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Blake Dowling: Lessons from Irma; tech tips for the next storm

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Irma was a monster; some parts of the state were lucky, others were not. My prayers are with all those impacted by the storm.

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Some Florida gubernatorial candidates return to the campaign trail; some can’t

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Agricultural Commissioner and GOP gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam was scheduled to appear this coming Monday night at a meet and greet event at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, but now he won’t. The Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee announced Friday that the event has been canceled until further notice. Although no reason was given, it’s highly likely that as a Cabinet member, Putnam needs to focus on his day job while the state deals with the aftershocks of Hurricane…

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For Red Cross, hurricanes bring both donations and criticism

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Confronted with back-to-back major hurricanes, the American Red Cross has received a huge outpouring of financial support — and a simultaneous barrage of criticism based on its struggles to respond to several past disasters.

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Irma pushes Florida’s poor closer to the edge of ruin

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Larry and Elida Dimas didn’t have much to begin with, and Hurricane Irma left them with even less. The storm peeled open the roof of the old mobile home where they live with their 18-year-old twins, and it destroyed another one they rented to migrant workers in Immokalee, one of Florida’s poorest communities. Someone from the government already has promised aid, but Dimas’ chin quivers at the thought of accepting it. “I don’t want the help,” said Dimas, 55. “But…

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Bob Buckhorn says power restoration is biggest issue for Tampa after Irma

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn says restoring electricity to the hundreds of thousands of citizens in Tampa currently without it is issue number one the day after Hurricane Irma barreled through Florida Sunday night.

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Time running out for people looking to flee Irma

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Roads became clogged and fuel supplies strained as more than 1 million people were told to find shelter inland, upstate or in neighboring states in advance of massive Hurricane Irma, which will blanket most of Florida this weekend.

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HART & PSTA to suspend all public transit services this weekend

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UPDATED With Hurricane Irma aiming towards all of Florida this weekend, both the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) will be suspending public transit services this weekend. Hart is shutting down completely on Saturday and Sunday. PSTA says their last bus will go out at 5 P.M. on Saturday and tentatively will resume normal operations on Monday afternoon. HART’s shutdown includes suspending the TECO Line Streetcar System.

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