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St. Pete City Council to take up costly wastewater fix

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This week, the St. Petersburg City Council will take up one of the city’s most pressing issues — fixing its aging sewage and storm drainage system. Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Hermine exposed a host of complications in how the city handles wastewater, leading to nearly 200 million gallons of sewage being dumped into Bay area waterways in 2016.

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Duke Energy prepares for Hermine, reminds customers to stay safe

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Duke Energy is getting ready for Hermine. As Florida’s Gulf Coast faces Tropical Storm Hermine – upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane as of 3 p.m. Thursday – Duke meteorologists are carefully monitoring the storm’s path and say they ready to respond as necessary. Duke’s detailed storm response includes more than 1200 line technicians, tree resources, and service crews dispatched to areas expected to bear the brunt of Hermine, which is projected to make landfall early Friday. While monitoring the…

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Rick Scott closes state offices in 51 counties as Hermine looms

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How serious is Tropical Storm Hermine? Gov. Rick Scott said the words “life threatening” five times Thursday during a 15-minute press briefing at the state’s Emergency Operations Center. He wanted, he said, to impress on Floridians jaded by a decade without major storms, or new to the state, or visiting, that this thing could kill you. “It’s going to impact us from Tampa Bay all the way to Pensacola,” Scott said. “We are going to have storm surge — three…

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State parks closing as severe weather approaches

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According to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service, the following state park campgrounds have been closed Wednesday in preparation for the storm: — Fanning Springs State Park, Fanning Springs (Levy County) — Lafayette Blue Spring State Park, Mayo (Suwannee County) — Manatee Springs State Park, Chiefland (Dixie County) — Ochlockonee River State Park, Sopchoppy (Wakulla County) — Torreya State Park, Bristol (Liberty County) — St. Andrews State Park, Panama City Beach (Bay County) — T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula…

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Florida insurers say they’re ready as Hermine nears

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Hermine’s coming. Got your homeowner’s insurance policy handy? You might want to, said Logan McFaddin, Florida regional manager for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency across a broad swath of the state Wednesday because of a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico, forecast to hit the Gulf Coast as a tropical storm or hurricane on Thursday. Later Wednesday, the system was upgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine. He called upon Floridians to make…

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