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  • Tropical Storm Cindy has formed in the Gulf of Mexico.   Rainfall is the primary hazard with up to 12 inches expected in some areas between the Florida panhandle and Texas.   The system will not have a major impact on Jacksonville. Heavy tropical-like rains will occur through midweek with or without a direct tropical storm hit.   The heaviest rain will be closer to the Florida Panhandle west to Texas, where total rainfall will exceed a foot along with a threat for isolated tornadoes.   Tropical storm watches and warnings extend from upper Texas to southeast Louisiana.   The path of the potential tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Mexico won't necessarily change rain chances in the Northeast Florida region.   The First Alert Weather team is continuing to monitor the storm, currently named Potential Tropical Cyclone 3.
  • Residents in parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa were cleaning up Saturday after severe thunderstorms — some producing hurricane-force winds — shattered homes, tore down trees and left thousands without power. The National Weather Service in Valley, just west of Omaha, said storms Friday night blasted Omaha and surrounding areas with heavy rain, hail and wind gusts of nearly 90 mph. The service has not confirmed any tornadoes with the storm, but has sent investigators to northeastern Nebraska and Bellevue, just south of Omaha, where the most damage was reported. No serious injuries were reported as of Saturday morning. 'Our office here in Valley recorded a gust up to 88 mph. That's hurricane force,' said Weather Service meteorologist David Pearson. 'We have unconfirmed reports of winds much higher. A lot of people with backyard equipment have reported winds around 100 mph.' Hurricane-force winds are those that exceed 74 mph. Even sustained winds were high, registering around 60-70 mph, Pearson said. Some homes in Bellevue were torn apart, and Offutt Air Force Base just south of the city requested that only essential personnel report to the base on Saturday as crews worked to clean up damaged homes and downed trees. Omaha Public Power District, which serves Omaha and surrounding cities, reported more than 60,000 customers without power at the height of the storms. By midmorning Saturday, around 45,000 remained without power. Some smaller communities, like Louisville southwest of Omaha, were completely without power overnight. MidAmerican Energy said more than 2,000 customers were still without power in Council Bluffs, Iowa, by midmorning Saturday. Many roads in Cass County and streets in the city of Plattsmouth, south of Omaha, were impassable because of downed trees and power poles. The American Red Cross opened a shelter in the high school at Plattsmouth for families affected in southeastern Nebraska. South of Lincoln, Beatrice saw damage to buildings on its west side. Radio station KWBE reported that the Homestead National Monument of America suffered damage to its education center grounds, with several large trees snapped and a radio tower bent over the top of one of the center's buildings. The storm also forced the cancellation of the opening ceremonies Friday night of the College World Series in downtown Omaha. A chance of scattered thunderstorms in the region was possible Saturday, Pearson said, but a respite from severe weather will be seen for at least the next week, which is expected to produce only sunny skies.
  • The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is officially underway. Hurricane Matthew hit Northeast Florida last year, and in case there’s a repeat, local and state agencies want to be as prepared as possible. So does the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.We sloshed our way through the terrain and took a behind-the-scenes tour Tuesday. The goal? Find out what happens if “the big one” strikes the area. Humans aren't the only ones preparing for hurricane season. So is @acksonvillezoo! 🦁🐯🦅🦉 I'll take you inside the contingency plan at 5:15. pic.twitter.com/7sNuHrR3pH— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) June 6, 2017 VIDEO: Florida mom lets snake bite baby to 'teach a lesson' 2) @jacksonvillezoo's Deputy Director of Animal Care/Conservation was over the team @ Audubon Zoo in NOLA during Katrina. He knows survival!— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) June 6, 2017 “Right now, we’re starting to think about all the things we need to do so we’re in the best shape possible,” Dan Maloney, deputy director of animal care and conservation, said.When Hurricane Matthew hit, 22 staff members stayed behind. It was a Category 4 storm heading straight for the area, but thankfully it made a slight turn. With more than 2,000 animals at the zoo, moving them prior to a hurricane would be no easy feat.Maloney knows that firsthand. He was in charge of the team at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.“I learned a whole lot and we put a lot of that into play here, just in terms of our relationship with JFRD (Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department), JSO (Jacksonville Sheriff's Office) and the EOC (Emergency Operations Center).” 3) @jacksonvillezoo is home to about 2300 animals. Trout River sits feet from it. If the big one hits, they have to worry about storm surge.— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) June 6, 2017 Jacksonville named No. 2 city where everyone wants to live right now 4) In the midst of our behind-the-scenes tour today, I made some friends. pic.twitter.com/WivpYMGBXv— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) June 6, 2017 Electric outlets and tiger beds have been built higher up. The compressors that would keep animals' food cold are higher up too.The biggest concern is the The Trout River, which feeds in from the St. Johns River, which almost always sees storm surge. Regardless, Maloney said, they will be ready for the next big storm.“We have areas to hunker and we’ll ride it out if we need to,” he said. 5) Everything built now is built with hurricanes in mind. The beds in Land of the Tiger are high off the ground to avoid water. 🐯 pic.twitter.com/CkQPqv5i5F— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) June 6, 2017 6) These compressors (which help keep animals' food cold) are higher up too. That's important during a crisis. pic.twitter.com/wbV7u0Wvcu— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) June 6, 2017 7) My photographer Bo went above and beyond to get a shot of 'Sheena' today. 🐘 Rain didn't stop either one of them from their tasks! pic.twitter.com/8rTlNyIXFE— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) June 6, 2017 People, pets, and livestock should all be prepared for high water events. Plan ahead - store food where it will stay dry. https://t.co/FfBiRT9wOE— NassauEM (@NassauEM) June 6, 2017 .@jacksonvillezoo really dodged a bullet last year during Hurricane Matthew. 22 staff members stayed behind as a precaution. PHOTO: pic.twitter.com/adJjg3xIKD— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) June 6, 2017

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Knowledge can be key to limiting the damage to your personal belongings, or the harm to you and your family when facing tropical weather events.  Here are links separated by county to help you plan for the best possible outcome. DUVAL COUNTY  Flood Map/Flood Zones Evacuation Zones Shelters EOC Info CLAY COUNTY Flood Map/Flood Zones Evacuation Zones Shelters EOC Info ST. JOHNS COUNTY Flood Map/Flood Zones Evacuation Zones Shelters EOC Info NASSAU COUNTY Flood Map/Flood Zones Evacuation Zones Shelters EOC Info BAKER COUNTY Flood Map/Flood Zones Evacuation Zones Shelters EOC Info

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  • Andy Szasz was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012 and beat the initial cancer after receiving treatment, but after falling ill with pneumonia in December, he was rushed to the hospital and placed into an induced coma the next day when he stopped breathing. >> Read more trending news Doctors at Southampton General Hospital in England estimated he would be in a coma for a week, but they were surprised when he woke up after just four days with the help of his dog, Teddy, a 4-year-old schnauzer-poodle mix. While waiting for him to come out of a coma, Andy’s wife, Estelle, received special permission to bring Teddy into the hospital. Pet visits usually take place outside the hospital, but hospital staff made an exception for Teddy. Inside Edition reported that Andy woke up from his coma as soon as Teddy entered the hospital room and started barking. “Ted is such a remarkable little dog in many ways,” Andy said. “He’s clever, loving, loyal, funny and a right little character.” >> Related: Mastiff named Martha crowned world’s ugliest dog Fiona Hall, senior sister for the general intensive care unit, told the Daily Mail that having pets around during recovery can be incredibly beneficial for patients, their friends and families, and hospital staff. “It can be motivational, aiding recovery, and can provide a pleasant and familiar experience in what can otherwise prove to be a long, uncomfortable journey in hospital,” she said. For helping his owner wake up, Teddy was recognized by the U.K.’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the same organization Andy adopted him from, under a special animal category. He was the only animal to win an award under the newly-created category.  >> Related: Dog saves family with nine children from house fire
  • An overweight passenger on a Spirit Airlines flights from Las Vegas to Denver said he was embarrassed and humiliated by the airline when it took away one of two seats he had booked in order to fly more comfortably. >> Read more trending news Jose Cordova told Denver 7 that he bought two seats on both his original flight to Vegas and for the return trip because of his size. 'I am a big person and I know one seat wouldn't fit for me, and to be comfortable, I wanted to have two seats,' Cordova said.  'You don't want to overhang on someone else's lap, so you want to make sure you have that extra seat without bothering anybody.'  Cordova said his flight to Vegas was fine, but Spirit overbooked his return flight and took one of his seats without asking. >> Related: United Airlines changes policy after man dragged from flight “They stole one of his seats. They sold it out from under him,” Denver 7 quoted one of Cordova’s friend Scott Tenorio as saying. Spirit apologized to Cordova and said it was refunding the cost of his flights. It also said it was investigating what happened.
  • A 14-year-old girl fell 25 feet from a gondola ride at Six Flags Amusement Park in Queensbury, New York, Saturday night as a group of park guests gathered under her to help break her fall. >> Read more trending news The “Sky Ride” was stopped at the park about 55 miles north of Albany when the accident happened, according to CBS News. The teenager was on the ride with a child relative when she fell from the two-person car, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.  The ride was stopped after the operator was told of a rider in distress, CBS reported. The video shows the girl somehow slipped through the safety bar, which briefly held her aloft while she dangled in the air. The teen from Delaware struck a tree before landing in the crowd, which had gathered to catch her. She was treated at the park, then taken to an area hospital. >> Related: Girl, 11, dies after falling out of ride at water park Park officials said the ride was working properly. “There does not appear to be any malfunction of the ride, but we have closed the attraction until the a thorough review can be completed,” USA Today reported park officials said in a statement. Another person was injured as he was trying to help catch the girl.
  • A missing North Carolina teenager, who vanished last year, has turned up at a home in Georgia. Hailey Burns, now 17, has been reunited with her family at an undisclosed location in Georgia, according to law enforcement sources. >> Read more trending news A FBI special agent in Charlotte learned of information that led investigators to a home in Duluth, Georgia, where they found Burns. A man found at the home, Michael Ren Wysolovski, was taken into custody and is now facing a number of state charges, the FBI said. The FBI in Charlotte and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will continue their investigation into Burns' disappearance and will work closely with the FBI Atlanta and the Gwinnett County Police Department.  Burns  was last been seen at her Charlotte-area home on May 23, 2016. Police said at the time they had information that she may have left of her own accord and they weren’t sure if she had help. “You have to let go of the hope that she will just walk through the door, the teen’s mother, Shaunna Burns, said in a later interview. “We are past that point. She is not just going to come home in the middle of the night. You have to hope that they still find her, wherever she is.” >> Related: Body, likely missing Arkansas boy, found after 3 relatives discovered dead “You have to distract yourself because you will drive yourself crazy wondering what you could have done, or could be doing,” her father, Anthony Burns, said after his daughter disappeared.
  • Like other first year students corralled in Wesleyan College’s auditorium in Macon, Georgia, Dana Amihere didn’t know what to make of the spectacle unfolding on stage. >> Read more trending news It was fall 2006 and the freshman had been awakened in the dead of night. A group of sophomores stood on stage yelling, screaming and cheering as part of a hazing ritual that seemed part pep rally, part seance, she said. But one feature struck Amihere, an African American, about the young women on stage tormenting the first year students: They wore purple, hooded robes. “They looked just like Klan robes,” she said. “It was kind of like bells and whistles going off.” Amihere had no idea at the time how close she was to the truth. For more than a century, the nation’s oldest college chartered for women has had historical links to the Ku Klux Klan that have never been formally acknowledged. Its class names in 1909, 1913 and 1917 were the Ku Klux Klan. The 1913 yearbook is named the “Ku Klux.” A sketch of a masked night rider on horseback galloping under crescent moon graces the title page. The 1910 yearbook contains a prominent sketch of a female figure in white hood and robe holding a burning cross. Read more here.

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