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Hurricane season is here. Do you know how to safely use a generator?

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — The first couple weeks of Hurricane Season have passed and things are starting to heat up in the tropics. You might’ve bought an emergency generator during the recent tax-free holiday in case Southwest Florida gets hit hard this year. If you’re a first-time generator owner, fire officials with the North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District want to make sure you know how to use it properly. People who don’t know how to use generators are at risk of being poisoned by carbon monoxide, electrocuted, or setting their home on fire. SWFL saw an increase...

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Here’s what should be in your pet safety hurricane checklist

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Preparing for hurricane season is important, but did you know that you need to prepare a safety checklist for your pets? The Cape Coral Animal Shelter is reminding residents to make a plan for their four-legged friends this hurricane season. Pet owners should complete a pet safety hurricane checklist as soon as possible since hurricane season has already begun. Some items on the pet checklist include having five to seven days worth of non-perishable pet food, a two week supply of prescription medications and pet ID tags filled out with your contact information. If you’re...

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Insurance companies raise rates for many Floridians, drop others altogether

Fla.– Hurricane season is here and thousands of people are loosing their property insurance. Many others are seeing their rates sky rocket. Governor Ron DeSantis plans to sign property insurance changes into law but opponents of this move say the prices will rise for those who belong to the state run Citizens Property Insurance. Supporters say the new bill will eventually force rates down. Republican State Representative Jenna Persons said insurance is a major issue that she hears about quite often. “I’m getting multiple phone calls and multiple emails from constitute this...

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Four tips to get the best price with Florida’s hurricane prep sales tax holiday

Florida’s sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies starts Friday and runs through Sunday, June 6. Before you go to the store though, you should be aware of a number of caveats and exceptions on what you can buy and not pay sales tax on.  Let’s examine four tips to make you a more savvy shopper. Tip one: It’s not carte blanche  Florida’s sales tax holiday is not offered carte blanche. Only certain items are allowed to be sold without sales tax as determined by the State of Florida. What qualifies isn’t up to the store’s discretion, and it’s not up to...

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Disaster preparedness tax-free holiday starts Friday

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Hurricane season is fast approaching — it begins June 1 — and if you’re feeling a tad unprepared, don’t fret. People can get a tax break on a lot of hurricane supplies starting today, May 28, through June 6. During the tax holiday, certain disaster preparedness supplies will be sold without sales tax. “The approach of hurricane season is an excellent reminder to prepare not just for storms, but for all potential disasters,” said Jim Zingale, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Revenue. “The 2021 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax...

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50,000 Florida customers dropped by home insurance before hurricane season

Hurricane season in Florida will officially begin in a week but tens of thousands of homeowners are learning that their insurance company is cancelling their policies. It’s leaving many scrambling to pick up new home insurance policy but for many there aren’t many options. Thousands of Florida homeowners have seen their home insurance rates double this year. Three big companies operating in the state announced that they are dropping 50,000 customers. Gulfstream Property and Casualty, Universal Insurance Company of North America and Southern Fidelity Insurance combined have...

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‘Ana’ expected to form in the Atlantic

The NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Tracking Team continues to monitor an area of low pressure in the Atlantic, which is showing signs of becoming better organized and could develop into Subtropical Storm Ana in the next two days. The area to watch is currently a non-tropical system about 800 miles east of Bermuda. The National Hurricane Center now gives the system a 70% chance of developing in the next two days and a 90% chance of developing in the next 5 days. The good news is the storm will stay out to sea and will not be a threat to Florida or the U.S. mainland. Likely soon-to-be Ana will make...

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First Area to watch in the tropics for 2021

And so it begins! The NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Team is tracking the first area of interest in the Atlantic Basin for the 2021 Hurricane Season, less than two weeks before the official start. The area to watch is a non-tropical area of low pressure currently northeast of Bermuda, and only has a 20% chance for development over the next five days. If it does manage to develop into an area to watch, it will be a subtropical system, and remain out to sea. If it strengthens enough into a Subtropical Storm, the first name on the list is Ana. Early forecasts indicate that Hurricane Season 2021 will...

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2020 hurricane season marks a new record

Post-season analysis from the National Hurricane Center finds that Hurricane Zeta strengthened to major hurricane status just before landfall. After each hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) does a detailed review and write-up of each storm that formed. Occasionally, data from this analysis will yield an upgrade or downgrade in strength for a storm. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season saw a record breaking 30 named storms, more than the 2005 season when Katrina formed.  One of the records from 2005 that remained unchanged was the number of major (category 3+) hurricanes. However,...

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Hurricane Preparedness Week: 2 topics a day

It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week and your NBC2 First Alert Meteorologists want you to be prepared. Everyday we will feature two topics that will help you get ready for the upcoming hurricane season. 1. Write things down Grab a pen and paper and write down your important contacts. That includes names and numbers of family members, doctors, and veterinarians. You can use this physical contact list as a backup to your cell phone and computer. It’s a good idea to make paper copies of the contact list and other important documents like medical records, birth certificates...

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