones are organized from A to E.

The areas within the county that must be evacuated will be announced on the miamidade.gov. You can also use the same website to find out if the area where you live is at risk of tidal waves.

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Evacuation Zone: Broward County

All persons residing in low areas near water masses should seek refuge elsewhere if conditions require.

All residents of mobile homes must evacuate if plans A or B come into force. In addition, an evacuation order may be issued for residents of mobile homes in the event of a tropical storm if conditions require.

For more information about shelters that are opened for a particular emergency, visit the Broward County Emergency Management Agency website, http://www.broward.org/emergency/ or call 954-831-3900 or 311.

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Evacuation Zone: Palm Beach

Category 1 or 2 Hurricanes (Red Zone)

  • All barrier islands.
  • All mobile homes.
  • All properties one block away from the water.
  • All areas prone to flooding.
  • All areas on Jupiter between: Pennock Road to the east – North of Toney Penna Road east of Military Trail – North of Indian Creek Parkway.
  • All areas in Boynton Beach east of US1 / Federal Highway.

Category 3, 4, or 5 Hurricanes (Yellow Zone)

  • All areas of US / Federal Highway within the city limits of Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Gulf Stream, Hypoluxo, Lake Park, Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach north of 36th Avenue.
  • All areas east of Dixie Highway within the city limits of West Palm Beach (between 36th street and Okeechobee Blvd) and Lake Worth.
  • All areas east of the railroad tracks within the city limits of Boynton Beach and Lantana.

For more information about evacuation zones and shelters visit: http://discover.pbcgov.org or call 561-712-6470.

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Evacuation Zone: Monroe County

This evacuation plan is intended to avoid unnecessary evacuation in zones that could be affected.

Locate the area where you live so you will know when to head out if your area is being evacuated.

The zones of evacuation are as following:

Zone 1: Mile Marker 0 to Mile Marker 6

Zone 2: Mile Marker 6 to Mile Marker 40

 Zone 3: Mile Marker 40 to Mile Marker 63

Zone 4: Mile Marker 63 to three-way stop at CR 905-A 

Zone 5 : Three-way stop at CR 905 to Mainland Monroe County including Ocean Reef

For more information about evacuation zones and shelters visit: http://monroecountyem.com  or call 1-800-955-5504. 

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<![CDATA[Hurricane Michael: Before and After Photos That Show Destruction]]>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:02:33 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/michael-destruction-th.jpg

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<![CDATA[Sheriff's Office Issues 'Trespass Warning' for Jim Cantore]]>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 16:45:42 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100918+santa+rosa+county+sheriffs+office+jim+cantore+trespass+warning.jpg

A Florida sheriff's office has a friendly warning for the Weather Channel's Jim Cantore ahead of Hurricane Michael: stay away.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office issued a fake "trespass warning" for the meteorologist, who has a knack for popping up in areas affected by severe weather.

"Everyone know[s] what's in store when Jim Cantore shows up. So we issued a little notice. lol," the sheriff's office posted on Facebook Monday. The warning included photos of Cantore along with a brief physical description and section with "special conditions" reading "non-business related visits only - winter months preferred."

"This is not a real trespass. We like Jim, just not under these conditions," the warning concluded.

The sheriff's office is among many in the Florida Panhandle that's bracing for Michael, which remained a dangerous Category 2 hurricane Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph. The powerful storm was expected to make landfall in the Panhandle or Big Bend on Wednesday.

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Photo Credit: Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[SoFlo Crews Heading to Assist With Areas in Michael's Path]]>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 10:43:27 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/100918+south+florida+task+force+hurricane+michael.PNG

South Florida first responders are preparing for Hurricane Michael – not here in our area, but by deploying the panhandle ahead of the potential impact the storm may bring.

“Our main objective will be search and rescue to assist in any individuals that stayed in the area that may need assistance, whether they’re trapped in their homes or stuck my flood water,” said assistant Miami Fire Chief Scott Dean.

Florida Task Force 2 is one of 20 federal teams that respond anywhere in the country. Fire crews on this team come from Miami, Broward and West Palm. The assets include everything they could possibly need to be self-sufficient.

“From heavy rescue equipment to swift water boats that we put in the water, to hazmat and communications equipment,” Dean added.

Task Force 2 isn’t the only South Florida crew heading north - so is the Miami-Dade fire rescue’s urban search and rescue team. The group is sending 45 members after returned from the Carolinas just two days ago to help during Hurricane Florence.

<![CDATA[TS Kirk Regenerates, Not Expected to Threaten South Florida]]>Wed, 26 Sep 2018 22:05:44 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/203*120/092618+ts+kirk+track+5am.PNG

Days after seemingly falling apart in the waters east of the Caribbean, Kirk has regenerated into a Tropical Storm and has several nations bracing for impact.

Kirk had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph Wednesday as it moved west at 16 mph about 270 miles east of Barbados, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Kirk will pass over the Lesser Antilles on Thursday and then well south of Puerto Rico on Friday and Hispaniola on Saturday. By then it’ll again be in a moribund condition due to upper-level wind shear produced by a trough. This trough, while hurting the storm, could enhance rainfall, especially in Puerto Rico, where 2 to 4 inches are expected, with isolated amounts up to 6 inches in the east, southeast and south.

A tropical storm warning was issued for Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe while a tropical storm watch was in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Rainfall for the Lesser Antilles could reach between four and six inches with isolated amounts as high as 10 inches, according to the NHC.

At this point, the track of Kirk keeps the system south of both Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, but does not appear to be a risk to Florida or the United States.

Little change in strength was forecast until Kirk crosses the Lesser Antilles, and weakening was expected over the eastern Caribbean Sea.

<![CDATA[Remnants of Tropical Depression Kirk Dissipate Over Atlantic]]>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:14:23 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092418+Kirk+Dissipates.png

Tropical Depression Kirk no longer has closed circulation as its remnants continue moving westward, according to the National Hurricane Center said.

As of the NHC's 11 a.m. update, Kirk's remnants were located about 1,470 miles east of the Windward Islands. The remnants are moving west at a speed of 23 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

The NHC said it would no longer publish details on Kirk's remnants unless system regeneration occurs. Little change in strength is expected through Wednesday.

Photo Credit: National Hurricane Center]]>
<![CDATA[Isaac Becoming Less Organized Over Eastern Caribbean]]>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 23:03:02 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/091318+ts+isaac+5am+advisory.PNG

As Hurricane Florence continued to threaten the United States coastline, the Caribbean was expected to escape serious danger as Tropical Storm Isaac weakened during its move across the eastern Carribean sea.

A tropical storm warning and watch for parts of the Carribean were canceled as of the National Hurricane Center's latest advisory on 11 p.m. Thursday.

The advisory placed the storm about 195 miles south of St. Croix and 440 miles southeast of Santo Domingo Dominican Republic, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Isaac's center is expected to move over the eastern and central Carribean Sea during the next few days.

Gradual weakening is expected as Isaac moves through the eastern Caribbean.

Isaac is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of two to four inches, with isolated amounts up to six inches across the northern Windward Islands into the Leeward Islands, according to the NHC.

Less than two inches of rainfall with isolated amounts to three inches are possible across the remainder of Puerto Rico and the southern United States Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic and Haiti. This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash flooding.

Swells are still affected portions of the Lesser Antilles.

No impacts from Isaac are expected in South Florida.

<![CDATA[Rescue Crews Depart South Fla. Ahead of Florence's Landfall]]>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:38:02 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/091118+south+florida+crew+deployed+hurricane+florence.jpg

Ahead of what could be a catastrophic event in the southeastern part of the United States, first responders from across South Florida are heading to the Carolinas to help both before and after landfall from Hurricane Florence.

Crews from the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue Team left overnight Monday – a group consisting of over 80 trained first responders from across Miami-Dade and Broward counties and headed up by the city of Miami.

A second group from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue were scheduled to leave around 7 a.m. Tuesday ahead of any possible search and recovery missions – as well as medical support and damage assessment – that are needed following landfall from the Category 4 storm expected to hit the coast by the end of the week.

Both crews have been called to similar scenes across the country due to their ability to form and activate within hours – including being a part of recovery efforts during both Hurricane Harvey last year in Texas and Irma across the state of Florida.

Crews from Florida Power and Light are also heading to the area, along with other crews from companies across the state, to help with restoring power after the storm.

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<![CDATA[Hurricane Irma Anniversary: Destruction, Recovery Flashback]]>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 11:28:43 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/091018+Irma+10.pngOn Sept. 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 storm. Take a look back at the storm system's unforgettable effects.]]><![CDATA[Driving Through Flood Waters: Surviving the Danger]]>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:39:32 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_DRIVINGFLOOD_021717-148737801071600001.jpg

Flash floods are the No. 1 cause of weather-related deaths in the United States. Learn what you should do if you are caught in the middle of a flash flood.