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Hurricane Matthew 2016

Petition seeks more time to file Hurricane Matthew-related flood insurance claims

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A plaintiff’s attorney has launched a petition drive urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend the deadline for homeowners to document proof of loss with the National Flood Insurance Program. Thomas Young, of the Law Office of Thomas Young in Tampa, wants the feds to extend the existing 60-day deadline by another 60 days — for a total 120. He posted his petition Monday at WhiteHouse.gov, saying FEMA often issues extensions, giving homeowners and small businesses more time to complete the paperwork. “As recently as…

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Hurricane Matthew insurance claims now worth nearly $550 million

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The number of insurance claims following Hurricane Matthew has now surpassed 91,000, with estimated losses rising to $549 million. The grand total was 91,212, according to data posted Monday morning on the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation’s website. The numbers were good as of late Friday afternoon. Volusia County led in claims, at 26,664. Next came Duval, with 14,860; Brevard with 11,629; and St. Johns with 9,688. Flagler County had 6,161 claims; Clay County had 2,202 and Indian River County…

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Hundreds of thousands flee Florida coast to escape Matthew’s fury

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Hundreds of thousands of anxious people boarded up their homes and businesses and grabbed a few belongings to flee inland as Hurricane Matthew gained strength and roared toward the Southeast seaboard on Thursday. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott said the state, its skies already darkening from early outer rain bands of the life-threatening storm, could be facing its “biggest evacuation ever” as Matthew menaces almost all the state’s Atlantic coast. As people hurried for higher ground, authorities in South Carolina…

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Obama briefed on federal hurricane preparations, S.C. town closes in preparation

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President Barack Obama is being briefed on the federal government’s preparation for Hurricane Matthew as the Category 3 storm makes its way to the U.S. mainland. The president says now is the time to “hope for the best but we want to prepare for the worst.” Obama is at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s headquarters. FEMA has deployed personnel to emergency operation centers in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. It’s also positioning commodities and other supplies at Fort…

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Hurricane warning extended for Florida’s coast

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The National Hurricane Center has extended the hurricane warning northward in Florida as Matthew heads toward the East Coast. Meanwhile, Hurricane Matthew is heading toward the Bahamas after hitting Cuba hard. The hurricane center says the hurricane was about 105 miles (165 kilometers) south of Long Island, Bahamas. It has maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph). The hurricane center said there is a danger of life-threatening inundation during the next 36 hours along Florida’s east coast from North…

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Evacuations underway in 2 Florida counties

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Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in Brevard County, and voluntary evacuations have been activated in St. Lucie County, but Gov. Rick Scott urged other coastal residents potentially in harm’s way not to wait to be told to leave. The governor said during a Wednesday morning news conference that “if you’re able to go early, leave now.” The mandatory evacuations were scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The slow-moving storm was expected to drench the coast from the Keys through central…

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