Brevard Zoo to release 2 rescued sea turtles Wednesday in Cocoa Beach
COCOA BEACH, Fla. — Anyone visiting the Cocoa Beach area Wednesday morning can stop by the coast to witness a special event. The Brevard Zoo plans to release two rescued and rehabilitated sea turtles into the ocean. Watch: Central Florida Spotlight: Sea turtlesThe sea turtles’ release will happen around 10 a.m. at Lori Wilson Park. Read: 15 sea turtles released after rehabbing in the Florida KeysThe turtles named “Phyllis” and “Debbi” were being treated at the zoo for months and are now ready to be released. Read: Demand for pet turtles may be contributing to species’ global declineThe event is open to anyone who wants to watch.wftv.com
Man accused of stealing boat to return to Cuba, Florida deputies say
MARATHON, Fla. — A Florida resident is accused of stealing a commercial fishing boat from a resident in the Florida Keys and steering it to his former home in Cuba, authorities said. >> Read more trending newsCristian Torres Perez, 30, of Miami, was charged with grand theft and burglary, according to a news release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. According to the sheriff’s office, Coast Guard crews spotted the boat, which was “inoperable,” and Torres Perez “waving his arms for help.”A tanker rescued Torres Perez from the stranded vessel and he was taken to Key West, WPLG reported. He was arrested in Marathon and then booked into the Monroe County Jail, deputies said. Torres Perez will appear in court on Nov. 18, online records show.wftv.com
‘This baby is mine today’: Florida woman accused of kidnapping child from hotel
MARATHON, Fla. — An employee at a hotel in the Florida Keys was arrested after investigators said she kidnapped a child. When deputies arrived, a hotel employee told them that Zita Gasperik, who also works at the hotel, had taken her 16-month-old child without her permission. The mother told deputies that Gasperik had taken her child to the breakfast room, but when she went to find them she discovered both were gone, WPLG reported. The child’s mother told deputies that Gasperik had told her how cute the baby was and took a picture. Gasperik is also accused of telling the child’s mother, “this baby is mine today,” deputies said in the news release.wftv.com
Officials: Search for migrants after boat sinks off Keys
KEY WEST, Fla. — (AP) — Four Cuban migrants swam to shore in the Florida Keys and three others were rescued from the ocean after their boat sank Wednesday, shortly before Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwestern Florida. But 20 more people might be missing, officials said. The U.S. Coast Guard initiated a search for 23 people and managed to find three survivors about two miles (three kilometers) south of the island chain, officials said. The survivors were taken to a local hospital for symptoms of exhaustion and dehydration. Air crews continued to search for the remaining migrants.wftv.com
Boat captain arrested for intentionally cutting tether in deadly parasail accident
MARATHON, Fla. — A boat captain in the Florida Keys whose actions were blamed for killing a mother who was parasailing with her two young children has been charged with her death. >> Read more trending newsDaniel Gavin Couch, 49, was arrested on one count of manslaughter and taken to the Monroe County Jail on a $100,000 bond, The Miami Herald reported. Boat captain charged Daniel Gavin Couch was charged with manslaughter and taken to the Monroe County Jail on a $100,000 bond. (Monroe County Jail)Couch had intentionally cut the parasailing cable that tethered a vacationing mother, her son and her nephew to his boat, plunging them into the water in May. The boys with Alaparthi, who were ages 9 and 10, were injured but survived the accident, and were rescued from the water by a good Samaritan.wftv.com
Boat driver charged in deadly parasailing crash into a Florida Keys bridge
A Florida Keys boat captain who told police he cut a cable tethered to a parasailing rig struggling in a tempest high above the Atlantic Ocean on Memorial Day, sending a young mother and two small children plummeting into the water, was charged Thursday with causing the woman’s death.news.yahoo.com
Key West honors Queen Elizabeth at Southernmost Point marker
The Southernmost Point marker in Key West, Florida, a landmark delineating the continental United States’ southernmost spot of land, became a memorial to Queen Elizabeth II when city workers installed a British flag and royal purple banner at the much-photographed site beside the Atlantic Ocean.
Days after boating tragedy, details and video emerge about the 17-year-old who died
Almost a week after a boat crash off the Florida Keys over Labor Day weekend killed an Our Lady of Lourdes Academy senior and injured 13 others, including fellow Lourdes and Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart School of the Sacred Heart students, the community is in mourning.news.yahoo.com
Miami teen dead, 10 others hurt in Florida Keys boat crash
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. — A 17-year-old high school student died. and three other people remained hospitalized Tuesday, two of them in critical condition, after a Sunday night boat crash in the Florida Keys. >> Read more trending newsLucy Fernandez, a senior at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in southwest Miami-Dade County, was killed when a well-known South Florida businessman crashed a vessel near Biscayne Bay, according to the Miami Herald. Investigators confirmed to the Herald that alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. The TV station also confirmed that one of the injured girls remained in a medically-induced coma Tuesday afternoon, while another girl underwent several extensive surgeries but regained consciousness Tuesday.wftv.com
Coast Guard: 187 Cuban migrants arrested after landing in Florida
MIAMI — (AP) — U.S. immigration officials say 187 Cuban migrants have been arrested after landing in the Florida Keys on 10 separate boats over the weekend. READ: Coast Guard seizes 40 sharks illegally caught off Texas coastChief Patrol Agent Walter Slosar of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection posted images of the small boats without passengers on Twitter. Photos: 187 Cuban migrants arrested after landing in Florida, Coast Guard saysExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 8 187 Cuban migrants arrested after landing in FloridaDozens of men, women and children were captured in the images. READ: 2 dead, 5 missing after migrant boat capsizes near Florida Keys, Coast Guard saysThe U.S. Coast Guard says it has stopped nearly 4,000 Cubans at sea since last October. The number of Cubans migrating in boats is still a small fraction of the larger wave of Cubans who are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.wftv.com
10-year-old boy loses part of leg in shark attack while snorkeling in Florida
How to avoid a shark attack How to avoid a shark attack (NCD)MIAMI — A boy had to have part of his leg surgically amputated after he was attacked by a shark while swimming with his family in the water off the Florida Keys. >> Read more trending newsJameson Reeder Jr, 10, was on Looe Key Reef with his family on Saturday at around 4:30 p.m. when he was bitten by a shark, CNN reported. The family put a tourniquet on Jameson’s leg to stop the bleeding and called for help. This is the second time a tourist has been attacked by a shark this summer in the Florida Keys. A Texas woman was bitten by a shark near Marvin Key and needed hours of reconstructive surgery to save her leg, as we reported at the time.wftv.com
Boy’s leg amputated after surviving shark attack while snorkeling in Florida Keys
Video: Boy’s leg amputated after surviving shark attack while snorkeling in Florida Keys A 10-year-old boy’s life was changed over the weekend. (James Tutten, WFTV.com/WFTV)FLORIDA KEYS — A 10-year-old boy’s life was changed over the weekend. WATCH: Troopers search for hit-and-run driver who killed bicyclist in Orange CountyThe boy is in the hospital after surviving a shark attack. Jameson Reeder Jr. was snorkeling in the Florida Keys in about 10 feet of water when it happened. WATCH: Central Florida schools work to fill pandemic learning gapA good Samaritan pulled Jameson to shore after seeing he needed help.wftv.com
187 Cuban migrants arrested after landing in Florida
U.S. immigration officials say 187 Cuban migrants have been arrested after landing in the Florida Keys on 10 separate boats over the weekend. Chief Patrol Agent Walter Slosar of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection posted images of the small boats without passengers on Twitter. The Miami Herald said a large group was seen early Sunday through a livestream at the Southernmost Point buoy in Key West.news.yahoo.com
A Florida Keys couple told a snorkeler he was too close — then out came a rod, cops say
A Florida Keys couple who thought a snorkeler went too close to their waterfront home were arrested Monday after beating the vacationing man with a fishing rod and pole, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.news.yahoo.com
More than 100 Haitian migrants rescued from sailboat off Florida Keys
Video: More than 100 Haitian migrants rescued from sailboat off Florida Keys More than 100 Haitian migrants are safe after being rescued from a sailboat off the Florida Keys. (James Tutten, WFTV.com/WFTV)KEY WEST, Fla. — More than 100 Haitian migrants are safe after being rescued from a sailboat off the Florida Keys. READ: Senate Democrats approve Biden economic deal; House to vote nextThe open-air sailboat was found grounded and packed with 113 people Saturday. #BreakingNews @USCG, @mcsonews, @CBPAMO, @CBPSoutheast & other partner agencies are on scene with a grounded sailing vessel off Ocean Reef, #KeyLargo. #SAR pic.twitter.com/SeN5UVZu4o — USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) August 6, 2022All of them were taken to a detention center by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents.wftv.com
Annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest begins in Florida Keys
KEY WEST, Fla. — KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest began in Key West on Thursday, marking the 123rd anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s July 21 birth. The contest is a highlight of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days festivities, staged to celebrate the creative talent and colorful lifestyle of the man who lived and wrote on the island for most of the 1930s. Photos: Annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest begins in Florida KeysExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 7 Annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest begins in Florida KeysThursday night’s entrants paraded across the stage at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, where Hemingway and his cohorts often met for drinks, before a judging panel of former contest winners. The look-alike contest’s second preliminary round is set for Friday, and the 2022 winner is set to be chosen Saturday night. Late Wednesday, Nick Henke of St. Louis, Missouri, was named the winner of the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition.wftv.com
Annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest begins in Florida Keys
Hemingway Days In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, "Papa" Hemingway look-alikes help staff of the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital carry "Papa," a 185-pound loggerhead sea turtle, to be released into the Atlantic Ocean off Marathon, Fla., Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP) (Andy Newman)KEY WEST, Fla. — (AP) — The annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest began in Key West Thursday, marking the 123rd anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s July 21 birth. The contest is a highlight of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days festivities, staged to celebrate the creative talent and colorful lifestyle of the man who lived and wrote on the island for most of the 1930s. His entry, “A Lot of Carrefours,” triumphed over 775 other American and international submissions, judged by Ernest Hemingway’s author granddaughter. Hemingway Days continues through Sunday with events including an offbeat “Running of the Bulls” spoof and the Key West Marlin Tournament.wftv.com
Fatal crash shuts down Seven Mile Bridge in Keys. Driver arrested on DUI charges
The man police say caused a fatal crash while behind the wheel of a Maserati on the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys early Monday morning was arrested on a charge of negligent manslaughter and seven felony counts of driving drunk and causing serious bodily harm.news.yahoo.com
Lawsuit filed by family of Elk Grove Village woman killed while parasailing in Florida Keys
The family of a 33-year-old Illinois woman who was killed while parasailing in the Florida Keys last month has filed a wrongful death and personal injury lawsuit against the boat company, attorneys said.chicagotribune.com
Snapped parasailing cable slams mom, kids into Florida bridge, witness says
A parasail struck the old Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys on Monday, May 30, 2022, killing a woman and injuring her two children. (MJFelt/Getty Images/iStockphoto)MARATHON, Fla. — A parasail struck the old Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys on Monday, killing a woman and injuring her two children. A witness told WPLG-TV that the weather took an unexpectedly nasty turn at around 6 p.m. and that the tow line on the woman’s parasail appeared to break, sending the parasail into the bridge. An employee with Lighthouse Parasail told the TV station that the company is devastated by the incident and cooperating with authorities. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are investigating the incident.wftv.com
Parasailing cable snapped before slamming mom and kids into Keys bridge, witness says
A parasailing cable tethering a young mother and two children to a boat snapped on Memorial Day, sending their harness into the water and dragging them for at least a mile before they hit a Florida Keys bridge, the captain who rescued them said.news.yahoo.com
Second sperm whale found dead in Florida Keys
Beached whale: A 47-foot male sperm whale died off Mud Key in the Florida Keys on Tuesday. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)KEY WEST, Fla. — A sperm whale was found dead in the waters just east of Key West on Tuesday, the second to die within a week in the Florida Keys, state and federal officials said. On May 4, a juvenile sperm whale that was separated from its mother died after reaching shore near Key Largo, according to the Key West Citizen. Biologists are working to determine why a 47 ft. male sperm whale died off the Florida Keys. Kelly Richmond, a spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said the whale is 47 feet long.wftv.com
FWC rescues injured manatee with newly donated transport truck
Manatee rescue An injured 10-foot long, 1,025-pound manatee has made his way from the Florida Keys to Orlando, thanks to a transport truck recently donated to Florida wildlife officials. (FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute)ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — An injured 10-foot long, 1,025-pound manatee made his way from the Florida Keys to Orlando, thanks to a transport truck recently donated to Florida wildlife officials. Florida Wish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said their staff used the brand-new truck donated by Florida Power & Light to move the injured manatee from Marathon to SeaWorld Orlando on Tuesday night. “Rescuing manatees remains a top priority for FWC and this new truck helps to support this important conservation work,” officials said in a social media post. Wildlife officials said the public can help by reporting injured, sick or dead manatees to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 or by purchasing a “Save the Manatee” license plate.wftv.com
Orange County sheriff joins families to raise money for autism awareness
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — It’s National Autism Awareness Month, and the Autism Society of Greater Orlando hosted its 17th annual family fun day on Saturday. The event was held at the Orange County Convention Center’s North Concourse. Along with the autism walk, the family fun day included fun activities for every member of the family while raising autism awareness and funds that stay in the local community. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 34 Autism Walk 2022In fact, 100% of the proceeds stay in Central Florida. Read: Florida Keys kicks off 40th anniversary celebration of ‘secession’ from USThe Orange County Sheriff’s Office was celebrated with families as they danced, played games and bonded with the community.wftv.com
Florida Keys kicks off 40th anniversary celebration of ‘secession’ from US
KEY WEST, Fla. — The 40th anniversary celebration of the Florida Keys’ symbolic secession from the United States, motivated by a 1982 U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint established on the only road connecting the Keys with mainland Florida, has begun in Key West. The 10-day Conch Republic Independence Celebration kicked off Friday with a waterfront ceremony at the island city’s Mallory Square. The offbeat republic was born April 23, 1982, shortly after a Border Patrol checkpoint was erected at the top of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, the lower end of U.S. Highway 1. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 14 Florida Keys - The Conch Republic - 40th AnniversaryAfter appeals to remove the roadblock were denied by federal officials, Key West’s then-mayor Dennis Wardlow led local leaders in staging the tongue-in-cheek secession, proclaiming the independent Conch Republic and raising its royal blue flag. “It’s been 40 years, and the people are still supporting the republic,” Wardlow said after Friday’s ceremony.wftv.com
Orphaned dolphin finds new home at Florida Keys sanctuary
MARATHON, Fla. — A juvenile bottlenose dolphin has been flown to the Florida Keys for permanent sanctuary after spending nine months healing at a Texas-based marine rehabilitation center. The orphaned male calf, named “Ranger,” arrived Friday at the Florida Keys-based Dolphin Research Center. He was found near his dead mother and was transported to the Texas State Aquarium Wildlife Rescue Center. The National Marine Fisheries Service determined the dolphin could not survive in the wild and chose the Dolphin Research Center to care for the marine mammal for the rest of his life. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 5 Ranger - Bottlenose Dolphin (Associated Press)“We provide sanctuary for any dolphins in need of a forever home,” said Linda Erb, DRC’s vice president of animal care and training.wftv.com
$1.5 million worth of cocaine found by snorkeler in the Florida Keys
A snorkeler found 68 pounds of cocaine in the water around the Florida Keys on Wednesday. The snorkeler spotted the drugs floating in the water near Craig Key, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office turned the drugs over to the U.S Border Patrol. The border patrol said the drugs are valued at more than $1.5 million. of cocaine valued at over 1.5 million dollars floating in the #FloridaKeys.
Body of missing Texas woman found off Florida coast
KEY WEST, Fla. – The body of a Texas woman who went missing while scuba diving in the Florida Keys was found Wednesday near the wreck she was exploring, officials said. Divers found Jordan Jay Fisher of Rockport, Texas, on the bottom of the sea floor near the Vandenberg wreckage off of Key West around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. She had gone missing on Tuesday as she was diving with her husband and several other people, Monroe County Sheriff's officials said. Sheriff's officials say foul play is not suspected. The dive master told investigators he made several searches around the wreck until he was short on air.
Publix expands COVID-19 vaccine appointments to all Central Florida counties
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Publix supermarkets have again expanded the counties where the grocer is offering coronavirus vaccine appointments and with the latest addition now all of Central Florida’s 10 counties have Publix pharmacies with shots. Publix updated its vaccine registration website Tuesday with an update saying beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, eligible residents would be able to make vaccine appointments. By 10 a.m. Wednesday all new appointments were filled at the new Central Florida locations. With the latest expansion, the supermarket based out of Lakeland is now vaccinating people in 41 out of Florida’s 67 counties at 593 Publix pharmacies throughout the state. In addition to Publix pharmacies, Winn-Dixie, Walmart and Sam’s Club stores will also begin offering vaccine appointments in Central Florida soon.
Publix reopens portal for vaccine appointments in Florida
Publix reopened its online portal Wednesday morning for eligible people to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. The available appointments, which will take place later this week, were all booked in Brevard, Volusia, Flagler and Marion counties in less than 90 minutes. [TRENDING: How to get a vaccine in Fla. | Wanted: Man accused of shooting at detective | Cops: Fla. man decapitated hamster]The Publix portal next reopens at 7 a.m. Friday. “We’re happy to announce we’re expanding the program to include eight Publix pharmacies in Indian River County and 11 Publix pharmacies in St. Lucie County,” DeSantis said. To make an appointment when the portal reopens, click here.
Tourist dies during Florida snorkeling trip
KEY WEST, Fla. – A tourist from North Carolina died following a snorkeling trip off the Florida Keys, sheriff’s officials said. Erica Michelle Brown, 42, had been snorkeling with family and friends on a Fury Watersports boat on Sunday afternoon when she began signaling for help, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Someone on the boat began CPR and it was continued when she was transferred to a U.S. Coast Guard boat, which took Brown to shore. Paramedics then took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the sheriff's office said. The sheriff's office did not list a city in North Carolina where Brown lived.
75 pounds of cocaine found floating off Florida Keys
In this drone aerial photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, traffic flows on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway in Islamorada, Fla., towards Key West Monday, June 1, 2020. After being closed to visitors since March 22, 2020, to help curtail the spread of COVID-19, the Florida Keys reopened to tourists Monday. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)KEY WEST, Fla. – Almost 75 pounds of cocaine were found this week floating off the Florida Keys. Drugs floating off the Florida Keys are nothing new, according to the Miami Herald. In October, more than 30 pounds of marijuana washed up in the Keys.
Here’s how Eta is impacting Brevard County
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Residents in Brevard County are seeing an impact from Tropical Storm Eta after the storm made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday. Over the weekend, the county was placed under a tropical storm warning and Brevard Public Schools announced all schools and district offices would be closed on Monday. We might have some limbs down, but I don’t think that we’ll see any flooding or have any major damage.”Early Monday, many areas in Brevard County saw sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph and tropical-storm force gusts. County officials said the greatest threat from Eta was expected to be flooding rainfall, showers and squalls. “You can’t be crazy and go jump in that water and swim now.”Officials said residents should be prepared for worsening conditions along the coast, which could change depending on the track of Tropical Storm Eta.
Already flooded, South Florida braces for Eta's wrath
A couple walks along the beach during a downpour, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, on Miami Beach, Florida's famed South Beach. A strengthening Tropical Storm Eta cut across Cuba on Sunday, and forecasters say it's likely to be a hurricane before hitting the Florida Keys Sunday night or Monday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Florida feels wrath of Tropical Storm Eta
Elsewhere, forecasters announced that Subtropical Storm Theta, a record-breaking 29th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, had formed far out in the northeast Atlantic by late Monday night. “Never seen this, never, not this deep,” said Anthony Lyas, who has lived in his now-waterlogged Fort Lauderdale neighborhood since 1996. It was the 28th named storm of a busy Atlantic hurricane season, tying the 2005 record for named storms. Eta was not done yet with Cuba, just 90 miles (140 kilometers) south of Florida, where the storm continued to swell rivers and flood coastal zones. ___Associated Press writers Cody Jackson in Fort Lauderdale, Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg, and Haleluya Hadero in Atlanta contributed to this report.
National Hurricane Center director breaks down Tropical Storm Eta
ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 meteorologist Jonathan Kegges spoke with the director of the National Hurrican Center on Sunday about the impacts Florida could see from Tropical Storm Eta. Eta was once a Category 4 hurricane but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm warnings for southern Florida and the Florida Keys, and warnings were issued for central Cuba; parts of southern Florida and the Keys were even put under a hurricane watch. [RELATED: TRACK, MODELS, MORE: Here’s how Eta will impact Central Florida]The system was expected to approach the Florida Keys and south Florida late Sunday or Monday. South Florida started emptying ports and a small number of shelters opened in Miami and the Florida Keys for residents in mobile homes and low lying areas.
TRACK, MODELS, MORE: Tropical Storm Eta could strengthen into hurricane before Monday
ORLANDO, Fla. – Tropical Storm Eta continues to bring strong wind and rain to Florida. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, Eta is forecast to become a hurricane before it reaches the Florida Keys tonight. During the past few hours, tropical-storm-force winds gusts have been occurring all along the southeast Florida coast. WATCH LIVE RADAR BELOWCounty Impacts from Tropical Storm EtaThe center of Tropical Storm Eta will move toward the Florida Keys through Sunday. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Brevard County, meaning tropical storm conditions are expected.
Eta strikes Florida Keys; expected to become hurricane
A strengthening Tropical Storm Eta cut across Cuba on Sunday, and forecasters say it's likely to be a hurricane before hitting the Florida Keys Sunday night or Monday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami declared hurricane and storm surge warnings for the Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, including Florida Bay. Several shelters also opened in Miami and the Florida Keys for residents in mobile homes and low lying areas. On Sunday night, authorities in Lauderhill, Florida, responded to a report of a car that had driven into a canal. South Florida started emptying ports and a small number of shelters opened in Miami and the Florida Keys for residents in mobile homes and low-lying areas.
Guatemala searches, Eta regains storm status, heads to Cuba
Members of search and recovery teams search for survivors in the debris of a massive, rain-fueled landslide in the village of Queja, in Guatemala, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta. The storm was expected to hit Cuba by early Sunday, and approach the Florida Keys and south Florida late Sunday or Monday. Tropical storm warnings were issued for central Cuba, southern Florida and the Florida Keys. South Florida started emptying ports and a small number of shelters opened in Miami and the Florida Keys for residents in mobile homes and low lying areas. The storms’ threat comes as many streets across South Florida have been inundated by heavy rains and unusual King Tides.
Eta Becomes An Extratropical Low
Location 85 miles SE of Wilmington North Carolina Wind 45 mph Heading ENE at 21 mph Pressure 29.65 Coordinates 76.8W, 33.3NDiscussionAt 400 AM EST (0900 UTC), the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Eta was located near latitude 33.3 North, longitude 76.8 West. The post-tropical cyclone is moving toward the east-northeast near 21 mph (33 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue with an increase in forward speed through Saturday. On the forecast track, Eta is expected to gradually pull away from the southeast U.S. Coast today. Eta could intensify a little as an non-tropical cyclone during the next day or so before it becomes absorbed by a larger non-tropical cyclone on Saturday or Saturday night. Tropics Models at 9:10 Friday Morning, November 13thLand HazardsSURF: Swells generated by Eta will affect portions of the southeastern United States coast today.
Pregnant woman pulls husband to safety as shark attacks him off Florida Keys
MARATHON, Fla. – When a shark attacked her husband during a snorkeling trip in the Florida Keys, his pregnant wife didn’t think twice, jumping out of a boat to pull him to safety, a sheriff’s deputy said. Eddy, of Atlanta, had just slid into the water from a private boat when a large shark, estimated at 10 feet, latched onto his shoulder. Dukes, without hesitation, dove into the water and pulled Eddy to the safety of the boat,” Deputy Christopher Aguanno wrote in his report. Several other snorkelers from other boats were already in the water when the attack happened, the deputy wrote. George Burgess, who retired as director of the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File, agreed that it was likely a bull shark that bit Eddy.
Port Orange woman, 63, dies on snorkeling trip in Florida Keys
KEY WEST, Fla. – A Florida woman died after snorkeling in the Keys over the weekend, officials said. Kim Ellen Schwinge, 63, of Port Orange, was on a snorkeling trip Sunday morning near Key West, according to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office news release. A family member noticed that Schwinge was having difficulties breathing in the water, officials said. She was taken to a commercial catamaran, where crew members began CPR. She was taken to a nearby U.S. Coast Guard station and then to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.