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10PM: Cat 2 Hurricane Irma Crawls North, Leaves SWFL Facing Rain and Storm Surges

The eye of Hurricane Irma, the Category 2 hurricane that made landfall on the Florida mainland at Marco Island shortly around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, is now moving toward Sarasota and into Central Florida.

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SWFL Evacuation Areas And Information

NOTE: This blog post will be updated throughout the storm. As Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida, mandatory evacuations are being issued. Below are the evacuations:

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Know Your Hurricane Evacuation Zone

With Hurricane Irma bearing down on Southwest Florida, emergency response officials are urging residents to familiarize themselves with their county's various evacuation zones, and the zone they will be sheltering in during the storm.

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Lee County Expands Mandatory Evacuation Zones

Lee County Emergency Management officials have expanded the scope of mandatory evacuations beyond the barrier islands to include portions of Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, San Carlos Park, Estero and Bonita Springs. In a news briefing at the Lee County Emergency Operations Center Friday, Gov. Rick Scott said the expanded mandatory evacuations come due to the threat of a projected six to 12 foot storm surge. “It is possible that this area, especially from Captiva to Chokoloskee, this is a life...

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Democrats Look To Trump On DREAM Act After He Puts Expiration Date On DACA Program

President Trump appears to be in the mood to make deals with Democrats — and Democrats see an opportunity to protect young immigrants. On Wednesday, the president overruled leaders of his own party — and members of his own Cabinet — to back a plan pushed by Democrats to pair hurricane relief aid to a short-term hike in the debt ceiling along with a measure to keep the government funded until early December. Democrats hope the president's apparent willingness to work across the aisle will...

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Farah Dosani

The last surviving FBI agent present at the autopsy of President John F. Kennedy has died. With James Sibert, goes one more account of how the 35th president was assassinated. A memorial service was held Saturday in Fort Myers.

Dozens of people gather on the porch of Chapel by the Sea. Clouds cast shadows over the morning sky, making it cooler than normal as the breeze from the gulf chills the crowd. Many of these folks are homeless and turn to the Fort Myers Beach church for help. After eating breakfast, they join hands in a circle and recite a prayer.

Inside a storefront near downtown Fort Myers, twenty people wait in a cramped room to be seen by a nurse practitioner. The sign facing the road reads ‘free clinic.’ Parish nurse Yolette Osselin calls the next patient. She passes a painting of Jesus in ‘The Last Supper’ on her way to the sole examination room.

Students stampede into Bonita Springs Middle School’s gymnasium and flood the bleachers.

Staples in gym class may evoke mixed emotions in kids. There’s dodgeball, the mile run, getting yelled at for standing around… Sixth-grader Alexis Fisher embodies that attitude.

Aging baby-boomers, a retiring workforce, and a growing population are driving up the demand for health care providers. It may be an impending problem for some areas. But in certain rural communities, this has long been their reality.

Residents of Glades County have been dealing with a doctor shortage for decades. The county has a new doctor –and he’s its only one.

Farah Dosani

Jennifer Lee and her four year-old daughter Kristin check out the Halloween candy she brought home from school.

"Arlin was so sad that he couldn't go trick-or-treating that I promised him we wouldn't go either", reminded Lee to her daughter. "No, he couldn't go, because he was in the hospital, right?"

"No", answered Kristen.

Lee's seven-year-old son Arlin has been in a behavioral hospital in Orlando for almost two weeks. He lives with bipolar disorder and had reached a crisis point. The single mom drove her son three hours away from their Cape Coral home to get help.

Health Service Corps

Mar 16, 2011

More than 65 million Americans live in areas without enough primary care providers and the shortage is only expected to get worse. But health care reform is working to change that by expanding the National Health Service Corps. That federal program helps pay for aspiring primary care clinicians.

The catch? They must work in areas where they're needed most. For HealthyState.org, WGCU's Farah Dosani has the story of two doctors and their experience with the corps.

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One year has passed since a Haitian national named Mesac Damas allegedly killed his wife and five children in Naples. Police say the couple had a history of domestic violence. The incident shook the Southwest Florida Haitian community - as Damas was one of their own. For the Healthy State Collaborative, WGCU's Farah Dosani reports on how it made them reflect on views within their culture that have allowed domestic violence to silently occur and escalate within the community.

Hindu Temple

Aug 19, 2009

Followers of the world's most ancient religion now have their own place of worship in Southwest Florida. The Hindu community is celebrating the completion of its new temple after years of holding services without one. The official grand opening is Sunday.

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