Florida Braces For Irma, Tordil Sentenced To Additional Life Sentences

Florida Braces For Irma

Florida Governor Rick Scott is warning Floridians to brace themselves for Hurricane Irma. Speaking in Marathon, Florida today, Scott said the Category 5 hurricane is stronger than Hurricane Harvey, which devastated parts of the Texas Gulf Coast last week. Irma is currently in the Caribbean and is expected to make landfall in Florida some time Sunday. Scott told residents in Florida to assume that the hurricane will impact the entire state, although it is uncertain where Irma will end up. Mandatory evacuations for visitors and residents in the Florida Keys are in effect and Scott says he expects more areas in Florida to do the same.

Harvey Aid Bill Heads To Senate After House Passage

A Hurricane Harvey disaster assistance bill is going to the Senate. The House passed the bill with a 419-3 vote today. The measure provides nearly eight-billion dollars in disaster aid after the devastating storm hammered south Texas and parts of Louisiana. Most of the money will go to FEMA. The White House is expected to ask for more Harvey disaster money in coming weeks. Some damage estimates have exceeded 170-billion dollars.

Tordil Sentenced To Additional Life Sentences

A Maryland man who admitted to killing his wife and two strangers in a May 2016 shooting rampage is receiving additional time in jail. Eulalio Tordil was sentenced this morning to an additional two life sentences without parole for the murder of his wife in Prince George’s County. The 64-year-old was already sentenced to four consecutive life sentences for shooting four people in Montgomery County, killing a man and woman.

Marchers From Charlottesville Arrive In DC

A group of demonstrators that set off on foot from Charlottesville, Virginia more than a week ago is due to arrive in DC today. The “March to Confront White Supremacy” will first walk into Gateway Park in Arlington. They will then cross the Key Bridge and make their way to the National Mall for a late afternoon rally, set to take place around 4 p.m. Organizers expect more than eight-hundred people to take part in the last leg of the march, which could be hindered by today’s rainy weather.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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