Hurricane Irma

Flanked by sea turtle nests, the vandalized Key West "ghost ship" that mysteriously washed ashore in Melbourne after Hurricane Irma will likely remain beached until at least November.

Because endangered turtles recently laid eggs there, officials in Brevard, on Florida's Atlantic coast, say they'll leave the boat alone for now.

Cuki, the beached 45-foot sailboat won't be removed until nesting season ends on Oct. 31 — at the earliest.

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Hurricane Irma caused major damage all across southwest Florida last year, and while many people have wrapped up their repairs, and the insurance claims that covered them, some people are still struggling to find closure. Plus, because of the massive damage caused by the storm, insurance companies are facing an increase in lawsuits against them. We’re joined by Chip Merlin, he’s founder and president of Merlin Law Group, and he focuses on commercial & residential property insurance claim disputes and bad faith insurance litigation. he’s an attorney who focuses on commercial & residential property insurance claim disputes and bad faith insurance litigation, to pick his brain about all things insurance related in this post-Irma world.


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The 2018 Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1st. While early forecasts predict another busy season, only time will tell. With Southwest Florida’s Hurricane Irma experience still pretty fresh in everyone’s minds, it might be a bit easier this year to get people to think seriously about preparing -- at least that’s the hope. We’re joined by meteorologist Jeff Huffman from the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network to talk about how public radio stations around the state are gearing up, and what southwest Floridians should be doing to prepare.


Arborist Talks Tree Prep Heading Into Hurricane Season

May 14, 2018
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Hurricane season officially begins June 1. Though, there are still two weeks to go, meteorologists have been keeping an eye on the Gulf. And, recent rains have reminded many of last year's destruction, which left some Florida homeowners fearful of their own yards — after trees caused so much property damage during Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane season is fast approaching, which means summer is nearly here, as well. For South Florida, this signals increased attention on storm forecasts and applying lessons learned when it comes to evacuation and emergency plans, storm shutters and the possibility of losing power during the most sweltering time of the year.

Last year, more than 700,000 homes had their power knocked out as Hurricane Irma arrived in South Florida. It hit the lower Keys as a Category 4 storm but slowed down to a Cat. 1 as it made its way up the Florida peninsula.