Iguana causes power outage in South Florida city
LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. — Some species of iguanas are considered invasive in Florida. One iguana in a South Florida city was very invasive, knocking out power for more than 30 minutes. >> Read more trending newsThe city of Lake Worth Beach tweeted Wednesday that there was a large-scale outage in the city caused by the reptile, WPTV reported. According to city officials, the iguana’s tail hit the transformer, causing the outage, WPBF-TV reported. You can track the outage at https://t.co/43DeWGROez — Lake Worth Beach (@LakeWorthBchPBC) December 7, 2022Jason Bailey, Lake Worth Beach’s assistant director of system operations, told WPTV that power was restored within 35 minutes.wftv.com
Warning issued for spring breakers and all swimmers from Miami Beach to Palm Beach
As spring break gets going this week in South Florida, the National Weather Service has extended the high rip current risk warning for the waters off Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties to 7 p.m. Wednesday.news.yahoo.com
Video showing train crashing into car released as warning to drivers
LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. — Brightline, a high-speed rail system in Florida, released video Wednesday showing a car deliberately driving around railroad gates and onto the tracks before being hit by a train. In the video, the gates are down when the driver clearly goes around them, and the train splits the driver’s car in two. A Brightline train hit a car Tuesday morning in Delray Beach, WPTV reported. In that case, a mother and baby were able to escape before the car was hit. A third incident Sunday, also in Lake Worth Beach, killed one person, WPTV reported.wftv.com
2 South Florida women accused in sex-trafficking operation
LAKE WORTH, Fla. Two South Florida women have been arrested on federal charges in connection with a sex-trafficking operation involving minors, investigators said. The women are accused of renting at least five Airbnb locations in South Florida for the purposes of selling two teenage girls for sex, the Palm Beach Post reported. One of the locations was in the Lake Worth area. The girl told investigators she also had to take nude photos for online advertising. When she resisted, the women threatened to kick her out of the home and leave her in Palm Beach County, the complaint said.
Officials: Drunk Florida woman survives being hit by train
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A drunk Florida woman survived being hit by a slow-moving train after she fell asleep partially on the tracks Tuesday, authorities said. The woman was hospitalized after she was found by firefighters near the train tracks early Tuesday morning, The Palm Beach Post reported. She does not have life-threatening injuries, officials said. The woman was hit by a slow-moving train in Lake Worth Beach, a city in Palm Beach County, fire officials said. Authorities did not immediately release additional details.
Florida man fed kinkajou before attack, wildlife officials say
LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. - The night before a Florida man was attacked by a kinkajou that barged into his home, he left watermelon outside so the rainforest creature could snack. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials released a brief synopsis of the incident that happened in Lake Worth Beach on July 25. They said the man saw the wide-eyed mammal on his doorstep one night so he gave it some fruit. Reports say the animal used its sharp claws to cling to the man's leg as he tried to fight it off. Since kinkajous are not native to the U.S., wildlife officers attempted to locate its owner but were unsuccessful.
Kinkajou barges into home, attacks Florida man
LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. - A small rainforest raccoon-like creature ran into a Florida apartment and bit a man after he opened the front door to head to work, officials said. WPEC-TV reports the kinkajou bit the man's foot and scratched his leg but did not seriously injure him in the Friday attack. A woman who witnessed the incident at the Lake Worth Beach apartment said it sounded "like a 300-pound man was tackling him in the kitchen." Natalie Dulach said the furry mammal with sharp claws clung to the man's leg as he fought to get it off him. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report said the kinkajou was taken to a wildlife facility.