Florida Releases SNAP Food Stamp Benefits Early Due to Hurricane Matthew

SNAP Food Stamp Benefits
October 10, 2016

FLORIDA – Hurricane Matthew affected many Central Florida families in more ways than just the damage from the weather. After stocking up on non-perishable foods, water, and other supplies, some residents are finding themselves financially struggling to replace any lost food due to power outages or are unable to purchase food in the meantime. But there is good news for residents who receive SNAP Food Stamp benefits. According to a recording…

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Some Lake County Residents Still Without Power After Hurricane Matthew

Lake County officials and Clay Electric work to restore power to 1,485 homes.
October 9, 2016

LAKE COUNTY – According to an update from Lake County Emergency Services, some residents were reported as being without power around 12:00 noon on Sunday. Lake County officials stated that at the time of the report, 1,485 power outages were reported throughout the county. In an email from Lake County spokesperson, Elisha Pappacoda, she stated that Clay Electric restored power to a substantial amount of homes and businesses Saturday night and…

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Lake County Closes Shelter, Emergency Operations Status Lowered to Level 2

October 7, 2016

LAKE COUNTY – Lake County officials announced that the Emergency Operations status has been downgraded to a Level 2 – Partial Activation. All Lake County shelters were closed Friday at 5:00 pm. The Citizens Information Line will remain open overnight for anyone who needs emergency information. Residents can call (352)253-9999 to reach the Information Line. Officials are asking that anyone who experienced any damage to fill out a damage report online…

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Hurricane Matthew: All Clear or More to Come?

October 7, 2016

Hurricane Matthew came at Florida as one of the strongest and deadliest hurricanes in almost 12 years. But are we in the clear? The latest satellite images show that Matthew has almost made its way out of Florida leaving behind most of the east coast under water while Lake, Marion, Sumter, and Citrus counties experienced some rain, heavy winds, downed trees, power outages, and damage to some homes. Although most…

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Sumter County Returns to Normal Operations Friday Afternoon

Hurricane Matthew Update, Emergency
October 7, 2016

SUMTER COUNTY – According to the National Weather Service, the Tropical Storm Warning has been lifted for Sumter County. Sumter County officials announced that they have changed their emergency status to Level 3 – monitoring. According to a post on the Sumter County Sheriff’s Facebook page, officials have stopped distributing sandbags and all shelters have been deactivated. Government offices and schools will also return to normal operations beginning Monday morning. Some…

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Marion County Urges Evacuation for East Side Residents

Hurricane Matthew Update, Emergency
October 6, 2016

MARION COUNTY – Marion County officials are urging anyone who lives on the east end of the county in a non-site-built home (mobile home) to evacuate to one of the provided shelters due to the recent change and new stronger wind advisories as a result of Hurricane Matthew. A list of the shelters available in Marion County are listed below: If you are going to a pet-friendly shelter, officials ask that…

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Wedgewood Lane WalMart to Stay Open During Hurricane Matthew

October 6, 2016

THE VILLAGES – Despite other WalMart locations closing at 4:00 pm Thursday for Hurricane Matthew, the Wedgewood Lane WalMart will remain open to serve residents. The store located at 4085 Wedgewood Lane (CR 466) in The Villages reported that they were not affected by the area WalMart Corporate offices planned to close. The Villages location will remain open through the night and Friday as well until further notice. The WalMart locations…

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Marion County Opens Additional Shelters to Prepare for Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew Update, Emergency
October 6, 2016

MARION COUNTY – Marion County officials announced that they have opened two additional shelters for Marion County Residents. Marion County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management will provide transportation for any special needs residents. To arrange for transportation, you can call the Citizen Information Line at (352)369-7500. Officials ask that you bring any special needs supplies, equipment, medications or food that you will need. Belleview Middle School, located at 10500 SE 36th Avenue…

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Sumter County Shelters to Open at 2pm Thursday

Hurricane Matthew Update, Emergency
October 6, 2016

SUMTER COUNTY – Sumter County officials announced they will open two shelters for residents in preparation of Hurricane Matthew. Shelters will open Thursday at 2:00 pm. A special needs only shelter will be opened at the Wildwood Community Center located at 6500 County Rd 139 in Wildwood and another shelter will be open to the general public at the Sumter County Fairgrounds located at 7620 FL-471 in Webster. For more information on Hurricane…

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Hurricane Matthew Strengthens to Category 4, Continues Path To Florida

Hurricane Matthew Update, Emergency
October 6, 2016

According to the latest reports from Weather.com, Hurricane Matthew has intensified to a Major Hurricane Category 4 with wind speeds of up to 140 mph. Matthew is currently at the northern tip of the Bahamas and traveling northwest at 14 mph. According to the map of the latest projections, the storm’s eye will reach land near Melbourne around 8:00 am Friday morning. Winds, heavy rain, and possible tornadoes and flooding…

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