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Floridians head for shelters as Hurricane Ian barrels toward Tampa

“I’d rather be safe than sorry, especially with the track of the hurricane consistently changing,” said one evacuee.
Heavy traffic moves slowly on I-4 East as residents evacuate the Gulf Coast of Florida in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Ian on Sept. 27, 2022, in Four Corners, Fla.
Heavy traffic moves slowly on I-4 East as residents evacuate the Gulf Coast of Florida in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Ian on Sept. 27, 2022, in Four Corners, Fla.

Hurricane Ian expected to bring ‘life-threatening’ storm surge

Conditions are combining for potentially catastrophic storm surge as Hurricane Ian approaches. NBC News’ Kerry Sanders explains why the Gulf of Mexico helps fuel hurricanes.
Hurricane Ian expected to bring ‘life-threatening’ storm surge
Hurricane Ian expected to bring ‘life-threatening’ storm surge
2h ago

Ian, now a major Category 3 hurricane, is growing stronger in the Gulf of Mexico

The center of Ian could strengthen into a Category 4 hurricane later Tuesday as it continues to move over the Gulf, forecasters said.
Image: Bob Copeland, Wilbur Villamarin, Fabian Villamarin
Image: Bob Copeland, Wilbur Villamarin, Fabian Villamarin
3h ago

Hurricane Ian reignites panic for Florida's strapped insurance market

Florida has missed a direct hit from a hurricane for several years, but Hurricane Ian could prove to be a crippling blow for an insurance market that has lost six insurers this year alone. 
Image: Storefronts are boarded up along Beach Drive in preparation for Hurricane Ian, on Sept. 27, 2022, in Gulfport, Fla.
Image: Storefronts are boarded up along Beach Drive in preparation for Hurricane Ian, on Sept. 27, 2022, in Gulfport, Fla.

As Hurricane Ian approaches, a project to save Tampa from flooding is far from complete

The city is in the early phases of a roughly $39 million project that began late last year to improve drainage and reduce flooding.
A volunteer loads sand bags into pick up truck for a customer in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Ian in Tampa, Fla., on Sept. 27, 2022.
A volunteer loads sand bags into pick up truck for a customer in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Ian in Tampa, Fla., on Sept. 27, 2022.
4h ago

'Now I have fear': Black man sues after sergeant used stun gun while he was fully restrained

Travis Cole was strapped into a chair and immobilized when a Boulder County, Colorado, sheriff’s sergeant pressed a Taser on his leg in September 2020.
Image: Boulder County Sheriff's deputies strap Travis Cole into a restraint chair before putting "spit sock" bags over his head Boulder County Sheriff's deputies strap Travis Cole into a restraint chair before putting "spit sock" bags over his head and using a stun gun on him.
Image: Boulder County Sheriff's deputies strap Travis Cole into a restraint chair before putting "spit sock" bags over his head Boulder County Sheriff's deputies strap Travis Cole into a restraint chair before putting "spit sock" bags over his head and using a stun gun on him.
5h ago

Former Navy engineer who hid intel in a peanut butter sandwich pleads guilty

Jonathan Toebbe was accused of trying to sell sensitive secrets about a Navy submarine to a foreign country.
Jonathan Toebbe,Diana Toebbe
Jonathan Toebbe,Diana Toebbe

Study tries to see if child vaccines and asthma are linked

The researchers found a possible link between aluminum in vaccines and asthma, but experts caution that more work is needed to confirm the findings.
A nurse prepares the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine
A nurse prepares the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine
11h ago

Virginia teen who vanished in 1975 identified through DNA testing

Patricia Agnes Gildawie, also known as “Choubi,” disappeared on Feb. 8, 1975. Police are still trying to find the man she was dating at the time.
holds a photo of her sister Patricia Agnes Gildawie
holds a photo of her sister Patricia Agnes Gildawie

Pop singer Shakira ordered to stand trial on tax fraud charges in Spain

Prosecutors accused the entertainer of failing to pay millions in taxes on income earned between 2012 and 2014. They are seeking an 8-year prison sentence and a hefty fine if she is found guilty of tax evasion.
Shakira
Shakira
13h ago

Two in custody after state trooper shot during undercover operation in Detroit

The trooper, a 10-year veteran conducting surveillance for an undercover narcotics unit, was initially hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday and later upgraded to stable condition.
Michigan Police released this photo following the shooting of a Trooper in Detroit on Sept. 27, 2022.
Michigan Police released this photo following the shooting of a Trooper in Detroit on Sept. 27, 2022.