24 August 2019

Florida

Pemilik Rumah Terkejut Temukan Buaya Aligator di Kolam Renang

Konfrontasi - Seorang perempuan di Florida, Amerika Serikat, terkejut menemukan buaya aligator sepanjang 2 meter di kolam renangnya.

Kerri Kibbe mengatakan dia melihat keluar dan menyalakan lampu teras ketika mendengar suara dari jendela kamarnya Sabtu pagi. Kibbe terperangah ketika ia mendapati aligator di kolamnya.

"Itu sangat tidak lazim," kata Kibbe, seperti dilaporkan CNN, Minggu 28 Juli 2019. "Saya khawatir jika itu akan memanjat keluar."

Tiru Film Hollywood, Dua Bule Berakhir di Kantor Polisi

Konfrontasi - Terkadang trik yang biasa terlihat di film Hollywood belum tentu yang paling manjur dan bisa ditiru.

Dua pembobol ATM di Florida, AS, ini justru gagal membobol ATM di Okaloosa County. Padahal, mereka sudah repot-repot membawa obor las dan linggis.

Rencana mereka, satu orang membuka engsel ATM dengan obor las. Satu orang lagi bertugas membuka paksa mesin penyimpan uang tunai itu dengan linggis. Mirip adegan membuka brankas bank di film-film Barat.

Tergelincir, Pesawat Boeing 737 Tercebur ke Sungai Florida

Konfrontasi - Sebuah pesawat jet Boeing 737 mengangkut 143 orang tergelincir keluar landasan pacu dan tercebur ke sungai dangkal di Jacksonville, Florida, saat mencoba mendarat di sebuah pangkalan militer. Sedikitnya 21 orang mengalami luka-luka dalam insiden tersebut.

Tidak ada laporan tentang korban tewas atau cedera kritis dalam insiden tersebut. Kantor Sheriff Jacksonville mengatakan bahwa 21 korban luka telah dibawa ke rumah sakit, di mana mereka dalam kondisi baik.

Ribuan Kodok Beracun Serbu Florida

Konfrontasi - Komunitas masyarakat Florida resah setelah lingkungan mereka dibanjiri oleh ribuan kodok kecil beracun. Belum jelas dari mana kemunculan satwa amfibi itu.

Ribuan katak mulai muncul di lingkungan Mirabella di Palm Beach Garden pekan lalu. Satwa-satwa beracun itu bermunculan di kolam, teras-teras rumah dan menyebar di seluruh jalan.

Sekuriti SMA Florida Mundur karena Tak Mampu Hentikan Pembataian

Konfrontasi - Investigasi terbaru penembakan massal di SMA Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Parkland, Florida, Amerika Serikat, mengungkap fakta mengecewakan tentang Scot Peterson.

Saat pembantaian yang menewaskan 17 orang tersebut berlangsung, dia sedang mengemban tugas sebagai penjaga keamanan di sekolah yang memiliki sekitar 3.000 siswa itu.

Polisi Florida Selidiki Pemukulan Remaja Muslim

Konfrontasi - Kantor sheriff Florida sedang menyelidiki kasus pemukulan terhadap seorang remaja perempuan Muslim, Jumat (22/12). Pemukulan oleh tiga orang remaja ini direkam dalam sebuah video yang kemudian menyebar viral di Facebook.

Juru bicara sheriff Palm Beach County, Teri Barbera mengatakan mereka telah bekerja sama dengan pihak sekolah. Korban diketahui berusia 14 tahun dan tuntutan tambahan dapat diajukan.

Winds whip Florida Keys as Hurricane Irma turns sights northward

KONFRONTASI-Hurricane Irma turned its fury toward the Florida Keys on Saturday after setting off one of the largest evacuations of Americans from a storm and completing a destructive march along Cuba’s northern coast.

Irma was expected to rip through Florida’s southern archipelago on Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm, the second-highest designation on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Wind gusts near hurricane force began to batter the Florida Keys late on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm’s enormity over the past several days has daunted even veteran forecasters. Hurricane force winds extended 70 miles (112 km) from Irma’s center as it veered toward Florida, a state around 150 miles (240 km) wide.

Irma, which killed at least 22 people in the Caribbean, was considered a life-threatening danger to Florida as well and could inflict a natural disaster causing billions of dollars in damage to the third-most-populous U.S. state.

Tracking models showed Irma would make landfall on the western side of the Florida peninsula and heading up the coast, bringing 130-mph (209 kph) winds, storm surges up to 15 feet (4.6 meters) and flooding in some areas.

Amid urgent warnings from state officials to evacuate before it was too late, downtown Miami was all but abandoned on Saturday. Sheets of rain swept through the deserted city of 400,000 people, forming large puddles in empty streets that are usually filled with tour buses and taxi cabs.

The wind sent a construction crane spinning on the roof of the Miami Worldcenter, a billion dollar mixed-use project near the home of the Miami Heat basketball team and the city’s performing arts center.

On Florida’s west coast, resident Charley Ball said he expected a storm surge to completely engulf the island of Sanibel where he lives.

“Just left the island and said goodbye to everything I own,” said Ball, 62.

HURRICANE EXPERTS RATTLED

Irma, located about 105 miles (168 km) southeast of Key West on Saturday night, was a Category 5 storm, the highest ranking possible, when it crashed into Cuba during the morning.

It gradually weakened to a Category 3 storm as it bumped along the island’s northern coastline, flooding streets and sending waves crashing over sea walls.

Maximum sustained winds stayed around 125 mph (201 kph), the NHC said. Irma is expected to regain strength as it steams over warm waters south of Florida.

Irma will dump up to 20 inches (25 cm to 51 cm) of rain over Florida and southeast Georgia through Monday, the National Weather Service said, a fraction of what Hurricane Harvey dropped on Texas and Louisiana two weeks ago, killing 60 people and causing an estimated $180 billion in property damage.

But unlike with Harvey, dangerous winds will barely abate once Irma makes landfall on Sunday morning.

Tom Durr, a 66-year-old retired physician who along with his wife, Lorraine, fled their house near a large bay on the Gulf Coast on Tuesday for a small farm they own in North Carolina, said he does not expect much to be left when they return.

“It will be a nice waterfront lot in sunny Florida with no house, no trees, no cars, no boats and an amazing view of devastation as far as you can see.”

The Durrs’ house is in Englewood, between Fort Myers and Sarasota near where the eye of Hurricane Irma is forecast to hit land.

Orlando: 50 dead in gay nightclub shooting

KONFRONTASI-Fifty people have been killed, including the assailant, and at least 53 injured in an attack inside a gay nightclub in the US state of Florida, authorities said, in the worst mass shooting in US history. 

Officials said on Sunday morning that the lone shooter, who was armed with an assault-type rifle, a handgun and some type of other device, died in a shootout with the police force at the Pulse nightclub.

Badai Tropis Colin Ancam Florida

KONFRONTASI-Sebuah badai tropis mengancam Florida dan bagian tenggara Amerika Serikat dengan status badai petir setelah ditingkatkan menjadi badai tropis Colin oleh Biro Badai Nasional AS.

Badai itu, yang diperkirakan melanda Gulf Coast Florida pada Senin sore, mulai membasahi bagian tenggara Amerika Serikat pada Minggu, lapor Reuters.

Prediksi cuaca memperingatkan badai parah di sepanjang Pantai Timur dan mengeluarkan peringatan badai tropis di Gulf Coast Florida.

Florida declares emergency over Zika spread

KONFRONTASI - The US state of Florida has declared a health emergency over spread of the Zika virus in the United States.

Governor Rick Scott announced a state of emergency in four counties, Miami-Dade, Lee, Hillsborough, and Santa Rosa on Wednesday.

There have so far been nine cases of the virus in the state all contracted through mosquitoes in people who have traveled to Latin America and the Caribbean, where the virus is present.

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