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September 11 Memorial in Madeira Beach
Thomas Iacobucci / WUSF Public Media

Across the United States, people and communities are commemorating the 18th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks with tributes, services, and other events. 

Listed below are a few of the memorials that are taking place across the Tampa Bay area. 

The firefighters came on Monday. They went up and down the halls, knocking on every apartment in the six-story Ansonborough House building in downtown Charleston, S.C., and leaving notices on the doors of those who didn't answer: This area is under mandatory evacuation.

The manager of the building heeded the warning and left a note on the window in the lobby explaining that the building would not be staffed all week.

Florida emergency management efforts shifted Thursday from storm preparation to providing assistance as Hurricane Dorian, after devastating the Bahamas and skirting Florida’s East Coast, threatened to cause heavy damage in the Carolinas.

Hurricane Dorian raked the Carolina coast with howling, window-rattling winds and sideways rain Thursday, spinning off tornadoes and knocking out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses as it pushed northward toward the dangerously exposed Outer Banks.

Aerial footage is beginning to reveal the extensive devastation in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian, one of the most powerful storms to hit the Atlantic in recorded history. Large parts of the island are underwater  and many relief organizations are on standby ready to send supplies to aid recovery efforts.

Emergency operations slowly started to wind down Wednesday as Hurricane Dorian remained offshore, inching its way north and away from Florida.

FTC tips for verifying hurricane relief charities.
Federal Trade Commission

In the wake of disasters such as Hurricane Dorian, it is common for new charities aimed at disaster relief to crop up. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody advises donors to be mindful while giving to unfamiliar disaster relief charities.

Flying into the eye of Hurricane Dorian.
Stephanie Colombini / WUSF Public Media

Most Floridians are breathing easier now that Hurricane Dorian has moved away from the state and up the coast. But the work is not done for NOAA's Hurricane Hunters in Lakeland.

Two boater pull alongside a Florida Fish and Wildlife boat for a check of their safety preparations
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission/Flickr.com

Florida led the nation again in boating accidents, deaths and injuries, according to a U.S. Coast Guard survey of 2018 marine incidents.

The Sunshine State had 607 boat accidents last year, resulting in 57 deaths, 297 injuries and more than $7 million in property damage.

There are reports of widespread beach erosion in Brevard County after Hurricane Dorian.

On Canova Beach in Melbourne so much sand had washed away that the high tide was lapping at the grassy dunes, leaving little room for any beach blanket. High-rise hotels loomed mere feet from the ocean.

Florida Attorney General scam hotline number, 866-9NO-SCAM
Florida Office of the Attorney General

As Hurricane Dorian makes its way north, reports of price gouging continue to rise along Florida's east coast.

Pointing to issues such as low natural-gas prices, Tampa Electric Co. said this week it expects customers’ monthly bills to be reduced in 2020.

The utility on Tuesday made filings with the state Public Service Commission that take into account expenses such as fuel costs for power plants.

Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas with high winds and rain for more than two days, and officials in the Bahamas say at least seven people died in the storm, including children. That toll is feared to rise as recovery efforts get underway.

Here are the latest developments on Hurricane Dorian:

Bahamians rescued victims of Hurricane Dorian with jet skis and a bulldozer as the U.S. Coast Guard, Britain's Royal Navy and a handful of aid groups tried to get food and medicine to survivors and take the most desperate people to safety.

Ariel and Delavoe Wilson crouched over their phones at a Dunkin Donuts in Fort Lauderdale. Over a WhatsApp group, they scrolled up and down, gazing at photos and videos of Hurricane Dorian’s devastation in the Bahamas. Images of familiar places that, oddly, no longer looked familiar.

“Just about everywhere is devastation,” said Delavoe. “My own house. My street. The airport. All the smaller places that are much closer to the sea.”

A photo album of Hurricane Irma could include shots of waves splashing the statue in Riverside’s Memorial Park, homes fully submerged in Black Creek, and the aftermath of flooded homes in San Marco and along the Northside’s Ribault River.

Some areas along the east coast are no longer under a hurricane warning as Hurricane Dorian slowly crawls north parallel to the First Coast en route to a possible landfall in the Carolinas. 

Hurricane Dorian strengthened slightly as of the National Hurricane Center's 5 p.m. update continues to produce tropical storm conditions along the east coast, bringing storm surge along with dangerous surf.

The 11 p.m. Tuesday advisory from the National Hurricane Center showed Hurricane Dorian as a Category 2 storm moving 8 mph NNW.
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Hurricane Dorian continues pounding Florida’s east coast this evening as the Category 2 storm moving out in the Gulf of Mexico, parallel to the state.

The storm’s outer bands are producing tropical storm force winds, periods of heavy rain and storm surge across central Florida.

Floridians Hope Dorian's Economic Impact Will Be Temporary

Sep 3, 2019
Gov. ron DeSantis
Governor's press office

Hurricane Dorian is losing strength as it churns closer to the Florida coast, and that's bringing some cautious relief to the state's big tourism industry.

"On The Upwind Flying Club" Facebook page
On The Upwind Flying Club / Facebook

Now that Tampa Bay residents are able to let their guard down against Hurricane Dorian, many people are taking a look at what can be done to help the hard-hit Bahamas.

One group of local pilots is quickly mobilizing to gather supplies and plans to fly them to the island.


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A commercial satellite image shows just how much of Grand Bahama Island is underwater following days of torrential rain and massive storm surge from Hurricane Dorian.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is warning against getting complacent as Hurricane Dorian on Tuesday morning is forecast to pass off shore slightly more eastward than before. Florida Public Radio Emergency Network meteorologists warn that track can still change, like Hurricane Matthew’s did in 2016, wobbling closer to the First Coast than projected.

a walmart store front
Wikimedia Commons

Walmart says it will discontinue the sale of handgun ammunition and also publicly request that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores even where state laws allow it.

As Floridians stock up on essentials in preparation for possible impacts of Hurricane Dorian, State Attorney General Ashley Moody has activated Florida’s Price Gouging hotline


Starving Seniors: How America Fails To Feed Its Aging

Sep 3, 2019

Army veteran Eugene Milligan is 75 years old and blind. He uses a wheelchair since losing half his right leg to diabetes and gets dialysis for kidney failure.

And he has struggled to get enough to eat. 

United Nations officials estimate more than 60,000 people in the northwest Bahamas will need food following the devastation left by Hurricane Dorian.

When Shakira Franklin drives from West Baltimore to her job near the city's Inner Harbor, she can feel the summer heat ease up like a fist loosening its grip.

"I can actually feel me riding out of the heat. When I get to a certain place when I'm on my way, I'll turn off my air and I'll roll my windows down," says Franklin. "It just seems like the sun is beaming down on this neighborhood."

The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane that slammed Islamorada was the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record — until Sunday, when Hurricane Dorian tied it in the Bahamas.

On Monday, residents of Islamorada gathered for the annual Labor Day service at the Hurricane Memorial on Upper Matecumbe Key. They were thinking of hurricanes past — and present.

Here's a list of closures, shelters, evacuation zones and other information (this page will be updated frequently):

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