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Florida gets more rain as Tropical Storm Colin heads east

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Tropical Storm Colin was expected to continue dropping heavy rains over the Southeast on Tuesday after moving across northern Florida, knocking out power and flooding roads. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as the storm churned its way across the state into southeast Georgia, and The National Hurricane Center said Colin marked the earliest that a third named storm has ever formed in the Atlantic basin. By 8 a.m. EDT Tuesday, the storm was moving into the…

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Florida marks record of 10 years without major hurricane

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The streak survives. For the 10th year running, Florida dodged a hurricane, setting a new record, while the rest of the eastern seaboard escaped a hit by a major hurricane. It helped that the 2015 season — four hurricanes, a depression and seven tropical storms, including one that triggered a state of emergency across Florida — largely followed the preseason playbook that called for fewer storms thanks to a powerful El Niño weather pattern heating up the Pacific. Elsewhere was…

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Today on Context Florida: Thanksgiving & refugees, testing the American experiment and distracted driving

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Today on Context Florida: Thanksgiving is America’s holiday season, when we are supposed to give thanks for our blessings, gather around tables laden with festive food, and commemorate a bedraggled boatload of refugees who just showed up one day needing a decent meal and a safe place to crash. Diane Roberts says Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rick Scott take a radically different view. They want to slam the door on everyone, especially Syrians fleeing the horrors of ISIS.…

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Today on Context Florida: Scott’s record of shame, Windows 10, hurricane gerrymandering and Lake Point

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Today on Context Florida: Diane Roberts tallies up Rick Scott’s scorecard of shame when it comes to the environment. Her personal favorite is the $174,078,574 in designated Amendment 1 money for salaries and overhead in the Department of Agriculture, DEP, FWC and the Department of State. The state is supposed to be paying salaries and insurance anyway, Roberts says, while pointing out that subsidizing the Department of Agriculture in its aiding and abetting of big polluters is just moronic. And contrary…

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As Tropical Storm Erika weakens, some in the Tampa Bay area still worried about heavy rain

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Tropical Storm Erika dissipated Saturday, but folks in the Tampa Bay area are watching it carefully. The 9 a.m. forecast from the National Hurricane Center showed the storm had degenerated into a trough of low pressure by early Saturday after mountains and an unfavorable environment in Hispaniola knocked Erika below tropical storm force. It appeared that it would bypass drought-stricken South Florida entirely. But emergency managers in the Tampa Bay area are still worried about heavy rain. “Our aquifers are…

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