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Hurricanes leave Florida coasts vulnerable to ‘King tides’

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Flood warnings have been issued for parts of Florida’s Atlantic coast experiencing annual “King tides.” The National Weather Service says flooding is expected along the St. Johns River and South Florida’s coastline through Friday. King tides bring the year’s highest tides each fall. Scientists say they’re inching higher because of rising sea levels. According to the Miami Herald offshore winds from Hurricane Nicole are causing waters to flood some low-lying areas more than expected. TCPalm.com reports beaches with significant erosion and damage…

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Bob Buckhorn calls on Florida Republicans to “put your country first” and vote for Hillary Clinton

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Bob Buckhorn has a simple question for the four members of the Florida Cabinet regarding Donald Trump. “Where ya hidin’?” the Tampa mayor asked Wednesday at a news conference held outside City Hall. He was referring to how some of Florida’s leading Republicans have cut a very low profile when it comes to discussing Trump in the aftermath of the lewd sexual comments the Manhattan real estate magnate made in a 2005 video leaked to The Washington Post last Friday. “You’ve got to make a fundamental choice: Pam…

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Playing Gators vs. LSU last Sunday better than current choices

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For those who think the Florida Gators wanted to use Hurricane Matthew as an excuse to avoid playing LSU last weekend, think again. Despite dealing with injuries, the Florida program would hotly deny they were reluctant to literally tackle the Tigers. Some pundits, and many in Tiger Nation, believe Florida’s actions reveal a fear of playing LSU right now. After all, LSU made two offers to play the game, including moving the game to their cozy confines. To his credit,…

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Rick Scott orders inquiry into storm-related sewage spills

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Sewage systems overflowed across Florida because of Hurricane Matthew, and Gov. Rick Scott has ordered the Department of Environmental Protection to find out how to prevent it from happening again. “Florida is famous for our pristine environment, world-class beaches, and award-winning state parks,” Scott said Wednesday in a press release. “We must do all we can to protect our natural resources to ensure everyone in our state has access to clean and safe water.” Scott’s office said the department would…

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Hurricane Matthew-related insurance claims surpass 29,000

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Insurance claims related to Hurricane Matthew are arriving in earnest now — nearly 30,000 of them as of Tuesday morning. The exact number, according to the Florida Department of Insurance Regulation, was 29,697. Estimated losses stood at $170 million. Of the total claims, 641 had been closed. “It’s still early in the process, but we are monitoring the information being reported for any potential concerns,” department spokeswoman Amy Bogner said via email. Residential property accounted for 26,147 claims; commercial, 481. Volusia County…

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Fact Check: Hillary Clinton on Hurricane Matthew, climate change

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During a campaign rally in Miami Tuesday, Hillary Clinton said Hurricane Matthew was “likely more destructive because of climate change.” Clinton was campaigning alongside former Vice President Al Gore, who has become a leading climate change activist since leaving politics. She said near record high ocean temperatures “contributed to the torrential rainfall and the flash flooding” from the storm, particularly in the Carolinas. Clinton also said that rising sea levels mean Matthew’s “storm surge was higher and the flooding was…

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Hillary Clinton brings in Al Gore as closer on climate change

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Al Gore laid out the environmental stakes of the presidential race in stark terms during a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton Tuesday, arguing that electing her opponent would lead to “climate catastrophe.” Vice president during Clinton’s husband’s eight years in the White House and a longtime environmental activist, Gore served as a closer for Clinton on climate change as the Democratic candidate seeks to appeal to activists and to young people, who consider this a key issue. “The choice in…

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