Florida Residents Warned They’ll Be Ticketed For Hurricane-Damaged Homes

Florida Residents Warned They’ll Be Ticketed For Hurricane-Damaged Homes:

At a time when South Floridians rocked by Hurricane Irma were still surveying the damage to their properties, the county of Miami-Dade apparently thought it appropriate to begin handing out safety notices.

Celso Perez told local WSVN-TV that he, his family, and his neighbors were starting to clear fallen trees from the streets after the storm passed through at nine in the morning on Monday. Hours later, in the afternoon, Perez got a visit from the county.

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“Whole Towns Have Been Wiped Out” Hurricane Maria Devastates Dominica; Death Toll Climbs To 15

“Whole Towns Have Been Wiped Out” Hurricane Maria Devastates Dominica; Death Toll Climbs To 15:

Update (1:00 pm ET): The prime minister of Dominica says the death toll from Hurricane Maria has risen to 15, with 20 people still missing, according to the Associated Press. He expects the death toll in the island’s villages to rise.

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In a testament to the sheer power of Hurricane Maria, the most destructive storm to hit the Caribbean in nearly a century, civilization on the tiny island of Dominica was essentially wiped out after Maria – then a category 5 storm – battered the island with 160 mph gusts, leveling whole towns and wiping out the island’s electricity and communications infrastructure.

The death toll on the island has climbed to 7 – but a complete count of casualties likely won’t be possible for at least a few more days, as the island’s shaken residents sift through the debris and contemplate what to do now that everything they and their neighbors owned has been destroyed.

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Hurricane Maria Floods San Juan, Knocks Out Power Across Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria Floods San Juan, Knocks Out Power Across Puerto Rico:

Even after weakening to a category 4 storm shortly before making landfall along the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria has caused unprecedented devastation to the cash-strapped island, knocking out electricity for all residents…

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“I Don’t Have Anything To Start Over” – Harvey Victims Pray For Relief As 1000s Remain Stuck In Shelters

I’ve said it before:

Do not live anywhere near the coast (a river plain, a volcano or at the bottom of a deep slope), but way above sea level.

Every coastal region on the planet will be wiped out during the coming earth changes.

Also do not live in the big cities.

“I Don’t Have Anything To Start Over” – Harvey Victims Pray For Relief As 1000s Remain Stuck In Shelters:

“It’s heartbreakingthe Lord closes some doors and opens others. He’s going to pull me through this sooner or later.”

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Trump Approves Puerto Rico Emergency Declaration As Maria Strengthens Into “Potentially Catastrophic” Cat-5 Hurricane

Trump Approves Puerto Rico Emergency Declaration As Maria Strengthens Into “Potentially Catastrophic” Cat-5 Hurricane:

Update: The National Hurricane Center reports that Hurricane Maria has just strengthened to a “potentially catastrophic” Category-5 Storm with winds expected over 160mph.

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Florida Farmers Say Irma’s Damage Is The Worst They’ve Ever Seen

Florida Farmers Say Irma’s Damage Is The Worst They’ve Ever Seen:

Almost half of Florida’s citrus crops were destroyed during the hurricane and when Florida farmers survey the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, and most are saying it’s the worst destruction to their farms that they’ve ever seen.

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Surveying Irma’s Caribbean Devastation: “It Was End-Of-World Times…People Are Roaming Like Zombies”

Surveying Irma’s Caribbean Devastation: “It Was End-Of-World Times…People Are Roaming Like Zombies”:

As much of Florida is left flooded and without power from this weekend’s hurricane, the damage across much of the Caribbean goes well beyond water damage and downed power lines with many describing the devastation left by Irma as “end-of-the-world times.”  As one resident of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands told the Washington Post, “it was beyond rough times, it was end-of-the-world times…everything normal to us has been destroyed.”

On St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, “people there are roaming like zombies,” said Stacey Alvarado, a bar owner who managed to leave for the mainland. Her husband, who is still there, told her Sunday that residents and tourists are in shock. “They don’t know what to do. The island was wiped out. It’s like the walking dead down there.” Other islanders sent social media messages pleading for help, decrying looting and a series of armed burglaries.

“We need help,” wrote St. John blogger Jenn Manes. “We need the United States government to step up. We need military. We need security.”

Lauren Boquette, a 48-year-old restaurant manager on St. John, said his family had barricaded themselves in the bathroom of their home. When they emerged, he said, they saw a scene of total destruction.

“It was beyond rough times, it was end-of-the-world times. Everything normal to us has been destroyed,” he said.

Some of the hardest-hit places were those in the Leeward Islands like St. Martin and St. Barts,
where 11 people have reportedly died.

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11 Surreal Scenes From Downtown Miami Last Night That Look Like A Real-Life Disaster Movie

11 Surreal Scenes From Downtown Miami Last Night That Look Like A Real-Life Disaster Movie:

Residents of South Florida woke up Sunday morning to Hurricane Irma making landfall at 9:10 a.m. in the Florida Keys as a monster Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.

The monster storm made a second landfall later at 3:35 p.m. near Marco Island as it continued traveling north along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) expects Irma to continue overnight into Monday before finally losing hurricane strength status.

By Sunday afternoon Irma had been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane, but the NHC was still warning of an “imminent danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding along much of the Florida west coast.” More than 6.3 million people evacuated from their homes after the Florida governor ordered those in Irma’s projected path to seek safe shelter away from the storm. Curfews for 6:00 p.m. have been declared by local officials in the cities of St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay.

As Florida residents continue to brace for life-threatening storm surges of up to 15 feet, here are 11 surreal scenes from Miami that reminded us of a real-life disaster movie:

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St Martin allegedly on verge of ‘civil war’ after Irma

St Martin allegedly on verge of ‘civil war’ after Irma:

(Update: Associated Press tweeted that French President Emmanuel Macron will visit St Martin on Tuesday. Macron tweeted on Saturday that an additional contingent of 240-300 French officers are being sent to restore order to the island.)

Citizens and some news sources are reporting that the island of St Martin/St Maarten is on the verge of a civil war as organized gangs armed with machetes raid stores and homes, leaving some residents in fear for their lives.

The island, which remains isolated after widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Irma, remains cut off after the island’s main airport was significantly damaged.

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“There Is No Seawall Whatsoever”: Downtown Miami Flooded; Two Cranes Collapse

“There Is No Seawall Whatsoever”: Downtown Miami Flooded; Two Cranes Collapse:

As of noon ET, Miami’s financial center appears to now be flooding as ocean water enters city streets as part of the storm’s surge. Earlier in the day, a crane which was thought to be able to withstand the direct hit of a Category 4 hurricane, collapsed in downtown Miami.

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Hurricane Irma Makes Landfall As Florida Braces For Destruction: Live Feed

Hurricane Irma Makes Landfall As Florida Braces For Destruction: Live Feed:

LIve Feed and updates courtesy of AP:

Update 9 (1:10pm):  Deputies shot and wounded a burglar and arrested his accomplice at a Florida home as Hurricane Irma blew in.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Sunday that the homeowners in Weston were out of town but saw the burglars remotely inside the house through a home surveillance system. Deputies responded shortly before 3 a.m. and one of the two juvenile males was shot outside the home. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The other person was arrested.

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Update 8 (12:54 pm):  Miami’s financial center appears to now be flooding as ocean water enters city streets as part of the storm’s surge.

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