Category 2 Hurricane Dorian restrengthened a bit as moved away from Florida’s coast and the focus shifting to potentially life-threatening flooding along the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas. At 5 p.m. the storm was off the coast of southeastern Georgia and a storm surge warning and tropical storm warning were discontinued south of the Flagler/Volusia county line.
Bands from Hurricane Dorian are still lapping the east coast of Florida near Volusia County, but inland Central Florida residents woke up Wednesday to little more than a rain shower.
All Central Florida public schools will be closed Wednesday, but Seminole plans to re-open for classes Thursday. Volusia County schools are shuttered through Thursday. Lake, Orange and Osceola schools haven't announced plans for Thursday yet.
Hurricane Dorian was moving nearly parallel to Florida as it churned offshore Wednesday morning as a weakened, but still powerful Category 2 storm. Outer bands doused Central Florida, bringing tropical storm force winds to the east coast, and worsening conditions to the state’s northeastern coast. Forecasters warned of tornado threats and dangerous winds.
While the projected path for Hurricane Dorian keeps Florida out of the cone of uncertainty and the storm has reduced its intensity, the storm’s winds now extend out 175 miles and are already sending gusts across the east coast.
Hurricane Dorian battering Bahamas, forecasters continue to watch for northern turn near Florida’s east coast
Forecasters warn Florida on Sunday about Hurricane Dorian: “A small deviation to the left of the track could bring the intense core of the hurricane its dangerous winds closer to or onto the Florida coast."
Although Central Florida may not receive the catastrophic winds of Hurricane Dorian, Orange County is not scaling back on its emergency preparations.
Osceola County has called for an emergency evacuation of the Good Samaritan Society’s Kissimmee Village, the low-paying retirement community that had $500 million in damage from flooding after Hurricane Irma.
Hurricane Dorian on Sunday has its eye set on the Bahamas with powerful 150 mph winds, but has not let Florida off the hook in its ever changing path.
The SunRail commuter train will not be running at all next week. It’s closed on Monday for the Labor Day holiday, but now -- thanks to Hurricane Dorian -- it has suspended service for the rest of next week, as well.
Orange County officials hope Hurricane Dorian doesn’t bring a soggy repeat for residents of Orlo Vista, a working-class community where floodwaters rushed into 500 homes and forced more than 200 people to be evacuated two years ago during Hurricane Irma.
AdventHealth unveiled Mission Control, a 12,000-square-foot, $20 million high-tech center that has been a year in the making. With wall-to-wall screens that are updated every three to five seconds, the center keeps track of every patients who’s at one of the health system’s nine hospitals in Central Florida, is about to be transferred there, or is being discharged.
As Hurricane Dorian spins towards Florida, public safety officials cautioned Central Florida residents to prepare their families and homes wisely for the impact and possible aftermath of an intensifying storm which could knock out power for several days and cause severe flooding.
The state insurance regulators released their annual list of approved health insurance plans for 2020 on Friday afternoon and they projected no change -- as in 0.0% -- to the average cost of premiums.
A federal judge on Friday sentenced the 58-year-old man who threatened to kill Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders “ISIS-style” to 15 months in prison.
The Puerto Rican flag flies on Frances and Efrain Santiago’s home in Kissimmee, though their homeowners association has threatened fines if they didn’t take it down. True to her Army training, Frances Santiago says she won’t back down. Santiago, whose decade of military service included two tours in Iraq as a medic, said the Rolling Hills Estates HOA is reviewing its policies. She said recent correspondence from the HOA natives of Puerto Rico noted her request to display the island territory’s flag “highlighted some challenges” to HOA rules.
Osceola County deputies are seeking the public’s help to identify a man suspected of exposing himself to a child at a grocery store near Kissimmee.
Florida is about to make changes in how it judges its pre-K program, but many early childhood educators and advocates doubt it will be a real improvement. For years, Florida has judged its program -- mostly run by private preschools and daycare centers -- on how its young graduates did on a “readiness test” given when they started kindergarten. That pre-K rating system has been criticized ever since lawmakers created it nearly 15 years ago while authorizing the Florida Voluntary Pr-Kindergarten program for the state’s 4-year-olds.
For the 46 percent of Florida’s working families struggling to cover basic living expenses, the local United Way is partnering with some big companies to provide a new sort of safety net, leaders announced Wednesday. The charity also pledged $300,000 a year for an emergency fund to aid those families.
Osceola jail inmate killed himself as guards skipped cell checks. A year later, his mother still seeks justice | Special Report
Officers at the Osceola County jail skipped required cell checks as Luis Zayas, 34, killed himself in May 2018. His mother wants the officers who failed her son fired, and to change Florida's jails and prisons. "I never want another parent to get a phone call that their child hung themselves while others watched.”
Most local governments propose same tax rate but will get a windfall thanks to soaring property values
Central Florida counties and cities have started writing next year's fiscal budgets at a time when the region saw a huge tax windfall because of soaring property values. But residents shouldn't expect any tax decreases. Most local governments are maintaining the same property tax rates, which homeowners will pay more.
Frances and Efrain Santiago, natives of Puerto Rico, wanted to show their support last month for protesters back home seeking to oust the island’s governor. The couple flew the flag of Puerto Rico on the garage of their Kissimmee home. It ticked off the homeowners association.
Southern states carry the burden of new HIV diagnoses, accounting for more than half of new infections in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When the Pro Bowl came to Orlando in 2018, chef Stefano Tedeschi who bills himself as “The Sports Chef” says NFL star Antonio Brown didn’t pay a nearly $40,000 bill, and filed a civil lawsuit, according to a report on ESPN.