Stunned by a clear failure of evacuation and emergency procedures when it’s Costa Concordia foundered off the Tuscan coast, parent company Carnival Cruise lines announced Thursday that it would examine those procedures across the board, for every cruise line it owns, and even bring in outside help.
A routine check of a suspicious package at a Port of Miami cruise ship terminal forced an evacuation Friday morning after a police dog called in to check the package alerted, prompting police to take a closer look.
A South Florida shopping center re-opened Friday evening in the community of Country Walk after a potentially dangerous gas leak behind a Publix supermarket forced it’s closure.
U.S. Navy ships stationed in Virginia have been ordered to leave Norfolk Naval Station in preparation for Hurricane Irene.
Tourists on a North Carolina barrier island have begun evacuating as Hurricane Irene heads for the East Coast. Irene strengthened to a major Category 3 storm over the Bahamas on Wednesday. Its sustained winds increased to near 115 mph with additional strengthening expected.
The Ft. Lauderdale police bomb squad entered a religious school near Federal Highway Friday morning, after a science teacher found a vial containing a potentially explosive chemical. The building was evacuated as a precaution.
The fifth named storm has formed in the Caribbean, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Some South Florida gamblers had their game interrupted Wednesday morning when the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek was evacuated due to a gas leak.
The Keys are the most hurricane prone area of the United States with some 600 miles of coastline. Most of the Keys are no more than 4 to 7 feet above sea level. This means the Keys are especially vulnerable to storm surge flooding.
Hurricanes can be stressful on everyone, especially your pets. But if you plan ahead, it will lighten your load.