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Max Mayfield on Tropical Storm Erika: 'Dust off those hurricane plans'

<p> Tropical Storm Erika has moved into the Caribbean Sea and still appears poised to impact South Florida, which remains in the forecast path.</p><p> The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Thursday that Erika was traveling west at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It was located 145 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico as of the 8 p.m. advisory.</p><p> Erika, which formed in the Atlantic Ocean late Monday night, remains a weak tropical storm, but it is still expected to become a hurricane.</p><p> [RELATED: Subscribe for weather alerts | Hurricane Survival Guide | Track storms]</p><p> The latest forecast has Erika moving over Puerto Rico by Thursday evening and then moving over or near the Dominican Republic by Friday afternoon.</p><p> Erika is still forecast to gain strength near the Bahamas and become a Category 1 hurricane, possibly by Sunday.</p><p> "We need to be preparing for the possibility of a tropical system, if not making landfall then perhaps being very close to our coastline," Local 10 News chief certified meteorologist Betty Davis said.</p><p> Local 10 News hurricane specialist Max Mayfield said the latest forecast is in line with most of the computer models, which have shifted Erika back to the west. He said all the computer models are showing some intensification once it nears the Bahamas.</p><p> Mayfield said there is a high probability of tropical storm-force winds impacting South Florida.</p><p> "The bottom line, we're in the cone," Mayfield said, reminding everyone to "dust off those hurricane plans."</p><p> Follow Local 10 Weather on Twitter @Local10Weather</p><p> Track Tropical Storm Erika</p>

Published: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:41:50 GMT

TS Erika kills 4 in Dominica; takes aim at Puerto Rico

<p> Rescue crews fanned across Dominica late Thursday to search for missing and injured people after Tropical Storm Erika pummeled the eastern Caribbean island, unleashing landslides and killing at least four people.</p><p> The storm, which forecasters said could reach Florida as a hurricane on Monday, dumped 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain on the small island as it spun west toward Puerto Rico.</p><p> An elderly blind man and two children were killed when a mudslide crashed into their home in the southeast of the island, said Police Chief Daniel Carbon. Another man was found dead near his home in the capital of Roseau after a mudslide, but the cause of death could not be immediately determined, Carbon told The Associated Press.</p><p> Police said another 20 people have been reported missing.</p><p> "Erika has really, really visited us with a vengeance," Assistance Police Superintendent Claude Weekes said in a phone interview. "There are many fallen rocks and trees, and water. It's really chaotic."</p><p> He said crews are trying to reach isolated communities via the ocean because many roads and bridges are impassable.</p><p> "We're going to work throughout the night to see if we can get to the areas," he said. "There are people missing in different parts of the island."</p><p> Erika was centered about 145 miles (235 kilometers) southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was moving west at 12 mph (19 kph) with maximum sustained winds of to 45 mph (75 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.</p><p> Erika was expected to move near Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Thursday and be near or just north of the Dominican Republic on Friday as it heads toward Florida early next week, possibly as a hurricane.</p><p> Chris Landsea, a meteorologist at the hurricane center, said the storm could dissipate if it passed over Hispaniola or Puerto Rico or it could strengthen and pose a potential threat to Florida next week. "The uncertainties are very high," he said.</p><p> As the storm entered the Caribbean, it did the heaviest damage to Dominica, an island of about 72,000 people of lush forests and steep terrain. Authorities were still conducting a full damage assessment after rivers surged over their banks and walls of mud surged into homes.</p><p> About 80 percent of the island was without electricity, and water supply was cut off, authorities said. Trees and light poles were strewn across streets as water rushed over parked cars and ripped the scaffolding off some buildings. The main airport was closed due to flooding, with water rushing over at least one small plane.</p><p> The main river that cuts through the capital overflowed its banks and surging water crashed into the principal bridge that leads into Roseau.</p><p> "The capital city is a wreck," policewoman Teesha Alfred said. "It is a sight to behold. It's a disaster."</p><p> Erika was likely to hit the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, said chief forecaster James Franklin at the National Hurricane Center.</p><p> "That would certainly not be good news for Hispaniola," he said. "They're very vulnerable to flooding. And even if Erika is a weak system that could be very bad there."</p><p> Officials shuttered schools, government offices and businesses across the region and warned of flash flooding because of dry conditions caused by the worst drought to hit the Caribbean in recent years. Authorities warned power and water service might be temporarily cut off.</p><p> Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the storm could bring badly needed rains to the parched U.S. territory.</p><p> "We're happy given the dry conditions, but it does highlight the need to be on alert," he said, adding that heavy downpours could lead to flash floods. He activated the National Guard as a precaution.</p><p> The storm is expected to hit Puerto Rico's southern region overnight and exit through the island's northwest. The storm's outer bands have already downed several trees and power lines across the island, and small landslides were reported. Garcia said schools and government offices would remain closed on Friday.</p><p> Erika is expected to dump between 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) of rain across the region, with up to 12 inches (31 centimeters) in some areas.</p><p> Dozens of flights were canceled in the region, and the U.S. Coast Guard closed all ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.</p><p> Meanwhile in the Pacific, Ignacio strengthened into a hurricane. The storm's maximum sustained winds increased Thursday morning to 90 mph (150 kph).</p><p> Hurricane Ignacio was centered about 1,055 miles (1,700 kilometers) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and was moving west-northwest near 13 mph (20 kph).</p><p> Also in the Pacific, a new tropical storm formed Thursday morning. Tropical Storm Jimena had maximum sustained winds near 60 mph (95 kph) and was expected to strengthen to a hurricane by Friday. Jimena was centered about 925 miles (1,490 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.</p><p> ___</p><p> Coto reported from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Associated Press reporters Ben Fox and Tony Winton in Miami contributed to this report.</p><p> Track Tropical Storm Erika</p>

Published: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:55:38 GMT

Food truck explodes outside southwest Miami-Dade County home

<p> Emergency crews were called to a southwest Miami-Dade County neighborhood  after a food truck exploded outside of a home. </p><p> Sky 10 flew over the scene at 1970 SW 57th Place just after 8:30 a.m. Thursday.</p><p> According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the blast was caused by a propane tank. </p><p> "It was really scary," Luis Jaular, who heard the crash, told Local 10 News. "I didn't know what it was. (I) thought it was like a bomb or something."</p><p> Debris, including a tire and roofing, was spread across the street after the blast. The impact also appeared to have blown a fence into the lawn. </p><p> No one was injured.</p><p> The 20-year-old man who owns the Latin food truck told Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden that he saved up his money to purchase the truck and start his own business.</p><p> "It's basically what I have been building for like about a year. It's my business," Ricardo Nunez said. "Ever since I graduated culinary school about a year ago, I've been trying to start by own catering (business), and I went the mobile route."</p><p> Nunez said the blast will cost him about $15,000 in damage. He said he did not have insurance on the truck.</p><p> Despite the explosion, Nunez said he plans to save his money and reopen his business.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:20:00 GMT

Man sought in connection to police-involved shooting in Miami

<p> The Miami-Dade Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a man wanted in connection to a police-involved shooting.</p><p> The shooting happened around 7 p.m. Tuesday at an apartment in the 13200 block of Northeast Seventh Avenue in Miami.</p><p> Police said an arrest warrant has been issued for Howard Arom Morraz, 24, for one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.</p><p> Miami-Dade police said officers arrived at the apartment and were confronted by Marvin Arroliga, 21, who began shooting at the officers.</p><p> The officers returned fire, striking Arroliga, police said. He was taken to Aventura Hospital, where he was pronounced dead before 3 a.m. Wednesday.</p><p> Police said Arroliga was wanted in connection with a recent shooting. Detectives recovered a firearm at the scene.</p><p> Arroliga's brother, Morraz, was inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, police said. Morraz should be considered armed and dangerous, according to Miami-Dade police.</p><p> Anyone with information or knows Morraz's whereabouts is asked to call Miami-Dade police Homicide Detective J. Grossman at 305-471-2400.</p><p> Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call Miami-Dade County Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477) or 866-471-8477. If the tip leads to Morraz's arrest, the tipster may be eligible for a reward up to $3,000, police said.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:26:33 GMT

Parents accused of leaving baby outside Margate bar while they got drunk

<p> The parents of a 3-month-old baby are facing child neglect charges after they left their son outside a bar in Margate earlier this week while they got drunk, police said.</p><p> Antonio Nieves, 28, and Amy Schafer, 27, both face a child neglect charge. Nieves also faces a charge of domestic battery.</p><p> According to an arrest report, police were called to a Margate home in the 5700 block of Northwest 27th Street on Tuesday after someone called 911, saying a man was trying to get into their house.</p><p> Police said Nieves was standing outside the home, where he does not live, with his baby when officers arrived. They said Nieves had been knocking on the door and attempting to unlock it with keys that did not work. Police said two other men who live at the house were outside with Nieves.</p><p> As Nieves was being questioned by authorities, an officer noticed a large knot on the left side of his forehead and said Nieves claimed that he had fallen down. The officer said Nieves' eyes were bloodshot, and he smelled of alcohol.</p><p> According to the report, Schafer was waiting for Nieves inside their car and also had bloodshot eyes and reeked of alcohol.</p><p> Police said Schafer had multiple injuries on her face and told the officer that Nieves had punched her at least three times after she called him an (expletive).</p><p> Police said the couple, who are engaged, had been drinking at O'Malley's Sports Bar in Margate.</p><p> According to the report, Schafer told detectives that the couple had left their baby in his carrier outside the front door of the bar while they consumed multiple alcoholic beverages.</p><p> Police said she claimed that she left the bar every five minutes to check on the baby before going back inside to take shots. Police said Schafer said that another woman that she met that night at the bar also checked on her son for her.</p><p> A Child Protective Services investigator took custody of the baby.</p><p> Police said CPS has a previous open case involving the couple. The details of that case were not immediately released. </p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:03:00 GMT

Family of security guard shot at Metrorail station speaks

<p> Family members of a security guard who is on life support after he was shot at a Miami-Dade County Metrorail station are speaking about the incident.</p><p> Kevin Cox is faced with a decision no brother wants to make, but as he watches his brother, Keith Cox, lying comatose and kept alive only by a machine, he recalls a conversation in which his brother told them he never wanted to be trapped in a useless body, making the decision to "let him go" easier.</p><p> "Whoever committed this crime, it wasn't an assault. It wasn't a physical threat. It was a murder. They murdered my brother, and for what reason?" Kevin Cox said. "My best friend, my partner. Anybody who knows us knows we were A and B. That's what I lost."</p><p> Keith Cox was shot at the Martin Luther King Metrorail station in Liberty City around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, roughly an hour before his shift was scheduled to end.</p><p> Witnesses told police they saw two men running from the scene.</p><p> "It's just senseless. It doesn't make any sense for such a kind person who doesn't think about negative things like that to be shot," said Kevin Cox's daughter, Launica Cox.</p><p> Understandably, it is also too much for the youngest of Keith Cox's three children to handle -- Lydell Cox is 12 years old, unable to talk and letting his sister share.</p><p> "I sit there and I look at him on the bed and I look at how he looks, knowing that he doesn't look like my father. I am angry," Lydell's sister said.</p><p> "If we don't as a community watch out for each other and speak out when we see something that's wrong, it could be your family murdered next, your father, your uncle or your son," Kevin Cox said.</p><p> Follow John Turchin on Twitter @johnturchin</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 </p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:15:28 GMT

1 dead after car crashes into fence off Griffin Road

<p> One person is dead after a crash that closed a stretch of Griffin Road early Thursday morning.</p><p> The crash occurred about 4 a.m. in the 3300 block of Griffin Road.</p><p> Broward Sheriff's Office deputies said a white Lexus, driven by Larry Lallo, 32, struck the rear of a black Chevrolet Impala driven by Samuel Ferro, 63.</p><p> Deputies said Lallo lost control of his car, struck a utility police and crashed into a fence outside The Field Irish Pub & Eatery.</p><p> Lallo was pronounced dead at Memorial Regional Hospital.</p><p> A 15-year-old girl who was inside Lallo's car and the driver of the other car were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.</p><p> Westbound lanes of Griffin Road were closed between Southwest 31st and 33rd avenues, but they have since been reopened.</p><p> Authorities believe speed may have played a factor in the crash.</p><p> Follow Sanela Sabovic on Twitter @SabovicSanela</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:17:00 GMT

Dol-fans to get first look at upgraded stadium

<p> The brand new Sun Life stadium is ready for its close up.</p><p> The first wave of stadium renovations is just about done, two days before the preseason opener. </p><p> Members of the media got a sneak peak on Thursday and players like Dolphins running back Lamar Miller told us they're excited to see it in person.</p><p> While the stadium certainly has that "wow" factor Miami is known for, team president Tom Garfinkel says the goal was simple: give fans with a wide range of budgets a chance to enjoy the game.</p><p> So what's new? Well, for one, less is more.</p><p> The stadium will now hold about 65,000 seats, about 10,000 less than before. And most of those seats are now aqua instead of orange.</p><p> Ticket prices range from less than $50 for the cheap seats, all the way up to $600,000 for a season-long "suite" in "The Nines."</p><p> The food is also new: featuring Versailles, Kosher specialties and even sushi.</p><p> So it looks good and it tastes good. </p><p> Now all that's left? Maybe a home playoff game or two.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:43:14 GMT

Slain reporter's father promises to become 'John Walsh of gun control'

<p> The father of slain WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker said Thursday that he will not rest until law makers implement gun restrictions.</p><p> A gunman shot Andy Parker's 24-year-old daughter early Wednesday morning, while she was live on television in Roanoke, Va. Photojournalist Adam Ward was also killed.</p><p> During an interview with CNN Thursday morning, Parker talked about his "unbearable" grief. He also had a message for the National Rifle Association, an organization that advocates for gun rights.</p><p> "I’m for the Second Amendment, but there has to be a way to force politicians that are cowards and in the pockets of the NRA to come to grips and make sense -- have sensible laws so that crazy people can’t get guns," the distraught father said.</p><p> PHOTOS: Memorial at WDBJ-TV grows </p><p> A “good person with a gun" couldn't have prevented his daughter and photojournalist Adam Ward from being killed, Parker said.</p><p> "I got news for you, if Alison or Adam had been carrying an AK-47 strapped around their waist, it wouldn’t have made any difference," he said.  "They couldn’t have seen this thing coming."</p><p> The banking industry recruiter said he is willing to become "the John Walsh of gun control" if he must. Walsh is a CNN personality who became a victim rights advocate, after his son Adam was murdered in 1981 in South Florida.</p><p> "I’m not going to let this issue drop," the father said. "This is not the last you’ve heard of me, this is Alison’s legacy that I want to make happen."</p><p> TIMELINE: Gunman's employment with WDBJ-TV</p><p> Last month, Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, introduced a bill requiring states to submit mental health records into the national criminal background check system. But critics say this bill isn't doing enough for gun control.</p><p> The issue will likely be at the forefront of the 2016 presidential election. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was quick to share her position on the highly politicized issue after the shooting in Virginia.</p><p> "We cannot wait any longer," Clinton said on Twitter. Later in Iowa, she told reporters, "We have got to do something about gun violence in America and I will take it on. I feel just great heartache at what happened and I want to reiterate how important [it is that] we not let another terrible instance go by without trying to do something more to prevent this incredible killing that is stalking our country."</p><p> Republican Carly Fiorina, who was also in Iowa, told reporters that it was "disappointing that once again, politicians, in this Democrats, politicize a tragedy." She criticized Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.</p><p> "They do this every time. Every time we have a tragedy, they use it as an opportunity to push forward their ideological agenda, even though we know that in the vast majority of the cases the things they're pushing for would have made no difference at all ... we ought to be talking about mental health and its treatment, not gun control."</p><p> Gun control activist Gabby Giffords, who was the victim of a gunman in 2011, released a statement referring to the series of mass shootings in South Carolina, Louisiana and Tennessee this summer. </p><p> "Our country has a gun violence problem," she said. "And shootings like these are far too common."</p><p> Alison Parker's Dad</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p><p> CNN and The Associated Press contributed to this report. </p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:10:02 GMT

Florida State, Miami lead Tinder's 'most swiped-right' list for women

<p> The most appealing undergraduates in the country are from a pair of Florida colleges.</p><p> That's according to the dating service app Tinder, which released its inaugural list of "most right-swiped" U.S. campuses Wednesday.</p><p> Florida State University in Tallahassee tops the list, while the University of Miami in Coral Gables ranks second. The University of Florida in Gainesville is No. 19 on the list.</p><p> While that may bode well for men seeking women on campus, the opposite can be said of the reverse.</p><p> Miami is ranked No. 48 and FSU is ranked No. 49 out of 50 as it relates to women seeking men. Florida is unranked.</p><p> RELATED: Tinder 'overreacted' to Vanity Fair article</p><p> Tinder ranked the schools based on the ratio of right swipes, indicating approval, by 18- to 23-year-old students last spring.</p><p> Southeastern Conference schools lead the way among the top 25 campuses for women. In addition to Florida, the University of Mississippi is third, the University of Alabama is fifth, the University of Kentucky is No. 20 and Auburn University is No. 21.</p><p> RELATED: Tinder CEO out after 5 months</p><p> FSU and Miami join Virginia Tech (No. 15) and Clemson University (No. 17) from the Atlantic Coast Conference, which is tied with the Big 12 Conference for the second-most schools among the top 25.</p><p> The ACC has the most representation among campuses for men. Five ACC schools -- the University of Notre Dame (No. 3), the University of Virginia (No. 8), the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (No. 10), Wake Forest University (No. 16), Clemson (No. 24) and Boston College (No. 25) -- make up the top 25 on the list.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:41:00 GMT

Landscaping work truck crashes into Miramar home

<p> A landscaping work truck struck the side of a garage at a home in Miramar Thursday.</p><p> The crash was reported shortly after 3 p.m. at a home in the area of Southwest 128th Avenue and 24th Street.</p><p> Miramar Fire Rescue officials said a building inspector was called to the home to inspect the damage.</p><p> One person was injured in the crash and taken to a nearby hospital.</p><p> Their condition has not been released.</p><p> It's unclear what led to the crash.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:17:17 GMT

Doctors see rise in firefighter cancer patients

<p> An 11-year veteran of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is among countless firefighters who believe they may have gotten cancer while fighting in the line of duty.</p><p> Luis Suarez, 36, is a colorectal cancer survivor.</p><p> "Normally you're not having a colonoscopy until you're 50 years old," Suarez said. "If that bar can be brought down so that we all are aware of what’s going on that would be great."</p><p> Studies show that the cancer risk among firefighters is growing.</p><p> "When I started 34 years ago, the focus was on heart disease amongst firefighters,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Dave Downey said. "Today, cancer is taking twice as many lives of firefighters as heart disease is."</p><p> "Firefighters are at increased risk of certain oral, gastrointestinal and blood cancers than the general population," Dr. Erin Kobetz, of the University of Miami's Sylvester Cancer Center, said.</p><p> Kobetz will lead a nearly $1 million research project to study the link.</p><p> State Rep. Jeannette Nunez, R-Kendall, secured the state funding for the project, which will use firefighters from both Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.</p><p> "We are going to be following firefighters over time and on an annual basis accessing their risk and exposure," Nunez said. "We're also developing technologies for firefighters to wear into the field that helps them measure certain exposures."</p><p> The program hopes to enroll 90 percent of the firefighters in each county, which would be more than 1,000 men and women being studied.</p><p> Follow Eric Yutzy on Twitter @EricYutzy</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:26:56 GMT