Hurricane Irma News

Hurricane Recovery in U.S. Virgin Islands Lags Puerto Rico’s

Puerto Rico’s economy has shown considerable signs of improvement after the hit form hurricanes Irma and Maria two years ago, while the U.S. Virgin Islands economy remains “mired in a deep slump.” That’s the finding in new report by the …

Three Charged in Florida Nursing Home Deaths Surrender

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Three people, including two nurses, of a Florida nursing home where 12 people died in sweltering heat turned themselves in on Monday to face charges, their attorneys said. A total of four people employed at Rehabilitation …

Florida Charges Woman with Unlicensed Claims Adjusting of Hurricane Irma Damages

A Florida woman has been arrested for alleged unlicensed practice of public adjusting and grand theft related to Hurricane Irma, according to a statement from the Florida Department of Financial Services. Mary Bruce is accused of attempting to steal more …

Study: Warm Waters Boosted 2017 Major Hurricane Tally

The Atlantic’s warmer waters triggered the unusual number of major hurricanes last year, according to a new study that predicts the region could see a couple of extra whopper storms each year by the end of the century. Six major …

Most Florida Nursing Homes Still Without Backup Power

A government agency reports that most Florida nursing homes and assisted-living facilities do not have backup power despite new requirements enacted after a dozen people died in a sweltering center following Hurricane Irma. The state Agency for Health Care Administration …

NICB Issues Warning on Fraud Related to Flood-Damaged Cars

A young man who bought a pickup truck in Houston is now warning buyers to follow the advice of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) before closing a deal on a used vehicle. Kenton Basinger shelled out $14,000 for a …

National Hurricane Center Updates Irma Death Toll in US, Caribbean

The death toll from Hurricane Irma‘s catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern U.S. has risen to 44 fatalities directly caused by its strong winds and heavy rains, plus 85 fatalities indirectly linked to the storm, according to a …

FEMA to End Hotel Room Shelters for Florida Irma Victims

Federal disaster officials are ending a program that paid for hotel rooms for more than 27,000 Florida households in the wake of Hurricane Irma. FEMA officials announced Tuesday that the short-term emergency sheltering program will end March 10, six months …

CoreLogic: Wildfires, Floods Dominated Natural Hazards in 2017

Last year’s weather hazards reflected a mostly average season, with the exception of wildfires in California and flooding as a result of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to CoreLogic’s annual Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis released last week. The …

Many Hurricane Issues for Florida Legislature to Consider

Storms are a major priority on the Florida Legislature’s agenda this year following Hurricane Irma‘s rampage across most of the state. Lawmakers will consider proposals ranging from making evacuations more efficient to helping the devastated citrus industry. The 60-day session …