Recovering boats left derelict by Hurricane Ian
Staci Stevens' boat business in St. James City, Florida, went from recreational to recovery after Hurricane Ian crashed onshore in late September. Now, the only fishing being done is by cranes fishing badly-damaged boats out of her marina, which has become a boat emergency room. Florida's Fish & Wildlife Commission says there are more than 700 derelict boats along the Gulf Coast, but only two-thirds have been removed. Correspondent Omar Villafranca reports.news.yahoo.com
Michigan man killed in crash while delivering free bikes to Hurricane Ian victims
KINGSFORD, MI – A Michigan man known for giving away free bicycles died in a car crash in Florida while delivering free bikes to children affected by Hurricane Ian, The Associated Press reports. Steven Pringle, 57, of Kingsford, was killed on Nov. 23, in Punta Gorda, Fla., the report said. He was driving a pickup truck with a trailer of bikes when he went through an intersection that was missing a stop sign due to the hurricane, resulting in the fatal crash. That led to his shop in Kingsford, which fixed, sold and gave away bikes. “I’ve had people in the beginning who told me, ‘You donate too much,’” Pringle told a newspaper earlier this year.mlive.com
New abnormal: Climate disaster damage 'down' to $268 billion
This past year has seen a horrific flood that submerged one-third of Pakistan, one of the three costliest U.S. hurricanes on record, devastating droughts in Europe and China, a drought-triggered famine in Africa and deadly heat waves all over.
Hurricane watch: Subtropical storm eyes Florida, Bahamas
Subtropical Storm Nicole is now expected to become a hurricane over the Bahamas before hitting Florida’s east coast on Wednesday, just well enough after polls close to avoid disrupting voting on Election Day, forecasters said. A hurricane warning is in effect for northwestern Bahamas, including the Abacos, Berry Islands, Bimini and Grand Bahama Island, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.news.yahoo.com
Finding safe haven in the climate change future: The Southeast
As the negative consequences of rising global temperatures become more apparent in communities across the United States, anxiety over finding a place to live safe from the ravages of climate change has also been on the rise.news.yahoo.com
Former Latin American leaders urge U.S. change on Cuba
Eighteen former Latin American and Caribbean leaders have signed a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden asking the United States to remove its six-decade embargo on Cuba in the wake of devastation inflicted on the island by Hurricane Ianwashingtonpost.com
Ian ruins man-made reefs, brings algae bloom to Florida
Hurricane Ian not only ravaged southwest Florida on land but was destructive underwater as well. It destroyed man-made reefs and brought along red tide, the harmful algae blooms that kill fish and birds, according to marine researchers who returned last week from a six-day cruise organized by the Florida Institute of Oceanography. Researchers who used the cruise to study marine life in the Gulf of Mexico following the hurricane say it left in its wake red tide and destroyed artificial reefs from as far away as 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the coast of southwest Florida.news.yahoo.com
Hurricane Ian left behind tons of debris. Here's how Florida officials are getting rid of it.
Images from the aftermath of Hurricane Ian sent shockwaves across the world. Cities, bridges and entire islands were completely leveled when Ian made landfall as a fierce Category 4 hurricane in southwestern Florida in late September. Now, just over a month after Ian's landfall, residents are still trying to pick up the pieces, and collection trucks continue to remove piles upon piles of heavy debris. However, the tons of debris that litter the roads and fill people's homes doesn't just disappeanews.yahoo.com
Hurricane Ian's lucrative cleanup deals generate new storm
It has been a month since Hurricane Ian wiped out parts of southwest Florida. Now multimillion-dollar cleanup contracts are generating new tempests in the Category 4 storm's wake. Contractors who remove debris and perform post-storm repairs are fighting over local government contracts that could be worth tens of millions in tax dollars.news.yahoo.com
By boat and jet ski, volunteers assist in Ian rescue efforts
As authorities in Florida try to reach people who have been trapped by floodwaters or isolated on barrier islands since Hurricane Ian came ashore last week, concerned members of the public have been springing into action to aid the official rescue efforts.