Florida Hurricane Irma News

What Went Wrong at Florida Nursing Home Where 8 Residents Died

The first 911 call from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills didn’t sound ominous: A nursing home patient had an abnormal heartbeat. An hour later, came a second call: a patient had trouble breathing. Then came the third call. A …

Miami’s Downed Construction Cranes Spark Debate on Safety

In Miami’s central Edgewater district along Biscayne Bay on Wednesday, a collapsed construction crane hung from the top of a high-rise condominium under development, dangling over low-rise apartments below. Residents wondered why it hadn’t been taken down or better secured …

8 Patients Killed in Florida Nursing Home After Irma-Related Power Outages

Eight patients at a sweltering nursing home died after Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning, raising fears about the safety of Florida’s 4 million senior citizens amid power outages that could last for days. Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez …

Irma’s Path, Girth Created Bizarre Storm Surge in Florida

Hurricane Irma’s devastating storm surge came with weird twists that scientists attribute to the storm’s girth, path and some geographic quirks. A combination of storm surge, heavy rains and swollen rivers sent some of the worst flooding into Jacksonville, Florida, …

Florida Insurance Regulator Issues Irma-Related Emergency Order

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has suspended and activated certain insurance rules and statutes for the health, safety, and welfare of Florida’s policyholders in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, according to an emergency order from Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier …

Key Items to Remember After the Storm Passes Over

I wasn’t planning on writing about hurricane season again, but circumstances made it feel like the right thing to do. This hurricane season is already memorable, and it’s still got over two months to go. The good news is that …

Update: Insurance Industry Preparation for Hurricane Irma in Full Swing in Florida

Insurers are taking no chances in preparing for Hurricane Irma as the powerful category 5 storm slogs its way through the Caribbean, devastating the communities left in its wake on its potential path towards the U.S. Insurers made a full …

Some Insurers Stop Writing Policies on New Cars in Florida, Car Dealers Say

Insurers including Progressive Corp. and Allstate Corp. have stopped issuing policies on new cars in certain Florida counties, hindering vehicle sales days before Hurricane Irma is forecast to hit the state. The companies may be overreacting to losses incurred last …

Here’s What a Category 5 Hurricane Could Do to Florida

Florida hasn’t suffered a category 5 storm since Hurricane Andrew hit the north Miami area on Aug. 24 1992, but the risk of such a storm has not gone away or even declined. In fact, the state’s risk of destruction …

As Irma Looms, This Small Insurer Has an Outsized Bet on Florida

As Hurricane Irma edges closer to Florida, investors on Wall Street are watching a small insurer with an unusually big commitment to the state. Universal Insurance Holdings Inc., with a market capitalization dwarfed by industry giants like Allstate Corp. and …