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Back to school: After Irma, Florida classes begin resuming

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Windy Dees told her sport administration students at the University of Miami that they likely wouldn’t see each other for a few days after Hurricane Irma hit. Their separation has lasted two weeks, and counting.

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Rick Scott activates more than half the National Guard, asks feds for generators

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More than half of Florida’s National Guard has been activated ahead of Hurricane Matthew. Gov. Rick Scott announced 3,500 members of the National Guard have been activated, more than half of the available troops. The governor said he will continue to activate members to help with evacuations, and prepare for search and rescue missions. “Protecting lives remains our No. 1 priority and that is why I have now activated over half of the National Guard who will play a big role in…

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Power outages, flooding in Florida due to Tropical Storm Colin

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Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Colin hit north Florida and southern Georgia on Monday, knocking out power in some areas and flooding roads on the Gulf coast. Residents filled sandbags, schools closed early and graduation ceremonies were postponed as Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency. The National Hurricane Center said Colin marked the earliest that a third named storm has ever formed in the Atlantic basin. Colin’s maximum sustained winds Monday were near 50 mph (85 kph) with…

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Rick Scott declares state of emergency in 34 counties ahead as Tropical Storm Colin touches down

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Just six days into 2016 hurricane season, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 34 Florida counties ahead of Tropical Storm Colin’s landfall. Scott issued the declaration via executive order shortly before noon on Monday, citing maximum sustained winds of at least 39 miles per hour and the potential for severe storm damage in counties from Sarasota in the Tampa Bay area all the way to Franklin in the state’s Panhandle. Afterward, Scott addressed reporters at the State Emergency Operations Center…

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Bill Day’s latest: A thunderstorm turns Rick Scott into Chicken Little

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Tropical Storm Erika may have been full of sound and fury, at least for a while. In the end, though, it signified nothing. After causing floods and mudslides throughout the Caribbean, Erika rapidly lost much of its steam on its way to Florida, but not before leaving Southwest Florida with little more than the threat of a handful of thunderstorms. That did not prevent Rick Scott from going into disaster mode. In Bill Day’s latest, the governor – in a passable imitation…

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