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Manatee County

Days before Hurricane Irma hit last September, a lifeguard was entrusted with translating a public announcement in sign language to residents of Manatee County. 95% of his interpretation was incomprehensible.

A warning about pizza and a big bear as Hurricane Irma approached Florida is prompting a bill addressing how the state communicates with hearing impaired residents during weather emergencies.

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Hearing-impaired people tuning into a news conference about the arrest of a suspected serial killer in Tampa got a message of gibberish as they watched an American Sign Language interpreter.