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JEA reported Thursday morning that 2,983 customers lost power on Jacksonville's Southside. 

Flooding, high winds, and tornadoes are possible in Florida Thursday as yet another strong storm system sweeps across the state. This will be the fourth front in as many weeks, and it could be the strongest.

The area of low pressure was noted on satellite data to be rapidly developing in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday, where it is forecast to quickly strengthen overnight. The center of the low will approach the Florida's Big Bend region Thursday, but impacts will be far-reaching and likely felt across all of Florida.

Hurricane Michael Insured Losses Top $4 Billion In Florida

Dec 4, 2018
Evan Vucci / Associated Press

With nearly 130,000 claims filed, estimated insured losses from Hurricane Michael have topped $4 billion, according to numbers posted on the state Office of Insurance Regulation website.

Hurricane Season Ends As Panhandle Struggles With Michael's Aftermath

Nov 30, 2018
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For the third consecutive year, after a decade reprieve, Florida in 2018 was tested by the force of a massive hurricane.

Two recent studies outlining the progression of climate change have some of Florida’s leaders on the subject calling for greater legislative action. Those studies are the United Nations’ Emissions Gap Report and the U.S. Government’s National Climate Assessment.

Future Farmers of America picking tomatoes in Palmetto, Florida.
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A new report shows that people who work outdoors in all 67 Florida counties frequently work in dangerously hot conditions as climate change leads to hotter days and more of them.

Hurricane Michael Claims Have Already Topped $680 Million In Fla.

Oct 19, 2018
David Goldman / Associated Press

Within a week of Hurricane Michael barreling into Northwest Florida, nearly 70,000 insurance claims had been filed, with estimated insured losses of $680.7 million, according to data posted online by the state Office of Insurance Regulation.

On top of red tide and blue green algae, Hurricane Michael is compounding to fears in Florida’s tourism industry.

Leon County Schools is seeing an influx of students from counties affected by Hurricane Michael as their home districts are closed. The students are being welcomed with open arms, but their arrival presents challenges.

Summer Still Sizzling in Florida

Oct 16, 2018

Fall officially began three weeks ago, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it in Florida this week. Not even close! Whatever that was over the weekend – those refreshing nights in the northern half of the state – must have been just a tease.

Updated at 5:22 p.m. ET

After Hurricane Michael slammed through the Florida panhandle and into Georgia last week, President Trump has surveyed damage and met with officials about recovery efforts.

At a briefing alongside Florida Gov. Rick Scott at Eglin Air Force Base, Trump praised the work of emergency responders and law enforcement.

"The job they've done in Florida has been incredible," he said, and described Scott as a leader who "steps up in the biggest emergencies, the biggest problems, and he gets it done."

Analysts are estimating that Hurricane Michael has caused billions of dollars of damage and will create a substantial loss for insurers, but the industry is expected to cope — once again avoiding the kind of meltdown that Florida saw in the 1990s, after Hurricane Andrew.

State Freezes Insurance Rates After Hurricane Michael

Oct 14, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday directed the state’s top insurance regulator to freeze any potential property-insurance rate increases for 90 days as homeowners and businesspeople grapple with massive damage from Hurricane Michael.

Scott also directed Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier to require rescinding for 90 days all policy non-renewals or cancellations that had been issued in the days leading up to Michael to give policyholders more time to find coverage. In another move, insurance policyholders will be given an extra 90 days to provide required information to insurers.

Debris pick up following Hurricane Michael up is underway. Tallahassee City Manager Reese Goad says the size limit for debris piles will be waived while clean-up efforts are ongoing.

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET

At least 11 people have died from Hurricane Michael, which slammed into Florida's Panhandle with 155-mph winds on Wednesday. The storm hacked a trail of catastrophic destruction in Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia before finally heading back out over water.

Five deaths were reported in Virginia, in addition to four in Florida, one in Georgia and one in North Carolina.

Florida State University’s Panama City Campus is closed indefinitely. The school sustained heavy water and infrastructure damage due to Hurricane Michael. The university announced the closure Friday after school officials took a helicopter over Thursday to get their first look at the site following the storm.

Despite mandatory evacuation orders along Florida’s Panhandle many people chose to stay behind and ride out the storm. Among them: Charley and Briney King in Panama City. They spoke on WFSU’s Perspectives show Friday.

First Coast Area Crews Helping Panhandle Recover From Hurricane Michael

Oct 11, 2018
Will Dickey / The Florida Times-Union

Emergency response teams from Nassau County are headed to Florida’s storm-battered Panhandle Thursday to help manage storm recovery and repair communications systems in several counties damaged by Hurricane Michael.

Michael Weakens After Historic Slam Into Florida Panhandle

Oct 11, 2018

Updated at 5:30 a.m. ET Thursday

Tropical Storm Michael is weakening as it churns across south-central Georgia.

On Wednesday, Michael was the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the continental U.S. in more than a quarter-century, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Updated at 4:55 a.m. ET

Tropical Storm Michael rampaged through South Carolina, North Carolina and finally southeastern Virginia on Thursday, before heading for the Atlantic Ocean.

The storm's traveling speed accelerated to 29 mph by evening, according to the National Hurricane Center, with winds of 65 mph.

At least 388,000 utility customers lost power as Hurricane Michael crashed ashore --- with potentially catastrophic winds of 155 mph --- between Panama City and St. Vincent Island, before speeding north into Alabama and Georgia on Wednesday.

Updated at 5:30 a.m. ET Thursday

Tropical Storm Michael is weakening as it churns across south-central Georgia.

On Wednesday, Michael was the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the continental U.S. in more than a quarter-century, according to the National Hurricane Center.

JONATHAN BACHMAN / REUTERS VIA NPR

As the Florida Panhandle deals with what is expected to be one of the most destructive hurricanes ever to hit the state, statistics show Florida is among the states hit hardest by hurricanes.

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Because of the possible effects some areas of the First Coast may see from Hurricane Michael some schools have announced closures or cancellations.

Florida State College at Jacksonville

FSCJ is closing  at 4 p.m. Wednesday.  All classes after 4 p.m. are canceled at all campuses. A decision about Thursday classes will be announced via FSCJ email and social media outlets by 6 a.m. on Thursday. 

Edward Waters College

Jacksonville Firefighters In Panhandle To Help Communities Deal With Hurricane Michael

Oct 10, 2018
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Fifty-eight Jacksonville firefighters headed to Florida’s Panhandle Tuesday to help communities impacted when Hurricane Michael comes ashore.

Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday morning that time has run out for people in coastal areas who debated whether to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Michael, as the powerful Category 4 storm was poised to cause massive damage in the Panhandle.

“It’s too late to get out,” Scott said during an appearance on the Weather Channel. “If you’re in a coastal community, you’ve got to hunker down. You’ve got to do everything you can to keep your family safe.”

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St. Augustine residents can report street flooding and clogged storm drains online as they face potential high winds, heavy rain and above-average high tides brought on by Hurricane Michael.

Updated at 2:00 a.m. ET Wednesday

Hurricane Michael has grown into a Category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds reaching 130 mph, as it barrels toward northwestern Florida, making it a much stronger storm than Hurricane Florence was when it made landfall as a Category 1 storm drenching the Carolinas last month, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Updated at 11:55 p.m. ET

Hurricane Michael is expected to strengthen rapidly over the next 24 to 36 hours and will be "a dangerous major hurricane when it reaches the northeastern Gulf Coast on Wednesday," the National Hurricane Center says.

The storm achieved hurricane status with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph Monday morning, triggering warnings of a life-threatening storm surge that could hit the Florida Gulf Coast. Later in the day, its sustained winds topped 90 mph, with stronger gusts.

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