Hurricanes

Authorities were saying early Friday that at least 97 people were known to have died in the flooding, mudslides and other deadly after-effects of the two storms that struck the country this week.

Torrential rains and then-Hurricane Manuel lashed the west coast of Mexico, particularly in around Acapulco. Hurricane Ingrid pummeled the east side of the nation, along the Gulf Coast.

We're at the height of the hurricane season and there are three named storms over the waters of the Gulf and Atlantic. However, as has been the case for most of the season, none of them are a threat to Florida. Ingrid is the newest arrival, forming Friday morning in the Bay of Campeche, likely to threaten Mexico and Texas over the weekend with heavy rains and flooding. Humberto was the season's first hurricane, but remains only a shipping interest in the eastern Atlantic.

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Humberto poses no threat to Florida: The season's eighth named storm is picking up speed, but is not expected to make landfall in the U.S.

Tropical Storm Erin Forms In Eastern Atlantic

Aug 15, 2013

Tropical Storm Erin is likely to strengthen over the next day or so, but then potentially weaken as it traverses some cooler water and drier air over the central Atlantic. Similar to Tropical Storm Dorian, the system may even dissipate entirely by early next week when it moves through this more hostile environment. Regardless, it would take more than a week for Erin to move across the Atlantic and pose a real threat to any land areas.

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WJCT First Read : Thursday, August 15, 2013

Aug 15, 2013

Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country. We'll also preview some of WJCT's upcoming news programming.

UF Health Northside hospital still planned: At yesterday's groundbreaking for UF Health Jacksonville's new Northside facility officials said they have re-filed a request for a certificate of need to build a new hospital at the location.

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Hurricane season is in full swing, and Florida's homeowners are among the most at-risk in the nation should a major storm surge our way.

Now is the time to scrutinize your property insurance policy and find out what is - and is not - covered.

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