TRENDING NEWS Archives for 2020-06

Many South Florida beaches are closing for the 4th of July holiday weekend: Here's what you need to know

As the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches, many South Florida beaches are closing down due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Here's a look at what many counties are doing:

 

Palm Beach County: Palm Beach County beaches, both public and private, will close to the public on Friday, July 3rd and will reopen on Monday, July 6th. For boaters, rafting or flotillas will not be allowed. Boats cannot be tied to each other. Vessels may anchor in deep water, but must be 50 feet apart from each other. This includes all boats, kayakers and paddle boarders.

 

Martin County: Beaches will be closed from Thursday at 6 p.m. through Monday at 7 a.m.

 

City of Vero Beach: Beginning Friday, July 3rd at 7:00 a.m., the City of Vero Beach will only allow Vero Beach and Indian River County residents access to the public beaches within the City of Vero Beach limits. Parking enforcement will also be in effect. The beaches will reopen on Monday, July 6th.

 

Broward County: Beaches will close Friday, July 3rd and will reopen on Monday, July 5th.

 

Miami-Dade County: Beaches will close Friday, July 3rd and will reopen on Monday, July 5th.

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Lawsuit filed against Palm Beach County for mask mandate

The group says the mandate is "unlawful" and infringes on constitutional freedoms

 

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —

The Florida Civil Rights Coalition has filed a lawsuit against Palm Beach County, citing the county's mask mandate is "unlawful" and "infringes upon the well-settled constitutionally protected freedoms of over a million Palm Beach County residents."

In a statement, the coalition said they teamed up with several law offices to seek emergency and permanent injunctive relief against the county.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/palm-beach-county-mask-mandate-lawsuit/33015208

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Hollywood icon Carl Reiner dies at 98

Carl Reiner, one of Hollywood's most iconic comedic talents whose career spanned seven decades, has died at the age of 98. TMZ was the first to report Reiner's death. The outlet said the star died Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his family at his side. His assistant, Judy Nagy, told Variety that Reiner died of natural causes.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/hollywood-icon-carl-reiner-dies-at-98/33010634

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Over 146,000 cases of COVID-19 in Florida; Death toll climbs to 3,447

According to the Department of Health, there were 146,341 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Monday morning. The number of cases rose by about 5,266 from the previous day.

At least 3,447 Florida residents have died from COVID-19, as 28 new deaths were reported

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/coronavirus-in-south-florida-june-29/32999299

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Summer may decide fate of leading shots in COVID-19 vaccine race

People on six continents already are getting jabs in the arm as the race for a COVID-19 vaccine enters a defining summer, with even bigger studies poised to prove if any shot really works — and maybe offer a reality check.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/summer-may-decide-fate-of-leading-shots-in-coronavirus-vaccine-race/32991565

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Palm Beach County to issue order to close beaches over Fourth of July weekend

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —

Palm Beach County is expected to follow the lead of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and close its beaches over the Fourth of July weekend. Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner says the county will announce its upcoming beach closure on Monday morning. Kerner says these closures will apply to all beaches in the county, both public and private

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/palm-beach-county-to-announce-closure-of-beaches-over-fourth-of-july-weekend/32992803

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Passengers from Florida mandated to quarantine

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

Right now a mandatory travel quarantine is in place in New York, New jersey and Connecticut.
Anyone flying from the states with peaking numbers of COVID-19, including Florida, must quarantine for 14 days.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/passengers-from-florida-mandated-to-quarantine/32974562

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Officials say young people account for majority of COVID cases

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

As cases across the state of Florida continue to rise at alarming rates, some officials say the younger generation is to blame as they continue to socialize and not wear masks. But not everyone agrees

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/officials-say-young-people-account-for-majority-of-covid-cases/32985803

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NBA, players set sights on restarted season, starting July 30

The NBA has announced the initial matches for its first day of games since it stopped its season due to the coronavirus. The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans will play July 30 as well as the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers that day.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/nba-players-set-sights-on-restarted-season-starting-july-30/32982676

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Nearly 9,000 newly reported COVID-19 cases in Florida; Over 650 new cases in Palm Beach Co.

According to the Department of Health, there were 122,960 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Friday morning. The number of cases rose by about 8,942 from the previous day, setting a new single-day record. At least 3,464 Florida residents have died from COVID-19, as 137 new deaths were reported

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/coronavirus-in-south-florida-june-26/32981199

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Alcohol consumption to be suspended immediately at bars in Florida

SOURCE: Photo: John P. Wise/WPBF

 

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced Friday that the consumption of alcohol at bars has been suspended.

The announcement said that the consumption of on premises consumption will take effect immediately.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/alcohol-consumption-suspended-bars-florida/32981508

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Saharan Dust in South Florida: What you need to know

A layer of Saharan dust is moving in full-force on Thursday across South Florida. A strong high pressure system is pushing the Saharan dust across the Caribbean.

Saharan dust comes from the Sahara Desert in northern Africa. This massive dust plume will impact us in three different ways.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/saharan-dust-in-south-florida-what-you-need-to-know/32962781

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Heat Advisory up for South Florida

A Heat Advisory goes into effect across South Florida from noon until 6pm today. Heat indices are expected to get up to 105-110 this afternoon. Haze from Saharan dust that has mixed into the atmosphere will also be apparent

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/heat-advisory-up-for-south-florida/32965440

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Palm Beach County's mask mandate to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —

Palm Beach County's mask mandate will go into effect on Thursday at 12:01 a.m

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/palm-beach-countys-mask-mandate-to-go-into-effect-at-1201-am-thursday/32962411

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Baseball's back: MLB sets 60-game sked, opens July 23 or 24

 

 

MLB SOURCE: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America

 

Major League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule Tuesday night that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/report-mlbpa-owners-reach-agreement-players-to-report-to-training-camp-july-1/32951480

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Excessive Heat for South Florida

South Florida will simmer in high heat and humidity today. Heat indices will reach 105 to 109 in parts of Palm Beach County this afternoon. There is a chance of some isolated storms inland today

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/excessive-heat-for-south-florida-1592988360/32954402

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Over 103,500 cases of COVID-19 in Florida; Positivity rate climbs to 6.3%

According to the Department of Health, there were 103,503 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Tuesday morning. The number of cases rose by about 3,286 from the previous day

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/coronavirus-in-south-florida-june23/32946281

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FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem

FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA has identified the following products manufactured by Eskbiochem:

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

FDA tested samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ. Lavar Gel contains 81 percent (v/v) methanol and no ethyl alcohol, and CleanCare No Germ contains 28 percent (v/v) methanol. Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects.

Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment, which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidently ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning.

On June 17, 2020, FDA contacted Eskbiochem to recommend the company remove its hand sanitizer products from the market due to the risks associated with methanol poisoning. To date, the company has not taken action to remove these potentially dangerous products from the market. Therefore, FDA recommends consumers stop using these hand sanitizers and dispose of them immediately in appropriate hazardous waste containers. Do not flush or pour these products down the drain.

FDA reminds consumers to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose. If soap and water are not readily available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol.

FDA remains vigilant and will continue to take action when quality issues arise with hand sanitizers. Additionally, the agency is concerned with false and misleading claims for hand sanitizers, for example that they can provide prolonged protection such as 24-hours against viruses including COVID-19, since there is no evidence to support these claims.

To date, FDA is not aware of any reports of adverse events associated with these hand sanitizer products. FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:

  • Complete and submit the report online; or
  • Download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.

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Palm Beach County Commissioners vote to mandate masks

Palm Beach County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to mandate masks in the county. The commissioners voted 7-0.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/palm-beach-county-masks/32947798

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FDOT crews begin fifth day of inspections and work on Roosevelt Bridge

STUART, Fla. —

Steel plates that will support the placement of towers on the Southbound portion of the Roosevelt Bridge were supposed to be installed overnight, however FDOT officials say that work will now happen this evening due to inclement weather

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/fdot-crews-begin-fifth-day-of-inspections-and-work-on-roosevelt-bridge/32933761

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Hot & Humid for South Florida

South Florida will be extremely humid and hot today with highs expected to jump into the low 90s. Heat indices could reach 105-109 in spots. There's a thirty percent chance of afternoon storms for the area

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/hot-humid-for-south-florida/32942063

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Palm Beach County adds muscle to its COVID-19 enforcement

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —

The COVID Education and Compliance Team is up and running in Palm Beach County. It was formed to ensure that restaurants that recently reopened are adhering to COVID-19 health requirements

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/palm-beach-county-adds-muscle-to-its-covid-19-enforcement/32938374

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Carnival Cruise Line cancels all sailings through September

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. —

Carnival Cruise Line announced on Monday that it will extend its sailing suspension in North America through the end of September

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/carnival-cruise-cancels-sailings-september/32937093

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Saharan Dust on the Move

South Florida will see daytime highs around 90 today with only a 20% chance of isolated storms. However, those storms could be strong to severe. A massive plume of Saharan Dust is over the Caribbean and is moving toward the peninsula, expected to fully arrive in Florida by mid-week.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/saharan-dust-on-the-move/32929997

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Florida governor says younger people drive COVID-19 surge

MIAMI —

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is downplaying a continued rise in confirmed coronavirus cases after the state reopened by saying more younger people with no symptoms are being tested

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/florida-governor-younger-people-drive-coronavirus-surge/32925109

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Over 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Florida overnight; third record high this week

According to the Department of Health, there were 93,797 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Saturday morning. The number of cases rose by about 4,049 from the previous day, making it the third time a record for most single-day cases was set since Tuesday

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/over-4000-new-cases-of-covid-19-reported-in-florida-overnight-third-record-high-this-week/32922534

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Cruise industry extends sailing suspension from U.S. ports to mid-September

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. —

The Cruise Lines International Association announced they are extending the suspension of cruise operations until Sept. 15

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/cruise-suspended-sailing-september/32921458

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Stuart Mayor declares local state of emergency for Roosevelt Bridge

STUART, Fla. —

The Stuart Mayor Mike Meier said the local state of emergency that was declared may sound dire, but said it helps the local government gather the necessary tools and contracts to fix the structural damage that was found in the Roosevelt Bridge

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/stuart-mayor-declares-local-state-of-emergency-for-roosevelt-bridge/32911276

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'That '70s Show' actor Danny Masterson charged with raping 3 women, district attorney says

Actor Daniel Masterson has been charged with forcibly raping three women in separate incidents between 2001 and 2003, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said Wednesday.

Masterson, 44, has been charged with three counts of rape by force or fear. The crimes allegedly happened in his home

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/that-70s-show-actor-danny-masterson-charged-with-raping-3-women-district-attorney-says/32897273

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Nearly 83,000 cases of COVID-19 in Florida; Death toll over 3,000

According to the Department of Health, there were 82,719 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Wednesday morning. The number of cases rose by about 2,610 from the previous day.

At least 3,018 Florida residents have died from COVID-19, as 25 new deaths were reported

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/nearly-83000-cases-of-covid-19-in-florida-death-toll-over-3000/32893079

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Company develops kiosks to detect fevers in workers, customers

WAUKESHA, Wis. —

A front door fever detector could be the next wave of the future workplace.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/coronavirus-company-develops-kiosks-to-detect-fevers-in-workers-customers/32879780

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Southbound lanes of Roosevelt Bridge closed for repairs

STUART, Fla. —

The Stuart Police Department says the southbound lanes of the Roosevelt Bridge are closed until further notice to complete necessary repairs.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/southbound-lanes-of-roosevelt-bridge-closed-for-repairs/32889946

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Palm Beach County debating phase 2, mandatory face masks

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

With new cases of COVID-19 rising in Palm Beach County, Health Department director Dr. Alina Alonso told commissioners they need to "slow down" the ongoing march to reopening and must emphasize social distancing.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/palm-beach-county-debating-phase-2-mandatory-face-masks/32885416

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'Demanding answers': FCC launching investigation after widespread T-Mobile outages, chairman says

T-Mobile customers across the United States reported network outages that rendered them unable to make phone calls or access the internet on Monday. Other wireless carriers said the outages were disrupting connections for their customers when they tried to call T-Mobile lines

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/widespread-cell-phone-carrier-outages-reported-from-coast-to-coast/32872157

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South Florida experiencing surge in COVID-19 cases

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida continues to rise, with 1,758 new confirmed cases in the last day. Seven more people have died from the virus in the last day and 73 more people have been hospitalized as well. The death toll is currently 2,938

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/south-florida-experiencing-surge-in-covid-19-cases/32873488

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Widespread cell phone carrier outages reported from coast-to-coast

 

 

SOURCE: Downdetector

 

If you're having problems with your cell phone, it seems you're not alone. Customers of multiple cell phone carriers are reporting widespread outages.

According to Downdetector, a website that tracks outage reports, the outage is impacting customers of T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/widespread-cell-phone-carrier-outages-reported-from-coast-to-coast/32872157

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Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek gives health update amid pancreatic cancer battle

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. —

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Trebek met with his doctors to review his status after the first round of chemotherapy sessions and he has good news!

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/jeopardy-host-alex-trebek-battling-stage-4-pancreatic-cancer/26732664

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Is it safe to have a BBQ? CDC issues new guidelines for daily life

JUPITER, Fla. —

As people emerge from lockdown and began tentatively resuming normal activities following COVID-19 restrictions, the Center for Disease Control has issued guidelines on how to do so while staying relatively safe.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/is-it-safe-to-have-a-bbq-cdc-issues-new-guidelines-for-daily-life/32854850

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More than 73,000 cases of COVID-19 in Florida; 2,925 deaths in the state

According to the Department of Health, there were 73,552 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Saturday morning, that's 2,581 more cases than the previous day

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/covid-florida-saturday-june13-updates-palm-beach/32858092

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AMC Theaters says it's planning on reopening in July

OLATHE, Kan. —

After being shut down since March 16 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, AMC Theaters said it plans to reopen theaters across the United States in July

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/amc-theaters-says-its-planning-on-reopening-in-july-covid-19-coronavirus/32817052

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Two fishermen struck by lightning on Hobe Sound Beach

Martin County Ocean Rescue responded to two men who were struck by lightning while fishing on the shore of Hobe Sound Beach around 4:15 p.m. Sunday

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/two-men-rushed-to-hospital-after-struck-by-lightning-on-hobe-sound-beach/32792980

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Martin County officials declare local state of emergency following recent flooding

HOBE SOUND, Fla. —

In the last two weeks, the Hobe Heights neighborhood has seen up to 15 inches of rain

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/martin-county-officials-declare-local-state-of-emergency-following-recent-flooding/32791875

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Hobe Heights flooding water contaminated with raw sewage

HOBE SOUND, Fla. —

Not only has the floodwater raised a couple inches over the last several hours in Hobe Heights, the county put up signs warning people the water is contaminated with sewage and they don’t want anyone walking through it

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/hobe-heights-flooding-water-contaminated-with-raw-sewage/32786191

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Treasure Coast enters phase 2 of reopening

Treasure Coast —

Under the phase 2 reopening plan, Gov. DeSantis is allowing places like restaurants to have bar seating

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/treasure-coast-enters-phase-2-of-reopening/32781300

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Over 61,100 cases of COVID-19 in Florida; State sees new peak with more than 1,400 new cases

According to the Department of Health, there were 60,183 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Wednesday. That's 1,419 more cases than the previous day.

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/coronavirus-south-florida-june-3/32768595

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Neighbors in Hobe Sound neighborhood call for fix to drainage issues amid flooding

HOBE SOUND, Fla. —

Some people in a Hobe Sound neighborhood say more needs to be done to prevent flooding where they live

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/neighbors-in-hobe-sound-neighborhood-call-for-fix-to-drainage-issues-amid-flooding/32772311

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Tips to avoid dangerous driving conditions

Dangerous road conditions are expected over the next few days due to high flood waters.

First and foremost when you see floodwaters ahead, turn around to avoid floodwaters. A lot of times drivers are seen attempting to travel through flood waters, but it only takes about 12 inches of rushing water to carry away most cars

 

http://Tips to avoid dangerous driving conditions

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Hobe Sound Residents evacuated after flooding damages dozens of homes

HOBE SOUND, Fla. —

It has been several hours since the rain stopped, but this neighborhood in Hobe Sound still has waist-high flooding in some areas that is impacting more than a dozen homes, some we saw were even being forced to evacuate

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/hobe-sound-residents-evacuated-after-flooding-damages-dozens-of-homes/32761662

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Florida moving into phase 2 of reopening on Friday

ORLANDO, Fla. —

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that Florida will be moving into a second phase of reopening that will allow bars to reopen

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/florida-phase-2-reopening-starts-friday/32757442

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Over 56,800 cases of COVID-19 in Florida; Death toll climbs to 2,460

According to the Department of Health, there were 56,830 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Monday. That's 667 more cases than the previous day

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/over-56800-cases-of-covid-19-in-florida-death-toll-climbs-to-2460/32731329

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Tropical Depression Three forms in the Gulf

Tropical Depression three formed on Monday in the Gulf of Mexico.

The depression could strengthen into a tropical storm either Monday evening or Tuesday

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/tropical-depression-three-forms-in-the-gulf/32734180

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Curfew issued for City of West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

The Mayor of West Palm Beach issued a curfew for the city effective Sunday at 9 p.m

 

https://www.wpbf.com/article/

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