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Historic Hurricane Season Comes To An End

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network
The official last day of Hurricane Season is November 30.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ends today but its impact on Florida will be felt for years to come.

After Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys in September, officials attributed 72 deaths in the state to the storm, including 10 in Tampa Bay. The death toll does not include 12 patients who died after power went out at a South Florida nursing home. Those have been ruled as homicides.

On Tuesday, the federal government awarded Florida $615.9 million in hurricane disaster aid.

And last week, Florida Governor Rick Scott unveiled a budget proposal for next fiscal year, which includes the highest level of emergency disaster funding since he took office.

Florida public school enrollment has jumped by 8,000 after Hurricane Maria, with students coming from Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands.

Since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in mid-September, the island has struggled to restore water and power. 

Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans are forecasted to migrate to Florida because of the island's slow recovery. That has prompted some pundits to predict the exodus will have a significant impact on next year's Florida governor's race.

In total, 2017 had 17 named storms, and 10 hurricanes. Six of those hurricanes were considered major and two were category five storms.

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