Keys couple found living in crushed mobile home after Hurricane Irma

As residents returned to the lower Keys for the first time since Hurricane Irma, life was slowly but surely returning to normal in Key West.

There were signs of life Sunday night on Duval Street in Key West, where business owners and locals who sling the cocktails were gathered.

“You can’t let a storm beat you down,” a man told Local 10 News outside Sloppy Joe’s Bar.

Earlier in the day on Stock Island, it was discovered that the little that some people had there is now gone.

As Local 10 News reporter Janine Stanwood was about to leave the Island Life Village trailer park, she was told by residents that two people were living inside a crushed home that appeared to be abandoned.

“We looked through the door and there’s somebody inside,” a resident told Stanwood.

“Oh, my gosh. Hello?” Stanwood said to a woman sitting in the mangled mess. “Hi. How are you?”

The woman, identified only as Joy, had bandages on her arms. They were for her sunburn.

She said she and Jerry came back after Irma and have been sleeping there ever since.

“We’ve been here for five, six days,” Jerry said.

Stanwood asked if anyone has come to help them.

“Oh, yeah. There’s been all kinds of people,” Jerry said. “The owners of the park haven’t been around.”

An organization called Caring for the Keys was handing out the last load of water and supplies.

“We have a car, so we can get around,” Jerry said.

For Jerry and Joy, they said they’ll pick up ice and insist that they’re fine, for now.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Maybe ‘too late’ to recover from climate change

Scientist and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said Sunday that, in the wake of devastating floods and damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, climate change had become so severe that the country “might not be able to recover.”

In an interview on CNN’s “GPS,” Tyson got emotional when Fareed Zakaria asked what he made of Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert’s refusal to say whether climate change had been a factor in Hurricanes Harvey or Irma’s strength — despite scientific evidence pointing to the fact that it had made the storms more destructive.

“Fifty inches of rain in Houston!” Tyson exclaimed, adding, “This is a shot across our bow, a hurricane the width of Florida going up the center of Florida!”

“What will it take for people to recognize that a community of scientists are learning objective truths about the natural world and that you can benefit from knowing about it?” he said.

Tyson told Zakaria that he had no patience for those who, as he put it, “cherry pick” scientific studies according to their belief system.

“The press will sometimes find a single paper, and say, ‘Oh here’s a new truth, if this study holds it.’ But an emergent scientific truth, for it to become an objective truth, a truth that is true whether or not you believe in it, it requires more than one scientific paper,” he said.

“It requires a whole system of people’s research all leaning in the same direction, all pointing to the same consequences,” he added. “That’s what we have with climate change, as induced by human conduct.”

Tyson said he was gravely concerned that by engaging in debates over the existence of climate change, as opposed to discussions on how best to tackle it, the country was wasting valuable time and resources.

“The day two politicians are arguing about whether science is true, it means nothing gets done. Nothing,” he said. “It’s the beginning of the end of an informed democracy, as I’ve said many times. What I’d rather happen is you recognize what is scientifically truth, then you have your political debate.”

Tyson told Zakaria that he believed that the longer the delay when it comes to responding to the ongoing threat of climate change, the bleaker the outcome. And perhaps, he hazarded, it was already even too late.

“I worry that we might not be able to recover from this because all our greatest cities are on the oceans and water’s edges, historically for commerce and transportation,” he said.

“And as storms kick in, as water levels rise, they are the first to go,” he said. “And we don’t have a system — we don’t have a civilization with the capacity to pick up a city and move it inland 20 miles. That’s — this is happening faster than our ability to respond. That could have huge economic consequences.”

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New Tropical Storm Maria to become a hurricane

The National Hurricane Center was monitoring Hurricane Jose, Tropical Storm Lee and Tropical Storm Maria in the Atlantic Ocean. The Sunday morning advisory warned Tropical Storm Maria was expected to strengthen into a hurricane and appro…

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Three storms raging in Atlantic — with one aiming for Irma’s path

Three storms are spinning in the Atlantic, with one already a hurricane and another one strengthening and forecast to threaten areas battered by Hurricane Irma last week.

Tropical Storm Maria formed Saturday in the western Atlantic Ocean and is expected to be a hurricane by late Monday and a major hurricane by Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center says.

By Sunday morning, Maria was about 460 miles southeast of the Lesser Antilles. The storm is moving toward the Caribbean at 15 mph, according to the center.

“Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Maria will likely become a hurricane later today,” it said.

The core of Maria was expected to hit the Leeward Islands in 48 to 72 hours, and then move toward Puerto Rico in four days then on toward eastern Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) in about five days, the NHC said.

That means areas devastated by Irma could again be dealing with hurricane conditions by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Hurricane watches have been issued for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Dominica and Anguilla. Tropical storm watches are posted for St. Lucia, Martinique, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“Maria is expected to strengthen and affect portions of the Leeward Islands as a hurricane early next week, bringing dangerous wind, storm surge and rainfall hazards,” the NHC said. “Maria could also affect the British and US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by mid week as a dangerous major hurricane, and hurricane watches could be issued for these islands as early as tonight.”

The center warned that hurricane conditions were possible in the hurricane watch area by Tuesday and that Maria could bring “a dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves.”

Maria was also expected to bring heavy rain to areas of the Leeward and Windward Islands through Wednesday night, it said, with the potential to cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Swells generated by Maria were expected to begin affecting the Lesser Antilles, likely bringing life-threatening surf and rip conditions by Sunday night, the center said.

Hurricane Jose

Meanwhile, Hurricane Jose, a Category 1 storm, is spinning about 420 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and 435 miles southwest of Bermuda.

Jose currently has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and is expected to remain a hurricane through Monday night, the Hurricane Center said.

Areas of the east coast of the United States from North Carolina to New England should monitor the storm’s progress, it said, with tropical storm watches possible during the next day or two.

“While Jose is currently forecast to remain offshore of the US coast from Virginia northward to New England, the large cyclone could cause some direct impacts to these areas and any deviation to the left of the NHC forecast track would increase the likelihood and magnitude of those impacts,” the hurricane center said.

Swells generated by Jose were affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, and much of the US east coast, it said. Dangerous surf and rip currents are likely for the next several days.

Tropical Storm Lee

There’s also Tropical Storm Lee, which formed earlier Saturday in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

Lee is spinning about 790 miles southwest of Cape Verde off northwest Africa and packing maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Lee is weakening and is expected to weaken into a depression Tuesday, the center said. No land warnings have been issued.

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New Tropical Storm Maria to become a hurricane

The National Hurricane Center was monitoring Hurricane Jose, Tropical Storm Lee and Tropical Storm Maria in the Atlantic Ocean. The Saturday afternoon advisory warned Tropical Storm Maria was expected to strengthen into a hurricane and approa…

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New Tropical Storm Maria threatens Leeward Islands

The National Hurricane Center was monitoring Hurricane Jose, Tropical Storm Lee and Tropical Storm Maria in the Atlantic Ocean. The Saturday afternoon advisory warned Tropical Storm Maria was expected to strengthen into a hurricane and approa…

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