Articles by Jennifer Kay

Investigators: Excessive Speed Caused Florida Roller Coaster Derailment

Excessive speed caused a roller coaster to derail at a Florida boardwalk, according to a preliminary investigative summary released Tuesday. Two riders fell 34 feet (10 meters) when the front car of the Sand Blaster Roller Coaster was left dangling …

6 Injured After Florida Roller Coaster Derails, Plunges Riders 34 Feet

A roller coaster that derailed in Florida had been put out of service by state inspectors twice in the past year and a half because of problems with the ride. Two riders fell 34 feet (10 meters) when their car …

National Hurricane Center Gets New Leader

A meteorologist who aided emergency response efforts along the Gulf Coast after the 2010 oil spill has been tapped to lead the U.S. government’s hurricane forecasting hub in Miami. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that Kenneth Graham …

Florida DOT Missed Voicemail About Miami Bridge Crack Before Collapse

An engineer left a voicemail two days before a catastrophic bridge failure in Miami to say some cracking had been found at one end of the concrete span, but the voicemail wasn’t picked up until after the collapse, Florida Department …

National Hurricane Center Updates Hurricane Irma Death Toll

The death toll from Hurricane Irma’s catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern U.S. has risen to 44 fatalities directly caused by its strong winds and heavy rains, plus 85 fatalities indirectly linked to the storm, according to a …

Mobile Home Communities in Florida Keys Face Uncertainty After Irma

Architect Kobi Karp has a vision for affordable housing in the Florida Keys: residences set at coconut-tree height to keep them dry, atop concrete columns holding them in place. Key West clients sought out his designs before Hurricane Irma struck …

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 …

Florida Begins Slow Recovery After Irma’s Hard Hit

Aid rushed in to hurricane-scarred Florida early Tuesday as officials pieced together the scope of Irma’s destructive path and displaced residents awaited word on hard-hit areas including the Florida Keys. It was difficult to get detailed information on the condition …

Irma Topples Two Construction Cranes Atop Miami High-Rises

Two cranes atop high-rise buildings under construction collapsed Sunday in downtown Miami amid strong winds from Hurricane Irma. The cranes were among two dozen such heavyweight hazards looming over the city skyline as the monster storm powered across the state. …

Swiss Re: Miami Is More Vulnerable to Hurricanes Like Andrew

Almost 25 years have passed since a Category 5 hurricane struck south of Miami, and the city’s vulnerability to catastrophic storm damage has grown exponentially, according to a new insurance underwriters’ analysis. At the time, Hurricane Andrew was the most …