D-SNAP third phase opening for Lake, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia county residents affected by Hurricane Ian
The Department of Children and Families announced on Sunday that the third phase of the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or D-SNAP, will open on Monday, Oct. 24 for Lake, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia county residents affected by Hurricane Ian.
Law enforcement from 4 Florida counties begin receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccine
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Florida received its first doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine late Thursday and by Friday morning officials were preparing to give out the first shots to law enforcement officers from Polk, Lake, Hardee and Highlands County. [TRENDING: Where school staff, child care workers can get the vaccine| 80th annual Daytona Beach Bike Week starts | When could Orange County could lift its mask mandate]Ad“This will do here 2,000 law enforcement personnel age 50 and up in all those counties,” Gov. “We have statewide about 20,000 sworn law enforcement officers who are 50 or older,” DeSantis said. “So we’re not getting any more Johnson & Johnson for, I think, two more weeks. The FEMA vaccine site in Orlando is also administering the J&J vaccine.
Here’s why you are seeing smoke throughout Central Florida
The smell of smoke pushed through Orange County on Thursday. ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The smell of smoke pushed through Central Florida on Thursday. Crews with the Maitland Fire Rescue Department said the smoky haze is from state-prescribed controlled burns in Lake and Marion counties. Here’s how to find out what’s burning near you]Fire crews said conditions are expected to last through the evening. SMOKY SKIES | Skies getting smoky in parts of Lake and Seminole county from a burn in Lake county.
LIVE RADAR: Tornado Watch expires for Central Florida, isolated strong storms still possible
The Tornado Watch that had been in effect has been allowed to expire for all of Central Florida. SEVERE WEATHER THREAT SUNDAY MORNINGA cold front is moving through Central Florida producing downpours and storms. A few storms could be strong through the late morning, but the severe threat is lowering across Central Florida. An isolated damaging wind gust or brief tornado is still possible southeast of I-4, but the severe weather threat has come to an end along and northwest of I-4. Future radarMost of Central Florida is dry by noon.
OK, we get it, it’s winter. Wind chill readings hit 20s in parts of Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – There was yet another cold start across Central Florida as temperatures dropped into the 30s and 40s Wednesday. Feels-like temperatures dipped into the upper 20s in parts of Flagler and Brevard counties, with Ocala reaching a wind chill of 32. [TRENDING: How to get a vaccine in Fla. | Wanted: Man accused of shooting at detective | Cops: Fla. man decapitated hamster]There’s a freeze warning in effect for Orange, Lake, Flagler, Marion, Sumter, Volusia and Brevard counties through Thursday. There is also a wind chill advisory for most of the region as the wind will continue to kick up through 9 a.m. Wednesday. Expect highs in the upper 60s Thursday and the mid-70s Friday and Saturday, with rain chances returning for the weekend.
Colder air moves in with frost possible Sunday morning
ORLANDO, Fla. – Sunshine returns by Saturday afternoon, but it will be a blustery sunshine. Winds will gust up to 25 mph an hour at times through the early evening. Even with abundant sunshine, temperatures only top out in the low 60s. Patchy frost will be possible west of I-95 with the best chance north of Orlando into Lake, interior Volusia and Marion counties. Frost potential Sunday morningSunshine will help to burn off the frost early Sunday, but clouds are quick to return by the early afternoon.
Cold weather shelters open this weekend in Lake, Brevard counties
Cold weather shelters will open this weekend in Lake and Brevard counties. In Lake County, the Trinity Assembly of God shelter at 200 Urick St. in Fruitland Park will be open from 5 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. on Sunday. | Fla. begins COVID vaccine appointment system]Masks will be required at the shelter. In Brevard County, officials said a shelter will open at 6 p.m. Saturday at HELPS Community Initiatives, Inc. at 2833 Palm Bay Rd. in Palm Bay, and closes the following day at 7 a.m. Dinner and breakfast will be served at the location.
Frost Advisory: Chilly day on tap in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – Expect a cold start Tuesday across Central Florida, with many areas in the 30s and 40s. There is a frost advisory in effect until 8 a.m. Wednesday for Marion, Lake and inland Volusia counties. The record low is 25, set in 1937Highs will remain in the 60s on Wednesday and Thursday. We can expect highs back in the low and mid-70s by Friday. Low rain chances return by the weekend, with highs in the mid- and upper 70s.
These Central Florida schools are closed due to Eta
OCALA, Fla. – Several Central Florida school districts have canceled classes because of potential impacts from Tropical Storm Eta. The Sumter County School District said its schools will be closed Thursday but classes will resume Friday. UCF is monitoring Tropical Storm #Eta and its possible impacts in Central Florida, which could begin on Thursday morning. — UCF 😷 (@UCF) November 11, 2020Classes at the University of Florida were canceled Thursday and the campus will be closed, according to the university. UF Alert UF classes canceled, campus offices closed Thursday, Nov. 12 because of TS Eta.
Meet the candidates: Here’s who’s running for US House District 15
The Lakeland commissioner has operated a small business in the city for 20 years. He said he never voted for a tax increase while serving as a Lakeland commissioner. The Lakeland commissioner said he will fight for the Second Amendment. Alan Cohn (D)Cohn is a Peabody Award-winning television investigative journalist and is making another run for the District 15 seat. As part of his platform, Cohn describes health care as a human right hoping to bring more affordable care to Americans and hopes to create effective policies to curb the climate crisis.
Election officials send mail-in ballots to these Central Florida voters
ORLANDO, Fla. – Election officials in three Central Florida counties will be sending mail-in ballots ahead of the November election. Officials say voters should receive their ballots by next week. : Here’s how to track your ballot]Election officials in Seminole County say their ballots will be mailed by Oct. 1. [TRENDING: Gang feud leaves 3-year-old dead | Man steals cat blood from clinic | How can I tell difference between flu and COVID-19?] Orange County officials will start sending mail-in ballots on Sept. 30.
School in six Central Florida counties starts on Monday
Parents in several Central Florida counties are getting their kids ready to go back to school. Monday marks the first day of school for students in Osceola, Flagler, Brevard, Sumter, Marion and Lake counties. In Marion County, school district officials said 70% of students signed up for traditional learning with the remainder of students learning online. On Friday, Emerald Shores Elementary School principal Stacy Houston said the school was putting the final touches on their safety measures. Lake County schools held a nearly two-hour-long Question and Answer session this weekend to help students and families prepare for Lake County Virtual School.
Black candidates push race debate into GOP-held districts
The reenergized movement against racial inequality and police brutality following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has amplified the voices of Black candidates across the country. Its just a total shift.The reenergized movement against racial inequality has amplified the voices of Black candidates, in some cases pushing the political debate over race into Republican-leaning areas. Democrats say they've seen a significant boost in fundraising and other engagement for candidates running on racial justice issues, and believe it could help the party flip some Republican-held districts in November. It was the kind of fundraising appeal that typically would bring in about $1.50 for every $1 a congressional campaign spent on the ad buy. Other Black candidates are seeing a similar trend, she said.
278 complaints filed against Central Florida businesses amid coronavirus
ORLANDO, Fla. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation received 278 complaints against Central Florida businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, according to records obtained by News 6. Records show complaints were made against a variety of business, including restaurants, retail stores, hair salons and rental properties. Kissimmee businesses saw the most complaints with 45 registered with the state, while Orlando saw the second highest number with its businesses receiving 39 complaints. This is one of the complaints filed with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation amid the coronavirus pandemic. RG also saw a single complaint during the coronavirus shutdown claiming it was open when it should have been closed.
Fire danger: Gusty winds, dry air increase fire danger Saturday
ORLANDO, Fla.- – Be mindful of open flames across Central Florida Saturday. The dry vegetation combined with low relative humidity and gusty winds is creating dangerous fire conditions. Gusty northeast winds could quickly spread any fire that got started. The fire danger is elevated across of Central Florida, but the counties not included in the warning don’t quite meet the warning criteria. As the sun goes down, the relative humidity increases improving the situation.
Several freeze warnings in effect overnight
ORLANDO – We are heading into the coldest night of the winter so far this season. Freeze warnings are in effect for Marion, Flagler, Lake, Sumter, and Inland Volusia counties. The low in Orlando will be 38Tomorrow will bring the turn-around. The low tomorrow night will be in the 40s. By Thursday we go all the way back to normal with a high in the 70s.
Strong afternoon storms bring rain, hail
ORLANDO, Fla. – Storm storms swept across Central Florida Sunday bringing lots of rain and hail in some areas. Tornado warnings were issued for Marion, Flagler and Volusia Counties and expanded into Seminole, Lake, Orange and Brevard as the line of storms moved through the afternoon. Daytona International Speedway officials evacuated the grandstands after the Daytona 500 Race had to be stopped because of the storms. Several fans told Local 6 they couldn't stand the rain, so many called it a night early, missing most of the race. Several viewers sent pictures to Local 6 of hail that came down in Sanford.
Fog lifts; Warm week on tap
ORLANDO, Fla. – Thick fog blanketed much of Central Florida on Tuesday morning, and temperatues in the 80s are expected for the region through the end of the week. Dense fog advisories for Volusia, Lake, Osceola, Brevard, Seminole and Orange counties expired at 9 a.m. Rain on Monday saturated the ground, trapping moisture and causing the fog to form. Overnight lows into Wednesday morning will hover near 63 degrees. No rain is forecast through the rest of the week.