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Hurricane Irma: New Florida Keys photos show paradise destroyed

Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 4:35 AM

VIDEO: Hurricane Irma In The Florida Keys

You can smell Hurricane Irma’s leftovers before you see them in the Florida Keys.

The powerful storm surge that roared over the Middle Keys left the main highway covered in seaweed, tiny crabs, shrimp and fish, now decomposing in plowed mounds by the side of U.S. 1.

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A roadblock at Florida City is preventing anyone but residents from traveling down the single road in and out of the string of tiny islands. But even residents can only go as far as Islamorada until the road is cleared and the Lower Keys bridges are inspected.

Thirty percent of the Upper Keys lacks power, emergency management authorities said after a meeting Tuesday night.

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In the Lower Keys, there is no power at all.

In Key Largo, a few businesses have re-opened. A Winn Dixie. A liquor store. Here and there, a restaurant.

Further down in Islamorada, the damage is more apparent.

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Broken power poles dangle from power lines. By the sides of the road, gumbo limbo trees, denuded of leaves, lie broken and tangled with shredded aluminum, the bimini tops of boats and crab pots meant to catch the upcoming season’s stone crabs.

In spots where U.S. 1 runs close to the ocean, storm surge covered the road with sand, now scraped intro roadside drifts, like the aftermath of a snow storm.

A 3-story building on Islamorada-- 12 units in 2 stories with a parking garage underneath, is collapsed into itself after Hurricane Irma Tuesday, September 12, 2017. The storm surge passed over the area and apparently caused the building to collapse. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)(Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

In Lower Matecumbe Key, the ocean stormed over the road to Sandy Cove on the Gulf side, smashing the foundation of a three-story apartment building, which then pancaked down on itself, ending up a single story of cracked concrete with the sea still lapping at its destruction. Under it all, the wheels of a car can be seen in what had been the building’s garage.

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At Seabreeze Mobile Home Park on Islamorada’s Atlantic side, Billy Quinn stopped his bike on the blue concrete pad where his trailer had stood before Irma rearranged the park’s geography.

“That’s it over there,” said Quinn, a carpenter, who said his family had owned the trailer for 56 years. “The wind and water moved it about 15 feet away.”

He pointed to a rubber hose buried in coral rock pebbles. “That’s my pressure cleaner,” he said, “and my refrigerator is over there and one of my boat’s engines is half in the water.”

Not much was left of the homes in the Seabreeze Mobil Home Park in Islamorada Tuesday afternoon, September 12, 2017. The storm surge from Hurricane Irma passed over the area and and devastated almost all of the homes. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)(Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

Quinn wants FEMA to help clean up the park quickly, so he and the other residents can start cleaning up the Keys.

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The park, once a retiree paradise, was one of only a few places low-income workers could afford in the Keys’ pricey rental market.

“This is low income, workforce housing,” Quinn said. “We’re waitresses, cooks, construction workers. We’re the ones that do the work for the tourists.”

On the other side of the park, Sharon Noeller, a waitress at the Lorelei restaurant, a Keys landmark, started to cry, thinking of the three bins of her daughter’s photos still inside her wrecked trailer.

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“This was our little oasis,” she said as her boyfriend, Kevin Collina, salvaged an unbroken glass table top from a pile of storm-tossed belongings. Their master bedroom was down what had been their road.

“We had a little pool and an outdoor shower right on the ocean,” she said.

“Now there’s no place left to go. No place we can afford, anyway.”

Not much was left of the homes in the Seabreeze Mobil Home Park in Islamorada Tuesday afternoon, September 12, 2017. The storm surge from Hurricane Irma passed over the area and and devastated almost all of the homes. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)(Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

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WPAFB Monday Weather: Warm temperatures, low rain chances for the day

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 12:09 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—Another warm day is expected today as we’ll see temperatures climb into the lower, maybe middle 80s after starting in the 60s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.

RELATED: WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

We’ll see a few clouds, but the chance for rain looks like it will stay to our south.

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Heat returns this week

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 4:32 PM

A slight chance for rain is there today in the Dayton area.

It’ll be a touch warmer as most of us get in the lower 80s. Partly cloudy skies are expected and while most will stay dry, a stray shower or storm cannot be ruled out, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. 

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST: 

  • Rain to our south Monday
  • More rain returns later Tuesday - Wednesday
  • Heat returns for the 2nd half of the week

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Tonight: Decreasing clouds are expected overnight. Temperatures will drop into the lower to middle 60s. 

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Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected. Rain should stay just to our south, though those in Butler, Warren & Clinton counties may see a stray shower. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

Tuesday: A dry start is expected with highs in the middle 80s, chance for rain returns in the later afternoon and evening. 

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Wednesday: A few showers likely, maybe a few storms as well. Highs will be in the middle 80s. 

Thursday: A hot day expected with partly cloudy skies, highs in the upper 80s.

Friday: A few more clouds are expected, It’ll be another hot day with highs in the lower 90s.

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Warmer temperatures return next week

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:36 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 10:33 PM

Warmer temperatures return this week in the Dayton area.

Lingering clouds will make for a breezy day, but warmer temperatures will return next week, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. 

>>Dayton Air Show forecast

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:

  • Stray shower this evening
  • Slight chance for rain Sunday
  • Warmer temperatures next week

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

Tonight: A few more breaks in the clouds are expected overnight. Temperatures will drop into the middle 60s.

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Sunday: It’ll be a touch warmer as most of us get in the lower 80s. Partly cloudy skies are expected and while most will stay dry, a stray shower or storms cannot be ruled out.

Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

Tuesday: A dry start is expected with highs in the middle 80s. The chance for rain returns in the evening.

>>Moon and Jupiter close this weekend

Wednesday: A few showers are likely, maybe a few storms as well. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

Thursday: A hot day is expected with partly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the upper 80s.

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Dayton Air Show forecast: Warmer Sunday with slight chance for rain

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 5:47 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:15 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the chance for showers and how warm it will get.

This year for the Vectren Dayton Air Show, the weather will try to cooperate, but it’s a good idea to be weather-aware, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said.

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The rain trickled at the beginning, but skies were clear as performers took to the sky.

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For Sunday, it will be a touch warmer with most spots reaching the lower 80s.

Partly cloudy skies are expected, and while most stay dry, a stray shower or storm cannot be ruled out, Storm Center 7 

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Organizers say visibility and cloud levels determine the type of show pilots will perform. If there are low clouds, they may run a flat/low show, which will keep the planes closer to the ground so spectators can see them. If clouds are broken or clear, the planes can fly higher.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Don’t forget to put on sunscreen, even with scattered clouds. Also stay hydrated, Zontini said. Thankfully the weekend will feel a little more comfortable than how it was at the beginning of the week.

Air show leaders said there’s little shade at the airport to protect you from the sun. 

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There will be fountains for free water. If anyone does start to feel ill, they should go to one of the EMS tents or to one of the paramedics that will on bicycles.

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