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Hurricane Idalia in Florida: A 'meteorological sneeze' separates fortune from utter ruin

Idalia could have marked the first time on record that Leon County ever saw sustained hurricane-strength winds. Instead, the county saw a peak gust of 55 mph.


Record Alafia River flooding swamps Hillsborough County neighborhood

The Alafia River smashed its previous record high water level set during Hurricane Frances in 2004, according to National Weather Service data.


Who is Debbie Mucarsel-Powell? And why is she running against Rick Scott?

Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a Miami area Democrat, is Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Scott's latest challenger in his reelection bid.


Gov. DeSantis sees upside to loss of historic oak, split in half by Hurricane Idalia

Although exact age is unknown it appears the tree dates to the administration of Gov. Cary Hardee, 1921 - 1925, and the creation of six new counties.


Rick Scott and Jim Cantore encourage hurricane preparedness in Weather Channel video

Rick Scott, wearing a U.S. Navy cap, joined Jim Cantore to urge watchers to store supplies, follow evacuation orders and stay safe this storm season.


Hurricane Idalia: Flooding along Gulf Coast causes fires, road closures, destroyed homes

Hurricane Idalia brings flooding to communities along Florida's Gulf Coast that causes fires, road closures and destroyed homes.


ECSO: 15-year-old girl shot at mom, killed mother's fiancé at Essex Pointe Apts.

ECSO Sheriff Chip Simmons says Sunshine James shot at her mother and fatally shot her mother's fiancé in bed. The motive is unknown.


Burger King must face whopper of a lawsuit alleging burgers are too small, says judge

A judge ruled against Burger King's request to dismiss the a class action lawsuit, meaning the company will have to face plaintiffs in court.


Hurricane Idalia: USA TODAY Network news coverage, public safety information all in one place

USA TODAY and the USA TODAY Network are providing free news coverage, public safety information and resource guides for Hurricane Idalia.


6-month-old pup finds home with a Connecticut fire department after being rescued from hot car

New Haven fire officials formally adopted Riggs, a beagle they rescued from a hot car a couple weeks ago. Riggs will serve as the station's support animal.


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