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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
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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."

Upon touring the damage in several towns along Florida's Panhandle, Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long called the destruction left by Hurricane Michael some of the worst he's ever seen.

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.

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