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Hurricane Season Shakes Up Florida
For the Third Year In a Row

| December 2, 2018

Michael didn’t affect as large of an area in Florida as Hurricane Matthew, which ran up the East Coast in 2016, or Irma, which traveled the state from the Keys to Jacksonville in 2017.

Hurricane Florence to Have Only Minor Effects in Flagler; Local Strike Team Heads North

| September 12, 2018

With Hurricane Florence’s effects causing possible erosion locally, Flagler County officials are on the alert for any breaches along the coast, where the year-long dune-rebuilding project is still ongoing.

The Lord Before the Storms: Flagler Emergency Management Chief Wants Awareness, Not Fear

| June 5, 2018

Jonathan Lord, Flagler County’s new emergency management chief, has been putting his vast state and local experience to work in preparation for hurricane season.

Sales Tax ‘Holiday’ For Disaster-Preparedness Supplies Set For June 1-7 Across Florida

| May 25, 2018

Expanded from three days last year, the tax holiday has drawn added attention after Florida experienced hurricanes in 2016 and 2017 after a decade’s calm.

Blaming Climate Change, Ex-Emergency Management Chief Warns Floridians of More Intense Storms Ahead

| December 15, 2017

Craig Fugate, a former FEMA and Florida Division of Emergency Management chief, highlighted the need for people in Florida to plan year-round for the six-month hurricane season.

Yet Another Tropical Storm With Potential Florida Landfall Brews Up Concern

| October 4, 2017

Eventual Tropical Storm Nate has the potential to become a hurricane and impact the Florida Panhandle this weekend, and families must be ready, the governor said.

Irma Insurance Claims Nearing $2 Billion, Exceed Matthew and Hermine Combined

| September 21, 2017

Calculated through Sunday afternoon, Irma’s losses easily exceeded the 119,000 claims and $1.2 billion in losses for Matthew and the 19,700 claims and $139 million in losses from Hermine.

Flagler Depleted as 2017 Hurricane Season Begins; Tax Holiday This Weekend on Emergency Supplies

| June 1, 2017

For Flagler County, a season a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms is beginning even as costly and exhausting recovery efforts from Hurricane Matthew have a long way to go.

Not a Storm Too Soon, Worst Hurricane Season In 11 Years Ends as Flagler Continues Recovery

| December 1, 2016

Florida ended its 2016 hurricane season Wednesday, marking the first time in more than a decade that the Sunshine State was hit by a hurricane–and the closest Flagler County came to a direct hit in decades.

Fitful Recovery in Florida, Lingering Power Cuts in Panhandle After Hurricane Hermine

| September 6, 2016

More than 18,000 people in Florida were still without power Tuesday, including fewer than 10,000 in the state’s capital city, after the Category 1 storm made landfall Friday morning near St. Marks in Wakulla County.

1st Hurricane Hits Florida in 11 Years; Flagler Spared, Tropical Storm Warning Cancelled

| September 2, 2016

Hurricane Hermine was mostly a non-event in Flagler County, with limited rain and a bit of wind. Most government offices remained open Friday. The story was uglier in Florida’s Big Bend, where the hurricane made landfall.

Palm Coast-Flagler Under Tropical Storm Warning as Colin’s Local Version Brings a Messy 24 Hours

| June 6, 2016

A disorganized and scattershot Tropical Storm Colin is set to cross Florida late tonight into Tuesday, dropping between 2 to 5 inches of rain on Palm Coast and Flagler County.

Hurricane Amnesia Worries Officials as Florida Weathers 11th Year Without Direct Hit

| May 28, 2016

On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gave a “near-normal” forecast for the 2016 Atlantic season, which means a 70 percent chance of 10 to 16 named storms, of which 4 to 8 could grow into hurricanes.

Hurricane Season Ends as Florida Escapes Direct Hit For 10th Straight Year

| November 28, 2015

The current streak is made even more remarkable since Florida, with its 1,260 miles of coastline, has accounted for about 40 percent of hurricane landfalls on U.S. shores in that recorded time period, according to the National Weather Service.

Degraded Erika No Longer Severe Threat to Flagler, Though State of Emergency Still in Effect

| August 29, 2015

Though a state of emergency remains in effect in Flagler, Erika has degenerated into a tropical depression and moved wide west of the Florida Peninsula.

With Florida Overdue for a Hit, Hurricane Season Begins on a Tide of Pessimism

| May 28, 2015

NOAA predicts a below-normal Atlantic hurricane season, with between six to 11 tropical storms, but Florida’s insurance officials say the state’s nine straight hurricane-free seasons can;t last much longer.

Hurricane-Free For 9th Consecutive Season, Florida’s Property Insurers Now Better Braced for Catastrophe

| December 1, 2014

A single Andrew-like Hurricane could wipe out in a day what Florida has taken almost a decade to recoup, but those nine years of calm have also placed the state in a stronger position to face an eventual and inevitable catastrophic storm.

That 1.3% Hurricane Charge on Your Property and Auto Insurance Is Ending 18 Months Early

| June 18, 2014

Collected to help pay claims from the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, an extra charge on homeowners- and auto-insurance policies will be removed 18 months earlier than previously expected.

20% Chance of Florida Landfall Predicted as Calmer Hurricane Season Begins Sunday

| May 30, 2014

For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 8 to 13 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 2 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

Preparing For the Next Hurricane: Flagler Firefighters Join Statewide Rescue Exercises

| January 8, 2014

A seven-member team from Flagler County Fire Rescue is taking part today in statewide disaster-preparation exercises in Palm Beach County, honing skills that could be used locally or whenever a disaster strikes in the state, and a statewide response calls on Flagler to offer assistance.

Spared Again: Florida Makes It Through 8th Straight Hurricane Season Without Major Hit

| November 26, 2013

The pre-season forecast for the June-through-November storm season for the Atlantic and Caribbean was for 12 to 18 named storms, with between six and 10 reaching hurricane status. Saturday was the last official day of this year’s hurricane season.

All Quiet On the Hurricane Front Half-Way Through Season, But Don’t Relax Yet

| August 21, 2013

Federal emergency managers held a news conference Wednesday to reinforce the message that Florida is just entering the thick of hurricane season in late August and September even though so far the 2013 hurricane season has been a breeze in Florida.

Tropical Storm Dorian Graying His Way West But Florida Not Yet in His Picture

| July 25, 2013

Thursday morning Tropical Storm Dorian was closer to its nursery grounds in Africa than to either North or South America, but it was making a beeline west for the northern part of the Antilles, which it is forecast to reach by early next week. It’s too early to speculate about a threat to Florida.

Flagler Emergency Director Warns: Forget Hurricane Predictions. Just Be Prepared.

| June 4, 2013

As forecasters predict a busy hurricane season–18 named storms, nine hurricanes, four major ones–Flagler’s Emergency Operations Director Troy Harper warned against basing preparedness on predictions and actively developing a disaster plan instead, whether at home or in one’s business.

Pickering Report: Driest November Since at Least 1994, Ending Active Hurricane Season

| December 3, 2012

Rainfall amounts for the year in Flagler County still remain near normal even though it has been dry this past month, according to ECO’s Bob Pickering, while NOAA recaps an active hurricane season with 19 named storms, 10 of them hurricanes.

Lessons from a Storm: How to Prepare for Hurricanes

| August 25, 2012

From living through Hurricane Andrew at Ground Zero 20 years ago to rebuilding a home and a business in its wake, Frank Gromling shares lessons learned and advice for Flagler County and Florida residents, applicable in any hurricane emergency.

Be Prepared: 9 to 15 Tropical Storms or Hurricanes Predicted Beginning June 1

| May 25, 2012

NOAA predicts a 70 percent chance of nine to 15 named storms, four to eight of them strengthening to a hurricane (with top winds of 74 mph or higher) and of those one to three will become major hurricanes. Be prepared.

Tropical Storm Emily Not Expected to Shake Up Flagler This Weekend

| August 2, 2011

Tropical Storm Emily may be closest to Flagler County by Saturday, but even then the National Weather Service isn’t predicting much of a change from the usual summer storms.

Deceptive Calm: Flagler and Florida Spared 3rd-Busiest Hurricane Season on Record

| December 1, 2010

The calm is deceptive: Florida has done nothing to reduce its colossal property-insurance exposure. To the contrary. Builders are increasingly encouraged to build anywhere to reverse the effects of the real estate crash.

Should You Be Worried About Hurricane Earl? No (For Now)

| August 31, 2010

Hurricane Earl is on track to pass some 350 to 400 miles away from Flagler County Thursday and Friday, though the storm will produce high waves and rip currents.

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