<![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-usTue, 16 Jan 2018 08:12:12 -0500Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:12:12 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Florida Keys Group Burns Hurricane Flags to Mark Season End]]>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:02:33 -0500https://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[South Florida Evacuation Zones in the Event of a Hurricane]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 21:40:09 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052317+miami-dade+broward+evacuation+zone+maps.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to enter your address to determine if your home falls a evacuation zone.

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

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

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

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


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<![CDATA[NASA Simulation Shows 2017 Hurricane Timeline]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:51:49 -0500https://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[Hurricane Season Supplies List]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 15:28:24 -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[Full List of Hurricane Shelters in South Florida]]>Sat, 09 Sep 2017 19:49:59 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hurricane+shelter.jpg

Here is an updated list of shelters that are currently open, are expected to open or are filled to capacity ahead of Hurricane Irma.

For Miami-Dade shelter addresses and evacuation routes, click here or dial 3-1-1 to find out additional information.

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NOW OPEN:

  • North Miami Beach Senior High School - 1247 NE 167th Street, North Miami Beach (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
  • North Miami Middle School - 700 NE 137 Street
  • Miami-Dade County's Pet Friendly Shelter - 10901 Coral Way, Miami (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
  • Felix Varela Senior High School - 15255 SW 96th Street, West Kendall (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
  • Hialeah Middle School - 6027 E 7 Ave, Hialeah
  • Hialeah Gardens Senior High School - 11700 Hialeah Gardens Boulevard, Hialeah Gardens
  • Hialeah Gardens Middle School - 11690 NW 92 Avenue
  • Hialeah Senior High School - 251 East 47th Street
  • Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High School - 7977 West 12th Avenue
  • Highland Oaks Middle School (Pet Friendly) - 2375 NE 203rd Street, North Miami-Dade
  • Barbara Goleman Senior High School - 14100 NW 89th Avenue, Miami Lakes
  • Ronald Reagan Senior High School - 8600 NW 107th Avenue, Doral (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
  • Country Club Middle School - 18305 NW 75th Place, NW Miami-Dade
  • W.R. Thomas Middle School - 13001 SW 26th Street, West Miami-Dade
  • Robert Morgan Educational Center - 18180 SW 122nd Avenue, Miami (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
  • South Dade Senior High School - 28401 SW 167th Avenue, Homestead (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
  • Miami Coral Park Senior High School - 8865 SW 16th Street, Westchester
  • Lake Stevens Middle School - 18484 NW 48th Place, Miami Gardens
  • American Senior High School - 18350 NW 67th Avenue, Hialeah
  • Hammocks Middle School - 9889 Hammocks Boulevard, Miami
  • South Miami Senior High School - 6856 SW 53rd Street, South Miami (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
  • Terra Environmental Senior High School - 11005 SW 84th Street, Miami (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
  • North Miami Senior High School - 13110 NE 8th Avenue, North Miami (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
  • Miami Central Senior High School - 1781 NW 95th Street, Miami
  • Miami Carol City Senior - 3301 Miami Gardens Drive, Miami Gardens
  • Georgia Jones Middle School - 1331 NW 46th Street
  • Bowman Ashe Elementary School - 6601 SW 152nd Avenue
  • Eugenia Thomas Middle School - 5950 NW 114th Avenue
  • Hubert Sibley Middle School - 255 NW 115th Street
  • Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School - 15735 SW 144th Street
  • Northwestern Senior High School - 1100 NW 71st Street
  • Andover Middle School - 121 NE 207 Street
  • Bob Graham Education Center - 15901 NW 79th Avenue
  • G. Holmes Braddock Senior High - 3601 SW 147th Avenue
  • Miami Edison Senior High School - 6161 NW 5th Court
  • Miami Killian Senior High School - 10655 SW 97th Avenue
  • Miami Lakes Education Center - 5780 NW 158th Street
  • Amelia Earhart Elementary School - 5987 East 7th Avenue
  • Linda Lentin Middle School - 14312 NE 2nd Court
  • Miami Norland Senior High School - 1050 NW 195th Street
  • Ruben Dario Middle School - 350 NW 97th Avenue
  • Shenandoah Middle School - 1950 SW 19 Street
  • South Dade Middle School - 291000 SW 194 Avenue (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
  • Darwin Fuchs (Sunshine) Pavilion (pet-friendly) - 10901 Coral Way (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
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    Here's a list of shelters not yet open to residents:

    • Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School (Pet-friendly) - 1410 NE 215th Street, north Miami-Dade
    • Lawton Chiles Middle School - 8190 NW 197th Street, NW Miami-Dade
    • Booker T. Washington Senior High School - 1200 NW 6th Avenue, Miami
    • Charles Drew Middle School - 1801 NW 60th Street, Miami
    Officials in Broward County announced 14 of their shelters are open. County officials are searching for another pet friendly shelter to open and expect to announce that soon.

    Broward County: Hurricane Preparedness Guide

    • Lyons Creek Middle School - 4333 Sol Press Boulevard, Coconut Creek (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Monarch High School - 5050 Wiles Road, Coconut Creek (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Tradewinds Elementary School - 5400 Johnson Road, Coconut Creek
    • Parkside Elementary - 10257 NW 29th Street, Coral Springs (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Coral Glades High School - 2700 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Fox Trail Elementary School - 1250 Nob Hill Road, Davie (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Rock Island Elementary - 2350 NW 19th Street, Fort Lauderdale (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Fort Lauderdale Atlantic Technical/Arthur Ashe Middle School - 1701 NW 23rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Watkins Elementary School - 3520 SW 52nd Avenue, Pembroke Park (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Beachside Montessori Village - 2230 Lincoln Street, Hollywood (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Park Lakes Elementary School - 3925 N. State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Coconut Palm Elementary School - 13601 Monarch Lakes Boulevard, Miramar
    • New Renaissance Middle School - 10701 Miramar Boulevard, Miramar (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Everglades High School - 17100 SW 48th Court, Miramar (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Silver Palms Elementary School - 1209 NW 155th Avenue, Pembroke Pines (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • West Broward High School - 500 NW 209th Avenue, Pembroke Pines (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Plantation Elementary School - 651 NW 42nd Avenue, Plantation (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Pompano Beach High School - 600 NE 13th Avenue, Pompano Beach (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Falcon Cove Middle School - 4251 Bonaventure Boulevard, Weston (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Everglades Elementary School - 2900 Bonaventure Boulevard, Weston (FILLED TO CAPACITY)
    • Lakeside Elementary School - 900 NW 136th Ave, Pembroke Pines
    • Millennium Middle School (pet-friendly) - 5803 NW 94th Avenue, Tamarac (FILLED TO CAPACITY)

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

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    Monroe County: Storm Ready Guide

    • Coral Shores High School (Pet-friendly) - 89951 Overseas Highway, Plantation Key (Opened Saturday as refuge of last resort)
    • Key West High School (Pet-friendly) - 2100 Flagler Avenue, Key West (Opened Saturday as refuge of last resort)
    • Marathon High School (Pet-friendly) - 350 Sombrero Road, Marathon (Opened Saturday as refuge of last resort)
    • Sugarloaf Elementary School (Pet-friendly) - 225 Crane Boulevard, Sugarloaf Key (Opened Saturday as refuge of last resort)

    Officials said no services will be available at those sites and they only will be open until tropical storm force winds subside.

    For more information about where to evacuate, check the Monroe County Emergency Management website or call 1-800-955-5504.

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    <![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.

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    <![CDATA[2017 Hurricane Season Ends Thursday as Costliest to Date]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:42:01 -0500https://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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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[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.

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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.

    Do you have a question for Dr. Kupkee? Send him an email by clicking here.

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    <![CDATA[Tropical Storm Ophelia Forms Over Open Atlantic]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:08:36 -0500https://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 10:36:39 -0500https://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 18:00:36 -0500https://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 13:53:11 -0500https://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 19:21:12 -0500https://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 10:47:26 -0500https://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 07:55:27 -0500https://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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    <![CDATA[How to Keep Your Kids Occupied as You Prep for Irma]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 21:41:57 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090617+Hurricane+Camp+For+Kids.jpg

    As South Florida prepares for Hurricane Irma, schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties are closed Thursday and Friday.

    Parents may be wondering how to keep their kids occupied as they ready their homes for the storm. There are at least two camps for kids being offered in South Florida ahead of Irma.

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    The Young at Art Museum in Davie is hosting a one-day hurricane camp Thursday. The fee is $60 for the day.

    “We understand preparing for the storm and how that can be stressful for families and children and we want to be able to provide an outlet where kids can be creative and have a good time and their parents can get ready for the storm,” said Marie Berlin with the Young at Art Museum.

    If your child has a greater interest in science, the Science Store in Pembroke Pines is also having a hurricane camp. Gabby Brown is the direction of the Science Store. She said the camp is designed for children five years or older. The campers will be exposed to STEM.

    Meanwhile, Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Science and Discovery and the Miami Children’s Museum will be open Thursday, but either is offering pre-Irma camps.


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    <![CDATA[Fact or Fiction: Hurricane Myths Busted]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 21:24:28 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/211*120/hurricane+myth.JPG

    As Hurricane Irma approaches, it's important to stay up to date with the latest information-- but there are a lot of rumors out there.

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    <![CDATA[South Florida Cities Offering Sandbags Ahead of Irma]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:37:17 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/090617+miami+beach+sand+bags+irma.jpg

    As South Florida prepares for the wrath of Hurricane Irma, which still remains on course to hit the state this weekend, residents are doing whatever it takes to keep their homes and businesses safe.

    Cities across Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties are offering free sandbags at multiple locations for people to collect to help protect their homes from potential floods.

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    In Miami Beach, city officials were providing up to 10 sandbags per family to residents of the city but said they ran out Thursday night. 

    City officials in Miami are also offering sand and sand bags to residents at Grapeland Water Park starting 3 p.m. Thursday. Six sand bags will be distributed per family. Residents must provide proof they live in the city in order to receive the bags. 

    Adonel Concrete in Sweetwater will be offering a million pounds of sand for residents at their plant off NW. 110th Ave. and 21st St. Residents are advised to bring their own bags to fill.

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    Doral announced Thursday that they had run out of sandbags and would be turning people away from the city's Central Park.

    The City of Opa-Locka is distributing sandbags to residents Thursday at 8 a.m. until supply runs out. The giveaway will be held at the Opa-Locka Public Works Department located on 12950 N Le Jeune Road. Residents need to bring ID. 

    Sandbags are being distributed to City of Homestead residents at the Homestead Sports Complex at 1601 Southeast 28th Ave. and Roby George Park at 201 Southwest 11th Ave., Thursday, Sept. 7, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. while supplies last. Proof of residency is required, and there is a limit of 10 sandbags per person.

    Hallandale Beach will offer sand bags to residents starting at noon Thursday at 630 NW 2nd Street. There is a limit of six bags per person with ID proof you live in the city.

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    In Deerfield Beach, residents can collect bags starting at 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., or they ran out, at 200 Goolsby Blvd. 

    Pompano Beach will provide sand and shovels for residents at the Public Works Trash Transfer Station located at 1400 NE. 3rd Ave. until 5 p.m. Residents will need to fill their own bags, and there is a maximum of five per resident.



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    <![CDATA[South Florida Prepares for Potential Hurricane Irma Landfall]]>Sat, 09 Sep 2017 20:43:48 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-845055800.jpgFrom getting gas for their vehicles to buying all the supplies they can, residents and visitors across the area are getting ready for a potential strike from Hurricane Irma.

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    <![CDATA[Miami's Tower Cranes Can't Handle a Category 5 Hurricane]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 20:04:43 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/090517+Miami+Construction+Cranes.jpg

    Miami's skyline is filled with high-rises and also many tower cranes, which are now a cause for concern as Hurricane Irma marches toward South Florida.

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    The City of Miami advised residents living in buildings next to a construction crane to evacuate in the event Irma hits South Florida as a category 5 hurricane.

    The tower cranes are designed to withstand winds up to 145 miles per hour. As of Tuesday, Irma remained with winds at 185 mph.

    Deputy Director of the Building Department Maurice Pons says the crane's arm has to remain loose and is not tied down. The arm's counterbalance is very heavy and can cause severe damage if the crane collapses.

    At the moment, there are 20 to 25 construction cranes across Miami.

    City officials said residents should comply whenever Miami-Dade County issues an evacuation. If you decide not to leave your high-rise home, city officials encourage you to ride out the hurricane in an interior, concrete enclosed stairwell in the building.

    Construction sites around the city were being locked down ahead of Irma's potential impact.



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    <![CDATA[South Florida Stations With Generators]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 22:51:44 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pre-irma+gas+station+2017.JPG

    Florida requires new gas stations and those along evacuation routes to be wired for generators.

    Here is a 2017 list of Miami-Dade gas stations with generators or generator capabilities:


    MACMILLIAN OIL COMPANY OF FLORIDA INC 2955 E 11TH AVE HIALEAH 33013
    SUNSHINE CHEVRON 5485 PALM AVE HIALEAH 33013
    SUNSHINE #30028 1598 W 68TH ST HIALEAH 33014
    CITGO 2290 W 84TH ST HIALEAH 33016
    HIALEAH GRDNS SHELL 8010 HIALEAH GARDENS BLVD HIALEAH 33016
    MOBIL ON THE RUN 6800 W 24TH AVE HIALEAH 33016
    U GAS QUALITY FUEL 7950 W 28TH AVE HIALEAH 33016
    MURPHY USA #6507 9203 NW 77TH AVE HIALEAH GARDENS 33016
    U‐GASS OKEECHOBEE 11601 W OKEECHOBEE RD HIALEAH GARDENS 33016
    R O OKEECHOBEE ‐ CITGO 13899 W OKEECHOBEE RD HIALEAH GARDENS 33018
    RACETRAC #261 1955 NE 8TH ST HOMESTEAD 33030
    TOM THUMB FOOD STORE #127 18400 SW 177TH AVE HOMESTEAD 33031
    DION OIL QUIK MART #15 MOBIL 26929 S DIXIE HWY HOMESTEAD 33032
    BHUIYAN CITGO 29595 S. DIXIE HWY HOMESTEAD 33033
    CAMPBELL DRIVE CHEVRON 801 NE 43RD AVE HOMESTEAD 33033
    GLADES COUNTRY MARKET ‐ SHELL 17695 SW 272ND ST HOMESTEAD 33033
    DIONS QUIK MART #12 ‐ MOBILE 16 N KROME AVE FLORIDA CITY 33034
    RACE DAY GAS 961 W PALM DR FLORIDA CITY 33034
    SHELL ‐ GATEWAY 10 SE 1ST AVE HOMESTEAD 33034
    RACETRAC #2356 14201 NW 57AVE MIAMI 33054
    RACE‐WAY 19851 NW 57 AVE 33055
    RACETRAC #112 20696 NW 27TH AVE MIAMI 33056
    RACETRAC #555 17021 NW 27TH AVE MIAMI 33056
    ALEX ELECRIC INC. BP 8200 NW 25TH ST MIAMI 33122
    BAY POINT OIL INC ‐ SHELL 3601 BISCAYNE BLVD MIAMI 33137
    BRAMAN CAR CARE CENTER LLC ‐ SHELL 2010 NE 2ND AVE MIAMI 33137
    TEXACO FOOD MART 2 NE 79TH ST MIAMI 33138
    AMERIKA 3080 NW 54TH ST MIAMI 33142
    MAXIMO INVESTMENT INC ‐ CHEVRON 8645 SW 72ND ST MIAMI 33143
    79TH STREET VALERO 1300 NW 79TH ST MIAMI 33147
    FL PETROLIUM INC ‐ CHEVRON 3251 NW 103RD ST MIAMI 33147
    CHEVRON 1176 NW 79TH ST MIAMI 33150
    DADE CORNERS TRAVEL PLAZA 16650 NW 27TH AVE MIAMI 33154
    MARLIN U‐GAS 10700 SW 186 ST CUTLE BAY 33157
    SHELL  ‐LICUM INTL 18600 S DIXIE HWY CUTLER BAY 33157
    EUREKA RACETRAC #567 11180 EUREKA DR MIAMI 33157
    SHELL‐AMA 11690 QUAIL ROOST DR MIAMI 33157
    DORAL SERVICE CENTER ‐ SHELL 7900 NW 36TH ST DORAL 33166
    SHELL ‐ RODRIGUEZ 7201 NW 36TH ST MIAMI 33166
    VALERO #36 4801 NW 36 STREET MIAMI SPRING 33166
    BP AMOCO #13526 2755 NW 119TH ST MIAMI 33167
    NW 27TH AVE STATION ‐ VALERO 11301 NW 27 Avenue MIAMI 33167
    CARAF OIL 13705 NW 7 AVE NORTH MIAMI 33168
    RACEWAY #740 18302 NW 7TH AVE MIAMI 33169
    KROME SUNOCO 26400 SW 177TH AVE HOMESTEAD 33170
    RNC INVESTMENT  ‐ SHELL 8701 NW 13TH TER MIAMI 33172
    COLLEGE PARK SHELL 10998 SW 104TH ST MIAMI 33176
    SIERRA OIL & RETAIL CENTER ‐ SHELL 11600 BETHUNE DR MIAMI 33176
    7 ELEVEN INC. ‐ BP 1550 IVES DAIRY RD NORTH MIAMI BEACH 33179
    HESS 19880 NW 27TH AVE MIAMI 33180
    HESS #09566 11401 BISCAYNE BLVD NORTH MIAMI 33181
    COSTCO WHOLESALE #1023 13450 SW 120th Street MIAMI 33186
    SNAPPER CREEK SERVICE PLAZA MM 19 FLORIDA'S TURNPIKE MIAMI 33186
    CUTLER RIDGE SHELL 20195 S DIXIE HWY MIAMI 33189
    SEVEN STRATS HOLDING INC / DADE CONER 17696 SW 8TH ST MIAMI 33194
    CHEVRON #200188 15698 SW 88TH ST MIAMI 33196


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

    SUNSHINE CHEVRON
    5485 PALM AVE HIALEAH 33013

    SUNSHINE #30028
    1598 W 68TH ST HIALEAH 33014

    CITGO
    2290 W 84TH ST HIALEAH 33016

    HIALEAH GRDNS SHELL
    8010 HIALEAH GARDENS BLVD HIALEAH 33016

    MOBIL ON THE RUN
    6800 W 24TH AVE HIALEAH 33016

    U GAS QUALITY FUEL
    7950 W 28TH AVE HIALEAH 33016

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

    U‐GASS OKEECHOBEE
    11601 W OKEECHOBEE RD HIALEAH GARDENS 33016

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

    RACETRAC #261
    1955 NE 8TH ST HOMESTEAD 33030

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

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

    BHUIYAN CITGO
    29595 S. DIXIE HWY HOMESTEAD 33033

    CAMPBELL DRIVE CHEVRON
    801 NE 43RD AVE HOMESTEAD 33033

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

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

    RACE DAY GAS
    961 W PALM DR FLORIDA CITY 33034

    SHELL ‐ GATEWAY
    10 SE 1ST AVE HOMESTEAD 33034

    RACETRAC #2356
    14201 NW 57AVE MIAMI 33054

    RACE‐WAY
    19851 NW 57 AVE 33055

    RACETRAC #112
    20696 NW 27TH AVE MIAMI 33056

    RACETRAC #555
    17021 NW 27TH AVE MIAMI 33056

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

    BAY POINT OIL INC ‐ SHELL
    3601 BISCAYNE BLVD MIAMI 33137

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

    TEXACO FOOD MART
    2 NE 79TH ST MIAMI 33138

    AMERIKA
    3080 NW 54TH ST MIAMI 33142

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

    79TH STREET VALERO
    1300 NW 79TH ST MIAMI 33147

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

    CHEVRON
    1176 NW 79TH ST MIAMI 33150

    DADE CORNERS TRAVEL PLAZA
    16650 NW 27TH AVE MIAMI 33154

    MARLIN U‐GAS
    10700 SW 186 ST CUTLE BAY 33157

    SHELL  ‐LICUM INTL
    18600 S DIXIE HWY CUTLER BAY 33157

    EUREKA RACETRAC #567
    11180 EUREKA DR MIAMI 33157

    SHELL‐AMA
    11690 QUAIL ROOST DR MIAMI 33157

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

    SHELL ‐ RODRIGUEZ
    7201 NW 36TH ST MIAMI 33166

    VALERO #36
    4801 NW 36 STREET MIAMI SPRING 33166

    BP AMOCO #13526
    2755 NW 119TH ST MIAMI 33167

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

    CARAF OIL
    13705 NW 7 AVE NORTH MIAMI 33168

    RACEWAY #740
    18302 NW 7TH AVE MIAMI 33169

    KROME SUNOCO
    26400 SW 177TH AVE HOMESTEAD 33170

    RNC INVESTMENT  ‐ SHELL
    8701 NW 13TH TER MIAMI 33172

    COLLEGE PARK SHELL
    10998 SW 104TH ST MIAMI 33176

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

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

    HESS
    19880 NW 27TH AVE MIAMI 33180

    HESS #09566
    11401 BISCAYNE BLVD NORTH MIAMI 33181

    COSTCO WHOLESALE #1023
    13450 SW 120th Street MIAMI 33186

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

    CUTLER RIDGE SHELL
    20195 S DIXIE HWY MIAMI 33189

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

    CHEVRON #200188
    15698 SW 88TH ST MIAMI 33196

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

    CHEVRON #202684
    1301 S UNIVERSITY DR

    RACETRAC #665
    2300 W BROWARD BLVD

    7-ELEVEN FOOD STORE #34801
    1200 W HILLSBORO BLVD

    BP COPANS #614
    290 W COPANS RD

    RACETRAC #491
    3031 SW 31ST AVE

    RACETRAC #566
    2855 DAVIE RD

    RACETRAC #553
    1410 HWY 84 W

    EXXON-WESTON
    2620 WESTON RD

    FIRST COAST ENERGY #1819
    2600 N 29TH AVE

    SUNSHINE #300035
    1277 W HILLSBORO BLVD

    RACETRAC #469
    599 W ATLANTIC BLVD

    FIRST COAST ENERGY #1836
    1011 S POWERLINE RD

    HESS #09253
    2860 DAVIE RD

    BP HOLLYWOOD #590
    3253 HOLLYWOOD BLVD

    FIRST COAST ENERGY #1824
    13940 PINES BLVD

    SAMPLE RD OPERATING LLC
    250 E SAMPLE RD

    COCONUT CREEK-SHELL-STATION
    6135 LYONS RD

    BP SHERIDAN #605
    2547 SHERIDAN ST




































































































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    <![CDATA[Scott, Rubio, Nelson Urge Trump for Emergency Declaration]]>Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:10:23 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/030816+marco+rubio+donald+trump.jpg

    Florida senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson joined Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday in asking President Donald Trump to issue a pre-landfall emergency declaration for the state ahead of Hurricane Irma.

    Gov. Scott said he made the request earlier Tuesday, as Irma became a dangerous Category 5 storm. Rubio and Nelson wrote a letter to Trump in support of the request.

    "As the current projections indicate, this major hurricane will heavily impact Florida communities, and we urge you to immediately approve this request to ensure that full federal resources are made available," the senators' letter read. "While the storm is not predicted to make landfall until later this week, the state and federal government must work together in order to help reduce the potential loss of life and destruction of property. As we recently witnessed with Hurricane Harvey, preparation and up-front resources are paramount."

    Nelson said he spoke with the head of FEMA, Brock Long, who said the agency is ready and is pre-positioning people and supplies around the state. Nelson also spoke with the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, who said they are already pre-positioning ships and aircraft to come in if the storm hits.



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    <![CDATA[Some Gas Stations Out as Residents Fill Tanks Ahead of Irma]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 22:52:33 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090517+home+depot+irma+preps+miami+gardens.jpg

    Some gas stations ran out of fuel and South Florida residents raided store shelves, buying up water, food and other hurricane supplies ahead of a possible hit from the powerful Hurricane Irma.

    By Wednesday, gas stations scattered across Miami-Dade and Broward counties were running dry, according to GasBuddy's Gasoline Availability Tracker.

    Doral Police said the Chevron at Northwest 102nd Avenue and Northwest 58th Street and the Mobil at Northwest 79th Avenue and Northwest 58th Street were both out of gas.

    A Shell Station on Flamingo Road near Pines Boulevard also had all its pumps covered.

    It was unknown when the stations would be getting more fuel delivered.

    With gas supply fluctuating due to the impending storm, GasBuddy's crowd-sourced Gasoline Availability Tracker is offering drivers a way to find stations with gas and power.

    At Costco stores in Miami Lakes and Pembroke Pines, shoppers lined up around the building to stock up on supplies in anticipation of the storm.

    Water flew off the shelves at several Publix and Sedanos locations and at other area grocery stores.

    "I think they should be prepared. You can always use the stuff another time, I really think you should be prepared," shopper Julie Krebs said.

    Pablo Rodriguez surveyed the empty water aisle at a Fort Lauderdale Winn Dixie with dismay, saying "I was hoping to get a few cases."

    The 65-year-old said he would have to try other shops, because "all the people are stocking up quick."

    Workers at the store on 17th street said they were expecting another shipment of water Tuesday night.

    Theresa Webster, 60, of Fort Lauderdale had heard water was sold out at Publix but still available at Winn Dixie, but there was none by the time she got there in the afternoon.


    She was also stocking up on canned tuna, crackers and bread.

    But some shoppers were ahead of the curve.

    "We have supplies ready before the season even hits and that's what most people should be doing. But unfortunately everyone doesn't," Ed Scheffler said.

    At Home Depot stores, including one in Miami Gardens, there was a rush on plywood as homeowners worked to board up and protect their homes and businesses. Others were buying supplies like batteries.

    "You never know what can happen, so it's better to be safe than sorry," Home Depot shopper Christian Tavarez said.

    At some Home Depot stores, employees have also been working around the clock to get customers in and out as quickly as possible. They said they've been constantly unloading shipments of generators and other hurricane supplies.

    "It has been non-stop, just waiting for next truck load to come," worker Jorge Pino said. "Right now they're deploying consistently trucks in the areas needed the most."

    In Doral, homeowners were making sandbags at Ready Mix Concrete and Pumping Service. The store's owner gave away sandbags for free until they ran out, then gave away the sand to anyone with a bag.

    "We were looking at sand at Lowe's and it was $5 a pack and we were able to get 10 packs per house at no cost so we're really grateful for them," Lily Lopez said.




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    <![CDATA[Government Agencies in South Florida Prepare for Irma]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:54:29 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090517+miami-dade+eoc.jpg

    Government agencies and organizations in South Florida are preparing for a possible hit by Hurricane Irma.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday for the entire state in anticipation of Irma. On Tuesday, Scott suspended tolls on all Florida roadways.

    "Hurricane Irma is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening Category 5 storm and the state is aggressively preparing to ensure families are safe as we prepare for a possible landfall," Gov. Scott said Wednesday.

    The South Florida Water Management District announced it's moving water throughout the system and working with various drainage districts to begin lowering canals ahead of Irma.

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    MIAMI-DADE

    Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he signed a declaration of local emergency Tuesday and he directed the county's Emergency Operations Center to be in all hands on deck activation.

    "This is a powerful storm which poses a serious threat to our area and we will be taking some extraordinary actions to ensure that the residents of Miami-Dade County are safe," Gimenez said. "I would rather inconvenience our residents on this occasion than suffer any unnecessary loss of life if in fact we are hit by Hurricane Irma."

    Earlier Tuesday, the EOC was partially opened, with staff members taking calls from residents with special needs.

    Gimenez said they would begin to evacuate special needs residents Wednesday and may begin asking residents in some evacuation zones to evacuate by Thursday.

    Gimenez said shelters are available but should be a last resort. He added that county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday.

    Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said he's anticipating a mandatory evacuation could come Wednesday or Thursday, and urged residents to make plans to leave the city.

    Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said schools would close Thursday and Friday.

    At Miami International Airport, officials said there was no operational impact Tuesday but travelers should check with their airline if flying later in the week.

    Officials in Miami Beach said they will be distributing sandbags at 451 Dade Boulevard. There will be a 10 bags per family limit and residents must show bring an ID. The bags will be distributed between 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. until they run out or are forced to stop due to inclement weather. Once an evacuation is ordered, the city will also open garages to residents with IDs so they can park their cars to try to avoid damage. 

    The City of Doral said it will close its government center Thursday and Friday. All parks will be closed and all scheduled events will be postponed beginning Thursday. The city's trolley service will be suspended once winds reach 40 MPH. 

    BROWARD

    In Broward, Mayor Barbara Sharief said they are monitoring and assessing Hurricane Irma but said the county's EOC could be on full activation Thursday morning.

    "Irma is a serious Category 5 storm that does pose a threat to South Florida," Sharief said at a news conference Tuesday. "Broward County may be experiencing tropical storm force winds as early as Friday evening and local conditions are expected to worsen throughout the weekend."

    The county was planning for an evacuation if needed but no evacuations had been ordered.

    Sharief said the county commission is prepared to declare a local state of emergency if needed.

    Officials said Broward public schools will be closed Thursday and Friday.

    Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International was also operating normally Tuesday but could be impacted later this week.

    Officials at Port Everglades said they are closely monitoring the progress of Irma and said there are a variety of cruise, cargo and petroleum ships scheduled to arrive this week and the coming weekend that could be affected by Irma. Cruise passengers should contact cruise lines for updates on ship schedules.

    MONROE

    In Monroe County, officials said they will be issuing a mandatory visitor evacuation expected to begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday. An evacuation for residents also will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 

    Florida Keys Hospital evacuations will also begin Wednesday with the help of the Florida Air National Guard. 

    "If ever there was a storm to take seriously in the Keys, this is it," Monroe County Emergency Management Director Martin Senterfitt said. "The sooner people leave, the better."

    The county declared a local state of emergency Tuesday, officials said.

    All schools in Monroe County will be closed Wednesday and will be closed until further notice.



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    <![CDATA[Hurricane Irma Causes Evacuations, Closures in South Florida]]>Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:31:59 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17252141206953.jpg

    With Hurricane Irma continuing its push across the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean, South Florida is keeping its eye on the storm. Several municipalities have announced closures and evacuations ahead of Irma's arrival.

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    MIAMI-DADE
    Mandatory evacuations for all people living in mobile homes as well as all of Zone A, all of Zone B and portions of Zone C. Click here to find out if you are in one of the impacted areas. 

    Zone A includes Key Biscayne and the barrier islands while Zone B includes Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Biscayne Park, Golden Beach, Indian Creek Village, Miami Beach, North Bay Village, Sunny Isles Beach and Surfside. 

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    There are many shelters opened throughout the area. See the list here

    Metrorail and Metromover will not operate Saturday.

    Uber announced their service would be suspended as of 12 p.m. Saturday until further notice.

    Metrobus is providing service to evacuation shelters and will continue to do so until three hours prior to sustained winds reaching 39 mph. Click here to find the closest Hurricane Bus Pickup Site.

    Overnight Metrobus routes 3, 11, 27, 112 (L), 119 (S), 38, 500, 246 (Night Owl) will cease service Saturday at 5 a.m. 

    Miami-Dade County transit parking garages can be used to park personal vehicles. The county will not be responsible for any damage, vandalism or theft. Availability of spaces will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    All Metrorail Parking Garages are at capacity.

    Miami-Dade Metro Bus Route 302 Card Sound Express service will be discontinued until further notice. Route 301 Dade-Monroe Express continues to provide service.

    Mercy Hospital in Coconut Grove began evacuating patients Wednesday evening and closed the emergency room to new patients.

    Miami-Dade County public schools are also closed until further notice.

    Florida International University is closed through the weekend. All classes and special events on campus, including the football team's Saturday home opener, are canceled. 

    Miami-Dade College will remain closed through at least Sunday. 

    St. Thomas University is closed through the weekend.

    Barry University will remain closed until further notice.

    Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens is closed.

    Gulliver Schools announced it is closed.

    The Archdiocese of Miami said all elementary and high schools in Miami-Dade and Broward were closed Thursday and Friday. Belen Jesuit Preparatory School announced they were closed on Thursday and Friday. Ransom Everglades School was also closed Thursday and Friday.

    Miami-Dade courts and clerk's offices are closed as is the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.

    Biscayne National Park facilities are closed including the visitor center, island visitor facilities and administrative facilities. Boating in park waters remained opened, including the Intracoastal Waterway and other channels.

    The Miami Convention Center is closed this weekend.

    Port Miami closed Friday evening. 

    Pérez Art Museum Miami and Verde is closed through Sunday. PAMM Tech Week has also been postponed. 

    Area malls including Dolphin Mall and Aventura are closed until further notice. 

    BROWARD
    Broward County has issued mandatory evacuations for all residents in areas east of Federal Highway, as well as low-lying areas and trailer homes. For the full list of shelters, click here.

    Public schools are closed until further notice, officials said Sunday.

    Broward County Government offices are closed through Monday, Sept. 11.

    Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport is closed Saturday and Sunday.

    American Heritage School is closed.

    Broward College will stay closed through the weekend.

    All NOVA Southeastern University campuses are closed.

    MONROE
    There is a transportation hotline for anyone still in the Keys. It is 305-517-2480. 

    There is a mandatory evacuation of residents tourists in the Keys.

    The Lower Keys Medical Center evacuated patients to North Carolina Wednesday afternoon. All three hospitals in Monroe County — Lower Keys Medical Center, Fishermen's Hospital and Mariners Hospital — are closed and are not expected to reopen until the storm passes. 

    The Key West International Airport and the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport have suspended airline operations.

    Monroe County schools are closed through Monday.

    The Basilica School of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Key West is closed through Monday.

    Florida Keys Community College is closed until conditions permit re-opening.



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    <![CDATA[Miami-Dade County to Activate EOC Tuesday Ahead of Irma]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 18:01:51 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082615+Miami-Dade+Emergency+Operation+Center.jpg

    Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez will partially activate the county's Emergency Operations Center Tuesday in response to a possible hit by Hurricane Irma.

    Top county officials are set to be briefed by the National Hurricane Center Tuesday morning. The mayor said the county wants to alert residents about a possible threat and encourage them to prepare. He said it's not time to board up homes, but time to stock up on supplies.

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    "A level 2 activation is the right call for tomorrow. We'll see if we'll have to go to a level 1 depending on where the storm is going, and the intensity of the storm," Mayor Gimenez said Monday.

    He added that county will order evacuations depending on the strength and direction of the storm.

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    Monday evening, Monroe County announced it could issue mandatory evacuations for tourists as early as Wednesday and residents on Thursday, if the storm track continues toward the Florida Keys.

    Hurricane Irma remained a category 4 storm Monday night with maximum sustained winds at 140 mph. South Florida entered the forecast cone Monday, prompting Gov. Rick Scott to issue a state of emergency for all of Florida.



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    <![CDATA[Officials Warn of Price Gouging Ahead of Irma's Possible Hit]]>Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:30:12 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/price-gouging-harvey.jpg

    As South Florida prepares for a possible hurricane, state officials activated the price gouging hotline in effort to protect consumers.

    Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Monday night the opening of the hotline hours after Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in response to category 4 Hurricane Irma.

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    It is illegal for businesses to extremely increase the price of essential goods such as food, water, ice, gasoline, lumber, equipment and even hotels during a state of emergency.

    "Floridians need to prepare now and they should not be inhibited by unlawful price increases on supplies necessary to brace for a major hurricane strike," said Bondi.

    Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced her department is "fully prepared" to respond to all complaints that come out of the storm.

    "We are joining the efforts with the Miami-Dade Police Department to combat any greedy individuals and businesses that may use tragic events like a hurricane to take advantage of our community’s fundamental needs by unnecessarily hiking prices to outrageous levels,” Fernandez Rundle said. 

    Anyone who suspects price gouging should report it to 1-866-9-NO-SCAM. Miami-Dade Police Department sent a stern warning on Twitter, tweeting "Price gouging during a state emergency is illegal!"

    Anyone caught price gouging faces $1,000 per violation and up to a total of $25,000 for multiple violations committed in a single 24-hour period.



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    <![CDATA[Gas Prices Will Likely Rise As Hurricane Irma Looms: Expert]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 22:53:43 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*160/gassquare.jpg

    As South Florida keeps a close eye on Hurricane Irma, drivers are dashing to gas stations across the tri-county area Monday in preparation for a possible strike. Drivers told NBC 6 they were stunned to see a jump in price at the pump. You may think the increase is in response to the looming hurricane in the Atlantic.

    However, the price hike is a result of Hurricane Harvey. The powerful storm put a dent in 10 refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Maximo Alvarez with Sunshine Gas Distributors says repairs will take at least a month.

    "Some of them are still closed and it's been very difficult for the oil companies to assess the damage because a lot of the workers had to abandon their homes and they're living in shelters," explained Alvarez.

    He added that gas prices will likely surge as supply thins out.

    “Oil companies are sending gas down from the Northeast to fill the demand, but gas stations will still be limited,” Alvarez said.

    He explained that distributors are allowed to buy a percentage of the amount of fuel they normally purchase. Alvarez also said there is a good reserve of crude oil available for the Southeast, but if it doesn’t get refined it doesn’t turn into gas. And, if Hurricane Irma hits South Florida or the Gulf of Mexico, the situation would be made worse.

    Currently, the average price of regular gas is up 30 cents from last Monday -- now at $2.64 in Florida.



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    <![CDATA[Residents Buying Supplies as South Florida Prepares for Irma]]>Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:47:26 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090417+North+Miami+Beach+Publix+water.jpg

    South Floridians spent their Labor Day vacations purchasing water, food and other supplies in anticipation of possible impacts from Hurricane Irma.

    Shoppers were buying up water at local grocery stores, with nearly empty shelves at Publix stores in North Miami Beach and Pembroke Pines Monday.

    More long lines were seen at gas stations and store Tuesday.

    "We encourage people to get a kit, have a plan and be informed," Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Center Director Curt Summerhoff said.

    Workers at a Sedanos on Northwest 87th Avenue near Miami Gardens said a new shipment of goods had come in Monday.

    "This isn't usual for Labor Day, I think people are starting to get prepared," store manager Alfred Guerra said. "We're well stocked on water, canned goods. We had shipments come in today. And we have more coming in later this week."

    At Lowe's and Home Depot stores in Oakland Park, residents were buying up storm shutters, but generators were sold out. Workers said most of the generators were sent to Texas to help with the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

    Some shoppers said the Harvey destruction had them even more focused on getting prepared.

    "We have three people living in our house, so we picked up three packs per person. One in the garage, at least three days worth of water," said Billy Vance, who was getting prepared at Home Depot. "I think that it's so fresh in people's minds, the death and destruction, that down here we don't want to take any chances."


    Irma remained far out over the Atlantic Tuesday, but officials said it was time for residents to make sure their hurricane plan was in place. There's an increasing chance of seeing some impacts from Irma in the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys later this week, according to the National Hurricane Center.



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