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How the slightest shift kept Hurricane Irma from turning into an even worse disaster
Hurricane Irma did far less damage than feared. With hundreds of lives and billions in property on the line, the way atmospheric forces nudged the storm just a few miles made all the difference.
Hurricane Irma approached Florida as a terrifying storm — by some measures the strongest ever to leave the Atlantic Ocean. It flattened Caribbean islands, devastated the Florida Keys and caused the largest evacuation in Florida's history.But...
A boy and a girl stare at the camera from their house after Hurrciane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, September 20, 2017. The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis. [Associated Prss]
Hurricane Maria approaching Turks and Caicos Islands
Aaron Richardson Jr. talks to voices in his head at his father's bail bond business in St. Petersburg July 22, 2017. Richardson has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was arrested for carjacking in 2011. He was declared incompetent to stand trial and moved between Florida State Hospital and Broward County Jail. While in custody he lost both his sight and hearing. He was released to his family in 2014 without an explanation.
Out of sight, out of mind: A father longs to know how his mentally ill son went blind and deaf in state custody
Hurricane Irma's winds recently blew over a large ficus tree left, in the yard of a home at 3601Alabama Ave NE, right, in Shore Acres which is owned by Brett Schroder. 
[SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
After Irma topples tree, home sale may be gone with the wind

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News

Woman's decomposed body found near St. Petersburg railroad tracks

ST. PETERSBURG — A woman's body was found near the railway tracks behind an empty building at 3100 38th Ave. N, according to St. Petersburg police.

A witness found the body and...

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Still worried about family, Tampa Bay Puerto Ricans ramp up relief effort Video
Amber Alert issued for Bradenton siblings who may be with mother
Calling it a 'dangerous precedent,' Tampa chamber opposes city tax increase

Opinion

Sunday's letters: Make backup power a priority at nursing homes

Legislature failed to protect Florida seniors | Sept. 19, Daniel Ruth column

Make backup power a priority

This column should be required reading for all our...

Saturday's letters: Equifax's failure inexcusable
Column: How to become a citizen-scientist in the waters north of Tampa Bay
The Reading File: Excerpts from interesting articles
Column: What Hurricane Irma taught us about better care for older people in Florida
Column: Growing up gets harder to do

Florida

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10 arrested in Florida patient-brokering scheme
Officials assessing hurricane damage at Florida hospital

Offbeat

Police: Shop owner fires warning shot, gets stolen beer back
Police say Florida gas station owner chased man and fired warning shot, forcing suspect to return stolen beers
300 bats caught by janitors at Salt Lake City high school
Pennsylvania high school golfer has 2 holes-in-one in round
In Alaska town packed with cabs, bootleggers give you a ride
Vermont man attempts to transform property into bear refuge
Woman: I'd rather go to jail than take down pro-Trump signs