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INTERACTIVE STORY: WHY HURRICANE IRMA TURNED WHEN IT DID
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 when Irma hit the Florida mainland, it immediately weakened and threaded the needle between the state's major cities. It 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. Click to read A Matter of Miles, our interactive story explaining why the storm turned when it did, with photos from space.
HURRICANE MARIA MAKES LANDFALL IN PUERTO RICO AS DEVASTATING CATEGORY 4 STORM
One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit Puerto Rico pummeled the island today, tearing off roofs and sending doors flying from hinges as officials warned Hurricane Maria would decimate the power company's crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities.
FORMER CHAMPION BOXER JAKE LAMOTTA DIES AT 95
Jake LaMotta, the former champion boxer whose life was immortalized by Robert DeNiro in the 1980 film Raging Bull, died Tuesday at age 95. LaMotta's turbulent life was documented in the 1980 film starring DeNiro and Joe Pesci. The film chronicles LaMotta's life through his boxing career and retirement, eventually becoming a nightclub owner and comedian.
HILLSBOROUGH APPROVES $1.25 MILLION IN IRMA-RELATED SPENDING
Hillsborough County commissioners approved $1.25 million in expenses related to Hurricane Irma today with many more costs expected to come. The county will spend $750,000 on overtime for employees who worked throughout the storm and another $500,000 for disaster-related emergency equipment.
LATE HOLY NAMES SWIMMER WAS A FIGHTER UNTIL THE END
Cailin Cannella swam with the Academy of the Holy Names high school team even though she was in middle school. Two years ago, she took third at the Class 3A state meet as a sixth-grader. Determined to do better, she put herself through a grueling offseason regimen in hopes of becoming a state champion in her signature event. But she never got the chance to win gold on high school's biggest stage. After a year-long battle with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that usually affects children, Cailin died Monday at age 14.
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