The Level, Oct. 10, 2022: Hurricane Ian dying toll makes it deadliest storm in Florida in practically 90 years

October 10, 2022


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• WUFT Information: Regardless of the pandemic and protests, Ocala Delight Fest is again and booming. “Not for eight hours did the stage on the downtown Ocala Sq. go quiet throughout this yr’s Ocala Delight Fest. Between stay performances by native bands, vocalists and the dazzling drag queens and kings, Ocala’s downtown ­shimmered with the celebration of LGBTQ satisfaction.”

• The Alligator: UF presidential hopeful Ben Sasse is coming to campus Monday. Right here’s what you need to know. “Throughout Sasse’s go to, he’s scheduled to take part in open boards with the UF group. Outdoors Emerson Corridor, scholar activists are planning to provide their very own suggestions by means of organizing a protest towards the Nebraska senator’s candidacy. Sasse’s scheduled for a number of personal conferences Monday morning as effectively, Steve Orlando, interim vp for communications, wrote in an electronic mail. No specs as to whom Sasse can be assembly with was given.”

• WUFT Information: League of Ladies Voters and Bob Graham Middle host candidate discussion board for 2022 Normal Election. “Candidates going through voters in lower than a month mentioned quite a lot of points spanning from housing to healthcare on Sunday. The Normal Election Candidate discussion board was collectively hosted by the League of Ladies Voters of Alachua County and College of Florida Bob Graham Middle for Public Service on Oct. 9, which was rescheduled as a consequence of Hurricane Ian.”

• WUFT Information: Days For Women opens new stitching heart. “The Alachua County chapter of Days For Women held a grand opening ceremony Sunday to rejoice their new stitching heart in Gainesville. Situated on the Wesley United Methodist Church in Gainesville, the group focuses on serving to to finish ‘interval poverty’ by creating and distributing distinctive kits that embrace reusable and rewashable pads.”



• NPR Information: As Ian’s dying toll rises, questions swirl on why extra Floridians didn’t evacuate. “Medical experts are nonetheless certifying storm-related deaths. Nevertheless it’s already clear Ian is the deadliest storm to hit Florida for the reason that 1935 Labor Day hurricane.”

• Recent Take Florida: Early experiences emerge of gorgeous harm on Florida’s iconic Sanibel Island, nonetheless severed from mainland by bridge collapse. “Latest search and rescue efforts recommend about 1,000 folks stayed on the island by means of the hurricane, mentioned Sanibel Metropolis Councilor Scott Crater. Greater than 500 folks have been transported to Fort Myers this week, he mentioned.”

• WUFT Information: In try to higher attain devasted Sanibel Island, state awards contract to instantly restore causeway. “The practically 16,000-feet transit artery between Sanibel Island and mainland Southwest Florida was severed throughout Hurricane Ian, and there’s now a plan to reconnect it.”

• NPR Information: Hurricane Ian highlighted the vulnerabilities of older cell houses. “It’s a perennial downside throughout hurricane season. Older cell houses, constructed to decrease wind requirements, are acutely weak. However they’re sought-after as a result of that is inexpensive housing in Florida.”

• Florida Politics: Energy on for 99% of Florida, however 135,000 clients nonetheless await reconnection after Hurricane Ian. “That’s a greater than 22-percentage-point enchancment for the reason that strike. Within the 9 days since Hurricane Ian made landfall close to Fort Myers, Florida went from having greater than 2.6 million with out energy to about 135,100.”

• NPR Information/WLRN-Miami: Shutting an company managing sprawl might need put extra folks in Hurricane Ian’s manner. “With backing from the actual property growth trade, (former Gov. Rick) Scott and Republican state lawmakers shortly dismantled the company in 2011, regardless of warnings concerning the growing dangers from local weather change. The transfer harm native governments attempting to enact restrictions to guard themselves from local weather impacts and that now confronted a hostile state, mentioned Randy Parkinson, a Florida Worldwide College geologist who labored with native governments to evaluate local weather impacts in group development plans.”

• Recent Take Florida: ‘Simply heartbreaking’: Southwest Florida small household farmers battle after Hurricane Ian. “Throughout Florida, Hurricane Ian trampled by means of about 4 million acres of farmland, in keeping with the newest figures from the Agriculture Division for the affected counties. The influence could also be small for acres of pasture use, mentioned Gene McAvoy, an emeritus Hendry County vegetable agent.”

• Florida Storms: When a hurricane brings scammers knocking, ‘you’re the finest safety towards fraud.’ “Hurricane Ian introduced the deadliest destruction Florida has seen in years, and with it, probably billions of {dollars} in damages. Florida officers and property insurers are warning folks left weak after the storm to not turn out to be victims twice and fall prey to frequent scams.”

• WLRN-Miami: What 2018’s Hurricane Michael may educate us about elections post-Hurricane Ian. “The devastation left behind by Hurricane Ian in a lot of Southwest and Central Florida arrives at a precarious time: a significant statewide election, together with a high-profile governor’s race, is scheduled to happen a month from now.”

• WUWF-Pensacola: Florida voters to determine destiny of the Constitutional Revision Fee. “The fee, 37-members robust, meets each 20 years to suggest modifications to the Florida structure, that are referred to the statewide poll. The same abolishment invoice failed within the 2021 legislative session, however handed within the Home and Senate earlier this yr.”

• Related Press: Paperwork present that Florida migrant transport planning started in July. “Florida officers started planning to move migrants to different states in July and advised potential contractors their process can be to relocate them on a voluntary foundation, in keeping with state paperwork. The paperwork launched Friday evening to The Related Press and different information organizations present new particulars about this system that culminated within the Sept. 14 flight of 48 principally Venezuelan migrants from San Antonio, Texas, to Martha’s Winery, an island off Massachusetts.”

• Politico: Twitter blocks — after which restores — Covid-19 vaccination submit from Florida’s surgeon common. “(Joe) Ladapo, who posted the tweet Friday, had additionally really useful males aged 18-39 mustn’t obtain the mRNA vaccine. Ladapo is an outspoken skeptic of Covid-19 vaccines who has questioned each the effectiveness and security of the vaccine regardless of consensus inside the medical group that the vaccines assist defend towards the virus and might reduce extreme signs.”


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