Tropical Storm Fay: State of Emergency

first_imgFlorida Power & Light warned that some customers in Brevard and east Volusia counties might not see their power restored for up to 36 hours after the storm passes. Near Cocoa, Lisa Dees, a 44-year-old mother, stood outside her home on Stratford Drive and watched the water inch closer to her single-story house, courtesy of an overburdened canal down the street. Already, her neighbors’ homes were under 3 feet of water, and their toilets were overflowing. Thursday’s troubles were just the latest caused by the dawdling storm. After coming ashore Tuesday in southwestern Florida, Fay deluged southern Brevard County with more than 2 feet of rain, causing at least $10 million to $12 million in damage as it drifted into the Atlantic Ocean, according to early estimates. Public-works crews were trying to divert the water away from the entrance. The hospital also hired an Orlando company to pump water off its property, and it was removing 15,000 gallons a minute, McNabb said. The worst flooding appeared to be in DeBary and Deltona, which have had chronic problems with water. The slow-moving system sent DeBary residents scrambling to bail water out of their living rooms and put Volusia County streets under waist-deep water. It shut down major roads in Seminole County, closed the emergency entrance of a hospital and stranded residents in their homes. Late Thursday, a dike failed on the Wekiva River, sending more than 100 Lake County residents to a shelter. It’s also dangerous. FatmiraKrkuti, 35, of Brooklyn, N.Y., drowned about 2 p.m. while swimming in waist-deep water with her husband a block south of Seabreeze Boulevard in Daytona Beach. A powerful wave struck them both, Volusia County Beach Patrol Capt. Scott Petersohn said. “We’re patrolling the beach to tell them it’s dangerous to go past your knees,” he said. “But it is what it is.” “It’s a big, kind of sprawling storm,” said Daniel Brown, a hurricane specialist with the National Hurricane Service near Miami. Fay then turned north and west, washing ashore again about 2:30 p.m. Thursday near Flagler Beach, just north of the Volusia line. Forecasters say it will spend today dumping wind and rain across the northern half of the state on a path to the Florida Panhandle. Fay’smove to the west gave a welcome reprieve to Brevard, where hundreds of people had to evacuate their water-soaked homes. County officials said flooding will continue to be a major problem during the next several days. “Now everything is ruined,” he said. In Orange City, ambulances were diverted to other hospitals Thursday evening after a parking lot flooded at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, blocking access to that facility’s emergency room. The emergency room remained accessible from the hospital’s main entrance, however, spokeswoman Debi McNabb said. About 100 residents of a mobile-home park along the Wekiva River were ordered to evacuate their homes about 9:30 p.m. because of rising floodwaters, said Christopher Patton, Lake County’s public-information coordinator. The residents were moved to Round Lake Elementary School near Mount Dora for the night as a precaution. In Seminole, 17,100 homes were without power. In Brevard, the number was 5,900. In Volusia and northwest Orange, nearly 35,000 customers were in the dark. Only 3,400 in Lake and 1,000 people in Orlando had no electricity. Although the rain and winds will let up, the storm’s size means the region won’t dry out until the weekend. Floods remain a serious threat because the ground is soaked from days of rain. Some residents’ efforts came too late. Near the entrance to the Glen Abbey golf course, Kim McLaughlin, 42, and her daughter Bailie, 12, hoisted furniture onto glue buckets as the garage and living room of their Pine Meadow Drive home filled with water. The husband, whose name wasn’t available, said he felt disoriented after getting hit, but his wife failed to resurface. Her body was found about 50 to 75 feet north by the shore break. Flooding: The main threat is from north of Kissimmee to Titusville; Sanford and Oviedo are in particular danger. All of east Central Florida should be alert during the next few days. “It’s still raining, and the water is still coming,” she said. In Deltona, a flash flood filled Santos Latorre’s home with 8 to 10 inches of water.center_img In Sanford, city crews barricaded some of Mellonville Avenue because of flooding. Authorities closed water-covered roads in Winter Springs and Oviedo, and torrential rain snarled traffic. ORLANDO — Tropical Storm Fay made landfall again Thursday, bringing torrential rain, floods, power failures and road closures to Orlando-area communities previously unscathed. “Mother Nature is going to do what she wants to do, and we have to sit back and wait until she’s done,” Dees said. Rain: Brevard, Volusia, Lake, Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties will experience showers and isolated thunderstorms today. What to expectWind: Coastal Volusia and north Brevard can expect winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Inland Volusia, south Brevard and northern Lake counties can expect winds of 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Orange, Seminole and south Lake counties will get winds of 10 to 15 mph. Osceola will have winds of 5 to 10 mph. Nearby, people stomped through the water carrying chicken-and-rice meals collected from a Salvation Army truck. “We’re still battling floods and severe weather,” FPL spokesman MaycoVillafana said. “Our crews are working where it’s safe to do so.” Wide spread power outages were reported Thursday night. “It was just like a river flowing into my house, went through my house, and flowed right into my neighbor behind me,” said Latorre, who has lived on Elwood Street for 10 years. As many as a dozen Deltona homeowners were coping with the severe flooding at various trouble spots throughout the city. “We’re done. There’s no saving us,” an exasperated McLaughlin said. With each passing car, waves of water flowed into their garage. In DeBary’s Glen Abbey Golf Club subdivision, trash cans floated in the streets filled with waist-deep water. Homeowners raced to save their homes, digging trenches and improvising sandbags out of plastic bags and backyard dirt. As the afternoon progressed, conditions in Lake, Volusia and Seminole deteriorated. President Bush declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon, freeing the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to help. Gov. Charlie Crist stopped in Brevard to review the situation and express sympathy to flood victims. The mobile-home park, known as Wekiva Falls Park, is off State Road 46 in east Lake, which was deluged with rain. The waters rose when a dike apparently gave way. No injuries were reported. Farther north in Neptune Beach, police said an Indiana tourist drowned after going swimming in the rough ocean. Two men swimming with the 21-year-old woman, whose name was not released, made it back to shore. Puddles grew to full-blown floods in a few hours. Elizabeth Perkins of Deltona came to the subdivision to help her parents at 1:30 p.m. By 4 p.m., the area was underwater. “This is just a constant mess of rain,” Perkins said. Piedmont Drive had as much as 3 feet of water still standing in the street, and it flowed into at least one home. Other flooded streets included Wheeling Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue.last_img read more

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Lady Tarpons Begin Summer Hoops Play

first_img RelatedGirls’ Summer Hoops Season ConcludesBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Summer league girls’ basketball has come to an end, unofficially at least and as far as any regular schedule of games involving Port Isabel high school players is concerned. This week the Press talked with Port Isabel High girls’ basketball coach Blake Ramsey…June 17, 2016In “News”Lady Tarpons hoop in summer club playBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS There’s a summer girls basketball league in the Valley again this summer, and a number of Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons are participating. They played their first games this week, and came up on the short end of the score in both contests.…June 12, 2015In “News”Summer hoops involve Tarpon playersBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Traditionally it’s called summer basketball.  It actually begins in the spring about the time the school year comes to an end, and continues into July.  It’s a modified version of the high school game that gives returning players the opportunity to work on…June 2, 2017In “News” By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSThe Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons basketball team will be participating in a summer hoops league, and have already played their first two games.The Press found girls’ basketball coach Blake Ramsey busying himself at the athletic offices this week, and was able to find out just what is going on with this year’s summer basketball activities.There are actually several summer leagues getting started in the Valley.  Port Isabel is playing in the one at La Feria.  At least 13, and possibly one or two more, teams will be playing in the La Feria league, and all games will be played in La Feria.“I have 12 girls who have signed up to play,” Coach Ramsey said Monday.Participation in summer league ball is voluntary, but the players all know how important it is to spend at least a few weeks of their summer vacation playing organized basketball.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more

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Monsters Continue Win Streak 5-3 Over Marlies; Dalpe Scores Two

first_imgThis game recap is brought to you by our premier sponsor, “Jenny’s Old Fashioned Popcorn”.  You can visit them in person, or on line at the below link.https://www.jennyspopcorn.com/TORONTO, ON – TheCleveland Monsters defeated the Toronto Marlies, 5-3, on Monday afternoon at the Coca-Cola Coliseum. With the win, the Monsters improve to 3-0-0-0 overall and remain alone in first place of the Eastern Conference’s North Division.The Monsters struck first Monday against Toronto when Ryan MacInnis re-directed a Nathan Gerbe shot from Eric Robinsonat 3:22 of the opening frame to give Cleveland an early 1-0 lead. Moments later, off a Toronto turnover, Justin Scott extended the lead with his second goal of the season, an even-strength tally at 5:33 of the first period to put the Monsters in front, 2-0.The Marlies responded at 15:49 when Chris Mueller scored on assists from Dmytro Timashov and Sam Gagner to trim the Monsters lead to 2-1. Michael Prapavessis capped off the scoring in the opening stanza with his first professional goal, an even-strength marker at 17:25 on feeds from Paul Bittner and Dillon Simpson to extend the Cleveland lead to 3-1 after one period of play.In the second period, the Monsters pushed their lead to 5-1 thanks to two quick goals from Zac Dalpe – the first, a power-play goal at 2:13 on feeds from Alex Broadhurst and Gerbe, and the second an even-strength tally at 4:30 with assists from Tommy Cross and Robinson. Toronto answered with an even-strength goal of their own at 4:46 as Sam Gagner scored on a feed from Carl Grunstrom. The Marlies closed the scoring for the day at 17:56 of the middle frame when Calle Rosen found the back of the net thanks to assists from Jordan Subban and Gagner, giving the Monsters a 5-3 road victory.Cleveland goaltender Jean-Francois Berube stopped 37 of 40 shots faced Monday to improve to 2-0-0 on the season, while Marlies backstop Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 19 of 24 pucks to drop to 1-1-0.Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Thursday home clash vs. the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00. Related TopicsCleveland Monsters David Sprousecenter_img Co-editor, photographer covering the Cleveland Monsters, Gladiators and Indians. Also, passionate about high school sports, be sure to follow David on Twitter and Instagram @neosi_sprouse for in-game updates and up-to-the-minute developing news.last_img read more

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