Weather

Stay warm and stay safe with the changing seasons

Before flipping on your space heater for relief from the cold, Gainesville Fire Rescue has a few tips to keep you safe. GFR District Chief Richard Salusberry says all heating devices should be thoroughly cleaned before getting fired up. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/SALUSBERRY3.mp3] He says space heaters are one of the most common …

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Despite cooler temps, county officials remain watchful of tropics

Colder temperatures mean it’s time to start breaking out scarves and sweaters, but there’s one lingering tropical phenomenon many may have lost track of. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jordan Matich recently spoke with Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson who says although the 2011 hurricane season was active, residents should …

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Ocala expands sandbagging efforts

The City of Ocala is stepping up sandbag distribution efforts to help residents prepare for more severe weather.  City Spokesman Sonny Allen says they have extended distribution hours and added another location where people can pick up sandbags for free. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/ALLEN-22.mp3] Ocala experienced severe flooding early last week because of …

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Ocala city crews still cleaning up from Sunday storm

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/OcalaStormFinal.mp3] The wet conditions over the weekend culminated in a heavy downpour for many Ocala residents Monday morning. The amount of rainfall overwhelmed the flood-control systems, swept away trees and caused damage and widespread power outages in areas across the city. Ocala spokesman Sonny Allen says water levels have lessened since …

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Ocala begins cleanup after heavy rain causes flooding problems

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/QAOcalaFlooding.mp3] North Central Florida recently faced some unexpected heavy rainfalls. Two major accidents occured on rain-soaked Interstate-75 near Ocala, about twelve-hundred houses lost power and more than 20 city streets are still reported to be flooded. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT’FM’s Kristen Hammel spoke wih Ocala Spokesman Sonney Allen who says crews are currently …

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Tropical Storm Maria forms in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Maria formed in the central Atlantic today and has winds of 50 miles per hour. Conditions aren’t ideal for Maria for strengthen much over the next 48 hours, but current data suggests that Maria could become a weak hurricane over the weekend and pass just north of Puerto …

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GRU crews assist mid-Atlantic clean up from hurricane Irene

Gainesville Regional Utilities linemen and a fleet of bucket trucks took a road-trip north to help with Hurricane Irene restoration efforts. The crews arrived in Baltimore Tuesday afternoon to restore power lines knocked down by the storm. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/GRUWRAP.mp3]

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