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Florida sheriff bans face masks among officers

Miami - A Florida sheriff ordered his officers to not wear face masks -- and banned the safety gear from his office -- even as the southern US state has hit record daily coronavirus death tolls.

Florida hits another record virus death toll as hurricane looms

Miami - Hurricane Isaias was barreling towards Florida on Friday, a day after the state registered a record 253 coronavirus deaths and authorities closed down some COVID-19 testing centers to prepare for the looming storm.

After pounding Puerto Rico, T.S. Isaias set it sights on Florida

Tropical Storm Isaias is dumping flooding rain on parts of the Caribbean and could eventually track near Florida this weekend and possibly other parts of the East Coast early next week as a Category 1 Hurricane.

Florida reports third straight single-day COVID-19 death record

Florida reported 252 coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours on Thursday, its third straight single-day record total of COVID-19 fatalities. The state also added 9,956 new cases, bringing its total to more than 461,000 infections.

Florida to close virus test centers with storm looming

Miami - Florida will close its coronavirus testing centers on Thursday, a day after the state reported a record 216 deaths from the disease, as authorities batten down for a looming storm.

Florida to feel some effects of Tropical Storm Isaias by weekend

Tropical Storm Isaias has formed in the Atlantic, and Florida may feel the first impacts from the storm as soon as this weekend, but it's too early to know any details.

Tropical Storm warnings issued ahead of possible TS Isaias

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of the Lesser Antilles as a disturbance east of the islands is expected to become Tropical Storm Isaias before it sweeps into the islands Wednesday.

Child hospitalizations from Covid-19 surge 23 percent in Florida

West Palm Beach - Just weeks before schools are expected to open across Florida, the numbers of new cases of coronavirus in children, along with hospitalizations have surged.

Man arrested for pulling gun when asked to wear mask in Florida

Miami - A man was arrested for pointing a gun at a fellow shopper who asked him to wear a mask because of the coronavirus pandemic at a Walmart store in Florida, police in the US state said.

Florida teachers sue to stop school openings as virus rages

Miami - Florida's main teachers union on Monday sued Governor Ron DeSantis and other authorities to stop schools from reopening in August, as the state has become a US epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Florida sets new coronavirus record with over 15,000 cases

Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours on Sunday, a day after Walt Disney World in Orlando reopened and anti-mask activists held a rally at a nearby restaurant.

Trump in coronavirus-stricken Florida for high-dollar fundraiser

President Donald Trump is visiting coronavirus-stricken Florida for a high-dollar campaign fundraiser hosted in Hillsboro Beach by Troy Link, chief executive officer of Link Snacks Inc.

Florida shatters single-day record for new coronavirus cases

Florida on Saturday reported at least 11,445 new coronavirus cases, the state’s largest number of daily cases so far, according to figures released by the Florida Department of Health.

Florida gambles on reopening, as virus numbers rise

Miami Beach - Florida is reporting record daily totals of new coronavirus cases, but you'd never know it looking at the Sunshine State's increasingly busy beaches and hotels.

Venezuelans inured to crisis show coping skills in pandemic Miami

Miami - Hop into an Uber in Miami before the pandemic and it was easy to hear a driver speaking Spanish with an accent from Venezuela -- many of its people ended up here after fleeing an economic meltdown back home.

Passengers from virus-hit ships start leaving Florida

Fort Lauderdale - Passengers from a virus-hit cruise ship and its sister vessel, also struck with a handful of cases, started heading home Friday from Florida, after being stranded at sea for days.

Virus-hit cruise ship arrives in Florida -- and another on way

Fort Lauderdale - A virus-hit cruise ship with dozens of ill passengers and crew docked in Florida on Thursday after being barred from several South American countries, concluding a harrowing time at sea for those stranded aboard.

Virus-hit cruise ship nears US port, awaits final approval

Fort Lauderdale - A virus-hit cruise ship with dozens of ill passengers and crew neared Florida on Thursday, awaiting final clearance to dock after being barred from several South American countries.

Florida beach ravers tie with Trump for 'most foolish' during pandemic

Los Angeles - US students who defied coronavirus warnings to keep partying on Florida beaches during their spring break have been crowned the year's "most foolish" Americans in a new survey -- tied with President Donald Trump.

4 dead after US jewelry heist leads to carjacking, chase, shootout

Miami - Two armed jewelry thieves trying to escape the scene of their heist on Thursday hijacked a delivery truck, took its driver hostage, then led police on a high-speed chase that ended in a deadly shootout, authorities in the US state of Florida said.

Afrojack to headline 2020 Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida

Miami - Fans of world-renowned electronic music superstar Afrojack are in for a treat. He will be headlining the 2020 Ultra Music Festival.

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta headed to Florida

Fans of the classic film "Grease" are in for a treat. Lead actors Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta will be coming to Florida this December for three events.

Florida's timber farmers still face uncertainty after Michael

On October 10, 2018, Category 5 Hurricane Michael, with winds exceeding 160 mph (255 kph), came ashore on Florida’s northern Gulf Coast. The storm killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes - while destroying the region's timber industry.

Drone Racing League is headed to Orlando, Florida, this October

Orlando - On October 8, 2019, the Drone Racing League will be holding an event in Orlando, Florida, at the Addition Financial Arena .

Tropical system over Bahamas could be Tropical Storm by weekend

The National Hurricane Center's 11:00 a.m. advisory forecasts the tropical system developing near the Bahamas is expected to become a named tropical storm Saturday.

Odds just got better for tropical depression or storm by Friday

A tropical disturbance is likely to become a tropical depression or storm by Friday and could pose a threat to the Bahamas, Florida and other parts of the Southeast Coast or Gulf Coast, including areas devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

Some storm-savvy Floridians shrug, others flee or bunker down

Port Saint Lucie - Michael James was boarding over the last two windows of his house on Florida's east coast. The first gusty blasts of wind were announcing Hurricane Dorian's imminent arrival, and most residents had fled.

Florida starts evacuations as Category 4 Hurricane Dorian grows

Hurricane Dorian has grown into a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 131 mph. The latest update from the National Hurricane Center has the track east of where it had been for much of the day Thursday.

Dorian becomes a potentially catastrophic Category 3 storm

Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 3 storm and is still gathering strength as it moves toward Florida, where it could make landfall as soon as late Monday as a Category 4 hurricane.

In latest update — Dorian could hit Florida as Category 4

Hurricane Dorian is forecast to be a Category 4 hurricane when it makes landfall in Florida over Labor Day weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center's latest advisory.
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