Hurricane Matthew

The benefits of retiring in South Carolina's low country are clear to Joyce East. Her home, sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and downtown Charleston, overlooks 120 acres of lush marshland. Palm trees and Spanish moss dot the property.

FPL Customers To Receive Hurricane Matthew Recovery Refund

Jul 11, 2018

Florida Power & Light customers will see a small, one-time credit in August that in part corrects an “over-recovery” cost for Hurricane Matthew, which whipped the east coast in 2016.

Northeast Floridians still waiting for federal recovery dollars a year after Hurricane Matthew may need to wait even longer, after Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas last week.

Tourists at Clearwater Beach.
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Three Tampa Bay area hotels have been accused of price gouging during evacuations for Hurricane Matthew.

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Fishermen in southwest Florida say lingering red tide and the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew may cut into their early stone crab harvests.

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The Florida Democratic Party is asking a federal judge to extend the state's voter registration deadline at least a week due to Hurricane Matthew.

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As the death toll continues to rise in Haiti, people in Tampa's Haitian community are still on edge. 

Since last Thursday, the Haitian Association Foundation of Tampa Bay (HAFTB) has been collecting donations of canned food, flashlights, cleaning supplies and clothes at the Louverture Cultural Center on North Florida Avenue.

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After being pelted by a brutal storm that killed at least five Floridians, the state has shifted into recovery mode while still keeping tabs on deadly Hurricane Matthew.

Florida Begins Digging Out After Matthew

Oct 8, 2016
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Hurricane Matthew killed at least four residents and left some 1.2 million homes and businesses without power, as the storm began moving away from the state's northeastern coast on Friday evening.

Though the worst from Hurricane Matthew will be felt on the east coast, the storm is having effects on the Tampa Bay area.

As of 11 a.m., all tropical storm watches and warnings for the Tampa Bay area have been cancelled as the storm moves further north away from the area.

For much of the Tampa Bay area, sustained winds of 20-30 miles per hour are expected with higher gusts, especially in rain bands on the fringes of Matthew.

Here’s a list of closures and other need-to-know information as Matthew departs:


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Hurricane Matthew sideswiped Florida's Atlantic coast Friday, toppling trees onto homes and knocking out power to more than 800,000 people but sparing the most heavily populated stretch of shoreline the catastrophic blow many had feared.

If you’ve lived in Hurricane Alley long enough, you’ve heard about the phenomenon of “hurricane babies”—nine months after a big storm, there’s a spike in births.

The hurricane baby thing? It’s totally real.

There have been a number of studies that look at birth rates after big natural disasters. There is evidence that in fact, starting about nine months after a hurricane, you can expect a baby boom in a lot of places.

But when you start digging into the research, there’s more to it than the lights going out.

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Leaving almost 300 dead in its wake across the Caribbean, Hurricane Matthew steamed toward Florida with potentially catastrophic winds of 130 mph Thursday, and 2 million people across the Southeast were warned to flee inland.

It was the most powerful storm to threaten the U.S. Atlantic coast in more than a decade.

"This storm's a monster," Gov. Rick Scott warned as it started lashing the state with rain and wind around nightfall. He added: "I'm going to pray for everybody's safety."

Hurricane Matthew Closes Schools, Government Offices In Tampa Bay Area  

Though the worst from Hurricane Matthew will be felt on the east coast, the storm is having effects on the Tampa Bay area.

Polk, Hernando, Citrus, Sumter and Highlands counties are under a tropical storm warning, meaning tropical storm conditions are likely.  Sustained winds in these areas in the 40-50 mph range with gusts to 60-65 miles per hour possible.

The west coast of Florida is under a tropical storm watch from south of Sarasota north the Panhandle.

Mosquito control and health officials are hoping mosquito prevention is on the minds of Floridians preparing for Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricanes can create perfect conditions for an explosion in mosquito populations.

Polk County Schools Closed Thursday, Friday

Oct 5, 2016

Polk County officials announced that public schools will be closed Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7 because of Hurricane Matthew. 

Polk County is the only Tampa Bay area school district so far announce it will close schools.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state could be facing its "biggest evacuation ever" because Hurricane Matthew is threatening almost the entire Atlantic coast of Florida.

Hurricane Matthew Causes Delay In Sarasota County Hospital Case

Oct 5, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday postponed arguments until February in a constitutional battle about a 2003 state law that directed Sarasota County to reimburse private hospitals for indigent care.

President Barack Obama has postponed his appearance at the University of South Florida in Tampa on Wednesday because of Hurricane Matthew.

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Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in western Haiti.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the Category 4 storm made landfall around 7 a.m. Tuesday near Les Anglais, Haiti. Matthew's maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph.

Shift Brings Hurricane Matthew's Track Closer To Florida

Oct 3, 2016
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The National Hurricane made a "significant shift" in its projected path of Hurricane Matthew on Monday afternoon.

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network meteorologist Jeff Huffman says the change could impact parts of the state.

A senior government official in Jamaica says people in flood-prone areas of the country are refusing to leave their homes as the outer bands of Hurricane Matthew bring heavy rain and some flooding to parts of the island.

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says one such area is Port Royal near the now-closed international airport in Kingston. McKenzie says the government ordered the area evacuated and sent two buses to help people move. But he says only two adults and two children boarded the bus. Others in the neighborhood wanted to stay and protect their homes.

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Hurricane Matthew, a potentially devastating Category 4 storm, swirled across the Caribbean toward Haiti and Jamaica, where residents frantically stocked up on emergency supplies and authorities urged people to evacuate threatened areas.

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Hurricane Matthew has been downgraded to a Category 4 storm as it continues roaring across the Caribbean Sea on a course that puts Jamaica, as well as parts of Haiti and Cuba, in the path of its potentially devastating winds and rain.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center called it the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Felix in 2007, and said Matthew will be approaching Jamaica late Sunday night. It is expected to reach the eastern part of the island on Monday.

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Forecasters in Miami say Matthew has strengthened into a major Category 3 hurricane in the Caribbean.

The National Hurricane Center says Matthew now has top sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph) and is now centered about 105 miles (170 kilometers) northeast of Punta Gallinas, Colombia. It says the storm as of 11 a.m. EDT Friday was centered about 495 miles (800 kilometers) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and moving west-southwest at 12 mph (19 kph).