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How And Where To Report Power Outages

Oct 10, 2018

Power outtages are expected to be widespread as Hurricane Michael begins making its way to the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend.  Report outages to your local utility. 

Updated 5:30 p.m.

The National Hurricane Center says Michael has lost some power, but it remains a dangerous Category 3 storm as it approaches an area where Florida, Alabama and Georgia meet.

Calling the situation "unprecedented" the National Weather Service upgraded Hurricane Michael to a Category 4 early Wednesday morning. It has maximum sustained winds of 140 mph.

As winds from passing Hurricane Michael pushed tides higher on Florida’s Gulf Coast, floodwaters rose in some parts of Southwest Florida.

The colorful bungalows on the edge of Sanibel Island – just before it becomes Captiva – were filling with water on Tuesday afternoon.

We're now more than halfway through Hispanic Heritage Month, which extends from September 15th through October 15th. So, in honor of those of Hispanic heritage here in Southwest Florida, WGCU is featuring local Latinos from across the region — from all sorts of professions, genders and backgrounds.

Today, you'll hear the story of a man who says he was able to pursue a career in medicine because of the sacrifices his family made. 

 


ROAD TO BALI (1952) Musical comedy starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour - Two inept vaudevillians stow away on a Brazilian-bound ocean liner and foil a plot by a sinister hypnotist to marry off her niece to a greedy fortune hunter.  

The deadline to vote in November's general election was supposed to be Tuesday, but was pushed back a day in some Florida counties due to the approach of Hurricane Michael.

Now, the state Democratic Party is suing to move that deadline back at least a week to Oct. 16.

Author Patricia Engel first had the idea for her latest novel while driving in Miami with her mom more than 10 years ago.

When they drove over a bridge, Engel's mother told her a story about a man who threw a baby off a bridge. But she didn’t know any more details about the tragedy. That left Engel wondering.

This conversation led to what's now "The Veins of the Ocean," published in 2016, which tells a similar story. It's Sundial Book Club’s October pick.

In Miami-Dade County, convicted sex offenders often end up homeless. The Marshall Project, a Pulitzer Prize-winning online magazine focused on criminal justice, recently released a multimedia investigation examining the issue in depth. In partnership with Longreads, they looked at what life is like for nearly 500 of the county's 2,200 registered sex offenders and how they are navigating punitive residency laws while trying to rebuild their lives after incarceration in Miami-Dade County.

Developers and investors looking for the next Miami real estate diamond in the rough are venturing into Allapattah, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods bordering trendy Wynwood.

That proximity to the city’s booming urban core, along with Metrorail access and riverfront views, have prompted discussion over the future of development in Allapattah, which some say is at a crossroads.

The Gulf Coast of Florida is already feeling impacts of Hurricane Michael with minor coastal flooding due to storm surge and high tide.

Paramedics in Sarasota County are turning away from opioids to treat patients in pain.

Instead, they will primarily use nitrous oxide also known as laughing gas.

Jorge Pérez has built hundreds of condominiums in South Florida since the last housing market collapse. In fact, he has built thousands of condos in his career. They have fueled a multi-billion dollar fortune for him and reshaped the region’s skyline.

His company, The Related Group, is not putting shovels in the ground right now though. He thinks real estate in South Florida is coming in for a soft landing, but not because the American economy is softening.

Duval County Supervisor of Elections

Keith Ivey has an image in his mind he can’t let go of.

Oct. 9 is the last day to register in the state of Florida if you want to vote in the Nov. 6 general elections. It is also the last day to change your address if you have moved since the last time you’ve voted.

Floridians will vote on the next state governor, Florida U.S. Senate seat, the state’s U.S. House seats and other local positions.

To register online you'll have to follow these steps:

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