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“naplesFalse reports are circulating claiming that Germain Arena is unsafe and unable to hold up in the face of Hurricane Irma.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office assures the 5,000 people inside the building that it is safe.

A national media outlet, believed to be the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore, reported that the building is not safe, and has caused unrest within the shelter, according to LCSO.

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There are no more shelters from the storm coming, Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais said Saturday afternoon.

Desjarlais said at a 4:00 p.m. news conference that over 22,000 evacuees are currently in Lee County shelters, and due to a lack of resources, no more will be coming.

Collier County emergency planners have been sending evacuees northward to Alico Arena and Germain Arena as they too run out of space.

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Hurricane Irma is expected to come onto the shores of South Florida with relentless fury on Sunday. We will be posting the latest forecast tracks and advisories from the National Hurricane Center right here as long as we are able. Advisories typically release every three hours.

11 a.m.

The worst-case scenario is here. Hurricane Irma will come ashore in Collier County. The wall, and the strongest  winds, will be in moments, the eye on shore in hours. If you are still in Naples, Marco Island, or Everglades City, go to an interior room and protect yourself now.

8 a.m.

The eye of Irma is moving over the Keys right now. Today is the day. The eye is expected to pass over Southwest Florida this afternoon and evening. Maximum sustained winds are 130 mph.

Nearly 500,000 people in Miami-Dade County are without power. FPL is showing approximately 4,000 outages in Collier County.

11 p.m.

Irma might be beginning its turn as of Saturday night. The latest advisory points direction as northwest at 6 mph.

The eye is now partially visible on the short range radar from the National Weather Service station in Miami. The center of circulation is 90 miles southeast of Key West, and about 180 miles southeast of Naples. Hurricane-force gusts are beginning to batter Key West, which is still at risk of direct impact.

Hurricane Hunter aircrafts report a double-eyewall structure, meaning Irma is becoming less organized. Forecast projections from the National Hurricane Center are saying that Irma could strengthen slightly once over open water, but are expecting landfall as a Category 3 major hurricane, still an extremely dangerous storm.

Current maximum sustained winds are at 120 mph. But what makes Irma dangerous isn’t the winds, it’s the storm surge. Forecast models still estimate as much as 15 feet of storm surge could inundate Southwest Florida’s coastlines. For reference, that’s higher than the typical single-story home. That surge, combined with up to 20 inches of rain, could lead to disastrous flooding in the area.

Forecast models are continuing to shift to the west, but the center point on the track is still in Southwest Florida.

8 p.m.

Irma has once again weakened slightly, down to 120 mph despite the center of circulation having moved off of Cuba.

The much anticipated — and much feared — turn to the north still has not happened yet. The National Hurricane Center’s advisory says west-northwest, but at just 7 mph. NHC forecasts have been saying for days that Irma’s forward progress would slow immediately before the turn.

The center of circulation sits 110 miles from Key West. Irma’s eye is clearly visible on radar from the National Weather Service Station in Key West.


5 p.m.

Conditions will deteriorate quickly as the sun sets on Southwest Florida tonight.

Irma has moved off of the Cuban coastline and is moving to the west-northwest at 9 mph. A further turn to the north is expected to happen tonight.

Maximum sustained winds remain at 125 mph.

Intensification of Irma is expected over the next 24 hours.

The National Weather Service is warning of an imminent threat of storm surge, with inundation of 10 to 15 feet.

The eye should be passing over the Florida keys at daybreak, the NHC says, and passing or coming ashore in Southwest Florida by tomorrow midday.

11 a.m.

Irma continues to weaken thanks in part to interaction with the Cuban coastline, with maximum sustained winds dropping to 125 mph; a Category 3 hurricane.

However, additional strengthening is expected as it leaves land and moves over the warm waters of the Florida Straits and Gulf of Mexico. The center of circulation is 175 miles southeast of Key West.

Forecast tracks keep it moving west — for now — at 9 mph. It will turn northward sometime today. Forecasts had been calling for the storm to slow before the turn, it’s forward momentum is now the slowest its been in several days.

Forecast tracks continue to call for landfall somewhere on Florida’s west coast, the center of circulation could be just off the coast of Marco Island by 2 p.m. tomorrow. The National Hurricane center calls for it to reach Category 4 strength by that time.

Lee County has announced mandatory evacuations for anyone along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River and anyone in Cape Coral south of Pine Island Road.

Germain Arena is now accepting pets, according to Lee County officials at a 10:30 a.m. press conference. It wasn’t previously.

Rain bands are now entering Collier County.

8 a.m.

8 a.m.’s intermediate advisory comes with great news, relatively speaking. Winds have fallen significantly as Irma runs along Cuba, now down to 130 mph. That’s still a Category 4 hurricane.

The storm continues west-northwest at 12 mph.

The possibility exists, according to National Hurricane Center forecaster Lixion Avila, that Irma could strengthen once again as it leaves Cuba and begins the northward turn, however the forecast sees wind shear beginning to affect the storm’s circulation in about 24 hours could counteract that regeneration.


Hurricane Irma has weakened as it interacts with the northern coast of Cuba.

It still remains a very dangerous storm, however, with 155 mph winds.

The center is circulation is 245 miles south of Miami, moving toward the west-northwest at 12 mph.

Today is the day that Irma will begin its turn.

Forecast models have been shifting westward, and have Irma buzzing the west coast. Direct impact is possible anywhere from Marco Island to Tampa.

11 p.m.

The 11 p.m. forecast continues to send Hurricane Irma westward.

In forecast discussion by National Hurricane Center forecaster Robbie Berg, the high-pressure ridge which Irma has been tracking along the southern boundary of is stronger than expected, and continues to push Irma west.

The eye is moving due west at 13 mph, and is located 300 miles south of Miami.

Hurricane Hunter aircrafts have found winds strengthening once again, and are now pegging maximum sustained winds at 160 mph. The storm is currently making landfall along the northern coast of Cuba. It is possible, Berg writes, that Irma could weaken if the eye travels over the Cuban mainland, but if it remains over the keys, that chance is less so.

Forecasts still call for Irma to make a sharp turn toward the north in the next 24 hours, and are calling for it to make landfall somewhere on Florida’s west coast on Sunday as a Category 4 or 5 hurricane.

8 p.m.

Irma continues to move due west at 12 mph, and remains a Category 5 hurricane. Maximum sustained winds are 155 mph.

The southern eyewall is currently passing over the coast of Cuba. Further interaction with the island could potentially weaken Irma slightly.

Forecast models are showing a potential landfall on Southwest Florida’s coastline sometime Sunday.

5 p.m.

As of 5 p.m., Irma remains a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. The center of circulation is moving due west at 12 mph.

A turn toward the north is still expected in the next 24 hours, with hurricane force winds impacting Southwest Florida by Sunday.

The forecast tracks expect Irma to continue moving west for the next 12 to 24 hours, bringing the eye very close to the coast of Cuba before the turn.

When the turn will happen is still unknown, and is what is putting the entire Florida Peninsula on alert. The most likely point of impact for models continues to be the Southwest Florida coastline, however, with the eye coming ashore slightly to the east of Marco Island and Everglades City.

Rainfall totals of 8 to 15 inches are possible. Storm surge on the coastlines of 8 to 12 feet is possible if landfall coincides with high tide.

2 p.m.

The 2 p.m. forecast advisory has Irma’s center of circulation 380 miles to the southeast of Miami, moving to the west at 14 mph. The storm has once again regained Category 5 strength, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph.

The forecast track expects that Irma will begin a turn to the north sometime on Saturday, with impacts somewhere along Florida’s southern tip. Forecast models are starting to come into agreement that it will likely be the western half of the state which receives direct impact.

Storm Surge Warnings are in place for all of Southwest Florida’s coastline, with potential storm surges ranging from 6 to 12 feet if they come during high tide.


This post will be continuously updated as information becomes available and as conditions allow.


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Current as of 1:o0 p.m. Saturday

Mandatory evacuations have been expanded throughout much of Southwest Florida.

If you are in a mandatory evacuation zone, and you have not left yet, you should do so immediately! Doing otherwise is to risk your own life.

Here are the current evacuations and shelters open for those seeking refuge:



-Anyone living in a mobile or manufactured home
-Fort Myers Beach
-Pine Island
-Bonita Beach
-Cape Coral: Anywhere South of Pine Island Rd.
-North Fort Myers: South of Bayshore Rd. from Moody Rd. to State Road 31; South of N. River Rd. from State Road 31 to Fichter’s Creek.
-Fort Myers: Evacuation Zone B along banks of Caloosahatchee River.
-Iona: South of Maple Dr.; west of U.S. 41.
-San Carlos Park: West of U.S. 41.
-Estero: West of U.S. 41; North of Estero River.
-Bonita Springs: Along Estero Bay and Imperial River Basin.


-Everglades City
-Marco Island
-Naples: All locations South and West of U.S. 41; Northern boundary Pine Ridge from 41 to Airport; Eastern boundary Airport from Pine Ridge to Radio; Northern boundary Radio from Airport to Santa Barbara; Eastern boundary Santa Barbara from Radio to Rattlesnake
(southwest through the preserve between St Andrews Blvd and Roma Way) to Texas; Eastern boundary Texas Ave to 41. Western boundary Collier Blvd from 41 north to Winding Cypress Blvd; Northern boundary Winding Cypress Blvd from Collier Blvd to Verona Walk; Western boundary Verona Walk Cir from Winding Cypress Blvd to Sabal Palm; Northern boundary Sabal Palm east from Verona Walk. Northern boundary Encore Way from 41 to Colliers Reserve Dr; Eastern boundary Collier Reserve Dr to Immokalee; Southern boundary Immokalee from Collier Reserve to 41.
-All one-story homes in Lely Resort

-While not mandatory, it is strongly advised anyone living in a mobile home evacuates.


Lee(Currently Open)

-East Lee County High School, 715 Thomas Sherwin Ave., Lehigh Acres
-Harns Marsh Middle School, 1820 Unice Ave. N., Lehigh Acres
-Oak Hammock Middle School, 5321 Tice St., Fort Myers
-Ray V. Pottorf Elementary, 4600 Challenger Blvd., Fort Myers
-Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero
-Alico Arena, 12181 FGCU Lake Pkwy, Fort Myers
-Varsity Lakes Middle School, 801 Gunnery Road., Lehigh Acres(FULL)
-Island Coast High School, 2125 De Navarra Pkwy., Cape Coral(FULL)
-South Ft. Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road., Fort Myers(FULL)
-Estero Rec Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Road., Estero(FULL)

Collier(Currently Open)

-Pinecrest Elementary, 313 S. 9th St., Immokalee
-Highlands Elementary, 1101 Lake Trafford Rd., Immokalee
-Laurel Oak Elementary, 7800 Immokalee Rd, Naples
-Vineyards Elementary, 6225 Arbor Blvd., Naples

Full shelters which will not accept new evacuees
-Golden Gate Elementary, 5055 20th Place SW, Golden Gate
-Golden Terrace Elementary, 2965 44th Terrace SW, Naples
-Golden Gate Middle, 2701 48th Terrace SW, Naples
-Lake Trafford Elementary, 3500 Lake Trafford Road, Immokalee
-Corkscrew Middle School, 1165 County Road 858, Naples
-North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Rd., Naples
-Cypress Palm Middle School, 4255 18th Ave NE, Naples
-Gulf Coast High School, 7878 Shark Way, Naples
-Golden Gate High School, 2925 Titan Way, Naples
-Mike Davis Elementary, 3215 Magnolia Pond Dr., Naples
-North Naples Middle School, 16165 Learning Dr., Naples
-Eden Park Elementary, 3650 Westclox St., Immokalee
-Oak Ridge Middle School, 14975 Collier Blvd., Naples
-Lely High School, 1 Lely High School Blvd., Naples
-Immokalee High School, 701 Immokalee Dr., Immokalee
-Immokalee Middle School, 401 N. 9th St., Immokalee

This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.


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All of Collier County is under a Hurricane Warning Thursday night into Friday as the imminent threat of Hurricane Irma is drawing ever nearer.

The National Hurricane Center upgraded previously standing Hurricane Watch conditions from Bonita Beach southward to warnings as of 11:00 p.m. Thursday night, and put Hurricane Watch conditions into effect north from Bonita to Anna Maria Island near Bradenton.

Hurricane Warnings mean that hurricane conditions are expected in an area, and that all preparations to protect life and property should be nearing their completion.

As of the 11 p.m. advisory, Irma has maximum sustained winds of 165 mph, moving to the west-northwest at 16 mph. The center of circulation sits 585 miles to the east-southeast of Miami.

According to recent Hurricane Hunter flight data, Irma appears to be going through an eyewall replacement cycle, which typically results in a loss of intensity, however this also leads to a widening in the hurricane strength windfield. Hurricane force winds extend 75 miles from the center of circulation. Tropical storm force winds extend 185 miles.

A Storm Surge Warning also exists south of Bonita Beach, with a Storm Surge Watch in place north to Venice. Current forecast predictions call for up to five to 10 feet of storm surge above ground level if surge occurs during high tide for the warning area, with three to five feet of surge in the watch areas.

Forecasts call for Irma to continue a general west-northwest track for the next 36 hours, before beginning to turn northward. Current forecast models are split on where exactly the storm could make impact, but the threat of a direct hit is in play for anywhere in the southern half of the state. Irma is expected to continue a gradual weakening, but will still be at least a Category 4 hurricane should it make landfall Sunday.

Mandatory evacuations are in place on Friday for Goodland, Chokoloskee, and Everglades City, as well as all of the barrier islands including Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach, and Pine Island.

Once wind speeds reach 40 mph sustained, emergency services will not respond to calls for help.

Shelters will open in Lee County at 9 a.m. Friday, and at 1 p.m. in Collier. The next full advisory will be released at 5 a.m.


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UPDATE: After previously announcing that schools would run as scheduled Monday, the Lee and Collier School Districts have both announced that school will be closed.

Lee Schools sent out a statement Sunday evening:

“Working through the afternoon and receiving updated information from the National Weather Service, the Lee County School District has decided to CLOSE tomorrow, Monday, August 28th.

We are updating our websites and social media and are sending messages to our staff, parents and guardians.”

Collier did late Sunday night:

“Out of an abundance of caution, Collier County Public Schools will be closed Monday, August 28th. We will continue to monitor the weather and provide an update again by 5 p.m. Monday.”


Despite torrential rains which have caused severe flooding throughout Southwest Florida, schools in both the Lee County and Collier County School Districts will be operating as normal on Monday.

Both districts have released similar statements.


“After consulting with the National Weather Service, our local law enforcement agencies, and our transportation staff, Collier County Public Schools will be operating on their normal schedules tomorrow. We will continue to monitor the weather situation overnight and provide an update at 5:00 am Monday. Please drive carefully when approaching bus stops and school campuses as there could be standing water.We will utilize all our communication channels (phone calls, text, and email) should the situation change. Any late bus notices will be posted prominently on our district website at Please continue to follow Collier Schools on Facebook, & Twitter for updates as well.”


“After consulting with the National Weather Service, local law enforcement agencies and local municipalities, Lee County Schools will be open tomorrow.

We will have teams out during the evening and overnight hours monitoring conditions in the hardest hit areas of Cape Coral, Pine Island, Bonita Springs and mid-Lee County. We are also planning for additional bussing in those areas if necessary.

We recognize that some parents, especially those who live in these areas, may not be able to send their students to school, or may simply feel unsafe doing so. We understand, and urge them to make whatever decision they feel is best for the safety and security of their students.

We will continue to monitor the weather conditions throughout afternoon and evening hours and provide updates as necessary.”

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A mentally distressed former Marine who pointed a fake handgun at police in the Orlando International Airport and shouted “kill me” said he wanted to speak to the president, according to an arrest affidavit released Wednesday.

Michael Wayne Pettigrew, 26, was arrested after the almost three-hour standoff that ended peacefully, with no shots fired Tuesday night. Police have called it an attempted “suicide by cop.”

Pettigrew faces a charge of aggravated assault on a firefighter and was forcibly committed for short-term mental health observation under what is commonly referred to as Florida’s “Baker Act.”

The episode started Tuesday night when Pettigrew approached a cashier at a taxi company in the airport and showed her what looked like a gun. Pettigrew gave his cellphone to the cashier and told her to call 911 because he wanted to bring the police and speak to the president, according to the affidavit.

Pettigrew pointed the fake gun at officers as they arrived at the rental car section of the airport, and also pointed the gun at himself. But no shots were fired and no one was hurt. One officer raised the muzzle of his rifle to get a clear view of Pettigrew but didn’t fire because passengers “were running everywhere,” the affidavit said.

This May 30, 2017 evidence photo released by the Orlando Police Department shows a fake handgun in Orlando, Fla.
This May 30, 2017 evidence photo released by the Orlando Police Department shows a fake handgun in Orlando, Fla. (Orlando Police Department via AP)

“Passengers at this point were running in all directions, making it a little chaotic,” the report said.

Part of the airport was temporarily evacuated and traffic going into the airport was halted for a short time.

The responding officers tried to talk to Pettigrew for a half hour until SWAT team members and police negotiators arrived.

“Our negotiators did a phenomenal job of talking with the subject for about two hours and finally got him to peacefully surrender,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said Tuesday night.

Glorializ Colón Plaza, 20, told the Orlando Sentinel she was just getting off work from Virgin Atlantic airlines when she saw everyone hiding. She got off the elevator and saw the man on the floor near the rental car area. He was screaming, and officers had surrounded him.

“I couldn’t make out the words, but he was screaming really loud,” she said. “Everyone there told me right before this happened a man said to everyone: ‘You’re going to need mental therapy after this,’ then he pulled out a gun and everyone ran.”

Plaza said she didn’t hear any gunshots or see anyone injured.

“I saw all the cops with the long rifles and started shaking,” she said. “It didn’t seem real.”

Earlier this year, a gunman killed five people inside a baggage claim area at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Esteban Santiago, a 27-year-old Iraq war veteran from Alaska, has pleaded not guilty to a 22-count indictment in the Jan. 6 shooting. Santiago’s attorney has said he is taking drugs to combat schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.

The Tuesday incident at the Orlando airport was first reported about 7:24 p.m. Terminal A was eventually closed, but the other side of the airport, Terminal B, remained open during the standoff.

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chairman Frank Kruppenbacher praised the response of law enforcement and airport employees.

“Our employees did everything in accordance with what OPD has trained them to do,” Kruppenbacher said. “You couldn’t have a better resolution. No one was hurt. The airport continued to operate on the other side.”

Some flights were delayed during the ordeal, but airport operations were returning to normal late Tuesday night.

Images posted on social media showed a heavy police presence in the area and passengers were worried about their safety and missing flights. At one point, the Florida Highway Patrol tweeted that all roads to the airport were shut down, with “zero exceptions.” Orlando police later said the entrances were open but congested.

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TOKYO (AP) — Stocks were mixed Tuesday and the price of gold rose as investors monitored geopolitical risks — from North Korea’s rumblings over the U.S. to major powers’ plan to put pressure on Russia over the Syrian war.

KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX edged 0.1 percent lower to 12,194 and the CAC 40 of France was 0.2 percent higher at 5,116. Britain’s FTSE 100 gained 0.6 percent to 7,383. Wall Street looked set for a slow start, with S&P 500 and Dow futures flat.

KOREAS, RUSSIA: North Korea said there could be “catastrophic consequences” after the U.S. ordered the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its battle group to waters off the Korean Peninsula. Nerves were already on edge with U.S.-South Korea war games underway, following recent ballistic missile launches by the North that have rattled neighboring countries. The G-7 powers, meanwhile, want to put more pressure on Russia to stop backing the Syrian government, which they blame for a deadly chemical attack last week. Britain is open to more sanctions but some others from the group, which also includes the U.S., Japan and major European economies, want a softer approach.

GOLD: The precious metal, which is often sought out by investors as a safe haven in times of global uncertainty, was up 0.4 percent at $1,259 an ounce. That pushed up shares in major mining companies: Fresnillo was up 2.4 percent and Randgold Resources 2.3 percent higher in London.

TOSHIBA: Shares in Toshiba Corp. closed 2.7 percent lower before the company released unaudited results for April-December following two delays. The company, whose U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection, reported unaudited earnings Tuesday, projecting a loss of 1.01 trillion yen ($9.2 billion) for the fiscal year that ended in March. It said it racked up a 532.5 billion yen ($4.8 billion) loss for the April-December 2016 period.

ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index slipped 0.3 percent to 18,747.87 as Toshiba and other big export manufacturers lost ground. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng sank 0.7 percent to 24,088.46, while the Shanghai Composite index rebounded to close 0.6 percent higher at 3,288.97. South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.4 percent to 2,123.85 and Australia’s S&P ASX 200 gained 0.3 percent to 5,929.30. Shares in Southeast Asia were mixed.

ENERGY: Benchmark crude oil rose 1 cent to $53.09 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It closed higher Monday for the fifth day in a row, adding 84 cents. Brent crude, the standard for international oil prices, was up 5 cents at $56.03 a barrel. It jumped 74 cents the day before.

CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 110.62 yen from 111.15 yen late Friday as investors shifted into the traditionally “safe haven” currency. The euro rose to $1.0613 from $1.0588.


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AP LogoDALLAS (AP) — American Airlines said Tuesday that it plans to offer free meals to everyone in economy on two cross-country routes starting May 1.

The decision by the world’s biggest airline comes a month after Delta Air Lines announced that it would restore free meals in economy on a dozen long-haul U.S. routes this spring.

Airlines dropped free sandwiches and other meals in economy on domestic flights after brutal downturns in 2001 and 2008. They have been slow to bring back food despite rising profits, leading to grumbling by some passengers.

Fares on transcontinental flights can be very similar — five airlines are offering the same $184 price for a one-way nonstop flight from New York to Los Angeles on June 1. So airlines are looking for an edge with touches such as better seats and, now, free food.

Vice president of marketing Fernand Fernandez said some of American’s best customers fly those transcontinental routes and the airline wants to give them better service “in this competitive market.”

It’s unclear how far the food trend will go, but airlines can afford a few sandwiches and cheese platters after posting huge profits in recent years due to strong travel demand and cheaper fuel. American Airlines Group Inc. earned $2.7 billion last year.

American said it will open the kitchen on nonstop flights between New York and both Los Angeles and San Francisco. The airline says that passengers will get a continental breakfast or a sandwich wrap, chips and dessert, or they can pick a vegetarian meal or a fruit-and-cheese plate.

That leaves United Airlines as the biggest U.S. carrier with no plans yet to bring back free meals in economy on any domestic flights.

Last month, after Delta’s food announcement, United’s second-ranking executive suggested that his airline wasn’t thinking about adding free meals. On Tuesday a spokesman said United is always looking at opportunities to stay competitive.


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