Hurricane Mariah is now a Category 5 storm with 160 mph winds. Hurricane warnings are up for Puerto Rico, the US and British Virgin Islands, as well as Guadeloupe and Dominica. The storm’s present track would keep it away from Florida. You can see track and updates on Hurricane Jose and what is left of Lee, which is falling apart and no threat to anyone in the Dove Hurricane Guide.
There’s also a fraudulent text going around that claims that Duke Energy will pay your bills. It will ask for your Social Security Number and that’s a dead giveaway it’s a scam. Duke Energy says they never ask for personal information that way and to just delete it.
All counties in the Bay area are eligible for disaster relief from FEMA. Pasco, Citrus and Highlands were added late yesterday after complaints were issued when the original list came out. See if you qualify, and to find a Disaster Relief Center, or if you need more information call 1-800-621-3362.
The Wish Tree at the Dali Museum came down when Hurricane Irma passed through and yesterday the 30 foot Ficus Tree was repositioned by city workers. That tree was planted at the Dali after a storm in 2010,