Port St. Lucie man dies while freediving near Key West


Port St. Lucie man dies while freediving near Key West

Updated: 3:04 PM EDT May 18, 2024

I’M TAYLOR HERNANDEZ, VANESSA VINENT WILL HAVE YOUR FIRST WARNING FORECAST IN JUST A MOMENT. BUT FIRST UP, HERE’S YOUR NEWS TO GO. THE INVESTIGATION IS STILL GOING ON INTO THURSDAY NIGHT’S EXPLOSION AT A FIGHT AND FIRE AT A FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT PLANT IN INDIANTOWN. ONE BADLY INJURED FPL EMPLOYEE HAD TO BE FLOWN TO THE JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL BURN CENTER IN MIAMI. A SECOND EMPLOYEE AND FIREFIGHTER SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES. FPL SAYS A FIREFIGHTER WAS ALREADY ON SCENE AS THE TWO WORKERS CHECKED ON A TURBINE THAT WAS SMOKING WHEN IT EXPLODED. TWO EXPERTS IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY SAY THIS KIND OF PLANT USES ENERGY CONVERTING DEVICES, AND THE PRESSURE COMBINED WITH BURNING NATURAL GAS CAN CREATE A HAZARD. THE WESTBOUND LANES OF THE DONALD ROSS BRIDGE IN PALM BEACH COUNTY ARE FINALLY BACK OPEN. THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE YESTERDAY THAT WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETED AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. IT WAS SET TO REOPEN NEXT WEDNESDAY. A WORK CREW REPLACED BOTH SIDES OF THE HYDRAULIC AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS THERE, IN PART OF A $5.7 MILLION PROJECT TO UPDATE COMPONENTS OF THE BRIDGE. CREWS WILL NOW MOVE ON TO THE REMAINING WORK STILL NEEDED ON THE BRIDGE, WHICH SHOULD BE DONE BEFORE SEPTEMBER FIFTH. GOOD NEWS THOUGH, NO FURTHER LANE CLOSURES ARE EXPECTED. THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ISSUED A NO SWIM ADVISORY AROUND LAKE OKEECHOBEE. WATER SAMPLES LAST WEEK TESTED POSITIVE FOR TOXIC BLUE GREEN ALGAE. HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE ASKING YOU TO AVOID ANY LOCATION WHERE THERE IS A VISIBLE ALGAE BLOOM IN THE WATER. IF YOU DO COME IN CONTACT WITH IT, JUST BE SURE TO WASH YOUR SKIN AND YOUR CLOTHING. VANESSA. AND LET’S TALK ABOUT THE HEAT ADVISORY THAT WILL TAKE PLACE TODAY UNTIL 8:00 TONIGHT. FOR EVERYONE OUT THERE, WE HAVE THAT IMPACT WEATHER MOVING IN BECAUSE OF THE HEAT AND THE POTENTIAL FOR SOME STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ROLLING IN TODAY. EVEN MORE ON YOUR SUNDAY AFTER 12:00 IN THE AFTERNOON. SO THERE IS A HIGHER CHANCE FOR SOME RAIN AND STRONG TO SEVERE…

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