Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 30

FLORIDA’S GULF COAST WARILY EYES BREWING STORM

Authorities at some locations in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area of Florida are hauling out sandbags to offer residents amid predictions of heavy rains from a storm system heading to the southeast Gulf of Mexico.

INTRUDER SMASHES THROUGH WINDOW, ATTACKS RESIDENTS

A 19-year-old man who smashed through the front window of a Florida home and attacked a woman and her adult son said he was on the powerful street drug flakka, a sheriff said Monday.

GIRL, 8, IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER MIAMI DRIVE-BY SHOOTING

Police say an 8-year-old girl is in critical condition after being shot in the head during a drive-by shooting outside a Miami home.

ORLANDO THEME PARKS GIVE FREE BUG SPRAY TO EASE ZIKA FEARS

Orlando’s major theme parks are now offering free bug repellent to visitors as concerns about mosquito-transmitted Zika virus mount in Florida.

NORTH FLORIDA TREES SICKENED BY UPTICK IN PINE BEETLES

Pine trees in northeast Florida have been infested with a voracious insect that can impact whole forests.

 

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