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Hurricane Matthew still may threaten Sunshine State

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Gov. Rick Scott continued to warn state residents that Hurricane Matthew, though not currently targeting Florida, is “a very dangerous storm and life threatening.” The storm, which has been fluctuating between a Category 4 and Category 5 hurricane, on Sunday morning was tracking westerly at 5 mph with sustained winds of 140 mph. The National Weather Service said “it is too soon to rule out possible hurricane impacts from Matthew in Florida.” “We haven’t seen a storm of this magnitude approach…

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Hermine overwhelms St. Pete’s sewer system

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Mayor Rick Kriseman on Tuesday assured St. Petersburg residents the city was prepared for the onslaught of rain expected from then-Tropical Depression 9. The lines had been cleared and cleaned, Kriseman said. The capacity of the system had been increased by 3 million gallons with improvements to the Albert Whitted sewer plant. But the massive rainfall from the storm proved too much for the city’s system. By Wednesday night, St. Petersburg was discharging wastewater into Tampa Bay. That’s likely to…

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