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Martin Vassolo
Updated 7 hours ago - News

Miami-Dade area schools close as Ian soaks Florida

Miami-Dade County officials stand at a lectern for a press conference.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava speaks at a press conference Tuesday to discuss Hurricane Ian. Screenshot courtesy of Miami-Dade County's Twitter feed

Many South Florida schools are closed through Thursday as Hurricane Ian, now an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane, is set to bring heavy wind and rain to the area before making landfall along the state's west coast later today.

What's happening: Tropical storm force winds reached southeast and southwest Florida as the intensifying hurricane moved some 75 miles southwest of Naples, packing maximum sustained winds of 140 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in a 5am update Wednesday.

Sareen Habeshian
Updated 12 hours ago - Science

Tornadoes strike Florida as Hurricane Ian intensifies

Photo: Tom Pendas/TourHelicopter.com

Several tornadoes were reported to have struck Florida after Hurricane Ian rapidly intensified on Tuesday night.

The big picture: Ian's outer bands spawned tornadoes along the east coast of Florida as it reached Category 3 intensity Tuesday ahead of an expected ramp-up to a Category 4 on Wednesday. The tornado threat to southeast Florida counties continued overnight as the major hurricane moved closer.

Martin Vassolo
18 hours ago - Sports

Tom Brady's in town: Buccaneers practicing in Miami

Tom Brady throws a football during practice.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass during warm-ups. Photo: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

It's always nice to be a good neighbor, especially in a hurricane.

What's happening: The Miami Dolphins are hosting Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the team evacuates from the path of Hurricane Ian.

Deirdra Funcheon
18 hours ago - News

Insurance tips for homeowners pre- and post-Hurricane Ian

Illustration of pattern of houses partially submerged under water
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Storm surge from Hurricane Ian threatens more than 1 million single-family and multifamily homes on Florida's Gulf Coast, according to a new report from housing analytics firm Core Logic.

  • The reconstruction cost value — more simply put, how much it would cost to rebuild those homes — totals $258.3 billion.
Martin Vassolo
Sep 27, 2022 - News

Weak demand for bivalent COVID boosters in Florida

Ramiro Guzman receives a COVID-19 booster during an event hosted by the Chicago Department of Public Health at the Southwest Senior Center earlier this month.
Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Floridians aren't rushing to get the updated COVID-19 boosters that were distributed statewide this month.

What's happening: A state health report released Friday shows that only 37,000 of Florida's 20 million eligible residents received the new bivalent vaccine, which is intended to target Omicron subvariants, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Martin Vassolo
Sep 27, 2022 - News

Miami Beach nears settlement in excessive force case

A screen shot from a surveillance video shows a man filming a group of police.
Surveillance footage shows a New York tourist catching Miami Beach police on video as they kick a handcuffed suspect. Screenshot courtesy of Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office

Miami Beach is proposing to pay $119,000 to settle allegations of excessive force stemming from a July 2021 incident in which officers were captured on body camera and surveillance footage beating a South Beach tourist who was recording them on video.

Catch up fast: Five officers were arrested last year on charges they used excessive force during the arrest of two Black men at the Royal Palm Hotel in South Beach.

Ian, now a major hurricane, threatens Cuba and Florida

Data: National Hurricane Center; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios
Data: National Hurricane Center; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios

Ian strengthened into a Category 3 major hurricane just before making landfall over western Cuba on Tuesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

State of play: The now-major hurricane continued to strengthen after making landfall in Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph, the NHC said in a 4:30am tweet. The storm's outer rain band began on Monday night lashing coastal areas of Florida, where it could hit as a Category 4 hurricane as early as Wednesday.

Andrew Freedman
Updated Sep 27, 2022 - Energy & Environment

Strengthening Hurricane Ian closes in on Cuba and Florida

Tropical Storm Ian as captured by a NOAA satellite on September 25, 2022.
Tropical Storm Ian as captured by a NOAA satellite on Sunday. Credit: NOAA

The eyewall Hurricane Ian was nearing Cuba early Tuesday as Florida was lashed with the outer bands of the Category 2 storm — which the National Hurricane Center warns could rapidly intensify into a Category 4 by midweek.

State of play: Ian was packing maximum sustained winds of 110 mph some 85 miles east of the western tip of Cuba at 2am Tuesday — just 1 mph off being classified as a major hurricane. There's a "danger of life-threatening storm surge" along much of the Florida west coast," the NHC said.