Over 70,000 people in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties voted yesterday, bringing the total to over a quarter-million in the region that have cast ballots at the polls early since Saturday.
The numbers suggest a lot of people are really anxious to get this voting business behind them. According to an AP report this morning, 1.9 million Floridians, about 16 percent of the electorate, have voted already.
Most of those have cast absentee ballots but about a half million have done it in person, often waiting for hours at early voting sites.
Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 6:00 am
Sandy made landfall along the New Jersey coast, earlier this evening. The storm has already wreaked havoc across the Mid-Atlantic and northeast and its expected to affect millions more Americans as it moves northwest, dumping rain and kicking up winds of up to 80 mph.
We'll update this post with the latest news about the storm, which forecasters warn is historic in size and intensity.
Update at 5 a.m. ET Tuesday. Dozens Of Homes Destroyed In Fire
Even though Hurricane Sandy has moved past South Florida, the region's airports continue to feel the storm's effects.
Director of Operations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Mike Monnemacher, said 152 flights have been canceled at his airport.
"One of our larger markets for this airport is to the Northeast," Monnemacher said. " So, when we're not having any operations into the Washington all the up through Boston area, that's a significant number of aircraft. So, right now we have 35 aircraft that really don't have any place to go."
Under new federal dietary rules, kids in school cafeteria lunch lines will be required to accept a serving of fruit or vegetables. But since there is no corresponding federal power to make them eat it, it’s likely many students will soon be defying their government at lunchtime.
Amanda Rubio, 12, remains hospitalized in fair condition with a head injury following a golf cart accident over the weekend. A spokesperson for Senator Marco Rubio says the long term prognosis is positive for the Senator's oldest daughter.
Remnants of Hurricane Sandy have left us in South Florida with gusty winds, big waves and large swells.
That has resulted in some coastal flooding along the Atlantic seaboard. And a coastal flood advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. this morning.
While no major flooding is expected in South Florida as a result of Hurricane Sandy, South Florida water managers are taking no chances.
The South Florida Water Management District says it started lowering drainage canal levels throughout the region days ago. In late August, record rains from Tropical Storm Isaac overtaxed Palm Beach County's canal system, leaving many neighborhoods in the western part of the county flooded for days.