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Pam Bondi activates price gouging hotline ahead of Tropical Storm Emily

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Attorney General Pam Bondi activated the state’s price gouging hotline, after Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 31 counties in preparation for Tropical Storm Emily. State law prohibits extreme increases in the price of essential commodities — like food, water, hotels, gasoline and equipment — that is needed as a direct result of an officially declared emergency. People who suspect price gouging during the declared state of emergency should report it to the Attorney General’s Office by…

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Tampa Bay area under Tropical Storm Watch as Tropical Depression 6 forms in Gulf of Mexico

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Tropical Depression 6 has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is about 60 miles off the coast of Pinellas County.

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Steve Pociask: Prepare for the storms

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Recent Tropical Storm activity in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean remind us of one thing — Florida is ground zero for tropical weather activity. In June, parts of Florida’s Gulf Coast became inundated with rain, causing flash flooding, tornado spin-offs and heavy wind as Tropical Storm Colin made landfall in Florida’s Big Bend area. While Colin never became a hurricane, the tropical storm caused plenty of damage and disruption and it exemplifies what could be in store…

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Insurers warn Floridians to prepare for tropical storm

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A tropical storm stands an excellent chance of hitting South Florida this weekend. An insurance industry group wants Floridians to start getting ready. The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America on Wednesday recommended Floridians review their policies now, to make sure they’re covered against storm damage, or add coverage, if necessary. “Flood insurance is not covered by your standard homeowners policy; however, additional coverage can be purchased through the National Flood Insurance Program or your insurance company,” said Logan McFaddin, PCI’s Florida…

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St. Pete council agrees to spend millions to fix sewer problems

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In the wake of a tropical storm that saw St. Petersburg dump millions of gallons of partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay, City Council members agreed Thursday on several initiatives designed to start replacing and repairing a deteriorated sewer system. But council members agreed repairs won’t come quickly enough to prevent another overflow. “We will be dealing with serious spill events over the summer, and we need to be straightforward about that,” council member Darden Rice said. The sooner something…

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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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Tropical Storm Colin gains strength as it nears Florida; Gov. declares emergency

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Residents on Florida’s Gulf coast filled sandbags, schools planned to close early and Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Colin gained speed and churned toward the state Monday, threatening serious flooding. A large portion of Florida’s western and Panhandle coast was already under a tropical storm warning when the National Hurricane Center announced that a swift-moving depression had become a named storm. The center said it is the earliest that a third named storm has…

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