Hurricane Matthew

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Florida and Georgia residents in certain counties who lost jobs as a result of Hurricane Matthew may be entitled to federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance.


Residents of four Northeast Florida counties are now eligible for assistance from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler and Volusia County homeowners and renters who lost property in Hurricane Matthew can apply for grants to replace it.

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ANASTASIA ISLAND — Residents in recovery mode after Hurricane Matthew are coming together to help each other.

trees down in Jacksonville during Hurricane Matthew
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Many Northeast Florida residents are making calls to their insurance companies after Hurricane Matthew. WJCT Business Analyst John Burr spoke to one local agent about how big storms affect the industry. He tells News Director Jessica Palombo about it in this week’s Business Brief.

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After recent damage from Hurricane Matthew, a St. Augustine artist is using her talent to help with relief efforts.

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Lyndy Durrence  hasn’t had electricity since Hurricane Matthew Friday.

“My laundry's full now,” she said. “My dishwashers full now and I’ve been washing things in bleach.”


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced the creation of a First Coast relief fund Monday. This fund will aid those impacted by Hurricane Matthew and any other future natural disasters to affect Northeast Florida.

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Northeast Florida residents are getting help cleaning up after Hurricane Matthew from federal relief workers, national guardsmen, local police and city officials.

Help is also coming from national charities like America’s Disaster Relief.

University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus joined host Melissa Ross Tuesday to talk about the latest Sunshine State Survey asking Floridians what their greatest concerns as the presidential election looms. With the cleanup from Hurricane Matthew continuing on the First Coast, we spoke with Vicky Zelen, president of Zelen Risk Solutions insurance agency, about what you need to do to make a flood insurance claim.

First Coast Connect Book Club blogger Stacey Goldring spoke about some Halloween themed favorites, and we spoke with David Williams from the Mike Williams Foundation, Dr. Ismael Maomou from Guinea, Dr. Abba Hydara from Gambia and Bill Sorenson from the Rotary Club of Jacksonville about the annual Mike Williams Visionary Scholars program. 

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Several Northeast Florida businesses and nonprofits remain closed because of Hurricane Matthew. One nonprofit, Catty Shack Ranch, a big-cat sanctuary, had its welcome tent destroyed by the hurricane. 

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OneBlood is urgently seeking donations after Hurricane Matthew caused several sites across Florida to temporarily shut down.

Duval School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti joined the show Monday with an update on schools being closed due to Hurricane Matthew and how the district handled the cleanup effort. We also spoke with Girls Inc. executive director Robin Rose about Tuesday’s International Day of the Girl. Jax Community of Entrepreneurs Executive Director Kate Stewart; Jennifer Giltrop with the Jacksonville Public Library; and Coretta Hill with United Way of Northeast Florida joined host Melissa Ross to speak about Jax Innovation Week.   

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Here's a listing of when schools from throughout the First Coast will reopen.

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Jeff Edwards has lived in Mandarin for more than 35 years.

During that time, he said Friday’s storm surge from Hurricane Matthew was the highest water level he’s seen on the St. Johns River — a scene so violent, it destroyed a piece of Jacksonville history.

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As the First Coast continues recovering from Hurricane Matthew, business owners in downtown St. Augustine aren’t sure when things will return to normal.