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<![CDATA[South Florida Evacuation Zones in the Event of a Hurricane]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 17:49:50 -0400https://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.

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.

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.

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[Restoring Coral Reefs After 2017 Hurricane Season]]>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 23:08:30 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/060218+coral+reef.jpg

The damage after Hurricane Irma last year was easy to see, with flooded homes, broken windows, torn up roofs, uprooted trees and broken branches scattered throughout South Florida.

But not all of the destruction is out in the open; off our shores, it’s an invisible crisis.

“If people saw what it looked like in the houses right in its path, that’s the way it looked underwater, as well.”

Florida’s coral reefs are a state treasure. They are responsible for billions of dollars of commerce each year and thousands of jobs. They are also the rainforests of the sea, as they are home to a quarter of all marine life. And they took a direct hit last hurricane season.

“Before the hurricane came through, we built up a nursery over about seven years. It filled almost an acre of seafloor. And then unfortunately, after the hurricane, we had about less than five percent of that left,” said Erich Bartels, a scientist for the Mote Marine Laboratory on Summerland Key. He’s been helping grow branching coral for almost two decades.

“In a category four hurricane, we actually had these entire structures with 1,000 pound monofilament anchor driven three feet down in the sand rip out entirely and float up as far as Cape Canaveral,” said Bartels.

“The reefs here have seen massive mortality over the last 40 years. We’re looking at the loss of around 95 to 97 percent of the once dominant coral species,” said Alice Grainger. “It’s an invisible crisis to so many people.”

Grainger helps lead the Coral Restoration Foundation in Key Largo. It’s an organization leading one of the world’s largest coral relief efforts.

“The project has been going on for about ten years now and in those ten years, we’ve now planted 70,000 endangered corals back onto these reefs,” said Grainger.

The CRF has patented an innovative way to regrow branching coral at an advanced pace. Pieces of healthy coral are fragmented and grown as a new colony; a nursery of floating PVC trees.

“The water driving past the coral allows them to feed. They have their polyps out and they really like it. A furry coral is a happy coral. They get all the sunlight they need and they grow much faster than if they were planted down 30 feet,” said Dan Burdeno.

Burdeno is one of the proud curators of their coral nursery.

“Our Tavernier nursery is about an acre and a half. We have over 400 trees at this point. We are restoring these reefs and they are staying restored. In fact, they are improving year to year,” said Burdeno. “We want to work ourselves out of a job.”

The trees are also used at the Mote Nursey.

“The fact that they aren’t trying to anchor themselves to something allows them to grow four times faster, so we can mass produce these on a scale four times quicker,” said Dr. David Vaughan, the senior scientist at Mote. He’s growing a different type of coral.

Vaughan says Irma only set their research back by a few weeks.

“Within about six weeks, we already had some of our first tanks back up and running. We had 20,000 corals before Irma. We’re now back up to twice that amount,” said Vaughan.

Vaughan and his team take the corals and cut them into tiny pieces and then regrow them.

“Most people don’t realize they should be thanking the coral reef and our oceans every day. We couldn’t even live along the coast in South Florida if we didn’t have a barrier reef that is blocking the waves from storms and hurricanes,” said Vaughan. “If we like breathing, if we like fisheries, if we like to live near the coast, we should be paying attention because as the coral reefs go, so does mankind.”

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<![CDATA[Hurricane Season Supplies List]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 11:43:04 -0400https://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[Full List of Hurricane Shelters in South Florida]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 12:33:19 -0400https://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[What to Do During a Hurricane if You're Stuck in Your Car]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:45:49 -0400https://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.

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<![CDATA[First Alert Doppler 6000: South Florida’s Most Powerful]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 15:59:55 -0400https://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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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 16:00:42 -0400https://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[Hurricane Planning and Pets: What You Should Do to Get Ready]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:31:52 -0400https://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.

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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.

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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[How Big Pine Key's Deer Refuge Was Impacted During Irma]]>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 22:30:51 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/176*120/060218+deer.jpg

While residents of the Keys worked hard to rebuild their homes and businesses, and scientists work to regrow the reefs, one vulnerable area is bouncing back on its own after a direct hit.

Big Pine Key’s National deer refuge became ground zero for Hurricane Irma’s fierce wind and driving rain.

“We had gusts on Big Pine Key, 140 to 160 mile an hour winds. Either trees were broken in half, limbs were snapped off, leaves were turned brown just from like salt burn,” said one local expert

During the storm, the deer went into survival mode and used their instincts and common sense to stay alive.

“These islands and the creatures that live on them are adapted to change and they’re adapted to periodic storms. They’re good swimmers, they’re street savvy, they hunker down in the lee of things; either in the forest or behind houses and things like that.”

But many deer were unable to survive. The population had already dropped because of the screw worm outbreak in 2016. That’s why the refuge was excited at how quickly things began to improve.

“We were all cautiously optimistic. Folks started reporting back about observations of wildlife almost immediately after the people started to return, so we started getting reports, yes there’s key deer that made it.”

The key deer are the stars of the refuge, but in reality, they are only one small part of a much bigger picture.

“The key deer are these amazingly beautiful creatures. To protect the key deer, you protect the habitat for all these other important species. We’re talking birds, butterflies, alligators, and fish. You have the pollinators, the bees and the butterflies. So everything is part of a big, interwoven ecosystem that they’re all kind of dependent on each other.”

Big Pine was one of the worst hit spots in all of the Keys. Many people lost their homes or businesses and parts of the island will never be the same. But the recovery of the key deer refuge is truly encouraging.

“There are parts of the island and parts of the island and parts of the refuge that still look a whole lot closer to the hurricane impact time, but up here on northern Big Pine Key, things are really starting to return to normal fairly quickly. Nature’s amazingly resilient."

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<![CDATA[Rebuilding the Florida Keys After Irma]]>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 21:52:14 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/218*120/060218+bud+n+marys.jpg

Miami-Dade and Broward counties were spared the worst of Hurricane Irma in 2017. Instead, the superstorm made initial landfall on Cudjoe Key. The islands just east of the eye took a direct hit and in some cases experienced devastation not seen in a generation.

“I looked at my son and said I think we should move to the Bahamas because this property looked beyond repair. It was that bad,” said Richard Stanzyck, the owner of Bud n Mary’s, a local marina.

Robbies and Bud n Mary’s are two well-known marinas in Islamorada. They were both caught in the eastern fury of Irma, as storm surge swallowed up everything in its path.

“We had plenty of time to get ready but to be honest with you, everything we did was basically wasted,” said Stanzyck. “There was no way to protect against this storm. I’ve been here 41 years. There’s a lot of difference between a wind event and a water event. This thing was 400 miles wide – it was a water event.”

Cailin Reckwerdt is the general manager of Robbies. Like Bud n Mary’s, Robbies is nearly fully functional.

“We’re very fortunate for what we have left because a lot of people have nothing and we could rebuild,” said Reckwerdt.

Key West was west of Irma’s eye, and while it took a big hit, cleanup efforts began immediately. The island reopened to visitors October 1st and the historic district looked nearly untouched and mostly operation.

“We had a wedding group who actually came. They didn’t want to cancel that wedding,” said Marlon Garnett, who operates the historic Key West Inns.

On Big Pine Key, which is closer to the eye, the damage was stunning. Parts of the island are still uninhabitable. Lots where homes once stood are either barren or covered in vegetation. Many residents are struggling to recover.

Additionally, many businesses are still not open and many others are gone forever. But 86% of visitor rooms in the Keys are back online and it’s at 95% in Key West. Months of rebuilding have brought back normalcy and an appreciation for being able to recover.

“The marina is better than it ever was. A lot of times in my life, things I perceive as a disaster often turn out to be blessings. We were fortunate,” said Stanzyck.

“The Keys are resilient and we are too,” said Reckwerdt. 

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<![CDATA[How the National Hurricane Center Keeps You Safe]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 22:43:12 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/175*120/GettyImages-5952183741.jpg

An active hurricane season means plenty of work for the National Hurricane Center, which is based in Miami. That’s where you’ll find a team of experienced forecasters, who are adopting the lessons learned from Hurricane Irma and are looking for ways to get even better.

For 25 years, South Florida had dodged a direct hit from a major hurricane until Irma made landfall as a category four storm last year. But thanks to the work of experts with more tools than ever, forecasting is the best that it has ever been.

“The models did pretty well for Irma, especially showing that it would be a threat for South Florida. The issue was the details, was it an east coast or west coast threat,” said Daniel Brown, a warning coordination meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center.

With the help of more powerful satellites, a constant stream of data and the heroics of hurricane hunters who fly into storms, Brown is helping take as much uncertainty out of storm tracking as possible.

“The models we have used to create our forecasts have gotten better and better over the last couple of decades, so much so that at the hurricane center, our track forecasts have improved by more than 50 percent,” said Brown. “Over time, we’ve done the verification and the NHC forecasts typically beat all of the individual models over the course of the season.”

Storm surge has been a particular target. Nine of ten deaths during a storm are from water and not wind. Despite massive swells in the Keys during Irma, there is no confirmed loss of life due to surge.

“The weather service has been really trying to better communicate that storm surge threat,” said Brown. “Last year, we felt like that really did help make a difference.”

So can forecasting get better this season?

“One of the big issues we have is trying to forecast rapid strengthening. We still have a long way to go to be able to forecast when a storm goes from a category one to a category five within a day or so,” said Brown.

In the meantime, hurricane season means long hours for Brown and his team, but its work with a clear purpose.

“We’re making a forecast because we want folks to be prepared,” said Brown. “We want folks to get out of harm’s way. Be ready! Be ready this hurricane season. 



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<![CDATA[Is There a Link to Superstorms and Global Warming?]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 22:27:18 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/222*120/060118+hurricane.png

The Atlantic hurricane season was devastating for the United States in 2017. Damage from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria cost the United States $267 billion.

But scientists are now working to find out: Is there a link between those superstorms and our warming oceans? Could this be the new normal?

“I’m concerned when hurricanes are used as the poster child for global warming,” said Dr. Chris Landsea, who is the science and operations officer at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

“It’s very difficult to say how hurricanes are now versus 100 years ago. We’re still challenged today in knowing how strong a hurricane is, even in 2018,” said Landsea.

Landsea understands the climate is changing and the oceans are warming, but doesn’t see a direct link to the frequency or intensity of storms.

“There’s periods where it’s busy and quiet and busy and quiet, but no trend,” said Landsea, “There’s no statistical change over a 130-year period. Since 1970, the number of hurricanes globally is flat. I haven’t seen anything that suggests that the hurricane intensity is going to change dramatically. It looks like a pretty tiny change to how strong hurricanes will be. It’s not zero, but it’s in the noise level. It’s very small.”

But many, including the United Nation’s Intergovernmental panel on climate change don’t agree.

At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, some of the most advanced research on the effects of global warming on extreme weather is being done at their department of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences.

“You’ll find that in any scientific discipline, there’s controversy. It’s actually what drives the profession forward,” said Dr. Kerry Emanual, an MIT professor, and is one of the world’s leading scientists studying hurricanes. He argues the influence of climate change is much more pronounced.

“Frequency, we see nothing at all. And the best most honest answer is – we don’t know,” said Emanual. “The intensity is a little bit different. Models are more unanimous about that. 30 years ago, a 210 mph hurricane would not have even been possible. Today it’s possible. It might be rare, but you have one where you didn’t have one before. The category fours and fives seem to be increasing.”

It’s a troubling trend, but one that seems to be bolstered by recent research. Rapid intensification usually found in major hurricanes has likely increased in the Atlantic Ocean since 1970 and may be more common due to global warming.

One study shows a 70 mph increase in 24 hours happens only once a century. But by 2100, that same intensification could happen once every five to ten years.

“This cap on wind speed is projected to keep going up so it will become possible to have more intense storms,” said Emanuel. “Some people have talked about coming up with category 6. We may need to do that.”

Storms over the past five years have been continually breaking records around the glove, like Hyann in the Philippines and Patricia in Mexico.

Hurricane Irma, which battered South Florida, set a global record for the longest sustained category five winds.

“We’re all pretty confident that we’re going to see higher incidents of the rare high category events and we’re already arguably beginning to see that,” said Emanuel.

But Dr. Landsea doesn’t share that confidence.

“It shows stronger hurricanes but how much of that is real and how much of that is technology? That’s a difficult question to answer,” said Landsea.

Other recent studies show a trend for hurricanes to move slower, which along with the ability for warmer air to hold more moisture, it can lead to considerably more rain and flooding, similar to Harvey in Houston.

And when it comes to seawater, we can expect to see a higher risk from storm surges.

“We have high confidence in an increased risk from  storm surges if only because sea level is going up, that’s for sure,” said Emanuel.

And with many wanting to live or enjoy amenities on the coast, that increases the chances for heavy damage.

“There’s a lot more stuff that can be destroyed if a hurricane comes ashore and the potential for a lot of people to get hurt or killed if they don’t evacuate in time,” said Landsea.

Scientists also fear what they call the “Gray Swan,” a now theoretically possible storm that is stronger than anything ever recorded – one that could decimate a coastal area.

“Tampa is something we’re worried about because it has a large population. It’s very low-lying and they haven’t had a really big storm since the 1920s. We’re all worried about Tampa.”

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<![CDATA[Staying Together During Tragedy]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 21:55:51 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Staying_Together_During_Tragedy.jpg

First Alert Meteorologist Ryan Phillips shows you how residents of the Keys stay together, even in the hardest of times.

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<![CDATA[Hurricane Season 2018: Everything You Need to Know]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 10:35:56 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-71747271.jpgHere is everything you need to know about emergency preparedness for hurricane season.

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<![CDATA[Get Ready For Hurricane Season With 2018 Sales Tax Holiday]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 11:12:59 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/blue+flahslight.jpg]]><![CDATA[Emergency Responders Prepare For Upcoming Hurricane Season]]>Wed, 02 May 2018 12:14:35 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090517+miami-dade+eoc.jpg

With less than 30 days to go before hurricane season begins, emergency responders are wasting no time getting ready for what could be an active year.

"It's really important for us to get everybody ready with their plans," said Isa Mendez of FEMA. "Our resources are more valuable and our communication is stronger if we work together.”

Last year, an active season that included Irma’s destruction in Florida and Maria’s devastation across the Caribbean and Puerto Rico has taught officials to expect the unexpected. This year, crews want people to put last year's lessons into practice.

"The more prepared we are, the more we plan things ahead of time, it's going to be a lot better for us to face any eventual emergency that may happen," Mendez said. "For every dollar that we spend preparing, it’s $6 that we save in resolving afterwards."

Examples of things officials want taken care of include flood insurance, which can take thirty days to go into effect. Floridians are also advised to download FEMA's app to help make a plan for families while receiving alerts from the National Weather Service.



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<![CDATA[Above Average 2018 Hurricane Season Predicted]]>Thu, 05 Apr 2018 12:59:01 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hurricane-irma-approach-florida.gif

Researchers are predicting an above average 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, with 14 named storms and seven hurricanes.

Of those seven hurricanes, three are expected to be major, according to predictions released Thursday by forecasters at Colorado State University.

The forecasters are predicting a less active season than last year's extremely active and destructive season, which saw six major hurricanes including Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The Atlantic Basin annual average is 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

Hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November.



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<![CDATA[FPL Drops Plan to Increase Rates to Pay For Irma Costs]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:53:50 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/fpl+scam.jpg

After previously announcing an increase in rates to help pay for costs associated with Hurricane Irma, Florida Power and Light is now saying that won’t take place.

FPL announced on Tuesday that the plan is being scrapped because the recent tax bill signed by President Trump will offset the estimated $1.3 billion in overtime pay, repair costs and other expenditures.

The original plan from the company had an additional surcharge added to monthly bills beginning in March – after a yearlong surcharge to pay for the costs associated with Hurricane Matthew in 2016 ends in February.

Hundreds of thousands were without power for days and even weeks following the storm’s landfall on September 10th, first in the Florida Keys and later in Southwest Florida.

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<![CDATA[Florida Keys Group Burns Hurricane Flags to Mark Season End]]>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:02:33 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/168*120/113017+Keys+Flag+Burning.jpg

Florida Keys residents staged the ceremonial burning of hurricane warning flags Thursday evening to mark the official Nov. 30 end of the turbulent 2017 Atlantic Basin hurricane season.

Following a blast blown on conch shells, speakers paid tribute to those impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria that pummeled parts of the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Irma's Sept.10 arrival in the Keys caused varying impacts along the 125-mile-long island chain. Most residents and businesses in Key Largo and Key West saw little or no damage and recovered quickly, while other areas -- particularly around Big Pine Key -- were significantly impacted and are still recovering. Event attendees were encouraged to support Keys Strong, an organization providing post-storm aid.

"This hurricane season is going down in the history books right now as the most expensive hurricane season in the history of hurricane seasons," said Martin Senterfitt, the Keys' emergency management director. "Yet we still have time to smile … and find a reason to come together, raise a toast and burn hurricane flags."

Members of the Keys' ceremonial Conch Republic administration then doused hurricane flags with Key West First Legal Rum and set them on fire. As nearly 400 spectators cheered, the flags burned rapidly.

Senterfitt praised residents' resilience in the aftermath of the storm.

"That’s the thing that makes the Florida Keys so wonderful, is the backbone and spirit of the people," said Senterfitt. "And that's what we need to be celebrating tonight."

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<![CDATA[NASA Simulation Shows 2017 Hurricane Timeline]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:51:49 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/aerosolsim.gif

A simulation produced by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows the 2017 hurricane season through tracking tiny particles picked up by ocean winds. The National Weather Service says 2017 was the most active storm season since 2005 with a total of 17 named storms, 10 of which became hurricanes. November 30 marks the end of the 2017 hurricane season.  (Video courtesy NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

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<![CDATA[2017 Hurricane Season Ends Thursday as Costliest to Date]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:42:01 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/irmahurricanemertenfeuerherd.jpg

Thursday marks the official end of the 2017 hurricane season after leaving a path of death and destruction in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

The Atlantic Ocean had a total of 17 named storms, the ninth-most on record since 1851, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Ten of those storms became hurricanes, with six classified as major hurricanes.

Fueled by warmer than normal ocean temperatures and ideal wind conditions, September  had more days with major hurricanes spinning and more overall hurricane energy expelled than any month on record, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

Harvey, the first major hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in a dozen years, set a new U.S. record for rainfall. Irma followed, hammering Florida and Puerto Rico with fierce winds that made it the strongest hurricane ever recorded outside the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico. Then Maria pounded Puerto Rico, further crippling it.

But more intense storms are what scientists expect to see as the planet's climate changes because warmer ocean water is fuel for hurricanes. And they say it is important to better understand this current intense period to save lives and prevent worse future destruction.

Georgia Tech climate scientist Kim Cobb said it would be "foolish" for policymakers to ignore the data. "We may not have as much data as we would like, but we have enough to aggressively invest in a variety of defenses for coastal communities," she said in an email. "We face a triple threat of rising seas, stronger winds, and literally off-the-charts rainfall totals."

The Atlantic hurricane season was more intense than normal in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2016. The 2005 season, which included Katrina, Rita and Wilma, was so active forecasters ran out of names for storms.

This year's hurricane season also broke another record: it was the costliest.

The combined tab from hurricanes Harvey and Irma is expected to hit $200 billion, according to a preliminary estimate from Moody's Analytics. Hurricane Maria is likely to cause between $45 billion and $95 billion worth of damage in Puerto Rico, Moody's reported. The previous record of $211.2 billion was set in 2005.



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<![CDATA[Tropical Storm Ophelia Forms Over Open Atlantic]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:08:36 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100917+tropical+storm+ophelia.jpg

A depression in the open Atlantic strengthened to Tropical Storm Ophelia Monday, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday.

Ophelia was about 860 miles west-southwest of the Azores with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, according to the latest NHC advisory. There was no threat to land.

Ophelia is the fifteenth named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.



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<![CDATA[South Florida in For Wet Weekend Thanks to Tropical System]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:36:39 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092917+miami+tropical+disturbance+forecast.jpg

A tropical system in the Caribbean is expected to bring heavy rain to South Florida over the weekend and could potentially become a tropical depression or storm.

The large area of cloudiness and showers has a 40 percent chance of forming in the next two days and a 50 percent chance of forming over the next five days, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Thursday.

The system was extending from the Cayman Islands over Cuba and to the Florida Straits and it was expected to continue heading northward and near the East Coast. Parts of South Florida, the Florida Keys and the northwestern Bahamas could see heavy rainfall through the weekend.

Though environmental conditions appear conducive for development, upper-level winds become less favorable next week, the NHC said. Forecasters say if the system develops into a named storm, it would be after it moves past Florida.

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<![CDATA['Very Anxious': Locals Await Word From Family in Puerto Rico]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:00:36 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-850163992.jpg

South Floridians awaited word from family members in Puerto Rico Wednesday after the U.S. territory was slammed by Hurricane Maria, which knocked out power across the entire island and unleashed heavy flooding.

"I'm very anxious, I want to talk to her," said Joshua Fontanez, who was thinking of his mother in Puerto Rico. The last time he spoke with her was 11 p.m. Tuesday. "I don't talk with my family, my grandfather too. I don't have communication and I'm very sad for that."

The island was assaulted by one of the strongest storms they've ever seen, Hurricane Maria. The storm made landfall in the southeast area of the island and then moved northwest towards the capital, San Juan.

Rafael Acosta, the owner of the Puerto Rican restaurant Isla del Encanto in Miami, also has family on the island and is thinking about them right now. The lunch crowd Wednesday was quiet and worried, just waiting to see what will be Maria's aftermath.

"Physically were here but mentally we're there," Acosta said. "There's no communication, there's nothing, there's only what you watch on YouTube or live stream and what messages get out so we have no knowledge of what's going on."

On Friday, the restaurant is holding a fundraiser and collecting supplies to send to Puerto Rico to help in the relief effort.

Another hub for the relief effort in Puerto Rico is the Ana G. Mendez University campus in Miami Lakes. The private university is based in Puerto Rico.

"Our doors are open to receive donations for our brothers in Puerto Rico," campus director Ramon Garcia said Wednesday.

Come Saturday morning, the student lounge on campus will be organized, filled with supplies. About 100 volunteers are already on board.



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<![CDATA[Travel Alerts as Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico, Caribbean]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:53:11 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Plane-arriving-generic.jpg

Hurricane Maria was impacting flights and airport activity in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and rest of the Caribbean Wednesday as it tore through the area as a Category 4 storm.

Airlines added flights and capped fares Tuesday as residents rushed to get out of Puerto Rico ahead of the deadly storm, which made landfall early Wednesday.

American Airlines reported that 55 flights were canceled Wednesday as a result of Maria. The airline issued a travel alert that allows customers with flights to certain airports to re-book without change fees.

AA also capped one-way nonstop fares at $99 for main cabin and $199 for premium cabins (connecting fares may be higher) through Sept. 24 from the following markets: Antigua, Antigua (ANU), Cap Haitien, Haiti (CAP), Port Au Prince, Haiti (PAP), Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (PLS), Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (POP), Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ), San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), Santiago, Dominican Republic (STI), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ), St. Croix Island, U.S. Virgin Islands (STX), St. Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKB), St. Thomas Island, U.S. Virgin Islands (STT)

Delta added two extra flights to and from San Juan to Atlanta Tuesday to help customers leave ahead of the hurricane. The airline has also capped main cabin, one-way nonstop fares at $199 for flights departing the following airports through Sept. 21: San Juan, PR; Punta Cana, DO; Santiago, DO; and Santo Domingo, DO.

A travel waiver has also been issued for Delta passengers flying out of San Juan from Sept. 19-26. The waiver, which allows customers to change plans without incurring a fee, also covers customers from St. Maarten, Saint Thomas, and Turks and Caicos with tickets issued from Sept. 5 to Dec. 31.

Southwest Airlines said scheduled service on Monday, September 18, through Tuesday, September 26, may be disrupted in San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), and Punta Cana (PUJ) due to Maria.

Southwest said customers who are holding reservations on Monday, September 18, through Tuesday, September 26, and want to alter their travel plans may re-book in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.

United Airlines also issued a travel waiver to allow customers to change their flights without paying a fee. The waiver was granted for September 18, to September 30, and includes the following airports: Aguadilla, PR, US (BQN), Providenciales, TC (PLS), Puerto Plata, DO (POP), Punta Cana, DO (PUJ),San Juan, PR, US (SJU), Santiago, DO (STI), Santo Domingo, DO (SDQ).

The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing between September 17, 2017 and October 7, 2017, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed, United said. For wholly rescheduled travel departing after October 7, 2017, or for a change in departure or destination city, the change fee will be waived, but a difference in fare may apply. Rescheduled travel must be completed within one year from the date when the ticket was issued.

Copa Airlines, which serves much of Latin America, said the majority of operations to and from San Juan, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on Wednesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 21 have been cancelled due to Maria. Copa is making the necessary arrangements to ensure passengers whose itineraries are affected by this natural disaster arrive at their final destinations as soon as possible.

Copa passengers whose tickets were issued through September 18, 2017, and were scheduled to travel between September 19 and 26, can make changes to their itineraries to travel through October 16, 2017 without incurring penalties or additional costs. Passengers will have until September 25 to make changes to their flight itineraries and the changes will be subject to the ability of flights. In the case of flights canceled due to the hurricane, passengers may also request, if they wish, a full reimbursement of the cost of their ticket.



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<![CDATA[Tweeting Without Internet? It is Possible]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 20:21:12 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17116715712935.jpg

Power and internet outages are expected across Florida when Hurricane Irma slashes through the state this weekend. But if you want to use social media, there are still ways you can do so without WiFi.


Here’s how you can continue to tweet and Facebook to reach friends, family and loved ones— without the world wide web.

FACEBOOK

  1. First, register your phone number to set up Facebook texts. To do this, go to your Facebook settings and click “mobile,” then click “add a phone” if you haven’t already added a phone number to your account. If there is a phone number linked to your account, click on “activate text messaging.” For full instructions click here.
  2. After you’ve set up Facebook texts, send a text (SMS) to 32665 (FBOOK) to update your status and receive notifications. Standard messaging rates apply.

TWITTER

  1. There’s a similar process for Twitter. Register your number to your Twitter account, and then you can tweet by texting a short or long code. (Click here to find out how to add your number to your Twitter.)
  2. Sending a text message to any of these short or long code numbers will post your message as a Tweet to your profile (and it will be sent to all of your followers).

If you're looking to send an email, many smart phones have an email address and every provider offers something called an email “gateway." The gateway allows you to send and receive e-mails via text.

Comcast, the parent company of NBCUniversal and WTVJ/NBC 6, announced that they will open its Xfinity WiFi hotspots to anyone across the state – both those who have Xfinity internet service and those who don’t – free of charge.



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<![CDATA[NBC 6 Speaks With NHC Chief Specialist on Irma]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:47:26 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NBC_6_Speaks_With_NHC_Chief_Specialist_on_Irma.jpg

NBC 6's Steve MacLaughlin spoke with Dr. Michael Brennan after the agency issued a Hurricane Watch for South Florida.

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<![CDATA[Plane Travels Through Bands of Irma on Last Flight out of PR]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:55:27 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Plane_Travels_Through_Bands_of_Irma_on_Last_Flight_out.jpg

People scrambled to get out of Puerto Rico as they boarded the last flight out of the country that is in the line of Hurricane Irma. Gus Rosendale reports. 

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