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February 10, 2008

Anatomy Of A Local Breaking News Story

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A great behind-the-scenes look at coverage of Hurricane Wilma from the local point-of-view.

Back in 2005, when Hurricane Wilma was about to smack the Naples area, our news organization made a commitment that when it came to real-time coverage, we were not going to get beat on this story by CNN or The Weather Channel or any other news organizations.

 

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August 19, 2007

Hurricanes Over Yucatan

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Some Yucatan residence look back at hurricanes from the past as Hurricane Dean approaches.

Hurricane Dean appears to be headed for the Yucatan Peninsula. Call us crazy (go ahead… you won’t be the first) but we would take a hurricane any day over an earthquake.

Click through for more pictures of Hurricane Isadore.
 

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May 19, 2007

Vacation That Built Loyalty

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Happy with the Cancun Club Med after a Hurricane Wilma experience there.

I’d been to Club Med Cancun two years previously when it was an adults only resort, and after the devastation of hurricane Wilma they recently re-opened as family friendly in November of 2006. Now, I’m not one to enjoy crowded swimming pools with screaming kids and waits for beach chairs or drinks, so I was a bit apprehensive when Kevin and I got on the plane. I really shouldn’t have worried. Kev and I really couldn’t believe our eyes.

 

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February 19, 2007

Powerless

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From a post about losing power after a storm.

Pretty darn incredible. I remember our 11 days without power after Hurricane Wilma in 2005, 15 years is beyond my imagination. One good question remains from the above article- If her neighbors and the code inspectors never knew about the violations or her lack of electricity, where was this woman getting her power via the extension cords?

 

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Posted on February 19, 2007 06:44 AM by hurric585.
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January 30, 2007

NavAid Benefit Slated For Miami Boat Show

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It takes many fund raising events to help victims of Hurricane Wilma.

Last year’s inaugural NavAid, also held in conjunction with the opening day of the Miami International Boat Show, raised money and awareness for the victims of Hurricane Wilma which decimated the Florida southeast coast in the fall of 2005. The event, organized in conjunction with the American Red Cross Broward County Chapter, raised $7,000 through generous contributions from our co-sponsors Raymarine, Northstar, Furuno, Humminbird and Lowrance, as well as all those who attended the event. All proceeds were used to help the 21,000 victims and 46 families that were left homeless as a result of the hurricane.

 

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September 15, 2006

Club Med: Family Friendly

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Hurricane Wilma had impact on society in ways you might not expect.

Last year, Hurricane Wilma swept through the region and had its way with Club Med. It”s been closed and under renovation since. On November 11, it finally reopens after a $24 million investment. And, you guessed it; children are now allowed and family friendly facilities abound.

 

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August 01, 2006

Tropical Storm Chris To Miss Cancun

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Hurricane Wilma has made Cancun residents uneasy about any nearby tropical storms.

Just heard on the TV that meteorologists are keeping a close eye on Tropical Strom Chris which is developing some way off to the South West. With Hurricane Wilma still very much in everyones memory here in Cancun any potential hurricane is closely monitored.

 

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July 21, 2006

Revamped Emergency Food Stamps

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The Florida emergency food program didn't work so well after Hurricane Wilma.

These foodstamps aren't the same as ordinary ones. Families with losses and income in the $50,000 range qualified.

 

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Posted on July 21, 2006 06:39 AM by hurric585.
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April 18, 2006

Child Custody After Hurricanes

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If you've got kids, figure out a disaster plan before the hurricane strikes.

The sheer scale of the disaster, the vast number of custody and visitation orders impacted and an indefinitely shut-down court system all make for a volatile, frustrating mix. Post-Wilma South Florida experienced it too, if to a lesser degree.

 

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March 14, 2006

Hospitality Market

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From an Ernst & Young report on hospitality, this bit on the impact of hurricanes on tourism.

The hurricanes that made landfall in the United States during 2005 have been by far the most costly natural catastrophes in the country’s history. The wrath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma left no industry untouched and caused extraordinary industrial and commercial property damage, which will likely result in an unprecedented number of insurance claims and lawsuits -- estimates indicate insured losses exceed $60 billion. Oil rigs and refineries were initially hit hard as Hurricane Katrina reportedly affected production at more than 50 oil and natural-gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. This fueled an immediate increase in gasoline and airfare costs, due to higher jet fuel prices. While the sticker shock at the pump has subsided (for the most part) as gas prices have declined, the impact of the active hurricane season on tourism in the Gulf Coast, especially in New Orleans, has been far-reaching, beyond the physical damage to local hotels, amenities, and tourist attractions.

 

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Summer Oil Prices: Upside Threats

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An uptick in gas prices due to another bad hurricane season might be viewed as a sort of "carbon tax" if you believe that global warming is increasing ocean temperatures.

AccuWeather is reporting that Atlantic surface water temperatures are high and similiar to last years' surface water temperatures which fueled the massive hurricane season. [thanks to Mike Shedlock, again] The warmer the surface waters in the tropical Atlantic, the easier it is for storms to form up and the more intense they become. There is significant risk of another really bad hurricane season in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, which could increase the shut-in risks due to the fact that not all damage in the oil producing areas have been permanently fixed.

 

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Posted on March 14, 2006 04:44 PM by hurric585.
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January 07, 2006

Florida Hurricane Politics

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Some hurricane politicking in Florida.

Meanwhile, the Orlando Ledger has some opinions to vent about the upcoming assessment to Citizens’ revenue shortfall and the windfall sales tax revenue in the wake of Katrina and Wilma:

 

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Posted on January 7, 2006 03:45 PM by hurric585.
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November 18, 2005

Tropical Storm Gamma

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Hurricane Gamma has set a new record for number of hurricanes in a season.

Current track brings it into southern Florida by early Monday after accelerating during the weekend. That should prevent it from reaching hurricane strength. However, the area has just now recovered from Hurricane Wilma and if the storm reached sufficient wind velocity, it will down power lines and disrupt lives. It is currently a compact storm which will limit its area of impact but will this storm be the last straw for many residents in south Florida who will seek out better climes to live?

 

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Posted on November 18, 2005 04:41 PM by hurric585.
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October 25, 2005

Hurricane Quote Of The Day

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Good catch on this great CNN Hurricane Wilma quote.

Naples man: “I saw a bunch of stuff flying by”

 

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Hurricane Wilma Heads North

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AubreyJ's latest update on Hurricane Wilma.
As of 5:00 AM EDT.... Hurricane Wilma had Maximum Sustained Winds of near 115 MPH with higher gust... Additional weakening is forecast during the next 24 hours and Wilma is expected to lose its Tropical Characteristics during the next day or so...
 

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October 24, 2005

Care Providers Must Deal with Hurricane Wilma

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Difficult decisions for long-term providers.

TIn the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Senator Chuck Grassley asked the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate nursing home deaths last month. I blogged about it here. No doubt deaths resulting from Hurricane Wilma will spark more investigations.

 

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Hurricane Wilma Slams Florida

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Latest update from AubreyJ here:
As of 9:00 AM EDT, Hurricane Wilma's maximum sustained winds had weakened from 125 mph when coming on shore, (a Cat. 3,) to near110 MPH with higher gust… Hurricane Wilma has weakened to a DANGEROUS Category TWO Hurricane. Wilma is moving toward the northeast near 25 mph and a continued increase if forward speed is expected during the next 24 hours... Some continued weakening is also likely as Wilma crosses the southern Florida Peninsula today...
 

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October 23, 2005

Blogging Hurricane Wilma

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Click through for a nice map of Florida bloggers following Hurricane Wilma.
Bou, in addition to putting up her hurricane shutters while commenting (repeatedly and loudly) about The Suckiness of Hurricanes, has also managed to complete Version 8 of her Florida Blogger's map. If she loses power, The Great Omnipotent One (TGOO) is on standby.
 

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Hurricane Wilma Update

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Thanks to AubreyJ for these Hurricane Wilma updates.
As of 11:00 AM EDT, Hurricane Wilma had maximum sustained winds of near 100 MPH with higher gust… Hurricane Wilma is still a Category TWO Hurricane. Wilma is moving toward the northeast near 8 mph but not yet strengthening... Yet some strengthening is still possible today or tonight... Hurricane Force Winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center and Tropical Storm Force Winds extend outward up to 200 miles...
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How Much Will Wilma Change The Planet

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Hurricane Wilma on everyone's mind in Florida.
Hrmph!! Another hurricane destined to change the geography of the planet. Rampaging her way through the much famed Caribbean beaches with over 140 miles an hour, she is on every other person’s mouth. In front of the soda vending machine, in the queue at the coffee shop, gas stations, departmental stores and in the small group that gathers across my cubicle at work from time to time. News channels, weather reports, websites, homepages, blogs are brimming with predictions, speculations and suggestions. Will she hit Tampa? Will we be destroyed? Will there be another Tampa version of the saga of New Orleans? There is even an interactive video of how Tampa would look underwater if there was a water surge.
 

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October 22, 2005

Hurricane Wilma Update

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Lots of hurricane update info here.

As of 2:00 PM EDT, Hurricane Wilma's maximum sustained winds had decreased and are now near 110 MPH with higher gust… Hurricane Wilma is now a Category TWO Hurricane. Some additional weakening is expected today while Wilma is over land... but some re-strengthening could occur tonight or on Sunday once Wilma emerges over the Gulf of Mexico.

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October 19, 2005

Grandchildren & Hurricanes

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Hurricane Wilma is on the way to Florida and there's another month of hurricane season left.

The hurricane season really needs to end. Unbelievably at the writing of this post WILMA is a category 5 hurricane and is the strongest one yet for the year 2005 which includes Katrina and Rita. They say it is headed for the west coast of Florida and if it comes ashore would probably hit as a category 3. “Well isn’t that special” as Dana Carvey AKA the “church lady” used to say. It is on the same track as “CHARLIE” from 2004. Charlie destroyed Punta Gorda but was a very fast moving hurricane so it rapidly passed over the state and did no particular damage to my little corner of Florida. It would be nice for my little corner of Florida if WILMA took the same track though we certainly don’t deserve that particular mercy.

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Posted on October 19, 2005 07:35 AM by hurric585.
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Hurricane Dennis, Meet Hurricane Wilma

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Hurricane Wilma is bringing back memories of Hurricane Dennis.

As Wilma enters the Gulf and strengthens, memories of Dennis enter my mind. Even though the eye wall came within 30 miles of us, we were fortunate to get the west side of the storm which is typically the lesser of the evils. In our area, Dennis became known as Dennis the Menace because it was merely an inconvenience that brought a lot of rain but little wind. It rained like crazy. More than I had ever seen with a storm of that size but admittedly we normally get the eastern part of the storm which usually means storm surge and high winds.

 

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October 18, 2005

Hurricane Wilma Heading North

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The 21st named storm of the 2005 season, Hurricane Wilma.

In my half sleep this morning, I heard my local all-news station spend a lot of time flogging tropical storm/soon-to-be-hurricane Wilma. I was dismayed when I heard it would “threaten the Gulf coast”. I couldn’t believe what those poor people down there would have to endure–a third major storm. But there was a catch. When the news station cut away to the official messages from the National Hurricane Center, I heard the storm would graze the Gulf coast of Florida. While that’s not great news by any means, the story was clearly being positioned as a direct hit on the Louisiana/Texas area. I guess that will sell more papers and get more eyeballs, huh?

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October 17, 2005

Wilma

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Everyone is watching Hurricane Wilma.

We now have the 21st named storm of this hurricane season: Wilma. And she looks to be headed into the lower Gulf of Mexico as a hurricane possibly as early as Saturday.

 

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