Central Florida tornado kills 19, state of emergency declared

The storm that killed at least 19 people in Central Florida on Friday started in the Gulf of Mexico, crossing the state's coast at 2:30 a.m. While racing across Citrus County, it was relatively small. Full Story
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OverBurdened

United States

#2 Feb 3, 2007
There go our insurance rates again.

We're jinxed.

KcK

Since: Feb 07

Plantation

#4 Feb 3, 2007
When every homeowner in the state has to subsidize Citizens, why isn't everyone then required to build to the S. Florida Building Code?

<br>A 20 second F3 tornado wouldn't cause such devastation if these people had CBS structures. The pastor with his church built to withstand 150mph winds is a joke. A steel building built in 1974 hardly has the building standards of today. He's just lucky there wasn't enough time for people to make it to his "shelter".

<br>I'm tired of hearing about "affordable housing", I'd like affordable insurance instead and a 20 second tornado and shoddy buildings doesn't help one iota.
luvdance

Hollywood, FL

#3 Feb 3, 2007
Wow, you are very compassionate. I agree our insurance rates will probably change, but to say we are jinxed, when so many lost their lives and so many more lost their homes is just plain insensitive. We need to pray for all who were affected by this devastation, and continue to pray that it doesn't happen again.
Lisa TN

Hollywood, FL

#5 Feb 3, 2007
Hoping to find out news about residents of Wildwood, FL. Did the storms hit there? We have friends there and have not been able to find out any news!!!

Thank you!
CongoTom

Stoddard, NH

#7 Feb 3, 2007
Based upon many months of reading posts to this newspaper, I have to assume that this was either the fault of George or Jeb Bush or African-Americans. Can someone please clear up this issue for me?
bob

Fort Knox, KY

#8 Feb 3, 2007
concheaterhotmailcom wrote:
Ok...how do we help? Is there a fund set up yet or a supply line or a list of items needed and a delivery system to deliver the same? What is the action plan,these are OUR people who when we got hit were fast to lend a hand.Sun Sentinel your key in times like this to investigate and share information and help to get things done.
from those of us that reply from the state of illinois we are sorry and heartsick about what has taken place in your state. these deadly storms can happen in almost every state. hopefully the Sun Sentinel will list ways we can help you in your time of need and we will. your area and citizens will be in our thoughts and prayers..........
Judge

Pompano Beach, FL

#9 Feb 3, 2007
KcK wrote:
When every homeowner in the state has to subsidize Citizens, why isn't everyone then required to build to the S. Florida Building Code?
<br>A 20 second F3 tornado wouldn't cause such devastation if these people had CBS structures. The pastor with his church built to withstand 150mph winds is a joke. A steel building built in 1974 hardly has the building standards of today. He's just lucky there wasn't enough time for people to make it to his "shelter".
<br>I'm tired of hearing about "affordable housing", I'd like affordable insurance instead and a 20 second tornado and shoddy buildings doesn't help one iota.
You are a total idiot who obviously has no compassion for anyone but yourself...people like you are what gives FL a bad reputation...let me guess...you live in a multi million dollar home off Bayview Ave...drive a new Beemer...are always in a rush...flip other people off constantly and are mortgaged to the max.
By the way should the homeowners that are not up to current code tear down their homes and rebuild them to code so YOU don't have to pay more. Move to another state if you think it is so bad here.
Confused

Pompano Beach, FL

#10 Feb 3, 2007
My reply to you is WTF? How does either one have to do with a tornado destroying hundreds of lives? You are really ignorant.
CongoTom wrote:
Based upon many months of reading posts to this newspaper, I have to assume that this was either the fault of George or Jeb Bush or African-Americans. Can someone please clear up this issue for me?
Pilar

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#11 Feb 3, 2007
CongoTom wrote:
Based upon many months of reading posts to this newspaper, I have to assume that this was either the fault of George or Jeb Bush or African-Americans. Can someone please clear up this issue for me?
I'm guessing you're trying to be funny?
No, I don't think they are responsible for what happened, but it would be nice for all of them AND us to band together and help these people out.

After that we'll be able to discuss one of two things: your total lack of compassion or timing.

Pilar

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#12 Feb 3, 2007
concheaterhotmailcom wrote:
Ok...how do we help? Is there a fund set up yet or a supply line or a list of items needed and a delivery system to deliver the same? What is the action plan,these are OUR people who when we got hit were fast to lend a hand.Sun Sentinel your key in times like this to investigate and share information and help to get things done.
Definitely we can start by contacting the Red Cross ( www.redcross.org ), they are always first on the scene and their page has already listed how to help.

A state of emergency has been declared so FEMA ( www.fema.gov ) should be stepping in soon, you might want to contact them or Emergency Management Services of Florida ( www.floridadisaster.org ). The Salvation Army ( www.salvationarmy.org ) is going to need a lot of materials and assistance, try them. Local churches are also helping out, one in particular, First United Methodist Church in Apalachicola.

There are tons of ways to help, please do what you can. Every time South FL is hit, people from all over the state are the first to help us through the bad times, it's now our turn!
IlegalImms

United States

#13 Feb 3, 2007
CongoTom wrote:
Based upon many months of reading posts to this newspaper, I have to assume that this was either the fault of George or Jeb Bush or African-Americans. Can someone please clear up this issue for me?
funny
Laughing all the time

United States

#14 Feb 3, 2007
Confused wrote:
My reply to you is WTF? How does either one have to do with a tornado destroying hundreds of lives? You are really ignorant.
<quoted text>
You're confused all right. Come back later and bring a sense of humor with you.
Nothing is free

United States

#15 Feb 3, 2007
KcK wrote:
When every homeowner in the state has to subsidize Citizens, why isn't everyone then required to build to the S. Florida Building Code?
<br>A 20 second F3 tornado wouldn't cause such devastation if these people had CBS structures. The pastor with his church built to withstand 150mph winds is a joke. A steel building built in 1974 hardly has the building standards of today. He's just lucky there wasn't enough time for people to make it to his "shelter".
<br>I'm tired of hearing about "affordable housing", I'd like affordable insurance instead and a 20 second tornado and shoddy buildings doesn't help one iota.
I agree with the part making the South Florida building code the Florida Standard. Trailers should also be banned throughout the state. The whole state can be hit by a hurricane and the part of the state that is least vulnerable to hurricanes is more susceptible to tornados. The only way for our insurance rates to go down is for our risk for destruction goes down. Insurance companies are in business to make money. If we lower their risk they will lower their prices.

I pray that the Lord comfort those that got hit with these storms. I know that the people in Leesburg are a God fearing people and will bounce back from this. I thank God we live in Florida, where our government knows how to spring into action for its people.
Hero

Eustace, TX

#16 Feb 3, 2007
KcK wrote:
When every homeowner in the state has to subsidize Citizens, why isn't everyone then required to build to the S. Florida Building Code?
<br>A 20 second F3 tornado wouldn't cause such devastation if these people had CBS structures. The pastor with his church built to withstand 150mph winds is a joke. A steel building built in 1974 hardly has the building standards of today. He's just lucky there wasn't enough time for people to make it to his "shelter".
<br>I'm tired of hearing about "affordable housing", I'd like affordable insurance instead and a 20 second tornado and shoddy buildings doesn't help one iota.
Typical Republican selfish response. Probably voted for Bush based on "moral values". Situations like these show how moral some people really are.
moooooo

Augusta, GA

#18 Feb 3, 2007
CongoTom wrote:
Based upon many months of reading posts to this newspaper, I have to assume that this was either the fault of George or Jeb Bush or African-Americans. Can someone please clear up this issue for me?
A lotta idiots believe george controls the weather.
Paul

United States

#19 Feb 3, 2007
It's Bush's fault. Hey, the Libs blame everything else on him.
rich

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#21 Feb 3, 2007
want to bet that the scum insurance industry will use this terrible occurance in central florida as an excuse to overide,somehow, the new bill passed and try to start raising rates again--claiming that this storm broke them financially. just waiting for their lies about how much this storm may "bankrupt" their companies.
poor babies--i feel so sorry for them that their profits will only be 100 billion dollars instead of 150 billion, due to this central florida disaster.

KcK

Since: Feb 07

Plantation

#22 Feb 3, 2007
Judge wrote:
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You are a total idiot who obviously has no compassion for anyone but yourself...people like you are what gives FL a bad reputation...let me guess...you live in a multi million dollar home off Bayview Ave...drive a new Beemer...are always in a rush...flip other people off constantly and are mortgaged to the max.
By the way should the homeowners that are not up to current code tear down their homes and rebuild them to code so YOU don't have to pay more. Move to another state if you think it is so bad here.
Guess what Judge, you couldn't have guessed more wrong if you tried. Ya know what though, terrible crap happens everyday to people.
Are you out helping the family whose Mother died in the Lauderhill fire????? I'd say that's as tragic as losing a house in a tornado, just not as sensational enough to bring national media and people looking for their 2 minutes of being the hero.

Are you willing to help my neighbor with his $10,000 Citizens insurance premium because he was dropped after Wilma, even though he didn't even make a claim???????

The pastor is darn lucky, his church was NOT used as the shelter it's supposed to be for the area and I wonder who took this guy's word for it that the church could stand 150mph? If we are all so closely affected by disasters and insurance rates, we have all got to have the same building code standards.


Dan

Clearwater, FL

#23 Feb 3, 2007
rich wrote:
want to bet that the scum insurance industry will use this terrible occurance in central florida as an excuse to overide,somehow, the new bill passed and try to start raising rates again--claiming that this storm broke them financially. just waiting for their lies about how much this storm may "bankrupt" their companies.
poor babies--i feel so sorry for them that their profits will only be 100 billion dollars instead of 150 billion, due to this central florida disaster.
how much more can they raise insurance its so unaffordable now, people r gonna start losing there homes cause of the scam artist insurance, y dont r goverment ever pick up the tab like they did 4 that stupid sunami or whatever the hell it was, its rediculous what this money hungry world has come down to
Keith

Jacksonville, FL

#24 Feb 3, 2007
I have a small Bible study group in south Georgia and I am wondering if there is anything we can do to help. We can probably raise money for a trip or some supplies if necessary. We can just come help clean up or whatever. Email me at hkhand@valdosta.edu
and let me know if there is anything we can do to help nad who I can get in touch with to find out the specifics.

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