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Martin Vassolo
3 hours ago - 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
3 hours ago - 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 8 hours ago - 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.

Jacob Knutson
Updated 10 hours ago - Science

Intensifying Hurricane Ian forces Florida evacuations

A couple board up windows as they prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Ian in Indian Shores, 25 miles West of Tampa, Florida on September 26.
A couple board up windows as they prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Ian in Indian Shores, 25 miles west of Tampa, Florida, on Monday. Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images

Hurricane Ian triggered evacuation orders across much of Florida’s Gulf Coast as the storm's outer bands unleashed heavy rains across the region on Monday night ahead of expected "life-threatening" storm and flooding by midweek.

Why it matters: Ian's expected to intensify further as it passes near or over western Cuba Tuesday while tracking toward Florida.

Martin Vassolo
Sep 26, 2022 - News

Miami prepares for heavy rain, flooding as Ian looms

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

Hurricane Ian formed overnight Monday and is expected to make landfall somewhere along the Florida Panhandle as early as midweek after hitting Cuba.

What's happening: Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency on Saturday for all of Florida ahead of Ian, which could become a Category 4 storm. President Biden also declared one for more than 20 counties, including Miami-Dade.

Latin Music Week: Ozuna, Camilo to perform for free

Ozuna wears a red-and-white patterned jacket and sunglasses as he points to the sky.
Ozuna. Photo: Cristina Andina/Redferns

Billboard Latin Music Week kicks off today in Miami, and organizers are calling it the largest gathering for Latin music in the world.

Lucky for you: Organizers have set up two free concerts at Oasis Wynwood (2335 N. Miami Ave.) as part of the Billboard En Vivo series.

Deirdra Funcheon
Sep 26, 2022 - News

South Florida sea turtles fared all right this summer

A leatherback sea turtle. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Some good news: Sea turtles in Broward County have fared better than expected this nesting season, according to Stephanie C. Roche, an environmental project coordinator for the county's Natural Resources Division.

  • "We were at least matching about average over the past five years, if not exceeding averages for our nesting species," Roche told Axios.