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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.

 

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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. 

The federal government will provide $340 million to help Florida citrus farmers recover from Hurricane Irma.

Several South Florida nonprofits are launching five meetings to ensure equality in hurricane recovery efforts, continuing work that began after Hurricane Irma.

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