Category Hurricane season

Hurricane Michael aftermath: Is banning alcohol sales in a storm zone a good idea? Can polling help in the future?

Let me start this piece by saying I am all for free expression and free will. I understand people have different ways of coping with danger and fear. Alcohol is one of them, for better or worse. In the case of countless storms in the past I’ve worried about the prospect of “hurricane parties” (like […]

Why are Florida Hurricanes becoming more deadly?

Editors note: At the time of publishing the AP reported a Florida death toll from Michael of 16. Our own TFS count is 19 based on local sources, but either way the number is certain to rise as rescue efforts continue. Michael could go down as the deadliest or second deadliest Florida Hurricane since 1935, a […]

The politics of Michael – how past hurricanes impacted Florida’s elections

Hurricane Michael was a historic storm but just the latest to potentially impact Florida close to an election.

Remembering Hurricane Eloise’s run at the Panhandle

In 1975, Hurricane Eloise became the first Major Hurricane to strike Florida since Hurricane Betsy in 1965. The storm made landfall near the Bay County/Walton County line as a Category 3 storm. It made landfall just to the west, by about 15-20 miles where Hurricane Michael is projected strike in the next day. A note on […]

Irma a year later: Assessing the rubble of Florida’s disaster and preventing failure again

A year ago, the entirety of peninsular Florida was impacted by a storm named Irma. Powerful as it had been when it impacted the Leeward Islands and other parts of the Caribbean, a slight wobble which took into northern Cuba significantly took away its bite as it approached Florida. Peninsular Florida also had the added […]

Florida’s continued infrastructure woes stretched after Irma

Last night as a gusty tropical disturbance pounded southeastern Florida, my power went out again for the fourth time since being restored five days after Irma sideswiped Broward County with sustained Tropical Storm force winds and Category 1 Hurricane-force gusts. Down the road about 10 miles in Fort Lauderdale, a colleague of mine returned home […]

Hurricane Irma: Florida’s Overdevelopment Has Created a Ticking Time Bomb

Scientific America has an outstanding piece that came out right after Hurricane Irma on Florida’s man-made vulnerability. At the risk of sounding repetitive, this article in one of the leading journals this nation has states uniquely the danger that we’ve discussed over and over since the storm on this website and hopefully will sound an […]

Hurricane Irma death toll in Florida continues to rise. – Irma now (unofficially) the deadliest modern Florida hurricane

Hurricane Irma according to the official records from the State of Florida has now been responsible for 50 deaths in the state. When you add to this total the 14 deaths in Monroe County not part of the state total or the 11 indirect deaths in Broward due to the nursing home that lost air […]

Post- Irma checklist for Florida’s leaders

Florida’s political class with a few exceptions seems determined to put Irma in the rear-view mirror. Can you blame them? A natural disaster whose greatest impacts were largely due to man-made factors  for much of the state, the storm now has led directly or indirectly to over 60 deaths in the state – an unacceptable […]

Irma proved a disaster for Florida’s heartland – what next?

Often forgotten in any discussion of our state is the inland areas, particularly in the southern part of the peninsula. “The Heartland”  as it is dubbed took a beating from Irma, as it has previously from Hurricane Charley which hit in particular Arcadia with a vicious fury. Irma’s damage in the Heartland wasn’t as complete […]