There are renewed concerns in the diving community after a diver died Friday.
The diver’s widow said her husband was diving the shipwreck, Oriskany, when he went up to fast and began suffering from decompression sickness, a condition also known as ‘bends.’
Kerry Freeland, a long time diver and owner of ‘Dive Pros in Pensacola, says getting decompression sickness is rare and treatment requires the use of a hyperbaric chamber.
via Diver’s death sparks renewed concerns in Northwest Florida’s diving community. | WEAR.
It was a wild weather day on the Gulf Coast, storms were everywhere early on Wednesday. A tornado that formed over the waters of the Gulf in Destin was caught on cell phone video.
via Tornado forming over Gulf waters in Destin caught on camera – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Gulf Islands National Seashore will close the Fort Pickens Area in Florida in anticipation of intense wind and surf that will cause sand and water to cover the road. The forecasted wind and surf are anticipated to cause Fort Pickens road to become impassable.
via Fort Pickens closes ahead of anticipated intense wind and surf | WEAR.
NAS Pensacola, FL- Hundreds of military personnel on board NAS Pensacola who were unable to make it home for the holiday enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings!
USO Northwest Florida put together the feast. Volunteers smoked 150 turkeys, 200 pounds of mashed potatoes, 200 pounds of stuffing and more than 100 pies!
via USO Serves Thanksgiving Dinner At NAS Pensacola.
The return of a passenger train service for the Gulf Coast could be coming.
The previously existing passenger rail service was stopped prior to Hurricane Katrina.
A working group is evaluating the idea of bringing it back and they want your input.
via Passenger train could return to Gulf Coast, community input wanted | WEAR.
A Silver Alert was issued for 83-year-old Shirley Cooey on Sunday.
Nearly a week after she disappeared there are new efforts underway to find her.
Almost seven days after Cooey was last seen her family is not losing hope.
via Search grows in hunt for missing Escambia County woman | WEAR.
Florida voters are just 10 days away from the start of early voting and one topic on the ballot – medical marijuana. Amendment Two was only two-percent shy of passing back in 2014, but many voters think this year could be different.
In Pensacola, two different medical marijuana dispensaries are already in the works; they were approved by city leaders over the summer.
via Medical marijuana dispensaries coming to Pensacola – FOX10 News | WALA.
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(WEAR) — Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill pledged to take an item off the agenda at the next commission meeting because of outrage from residents in Myrtle Grove over an affordable housing project.
“I don’t want to give the impression that this community is against affordable housing, because I think everyone can attest that people need a place to start,” said Kim Messer, owner of Tranquil Villas.
via Myrtle Grove residents dispute over affordable housing plan | WEAR.
In less than a year, residents on the west side of Escambia County will no longer need to travel as far to access emergency health care.
West Florida Healthcare officials announced this week plans to construct the Perdido Bay Emergency Room, a $10 million freestanding emergency department, on the northwest corner of U.S. 98 and Blue Angel Parkway. They anticipate an operating date of August.
via Perdido Bay to get standalone emergency room.
A young girl who disappeared from her Florida home on Saturday is believed to be with an Alabama man.
4-year-old Rebecca Ann Lewis is said to be in ‘extreme danger.’ An amber alert was issued yesterday for the child.
via 4-year-old Florida girl missing, believed to be with Alabama man named West Wild Hogs | AL.com.
More than two dozen linemen, superintendents and engineers from Baldwin EMC are getting ready to hit the road heading into the storm.
via Baldwin EMC Crews Head into the Storm.
Hurricane Matthew got stronger Thursday morning, and forecasters said it could intensify even more and be an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 hurricane as it closes in on Florida later today.
via Hurricane Matthew tracks toward Florida with 125 mph winds and could get stronger | AL.com.
Hurricane Matthew hasn’t taken aim at Alabama, but some in Alabama are taking aim at Matthew.
Projections suggest it’ll be Thursday night before the storm begins to graze the eastern coast of Florida. It’s unclear whether Matthew will skirt the coast as it sweeps along Georgia and the Carolinas or make landfall one or more times. The possibility has been raised that the storm might even loop out to sea and come back westward for a second strike.
via Hurricane Matthew: For storm-hit states, help will come from Alabama | AL.com.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WPMI) — Military families stationed in Guantanamo Bay are on their way to the Florida Panhandle.
Naval officials say about 700 spouses and children are being evacuated from Guantanamo Bay Naval Air Station because of Hurricane Matthew. They are being flown to Pensacola Naval Air Station.
via Military families stationed in Guantanamo Bay coming to Pensacola NAS | WPMI.
Hurricane warnings blanketed the Caribbean as powerful Hurricane Matthew tracked toward Haiti and Jamaica on Sunday morning.
The National Hurricane Center said Matthew remained a top-end Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 150 mph.
via Hurricane Mathew 2016 on path closer to Haiti and Jamaica with 150 mph winds | AL.com.
The number of shorebirds killed by vehicles inside Gulf Islands National Seashore was about the same during the 2016 nesting season as it was during the 2015 season despite ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the tiny flightless chicks, the National Park Service said Tuesday.
via National Seashore: Shorebird deaths remain an issue.
A famed Vietnam-era Navy fighter squadron will reunite in Pensacola on Saturday to share a unique story about their tribute to a fallen colleague and the woman who helped boost their morale during their long combat deployments.
via Famed Navy squadron reunites in Pensacola.
WEAR — The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park released four rehabilitated sea turtles this week. Celery, Sprout, Mariner, and Sally.
Check out the video of Sprout heading back to the Gulf with Gulfarium Senior Aquarist Graham Northup.
via Sea turtles head home to the Gulf | WEAR.
Gulf Islands National Seashore announced today Fort Pickens will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday. Park crews are expected to finish their cleanup of the road on Saturday morning to facilitate the reopening, a press release from the seashore stated.
via WEATHER: Fort Pickens to reopen Saturday.
Escambia County EMS was called to the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier where someone was reportedly floating in the water near the pier.
When EMS arrived on the scene they found and transported a man to Gulf Breeze Hospital.
He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
via Man drowns on Pensacola Beach | WEAR.
While Hermine isn’t going to hit our part of the gulf coast head-on, we will still feel some of the storm’s effects at area beaches. Orange Beach saw five to six-foot waves around noon today, and conditions are expected to worsen. Life-threatening rip currents are likely. Red flags are up all along the gulf coast; swimmers are advised to stay out of the water.
via Alabama Beaches Feeling The Effect Of Hermine.
Hermine weakened to a tropical storm Friday morning, just hours after making landfall on Florida’s Big Bend as a hurricane with high winds, heavy rain and nearly 10 feet of storm surge.
via Tropical Storm Hermine weakens inland while on path for Carolinas | AL.com.
For Mike Bailey, camping is only done right when the site is decked out in Alabama swag.
“We haven’t really finished the set up yet, we’re doing two to three things a day,” Bailey said.
He needs the décor, the Roll Tide chairs and the red and white lights all set up before taking part in the traditional camping festivities.
via Hermine pushes Labor Day campers west | WEAR.
Rip current warnings are in place from west of Dauphin Island to east of Destin and Miramar Beach, according to the National Weather Service.
via Tropical Depression 9: Rip currents warnings close water along Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast | AL.com.
PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) - Southwest Airlines Flight 3472 suffered a major malfunction of its left engine, forcing pilots to divert the aircraft to Pensacola International Airport for an emergency landing at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, according a statement from the airline.
via Florida-bound Southwest flight diverted after engine problem – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Thanks to participants in the Lionfish Challenge and Panhandle Pilot Program — both conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission — nearly 10,000 lionfish have been removed from Florida waters so far.
Since the May 14 kickoff, 9,216 lionfish have been eradicated from the Gulf.
via Nearly 10K lionfish killed in Gulf so far.
Fort Pickens Closed
There were lot of disappointed folks on Pensacola beach Tuesday because they wanted to go to to Fort Pickens and the road was closed. The National Park Service was forced to close it even with just the mere threat of severe weather. Last November a similar system flooded out the road stranding people at the campground for days.
via Fort Pickens closed due to weather – FOX10 News | WALA.
Georgia tourist Sherry Wilson buried her toes in the soft sand of Gulf Islands National Seashore near Navarre Monday afternoon. Wilson stretched out her arms as she took in the quiet swath of undeveloped beach, glistening turquoise water and gleaming white sand.
“It is perfect. Just absolutely beautiful,” she said as she headed to the water.
via Gulf Islands to remove asphalt chunks, clean park.
WEAR-TV — Monday’s rain will likely set the stage for flooding mid-week through Saturday.
The work week starts off with a 70% chance for rain.
A few storms are possible for the first half of the day with a much better chance in the afternoon.
Expect 1/2″ to 3/4″ of rain during the day.
via Heavy rains bring floooding threat for NWFL | WEAR.
A Florida beach vendor was killed this weekend after being struck by lightning, according to the Panama City News Herald.
The victim was identified by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office as Zachary Fordem.
The 22-year-old was working on the Okaloosa Island beach near the Island Princess condominium on Friday when he was struck at approximately 3:26 p.m.
via 22-year-old beach vendor killed by lightning strike in Florida | AL.com.