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2005-07-09 15:39:34

By Frances Kerry MIAMI (Reuters) - Authorities urged more than a million people to evacuate as Hurricane Dennis closed in on low-lying coastal areas of northwestern Florida, Alabama and Mississippi on Saturday after killing at least 32 people in Cuba and Haiti. The storm was on a northwest track that could take it to landfall on Sunday between Florida's northwestern panhandle and Mississippi -- an area still recovering from a battering by Hurricane Ivan in September. Early on Saturday...

2005-07-09 12:52:04

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Hurricane Dennis, weakened to a Category 2 hurricane after crossing Cuba, was churning west of the Florida Keys with winds near 100 mph on Saturday morning, said the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Dennis may strengthen to a Category 3 hurricane as it moves across warmer waters in The Gulf of Mexico, but much will depend on how organized the storm's eye can become, the Hurricane Center said. "It would not take much convection to develop around the eye for Dennis to...

2005-07-08 15:44:23

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Hurricane Dennis slammed into central Cuba on Friday after killing 18 people in Haiti and was on track for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, where oil companies began evacuating workers from rigs. The storm, with 145-mph (235 kph) winds and driving rain, ripped up trees and downed electricity lines in the city of Cienfuegos as it roared across Cuba's south coast. Cienfuegos resident Jorge Martinez, contacted by telephone, said the howling wind was gaining...

2005-03-03 08:47:21

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) -- Some 49 dolphins stranded themselves Wednesday off the Florida Keys and more than 20 were in a nearby canal or boat channel, officials said. The rough-tooth dolphins were on flats and sand bars about a quarter of a mile off Marathon, said Laura Engleby, a biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service. They were in about 6 inches of water at low tide, she said. Marine mammals may strand when they are sick, injured or disoriented, she noted. "Right now the...

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2005-01-03 09:10:00

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Keys, already dealing with invasive exotics from melaleuca to iguanas, have added another to the list of unwanted newcomers: the African Gambian pouch rat. Biologists and conservationists in the Keys say the rodent needs to be eradicated, before it increases its range and harms native species that live in natural areas of the Keys. Although it is unclear how or why the rat - which can grow as big as a raccoon - was released on Grassy Key, biologists are...


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Dry Tortugas National Park
2013-04-18 12:21:11

Dry Tortugas National Park is located in the Gulf of Mexico in the United States. The park consists of a small chain of coral islands, comprising 64,701 acres, but only 104 acres of land. The islands are about seventy miles from Key West, Florida and comprise the far western portion of the Florida Keys. The first European explorer to visit the area was Juan Ponce de León, who named the islands the Tortugas after catching 160 sea turtles near them. The term “dry” is used to denote the...

Biscayne National Park
2013-04-17 23:58:18

Biscayne National Park is located in the southern area of Florida in the United States. The park holds 172,971 acres, of which ninety-five percent consists of water. Native Americans first inhabited the area when water levels were low in the Biscayne Bay. Evidence has been found in the area supporting the inhabitance of other Native Americans, like the Tequesta people, from at least 2,500 years ago. European settlement did not occur in the area until the 19th century, when farmers settled on...

2012-06-14 08:35:04

Symbol: TRSA2 Group: Dicot Family: Euphorbiaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:FL Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class  ...

2012-06-14 10:18:34

Symbol: SCLI3 Group: Monocot Family: Cyperaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Graminoid Native Status: L48    N PR    N VI    N Synonyms:   SCLI8 Scirpus lithospermus L. Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:FL Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta...

2012-06-14 10:43:15

Symbol: SARI5 Group: Dicot Family: Lamiaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Synonyms:   SAPR4 Salvia privoides Benth. Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:FL Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division  ...

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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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