Articles by Freida Frisaro and David Fischer

NOAA Upgrades Hurricane Michael to Category 5

Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, only the fourth to make recorded landfall in the United States and the first since 1992. The announcement by the …

5 Children in Church Van Killed in Fiery Crash on Florida Interstate

A church van packed with children was headed to Walt Disney World when it got caught in a fiery pileup involving two 18-wheelers. Seven people, including five of the youngsters, died in the crash. On Friday, investigators tried to determine …

12th Nursing Home Resident Dies After Hurricane Irma-Related AC Outage

A 12th patient has died after being taken from an overheated Florida nursing home that lost its air conditioning during Hurricane Irma, officials confirmed on Friday. Dolores Biamonte, 57, died Thursday night, according to a statement from the Broward County …

Drunk Driver Hits 5 Students At Florida School Bus Stop, Kills 1

A Florida sheriff’s deputy was sleeping Thursday afternoon when his 11-year-old daughter called and asked him to pick her up at her school bus stop. Seconds later, his daughter screamed into the phone. “Dad, help me, help me!” Polk County …

Class Action Filed Against Royal Caribbean Over Storm-Tossed Cruise

A passenger from a cruise ship that was battered by a major storm in the Atlantic Ocean filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Royal Caribbean in Miami federal court, his lawyer said Thursday. The lawsuit filed by attorney Michael Winkleman …

Sen. Nelson Seeks Probe of Cruise Ship That Sailed Into Storm

Federal transportation officials might soon be looking into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean last weekend. Sen. Bill Nelson, D.-Fla., has called for the National Transportation Safety Board to …

Florida Tornado Tosses Vehicle Driving on Turnpike

A tornado picked up a southbound vehicle on Florida’s Turnpike near Fort Lauderdale Wednesday morning and dropped it in the northbound lane as a line of severe storms hit the area, officials said. They said the storms tossed cars and …