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NOAA calls for busier hurricane season than originally predicted as we approach storm peak time

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A pessimistic revision to this season’s Atlantic hurricane forecast was released Wednesday, just as the season ramps up to its period of peak activity.

The forecast from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predicts 7 to 10 hurricanes, up from the pre-season forecast of six to 10. The agency predicts a total of 15 to 21 named storms, which means those with winds speeds of at least 39 mph, up from its earlier prediction of 13 to 20. The number of expected major hurricanes, which means those with winds of at least 111 mph, held steady at three to five.

“While the tropics have been relatively slow for the past few weeks, NOAA forecasters do anticipate a busy hurricane season remains ahead,” said Matthew Rosencrans, NOAA’s lead hurricane forecaster.

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Miami private school to require students getting COVID-19 vaccine to stay home for 30 days after each dose due to ‘shedding onto others’

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MIAMI, Fla. — A Miami school that made headlines for saying it would penalize teachers who got the COVID-19 vaccine is now requiring students who get vaccinated to remain home for 30 days after each dose.

Parents of students at the Centner Academy recently received a letter from its Chief Operating Officer that read in part, “…if you are considering the vaccine for your Centner Academy student(s), we ask that you hold off until the Summer when there will be time for the potential transmission or shedding onto others to decrease.”

The letter also spelled out a quarantine rule for parents who still choose to vaccinate their children.

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Police actively investigating bomb threat that led to evacuation of downtown Miami building

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MIAMI, Fla. — A building in downtown Miami has been evacuated as police say they investigate a bomb threat.

City of Miami Police units have responded to the building, located at 300 SE 3rd St., Sunday afternoon.

Investigators said they received a call about the bomb threat just before 3 p.m.

Please check back with the Miami Standard for more updates on this breaking story.

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Rotting fish, injuries, dirty water: Feds find care violations at Miami Seaquarium for captive orca Tokitae

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A captive southern resident orca at the Miami Seaquarium for now more than 50 years was given meager rations, fed rotten fish, and forced to do high-energy jumps and tricks despite a jaw injury from fast swims, a federal inspection reported.

The findings, first reported in The Miami Herald, were publicly released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service following a routine inspection of the marine theme park over three days in June.

The Sept. 22 report, filed by the federal veterinary medical officer, details multiple violations of animal care standards.

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