Jungle Island closes due to Hurricane Irma; timeline not set for reopening

Hurricane Irma has caused more devastation at Jungle Island than Hurricane Andrew did back in 1992. 

As a result the park will remain closed until further notice, according to a media release. 

The good news is that the animals did survive the storm. 

During the storm Dr. Jason Chatfield and his animal specialists noticed a green heron on its back, struggling in its nest from a downed tree. The team was able to save the bird and help heal the bird of a wounded leg. 

Connie, the park’s oldest orangutan, was also talked into going into a night-house where she’d be safe by Ryan Jacobs, who has a bond with the animal. 

Jungle Island said they are proud of the measures taken by its veterinarian and animal specialists to ensure the safety of their animals. 

As for when they’ll reopen, officials said that’s up in the air. It could be a couple weeks or months. 

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Firefighters provide water to horses in Coconut Creek, Margate

The Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department helped the horses in their community on Tuesday by dropping by several farms with water.Fire crews filled up buckets fill of water to give to the animals that were without due to Hurricane Irma. With the h…

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Residents in buildings near Miami crane collapse being evacuated

Residents in buildings near where a crane collapsed from the force of Hurricane Irma’s winds are being evacuated due to safety concerns.

Police and fire-rescue crews are evacuating people from the east side of the building at 479 Northeast 30th Street and the entire building at 505 Northeast 30th Street.

Both buildings are across the street from the Gran Paraiso construction site where the crane collapsed.

Hotel rooms are being made available to residents who have been evacuated.

On Sunday, two cranes collapsed when the winds from Irma picked up. Days before the storm, officials warned residents of the possibility of the cranes collapsing.


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One million bottles of water headed to Florida at fixed price

One million bottles of water are their way to Florida to help those in need following Hurricane Irma.The water, once it has arrived at destinations across the state, will be sold at a fixed price of $2.97 a case to avoid price gouging.The bottles are b…

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Miami-Dade County lifts curfew after Irma

Miami-Dade County has lifted its curfew in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Tuesday that the 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew has been lifted effective immediately.

“If you have a business and you have power, go in, open back up,” he said.

Gimenez said that although the countywide curfew has been lifted, city curfews could still be in effect.

Miami Beach is one such city that has a curfew from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

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FPL estimates having most South Florida customers’ electricity restored by end of weekend

Florida Power & Light estimates it will have electricity restored to all customers in South Florida by the end of the weekend.

The state’s largest utility company gave its updated estimates Tuesday on Twitter.

FPL said it estimates that east coast customers will have power by the end of the weekend, except in areas hit by tornadoes, flooding and severe damage.

Power is expected to be restored to most of the state’s west coast customers by the end of the day Sept. 22, excluding the aforementioned exceptions.

FPL said a workforce of nearly 19,500 has been working around the clock to restore electricity to all customers.

Workers from utility companies throughout the country have traveled to Florida to help restore power.

Crews from Overhead Lines in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, used the Hilton Miami Airport as their makeshift headquarters, rolling out about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

About 6.56 million customers throughout the state lost power, with more than a million of them in Miami-Dade County.

“Coming down here from Michigan it was a little different because we didn’t know what we were getting into,” foreman Kevin Downey said.

Downey and his crew arrived Friday ahead of Irma.

“I myself have worked for Florida Power & Light before in the past, so I kind of knew, but a lot of guys didn’t,” Downey said.

Crews from the Robert Henry Corporation in South Bend, Indiana, were working to restore downed power lines in Hialeah. Foreman Derrik Grifka said the work ahead of them is unprecedented.

“We’ve never had one this bad besides Katrina, this big, widespread like this, doing the damage it did up through here,” Grifka said.

Anxious residents waiting days to get their air conditioning back watched from the porches of their steamy homes.

“I know it’s a team effort,” Isella Rodriguez said.

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