Manatees huddle together as the cold weather moves through Florida
RIVIERA BEACH Fla. — FPL Manatee Lagoon is offering a brand-new way to view sea cows for the holidays! The facility will now have an underwater camera that people will be able to use on its website to view the manatees, right at their fingertips. This new addition comes as the cold front has made its way to Florida, with temperatures down to the 30s. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 7 Manatee Camera (FPL Manatee Lagoon)Manatee Lagoon staff said that you can visit for the holidays this week to see the manatees gather around to stay warm. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Many Floridians now eligible for Transitional Sheltering Assistance after Ian, FEMA says
The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday announced Floridians living in counties deemed eligible for FEMA individual assistance after Hurricane Ian qualify for the now-activated Transitional Sheltering Program.
Hurricane Ian: Here’s how to track power outages in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — With Hurricane Ian on its way to Central Florida, power outages are expected across our area. Here are ways to track power outages when the lights go out, depending on your electricity provider:OUCClick here for an outage map for OUC. Read: Tracking Ian: How to stay informed if the power goes outDuke EnergyClick here to see Duke Energy’s Florida outage map. Read: Hurricane Ian: County-by-county guide to shelter locations in Central FloridaWinter Park Electric UtilityTo report a power outage, please call 877-811-8700. WATCH: Power outages & storm safety What you need to know about power outages in Central Florida.wftv.com
Crumpet the manatee returns to the wild after rehab stint at SeaWorld
ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s a big day for Crumpet the manatee. After a six-month rehab stay at SeaWorld, he’s returning to the wild on Thursday. Crumpet was first spotted in distress at FPL’s Manatee Lagoon in January. A couple of weeks later, rescuers caught up with Crumpet at Port Everglades and transported him to SeaWorld in Orlando for treatment. On Thursday, Crumpet will be loaded into the transport truck by SeaWorld staff members to be released at Anchorage Park in North Palm Beach.wftv.com
Strong storms cause damage, prompt warnings in Central Florida
Storms left behind damage in Brevard County Sunday afternoon This home in the Cocoa Bay mobile home community suffered roof damage. (Alexa Lorenzo WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — As severe weather rolls through parts of Central Florida Sunday, WFTV is monitoring reports of storm damage. In Brevard County, WFTV Reporter Alexa Lorenzo arrived at the Cocoa Bay mobile home community shortly after 4 p.m. to find damaged roofs, fences and trees. Strong storms ripped through the Cocoa Bay mobile home community in Cocoa. A Tornado Warning was also issued for Flagler County but expired around 4 p.m.There’s a new severe thunderstorm warning for Flagler county until 3:45 PM for a damaging wind and small hail threat.wftv.com
Police: Thief cuts copper wire from FPL plants, sells it for $20,600
Seddrick Brown is accused of stealing copper wire from an FPL plant and re-selling it. (Brevard County Jail)TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Police say a Brevard County man’s scheme to make quick cash by selling stolen copper wire was foiled Monday when a sale was traced back to him. During the investigation, the copper was later traced back to the FPL plant. Authorities said during the course of the investigation there were other burglaries reported at FPL plants in Brevard County consistent with the amount Brown had sold. The 29-year-old is now being held in the Brevard County Jail on no bond.
Hundreds of line crews prepare for possible outages from Hurricane Isaias
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. As Hurricane Isaias approaches the Florida coast, hundreds of power crews are already in position and ready to respond in case of power outages. [RELATED: LIVE TRACK: Forecast cone, computer models, updates as Hurricane Isaias approaches Florida]Our restoration work force is 10,000 men and women who are working on this restoration effort, said Marie Bertot, of Florida Power and Light. Crews gathered Saturday morning at the Daytona International Speedway, linemen and women came from states like Kentucky and Texas to help Floridians. And because of the pandemic, Berto says crews are prepared with supplies to keep them safe from COVID-19. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6s coronavirus newsletter and go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Apopka preacher and Trump spiritual advisor tells churchgoers to pay her instead of their bills
God rewards those, White-Cain said, who hand over something like a week's pay, or maybe a month's, to her church to show they are truly faithful. That's the reason for her $8 million dollar gift to God, her entire salary in 2009, she told the 7,000-person auditorium. click to enlarge Photo via Paula White-Cain/Facebook is tantamount to blasphemy essentially treating the power company like God. God rewards those, White-Cain said, who hand over something like a week's pay, or maybe a month's, to her church to show they are truly faithful. "Instead of writing [that check] to the house of God as Im instructed to, then what Im saying spiritually is, 'FPL, I have now established a spiritual law that put you first.orlandoweekly.com
FPL reaches settlement on approved Irma restoration costs
TALLAHASSEE Utility regulators on Tuesday signed-off on a $1.3 billion agreement involving Florida Power & Lights costs for restoring electricity after Hurricane Irma plowed through the state in 2017. The Florida Public Service Commission approved the settlement between FPL, the state Office of Public Counsel and the Florida Industrial Power Users Group. The agreement finalizes the costs, which will be covered by the utilitys savings from a 2017 federal tax overhaul. The storm that were dealing with, Irma, was a tremendous impact to your customers, throughout your service area, said Commissioner Donald Polmann. State Public Counsel J.R. Kelly said high costs are expected as utility crews come in as customers demand quick restoration of power.news-journalonline.com