Category Five Hurricane Maria Moves Over Islands 

Posted: 3:43 am Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

By Ann Kelly

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.

Hurricane Irma is gone and now the scammers are moving in to the state. The greatest threats seem to be with so-called contractors that want you to sign away your Assignment of Benefits. The Florida Department of Financial Services has some good advice on how to make sure you’re working with reputable contractors.

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,