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MIAMI | Hurricane Michael gains strength, takes aim at north Florida

MIAMI  — Hurricane Michael swiftly intensified into a Category 2 over warm Gulf of Mexico waters Tuesday amid fears it would strike Florida on Wednesday as a major hurricane. Mandatory evacuations were issued as beach dwellers rushed to board up homes just ahead of what could be a devastating hit. A hurricane hunter plane that … Continue reading MIAMI | Hurricane Michael gains strength, takes aim at north Florida

MIAMI | Hurricane Michael gains strength on course for north Florida

MIAMI — Michael gained new strength over warm tropical waters amid fears it would swiftly intensify into a major hurricane before striking Florida‘s northeast Gulf Coast, where frantic coastal dwellers are boarding up homes and seeking evacuation routes away from the dangerous storm heading their way. A hurricane hunter plane that bounced into the swirling … Continue reading MIAMI | Hurricane Michael gains strength on course for north Florida

MIAMI | US Gulf Coast bracing for ‘monstrous’ Hurricane Michael

MIAMI — Residents of Florida’s Panhandle frantically filled sandbags, boarded up homes and secured boats Monday as they anxiously awaited Hurricane Michael, which forecasters warned could smash into the state’s Gulf Coast as a dangerous major hurricane within days. Fueled by warm tropical waters, Michael gained new strength by nightfall and could reach major hurricane … Continue reading MIAMI | US Gulf Coast bracing for ‘monstrous’ Hurricane Michael

BOSTON | Immigrants cheer ruling that lets them keep protected status

BOSTON  — When Sudanese immigrant Hiwaida Elarabi learned the U.S. government was ending the temporary protected status that allowed her to live and work in the country legally for two decades, she sold off the restaurant that had been her life’s dream. Terrified to return to Sudan and unable to fathom a life without proper … Continue reading BOSTON | Immigrants cheer ruling that lets them keep protected status

MIAMI | Red tide is plaguing beaches on both of Florida’s coasts

MIAMI — Many of Florida’s famous beaches were empty Thursday because of a red tide outbreak that for the first time in decades is plaguing both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts at once. While the Gulf Coast has suffered the brunt of the toxic algae outbreak all summer, it only just showed up this week … Continue reading MIAMI | Red tide is plaguing beaches on both of Florida’s coasts

MIAMI | WHAT’S HAPPENING: Rain, floods still in Florence’s forecast

MIAMI — The forecast for Florence has not changed, unfortunately: It’s still raining, and rivers are still rising. All roads in and out of a North Carolina city of 120,000 people are underwater. Residents of inland communities who thought they were safe from the storm have to find high ground because of expected flooding. When … Continue reading MIAMI | WHAT’S HAPPENING: Rain, floods still in Florence’s forecast

MIAMI | WHAT’S HAPPENING: Rain still in the forecast from Florence

MIAMI — How do you measure a disaster like Florence? In sum, the storm is turning out to be every bit as devastating as forecasters expected, with trillions of gallons of rain still in the forecast, hundreds of people needing rescue, hundreds of thousands of power outages and a handful of deaths. The economic toll … Continue reading MIAMI | WHAT’S HAPPENING: Rain still in the forecast from Florence

MIAMI | WHAT’S HAPPENING: Tree falling in Florence kills mom, baby

MIAMI — It’s about the water, not the wind, with Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast. Forecasters say “it cannot be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard posed by the slow-moving storm is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland.” Officials also have confirmed … Continue reading MIAMI | WHAT’S HAPPENING: Tree falling in Florence kills mom, baby