Latest on Hurricane Irma
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.
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...
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...