Accidents and Disasters

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2014

    Florida Is Spared from Hurricanes For Record Ninth-Straight Year

    Hurricane season officially ends on Sunday and, here we are another year without getting hit by one. It's almost as if we shouldn't even bother with having a hurricane season. Yet, scientists say we're just smack in the middle of a ridiculously lucky streak -- one that is going on for almost a decad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    New Broward Flood Zone Maps Become Official Next Week

    Back in February, FEMA issued a letter notifying unincorporated Broward County and its 31 municipal governments that new flood zone maps had been drawn up and finalized. Now those new flood zones will go into affect starting on Monday, according to the county. What this means, basically, is that h ... More >>

  • Film

    August 7, 2014
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    August 1, 2014

    Tropical Storm Bertha Projected to Move Away From Florida

    Oh hey, good news. We're not going to get hit by a hurricane. At least, not this weekend. Forecasters had had their eye on TS Bertha all week, and where the storm initially formed was a bit of a cause of concern for us here in South Florida. But, the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Cen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Potential Hurricane Showing "Signs of Organization" in the Atlantic Ocean

    Okay, so it ain't even a Tropical depression yet. But after decades living in this steamy subtropical hurricane magnet of a land mass, we have an instinct for these things. A front located about 1150 miles east of the Windward Islands is showing "signs of organization," according to the National Hu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    South Florida Hurricane Coverage Panic Ratings

    In case you weren't aware, Hurricane Season just kicked off Sunday. That's right. It's that time of year again. And hopefully you're all stocked up on batteries and cans of tuna. But no, Hurricane Season is complete without the local weather stations and storm centers and storm teams telling us abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Hurricane Season Will Be Normal-to-Below Normal, NOAA Forecasts

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that this hurricane season will be normal-to-below normal this year. Their forecast, which was released Thursday, seems to agree with the prediction from two Colorado State University forecasters who said in April that only three hurricanes w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    New National Hurricane Center Maps to Track Storms Before They Form, Predict Surges

    As Hurricane season approaches, we're getting more and more sophisticated in the way storms are tracked. And while we're still waiting for those Hurricane Tracker Sharks we were promised, there is some pretty cool news coming out of the National Hurricane Center. Staring this season, the NHC will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Only Three Hurricanes Forming This Year, Experts Say

    A couple of storm forecasters from Colorado have brought some seemingly bad news for those of us who love to take days off and listen to 24 hour local news stations tell us how we're all gonna die when a hurricane is on its way. Phil Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University say that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Another Reason Florida Rules -- Earthquakes Won't Get Us

    Numerous earthquakes have hit the West Coast recently. A powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Chile last night. So many are wondering if these quakes are a sign of a larger one on the horizon. Fear not, South Florida; the ground won't be shaking here anytime soon. It may open up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    South Florida Company Sells Sexy Radiation-Blocking Bras

    Whether you're in a postapocalyptic nuclear disaster or standing a little too close to the microwave, this radiation-blocking bra will provide lift and shape. It can also simultaneously protect boobs from harmful radiation, heat, and even biological and chemical threats. When was the last time you s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Tornado Watch in Effect for Broward, Palm Beach and Pretty Much All of Florida

    Apparently we're under a tornado watch. And by we're, we mean THE WHOLE FRIGGIN STATE. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for roughly 20 or so counties in Florida, including Broward and Palm Beach. Said watch is scheduled to be in effect until 7:00 p.m. tonight. So be sure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Sharks Could Be Forecasting Hurricanes Soon

    Sharks are apparently going to be replacing weathermen soon, because according to this report, hundreds of them have been tagged with special satellite links that scientists are hoping will be forecasting information of oncoming hurricanes. Scientists at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Deformed Crabs, Eyeless Shrimp in Gulf Three Years After BP Oil Spill

    Shrimp with no eyes. Shrimp with bulbous tumors on their necks. Crabs with holes in their shells. That's what fishermen around the Gulf of Mexico are still finding, three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP, the oil company responsible for the spill, says it's all natural, according ... More >>

  • News

    August 29, 2013
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    August 12, 2013

    Sinkhole Collapses Resort Near Disney World

    A sinkhole collapsed a villa at the Summer Bay Resort near Disney World early Monday morning. The building is almost halfway in the hole, with another section of the villa sinking into the ground. At around 3:00 a.m., witnesses reported hearing a cracking sound as the villa began to submerge into t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Tropical Storm Chantal Might Be Downgraded to Tropical Wave

    For a while there, it looked like Tropical Storm Chantal was going to come in and ruin everybody's weekend by being all tropical stormy on our asses. But now, she isn't looking so tough, thanks to her weakening overnight and what with Cuba's mountainous terrains battering her enough to slow down th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Tropical Storm Chantal Has South Florida in Her Cone

    So, while you were sleeping, dreaming about the wonder and excitement that is going back to work on Monday, a tropical storm up and decided to pop up in Atlantic waters. And, from the looks of it, we're kind of in its path. Weeeeee! Tropical Storm Chantal, the third named storm of the 2013 hurrican ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Tropical Storm Andrea Is Becoming a Dangerous Mess

    Tropical Storm Andrea is a big green blotch of wet awfulness, plodding its way towards the Big Bend on Florida's west coast. The storm is already a big wet pain in the ass, with Tornado Warnings issued for northern Broward and south central Palm Beach County. A funnel cloud was spotted near the Acr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Florida Sues BP and Haliburton Over 2010 Oil Spill

    Florida got the Earth Day festivities kicked off early with some good old fashioned litigation. Over the weekend, Florida joined Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana is suing BP and Halliburton over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The suit, filed by State Attorney General Pam Bondi in United S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Nine Hurricanes This Season, According to Experts

    If two Colorado State University climatologists are correct, we're going to get hit up and harassed by hurricanes more than usual this season. Meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray are predicting from their supercool hurricane prediction base (i.e., their laptops, probably) that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Hurricane Center Will Keep Warning Us About Tropical Storms, Even When They're No Longer Tropical Storms

    When Hurricane Sandy clipped Florida and headed for the northeast, the National Hurricane Center announced that it was not a hurricane but a "post-tropical storm," which was both the first time anyone outside of the National Hurricane Center ever heard the term, and was kind of confusing. And, app ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Hurricane Warning Definition Has Been Altered by National Hurricane Center

    The National Hurricane Center has announced that it's going to alter the definition of a "hurricane warning." This means that the next time there's a storm headed toward land that has the potential to be another Sandy, a "hurricane warning" will be posted by the Hurricane Center -- even if the stor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Hurricane Sandy: A What-to-Do Guide From SoFla to New York

    Hurricane Sandy was downgraded to something called a post-tropical cyclone, which we think probably means "like a hurricane, except not." Either way, Sandy was a menace. Her post-tropical cycloneness slammed into the North Atlantic, leaving water and wind devastation all over parts of New York an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Hurricane Sandy Still Flooding Parts of Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach

    Hurricane Sandy might have morphed into a giant super mega storm in the North Atlantic, but she managed to leave a big heaping mess in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach with swells and flooding at high tide. Roadway flooding has been reported along Las Olas Boulevard as well as some downtown Fort Laud ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Hurricane Sandy Brings More Rain and Wind Today

    As expected, Hurricane Sandy has left a big honking mess of things with wind and rain and rain and SO. MUCH. RAIN.Fortunately, there have been no widespread power outages or any serious emergencies caused by the storm Today's 8 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center says that she has weaken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2012

    Tropical Storm Isaac: It's Going To Get Wet and Wild

    Oh, hey, look outside. Isaac's here! Regardless of what the TV news people standing in the rain are saying (LOCK YOUR DOORS!! ISAAC IS GOING TO EAT OUR SOULS!!!) the hurricane watch on the southeast coast from Golden Beach to the Keys has been lifted.So no, Belkys Nerey and friends, we're not going ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2012

    Tropical Storm Isaac Getting Closer To South Florida (Updated)

    Update [5:30 p.m.]: Broward County has two shelters open for those living in low-lying areas and mobile homes.Update [2:50 p.m.]: Broward County schools will be closed on MondayUpdate [1:30 p.m.]: Miami-Dade schools will be closed on Monday. Palm Beach County schools remain openIsaac ain't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Your Tropical Storm Isaac Update

    It's looking more and more like South Florida will feel the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac. But the computers still can't agree on where exactly the storm will make landfall. BECAUSE THE COMPUTERS ARE TURNING AGAINST US. Either way, we'll get really, really wet... or we'll get hit in the face with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Tropical Storm Isaac Is Better Organized, Could Hit Florida On Monday

    While you were sleeping comfortably all tucked away in your bed, Tropical Storm Isaac was getting stronger, working out in the dark like Robert DeNiro in Cape Fear, with only thing on his mind -- devastation. Isaac's track still has it potentially landing somewhere off the South Florida coast by e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    There's A Tropical Storm Headed Our Way, Maybe

    According to the National Hurricane Center, a tropical depression cooked up in the Atlantic early this morning, and is expected to become a tropical storm sometime today. TD 9, as they are calling it, had maximum sustained winds near 35 mph as of 2 p.m. today, and is moving west at 18 mph about 500 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Occupy Fort Lauderdale Releases Its "Declaration of Occupation"

    ​Almost three months after the first "Declaration of Occupation" was released by an Occupy camp -- the first one from the Occupy Wall Street outfit -- Occupy Fort Lauderdale has now aired its list of grievances.The 40 complaints are divided into four sections in the document, including sections on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Rina Expected to Come to Fort Lauderdale With a 50 Percent Chance of Rain, Some Wind

    wunderground.comFive-day forecast of Rina's path.​What's currently "Hurricane" Rina is expected to be some wind and possible rain by the time it would affect Fort Lauderdale, according to multiple weather forecasts.Rina is expected to weaken from a category two hurricane to category one tomorrow, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Tropical Storm Emily Is Dead

    INational Hurricane CenterEmily was kind of a brat anyway.​Tropical Storm Emily was declared dead by the National Hurricane Center at 5 p.m. yesterday.What was once the cause of alarmist hurricane threats, South Florida's weekend weather forecast is now a 50/50 chance of raindrops.The weather prop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Tropical Storm Emily Update: Weathermen Aren't Oracles

    National Hurricane CenterMaps look scary as hell.​When hurricane season comes around, it seems like weather forecasting is about as effective as homeopathy.The National Weather Service and its subsidiary, the National Hurricane Center, have been putting out updates every few hours over the past co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Tornado Spotted in Broward County (Video)

    southernhoopty.comNo tigers were involved in the tornado.​A tornado -- yes, a tornado -- touched down in Broward County yesterday evening, according to the National Weather Service.The NWS says the tornado was first spotted on the east side of Tamarac, although it was reportedly seen in North Laud ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Lady Gaga: Japan Food is Great

    Lada Gaga sips tea for Japan​In an interview with the Associated Press  in Japan, Lady Gaga said that if you want to help Japan recover from its recent earthquake and tsunami disaster, come on down. Gaga, in Tokyo for a benefit concert for tsunami victims, MTV Music Aid Japan, sai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2011

    Good Food for Good Causes

    Woolf Photography​Seems there's never any shortage of disasters on a personal or national scale. Here's two benefits that try to help ease the pain.  At Coco Asian Bistro & Bar in Fort Lauderdale, chef-owner Mike Ponluang is hosting a "Party for a Purpose" on Saturday, June 4, from 11:30 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Legislators Declare Nuclear Plant Is Safe, Revealing Heretofore Unexpected Expertise In Physics

    ​Yesterday, The Sun Sentinel informed the world of a Monday tour of FPL's Turkey Point nuclear power plant by Congressfolk Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, David Rivera, Mario Diaz-Balart and Frederica Wilson. "We understand how different this facility is from the facility in Japan," said Ros-Lehtinen. "So we ... More >>

  • Music

    April 14, 2011
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    April 12, 2011

    Now Ann Coulter Warns About "Radiological Danger"?

    Ann Coulter has something to say.​Now, this isn't exactly a new Coulterian utterance, but it is a remarkable one. Remember last month, when Ann Coulter put her foot in her mouth by claiming to know more about radiation than physicists? Remember how she claimed that nobody died of radiation poisoni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Candlelight Vigil for Japan's Earthquake Victims at Nova Southeastern University Tonight

    ​Even with all the news coverage of the disaster in Japan, it can be easy to forget about the suffering going on half a world away. We're bogged down in our daily grinds and have to worry about our own severe weather warnings. But students and faculty at Nova Southeastern University have been work ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Florida's Nuclear Worries?

    ​A two-page report on a proposed Turkey Point nuclear power plant appeared this weekend in the Sun Sentinel, but calling it a "two page" report doesn't really begin to cover it. These are massive pages, 1,600 words in total. Feature-length pages, in Sentinel terms. And why? Is there a radiation le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Ann Coulter: Chernobyl Caused No Radiation Sickness

    Early radiologists often suffered "radiation necrosis." It has claimed this man's fingers.​SoFla's sexiest pundit, Ann Coulter, published a singularly weird article this week, extolling the many health benefits which our friends in Japan may expect to derive from their exposure to excess radiation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Has Oil Entered Gulf Stream, Reached Fort Lauderdale?

    B. BrownOil off of Port Everglades ​Yesterday, a Fort Lauderdale-based yacht captain was boating about 12.5 miles offshore from Port Everglades when he and his passengers noticed the oil slick pictured above.  According to the captain, the slick was about a half-mile long. It was unlike anyth ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 16, 2008
  • Music

    July 3, 2008

    Windy Warm-Up

    Don't sweat it. A hurricane is just an excuse for a party.

  • Music

    February 7, 2008
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    October 9, 2006

    Sentinel Snake Oil

    Remember when the Sun-Sentinel went to psychics to provide us expert prognostication on how bad this hurricane season would be? Ken Kaye led the March 27 piece (of ...) saying that clairvoyants and Vegas oddsmakers believed we would be nailed by a Category 2. Cute. As if there isn't enough chaos ... More >>

  • News

    September 2, 1999

    You Call This Emergency Planning?

    Thanks to the Red Cross, more than 130,000 Hollywood residents are without a primary hurricane shelter

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