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Thousands of Floridians ‘unfazed’ by Hurricane Dorian’s storm path

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Hurricane Dorian, the Category 3 storm, has stalled over the Bahamas for more than 24-hours unleashing pummeling rainfall and devastating flooding as millions along the U.S.’s East Coast continue to monitor the storm’s next move.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DORIAN’S PATH

But for thousands of Floridians Hurricane Dorian is “routine.”

Amaya Martin, a Jacksonville resident, only purchased a few items on Monday while grocery shopping with her mother and brother.

“I got some grapes, Beefaroni, and yogurt,” said Martin.

The high school senior said she would use the few days off to catch up on homework.

“Every year there is a storm, and every year it’s the same,” said Martin.

Across the parking lot, Faith Adees shared a similar opinion.

“I had a home on the beach and never evacuated, and now I live further inland and don’t plan to evacuate,” she said.

Adees said her reasoning is simple, “I prepare and pray.”

Even retired naval veteran Robert Novotny says he plans to ride this storm out. “I have lived through about seven hurricanes two of which occurred on the water, so I just plan to hunker down,” said Novotny.

Novotny did add that if officials are evacuating an are, “you should leave.”

“Just make sure you have your supplies gas, food, generator, batteries, and water,” said Novotny.

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Officials in nine Florida counties have called for mandatory evacuations and voluntary evacuations were called for in others. Airports are closed, and about 1,000 flights have been canceled.

“Even though forecasters say it [Dorian] may remain off the coast, it is very close to some of these communities on Florida’s East Coast. So that a wobble here, a wobble there, and you’re looking at potentially catastrophic impacts,” Gov. Ron DeSantis told The Weather Channel on Monday morning.

“If you see what’s happening in the Bahamas, that is just unbelievable power and strength,” DeSantis said.

Monday evening, Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis confirmed to reporters that at least five people had died in the Abaco Islands and that officials had received calls from people in serious distress in nearby Great Bahama Island.

“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy,” he said.

Current Florida Evacuations

  • Brevard County — Mandatory evacuation order has been issued for Zone A, including all mobile and manufactured homes.
  • Duval County (Jacksonville) — Mandatory evacuation order issued for Zones A and B, as well as Huguenot and Hanna parks, at 8:00 a.m. on Monday.
  • Martin County — Mandatory evacuation order for Zone A and Zone B are in effect. This includes Hutchinson Island, Jupiter Island, Sewall’s Point, low lying areas, and mobile and manufactured homes.
  • Nassau County — Mandatory evacuation order has been issued for Zones A, C, and F.
  • Palm Beach County — Mandatory evacuation ordered for Zone A and Zone B. Zone A includes mobile homes, sub-standard housing and low-lying areas prone to water intrusion. Zone B includes the barrier islands, land areas north and south of the Jupiter Inlet, and other surge-vulnerable areas south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the Broward County line.
  • St. Johns County — Mandatory evacuation order issued at 8 a.m. Monday for Zone A and Zone B, which includes the entire cities of St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach, and those living on waterfront property or in flood-prone areas.
  • St. Lucie County — Mandatory evacuation order for residents on the barrier island (North and South Hutchinson Island), those living in low-lying coastal areas and mobile homes.
  • Volusia County — Mandatory evacuation order issued at 10 a.m. Monday for residents who live on the beachside and in low-lying areas, RVs and mobile homes.

These counties have issued voluntary evacuations: Flagler, Osceola, Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee, and Highlands.

IF YOU’RE IN STORM’S PATH, YOU SHOULD KNOW THESE CRITICAL THINGS 

Yet as Dorian makes its predicted sweep off the east coast, many Floridians will shutter themselves inside, like they did last year and the year before, and make the “best” of the storm.

For Dick and Barbara Parks, Jacksonville residents, that means seashell collecting, hurricane parties, and lots of reading.

“We have been here eight years and this is our third hurricane,” said Barbara Parks. “And we love them we have hurricane parties before during and after [the storm].”

The couple says they usually stock up on food and booze and then gather friends.

Researchers predict that more than 4.5 million people along Florida’s mid- to southeastern coast could lose power, Florida Power and Light Co., said it had 16,000 employees and contractors assembled across the state ready to respond to outages.

“Of course we will fill the tub with water to be safe but outside of that our neighbors have a generator that we share,” said Dick Parks. As Barbara Parks added, “We fill most safe in our home so that’s where will stay.”

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This Day in History: Sept. 3

On this day, Sept. 3 …

1995: The online auction site eBay is founded in San Jose, Calif., by Pierre Omidyar under the name “AuctionWeb.”

Also on this day:

  • 1783: Representatives of the United States and Britain sign the Treaty of Paris, which officially ends the Revolutionary War.
  • 1943: Allied forces invade Italy during World War II, the same day Italian officials sign a secret armistice with the Allies.
  • 1962: Poet E.E. Cummings dies in North Conway, N.H., at age 67.
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Legendary Packers Coach Vince Lombardi would win the Super Bowl again in 1968, but died just two years later. (AP)

  • 1970: Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, 57, dies in Washington, D.C.
  • 1976: America’s Viking 2 lander touches down on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the red planet’s surface.
  • 1978: Pope John Paul I is installed as the 264th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 1999: A French judge closes a two-year inquiry into the car crash that killed Princess Diana, dismissing all charges against nine photographers and a press motorcyclist, and concluding the accident was caused by an inebriated driver.
  • 2003: Paul Hill, a former minister who said he murdered an abortion doctor and his bodyguard to save the lives of unborn babies, is executed in Florida by injection, becoming the first person put to death in the United States for anti-abortion violence.
  • 2005: President George W. Bush orders more than 7,000 active duty forces to the Gulf Coast as his administration intensified efforts to rescue Katrina survivors and sends aid to the hurricane-ravaged region in the face of criticism it did not act quickly enough. 
  • 2005: U.S. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist dies in Arlington, Va., at age 80, after more than three decades on the Supreme Court.
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Diving company owner missing after Southern California boat fire: report

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The co-owner of a Santa Cruz-based diving company is missing after a scuba boat caught on fire early Monday and sunk off the coast of Southern California, leaving at least 25 dead and nine people missing as of Tuesday morning.

Kristy Finstad, 41, is a diving instructor and marine biologist who operates Worldwide Diving Adventures with her husband Dan Chua. She was aboard the Conception when it caught fire early Monday, according to a Facebook post by her brother, Brett Harmeling.

“She’d be the person who could make it if it’s possible. She could hold her breath for an insane amount of time. It just doesn’t sound like there was a chance for anyone to get out,” Harmeling, 31, told the New York Daily News in a phone interview. “She’s done this trip hundreds of times.”

25 BODIES FOUND AFTER CALIFORNIA SCUBA BOAT FIRE, COAST GUARD SAYS

The diving company chartered the 75-foot vessel owned and operated by Truth Aquatics in Santa Barbara for a three-day diving excursion off the Channel Islands, Harmeling said. Finstad’s husband was leading a diving trip off the coast of Costa Rica when the blaze broke out, The Mercury News reported.

The excursion was advertised on Worldwide Diving Adventures’s website as a $665-per-person voyage to get a glimpse at octopi, colorful anemones, crabs, halibut, wolf eels and bioluminescent zooplankton in the waters around the Channel Islands.

There were six crew members and 33 passengers aboard the Conception when it became engulfed in flames early Monday morning. Officials believe the majority of the passengers were asleep below deck in a single room lined with bunk beds when the fire first broke out. A man who’s traveled on the Conception and two other boats owned by Truth Aquatics told The Associated Press coming to the top deck to get off requires navigating a narrow stairway with only one exit.

As of late Monday evening, the U.S. Guard said 25 bodies were found. Nine others still remain missing, as authorities search through the night. Only five people—all crew members—are known to have survived the fire after they jumped into an inflatable lifeboat and were rescued by a nearby vessel.

Bob and Shirley Hansen— who own a 60-foot fishing vessel called The Grape Escape—told the New York Times they were asleep when they woke up around 3:30 a.m. Monday to the sound of the five crewmembers pounding the side of their boat desperate to be rescued from their life raft.

“When we looked out, the other boat was totally engulfed in flames, from stem to stern,” Bob Hansen said, estimating it was no more than 100 yards from his craft. “I could see the fire coming through holes on the side of the boat. There were these explosions every few beats. You can’t prepare yourself for that. It was horrendous.”

The couple said at least some of the men fled the fire in only their underwear. One was crying that his girlfriend was still on board and he was unable to reach her before fleeing. Another said the crew had just helped passengers celebrate three birthdays the previous evening.

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Bob Hansen said two of the crewmembers went back toward the Conception looking for survivors but no one was found. The names of the deceased have not been released. Investigators have not confirmed what caused the fire.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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25 bodies found after California scuba boat fire, Coast Guard says

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The U.S. Coast Guard said late Monday that 25 bodies have been found and nine others remain missing after a fire broke out on a scuba boat anchored off an island in Southern California.

Authorities will continue to search for the nine still missing but have little hope that any others will be found alive, the Associated Press reported.  Only five people—all crew members—are known to have survived the fire after they jumped into an inflatable lifeboat and were rescued by a nearby vessel.

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Rescuers initially recovered four bodies about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles just off Santa Cruz Island. Sixteen more bodies were pulled from the water later in the day Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard located but has yet to recover five bodies on the ocean floor underneath the boat, which sank 20 yards from the shore.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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25 bodies found after California scuba boat fire, Coast Guard says

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The U.S. Coast Guard said late Monday that 25 bodies have been found and nine others remain missing after a fire broke out on a scuba boat anchored off an island in Southern California.

Authorities will continue to search for the nine still missing but have little hope that any others will be found alive, the Associated Press reported.  Only five people—all crew members—are known to have survived the fire after they jumped into an inflatable lifeboat and were rescued by a nearby vessel.

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Rescuers initially recovered four bodies about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles just off Santa Cruz Island. Sixteen more bodies were pulled from the water later in the day Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard located but has yet to recover five bodies on the ocean floor underneath the boat, which sank 20 yards from the shore.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Palestinian student, 17, who’d been blocked from entering US, arrives at Harvard

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Ismail Ajjawi, a 17-year-old Palestinian student living in Lebanon, who was said to have been blocked from entering the U.S. because of his friends’ social media posts, arrived at Harvard University Monday to start his college journey Tuesday, The Harvard Crimson reported.

“The last ten days have been difficult and anxiety filled, but we are most grateful for the thousands of messages of support and particularly the work of AMIDEAST,” a statement from his family said. AMIDEAST is a nonprofit organization that awarded Ajjawi a scholarship providing legal assistance.

His family continued, “We hope now that everyone can respect our and Ismail’s privacy and he can now simply focus on settling into College and his important class work.”

Akkawi, who has big plans to study medicine this fall, was refused entry into the U.S. after he landed 10 days ago at Logan International Airport in Boston. The freshman said the denial had to do with politically oriented social media posts by his friends.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesman Michael McCarthy said that the decision to cancel Ajjawi’s visa was based on information discovered during an inspection, but did not specify what that information was.

“We truly appreciate the efforts of so many individuals and officials in Lebanon, Washington, Massachusetts and at Harvard that have made it possible for our son Ismail Ajjawi to begin his studies at Harvard with his class,” his family’s statement added.

His family has lived in a camp for Palestinian refugees in the southern Lebanon port city of Tyre.

As a teenager, Ajjawi made headlines in Lebanon for being a top scorer on primary and secondary school exams. “I want to become a doctor because there are a lot of things in medicine that have not been discovered yet,” he told a station in Lebanon earlier this year.

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Searches of electronic devices and social media at border points were conducted under previous administrations, but free speech groups complain they have been stepped up since President Trump took office in 2017.

The Trump administration says the enhanced searches have been critical to prevent extremists from entering the country.

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Chicago’s bloody Labor Day weekend sees at least 35 shot, 7 of them killed

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Chicago is experiencing a violent Labor Day weekend with at least 35 people shot and seven of them killed, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday.

Two deadly shootings unfolded Sunday within just over 20 minutes. A 15-year-old boy named Dovantae Jackson was shot on the same block where he lived and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Soon afterward, an unidentified man and woman were shot at a South Side party; the man later died at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

CHICAGO HAS MOST VIOLENT WEEKEND THIS YEAR: 52 SHOT, 10 DEAD

Also Sunday, a drive-by on the Southwest Side killing one man and seriously wounding another.

The previous day, two men were killed and three wounded after a shooter open fired at a group of people who were on the front porch of a home. Doctors pronounced the two dead at two separate hospitals.

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A double shooting at Humboldt Park claimed the life of 18-year-old Angel Perez and wounded another man Saturday morning. Willie Coker was shot and killed early Saturday morning while he was outside with a group of people.

Overall, the city experienced a more violent weekend compared to this time last year. In 2018, Chicago’s Labor Day weekend saw four people killed and 23 people wounded.

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Death toll from California dive boat fire rises to 8; Coast Guard says to prepare for ‘the worst outcome’

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Four more victims of a catastrophic dive boat fire have been located on the ocean floor off Southern California, bringing the known death toll to eight, investigators revealed.

Some 26 people remained missing after the fire.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said crews spotted the additional bodies Monday close to the sunken vessel, but the boat remained unstable and it’s uncertain when those remains would be recovered.

The four unidentified bodies recovered Monday were two men and two women.

Coast Guard Capt. Monica Rochester said the search for the other missing victims would continue into Tuesday morning but people should be prepared for “the worst outcome.”

HORRIFIC MAYDAY CALL FROM BURNING BOAT OFF CALIFORNIA

Police have interviewed the five crew members who survived the fire, but Brown didn’t disclose what they said. No cause for the fire has been identified and Brown said at this stage there was no reason to believe it involved a criminal act.

The five crew members who survived had jumped overboard, making it to a nearby boat. It’s unclear what efforts they made to help the passengers.

“I can’t breathe,” a man was heard saying during a call for emergency help.

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The Coast Guard said 39 people were aboard the Conception, which was on a three-day scuba diving excursion to the Channel Islands. Six crew members and 33 passengers were on board when the fire broke out around 3 a.m. Monday and quickly engulfed the boat.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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With Hurricane Dorian looming, South Carolina starts evacuating hundreds of thousands

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As Hurricane Dorian threatens, an evacuation order affecting 820,000 people along the entire South Carolina coast went into effect Monday afternoon.

So far, evacuations have gone well, Gov. Henry McMaster said. He pointed out that transportation officials reversed all lanes of Interstate 26 about four hours earlier than planned Monday after noticing traffic jams from evacuees and vacationers heading home on Labor Day.

Officials were encouraging people to leave before tropical storm force winds arrive on Hilton Head Island sometime Wednesday and move up the coast for 24 hours.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DORIAN’S PATH

McMaster ordered coastal schools and government offices closed Tuesday, but said he would wait and see how many schools might be needed for shelters before talking to districts about canceling classes in inland areas later this week.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp urged people living along the coast to escape ahead of Hurricane Dorian, citing the storm’s powerful winds and uncertain path. He issued an executive order Monday night freeing up 2,000 members of the National Guard to prepare for hurricane response and recovery.

The governor told reporters Monday in Savannah: “This is not one to play with.”

Kemp said people living on Georgia’s barrier islands especially ought to get out, warning that emergency responders may not be able to reach them if causeways get flooded or blocked by debris. Georgia officials have planned to turn Interstate 16 linking Savannah and Macon into a one-way evacuation route Tuesday.

In Florida, state officials said more than 70 nursing homes and assisted living facilities along the Atlantic coast, as well as seven hospitals, were evacuated. Disney World announced it would close early Tuesday, and Sea World — also in Orlando — announced it would stay closed all day.

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Warnings also were ramping up along the North Carolina coast as well with Dorian still days away.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Saturday for the entire state, saying he’s activated 300 members of the National Guard to help with preparations and storm response.

North Carolina officials also said they expect far less rain or flooding from Dorian than the state experienced during Florence last year.

Florence was blamed for 45 storm-related deaths in North Carolina and the National Hurricane Center listed it as causing $22 billion in damage.

A state of emergency also took effect in Virginia.

“Hurricane Dorian is a serious storm, and current predictions indicate that it may affect parts of Virginia,” Gov. Ralph Northam said. “I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure that localities and communities have the appropriate level of assistance, and to coordinate the Commonwealth’s response to any potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian. I encourage Virginians to take all necessary precautions to make sure they are prepared as well.”

Northam took the action Monday anticipating the storm would start to show its effects in southeastern Virginia on Thursday. Dorian could trigger include coastal and inland flooding and prolonged power outages.

The hurricane unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that officials urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary.

The fearsome Category 4 storm slowed almost to a standstill as it shredded roofs, hurled cars and forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passed.

Back in the United States, the National Hurricane Center extended watches and warnings across the Florida and Georgia coasts. Forecasters expected Dorian to stay off shore, but meteorologist Daniel Brown cautioned that “only a small deviation” could draw the storm’s dangerous core toward land.

By 5 p.m. ET Monday, the storm’s top sustained winds fell slightly to 145 mph. It had been crawling along Grand Bahama Island at 1 mph and then remained stationary.

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Dorian was likely to begin pulling away from the Bahamas early Tuesday and curving to the northeast parallel to the southeastern coast of the U.S.

The system is expected to spin 40 to 50 miles off Florida, with hurricane-force wind speeds extending about 35 miles to the west.

Fox News’ Mike Arroyo contributed to this report.

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Before mass shooting, Texas gunman ‘was on a long spiral down,’ investigator says

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6082623472001_6082620535001-vs Before mass shooting, Texas gunman 'was on a long spiral down,' investigator says Frank Miles fox-news/us/us-regions/southwest/texas fox-news/us/crime/mass-murder fox-news/us/crime/homicide fox news fnc/us fnc f71a4cfb-e96e-559a-9318-f7be8660fb5e article

The gunman in the West Texas rampage that killed seven people over the weekend “was on a long spiral down” before he was fired from his job on the day of the shooting, investigators said Monday.

The gunman had been fired Saturday morning from his job at Journey Oil Field Services and made “rambling” phone calls to both the 911 and the FBI afterward, the investigators added.

FBI special agent Christopher Combs said the gunman had gone to work that day “in trouble.”

Combs said Monday that the killer’s home was “a strange residence,” and that the condition “reflect what his mental state was going into this.”

“Texans are strong. We will get through this,” Odessa Mayor David Turner said Monday on “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

The gunman killed seven people and injured at least 22 others Saturday before officers killed him outside a busy movie theater in Odessa, investigators said.

Officials said those killed were between 15 and 57 years old but did not immediately provide a list of names. Family and employers, however, said that among the dead were Edwin Peregrino, 25, who ran out of his parents’ home to see what the commotion was; mail carrier Mary Granados, 29, killed in her U.S. Postal Service truck; and 15-year-old high school student Leilah Hernandez, who had been walking out of an auto dealership.

The attack began Saturday afternoon when Texas state troopers tried pulling over a gold car on Interstate 20 for failing to signal a left turn. Before the vehicle came to a complete stop, the driver “pointed a rifle toward the rear window of his car and fired several shots” toward the patrol car stopping him, according to Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger. The gunshots struck a trooper, Cesinger said, after which the gunman took off and continued shooting. He fired at random as he drove in the area of Odessa and Midland, two cities over 300 miles west of Dallas.

Police used a marked SUV to ram the mail truck outside the Cinergy Movie Theater in Odessa, disabling the vehicle. The gunman then fired at police, wounding two officers before he was killed.

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The shooting came at the end of an already violent month in Texas following the El Paso attack at a Walmart that killed 22 people.

Fox News’ Trace Gallagher contributed to this report.

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