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The Florida Roundup
The Florida Roundup is a live, weekly call-in show with a distinct focus on the issues affecting Floridians. Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.Join our hosts, veteran journalists from our partner public radio stations: WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami and WJCT’s Melissa Ross, broadcasting from Jacksonville.

Hurricane Ian roars through Florida, devastating the southwest and flooding other parts of the state

University of Central Florida students use an inflatable mattress as they evacuate an apartment complex near the campus that was totally flooded by rain from Hurricane Ian, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Orlando.
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University of Central Florida students use an inflatable mattress as they evacuate an apartment complex near the campus that was totally flooded by rain from Hurricane Ian, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Orlando.

This week: A look at Ian’s impact as we check in with cities across the state; a former FEMA official brings us up to date on the emergency response effort; will Florida be able to handle all of the insurance claims; and how much is climate change to blame for the stronger and more intense storms the state is facing?

One of the strongest storms in American history devastated much of the Florida peninsula this week.

Hurricane Ian came barreling ashore near Cayo Costa Wednesday as a punishing Category 4 hurricane. It made landfall with 150 mile an hour winds, just shy of being a Category 5 storm.

Rescue operations continue after unprecedented flooding from one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the United States. Millions are still without power as widespread flooding and massive storm surge causes billions in damage.

On today’s show, a look at Ian’s impact as we check in with cities across the state. Then later: a former FEMA official brings us up to date on the emergency response effort. Plus: will Florida be able to handle all of the insurance claims now that the storm has passed? And how much is climate change to blame for the stronger and more intense storms the state is facing?

Our guests:

  • Tara Calligan, reporter at WGCU
  • Kerry Sheridan, reporter at WUSF 
  • Gwen Filosa, incoming WLRN Florida Keys reporter 
  • Ray Troncoso, reporter at WJCT News
  • Craig Fugate, former FEMA administrator
  • Alex Harris, environment and climate change reporter at the Miami Herald
  • Mark Friedlander, director at the Insurance Information Institute

Copyright 2022 WJCT News 89.9. To see more, visit WJCT News 89.9.

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.