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Your Florida Daily: Floridians evacuated from Israel, cooler weather hits Central Florida

Oct 19, 2023Oct 19, 2023

Katrina Scales

Florida has officially begun flights to get Israeli evacuees back to the United States.

About 270 people arrived on a flight to Tampa Sunday night and another seven were brought to Orlando.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order last week saying more needed to be done to help Floridians stuck in israel after commercial flights were canceled.

“I think everybody there was, uh, you know, very relieved. Uh, they were telling me how the kids were just saying the bombs are going off. Rockets are going off and they’re like, ‘we want to go to Florida we want to go to Florida.’ Well, now they’re in Florida,” DeSantis said.

Upwards of a thousand Floridians may end up taking advantage of the flights, according to the governor.

The planes will also be used to take supplies back over to Israel.

Two teens in the lower Florida Keys are facing serious charges, accused of threatening to kill a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office sergeant, according to a post by the department on Facebook.

Johnny Sanchez and Jose Gutierrcs-Ruiz, both 16, were arrested on Sunday.

Deputies say the unnamed sergeant found his front door ajar around 4:15 a.m. and the two teens standing outside his house.

Two Lower Keys juveniles were arrested Sunday after threatening to kill a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant. “I...

According to the sheriff’s office, Sanchez told the sergeant, “I know you are the police, I don’t care, and I will kill all of you,” while the sergeant stood on his porch. He added, “I will come back and kill you all.”

Both teens were later found and charged with burglary with assault on a law enforcement officer, threatening a law enforcement officer, and disorderly conduct.

Window-opening weather has arrived!

Behind Sunday’s cold front, highs in Florida are topping out in the 70s this afternoon.

Along with the cooler drier weather, you can expect a mix of sun and clouds, with a breeze at times through this evening.

Temperatures will likely fall into the 40s and 50s by Tuesday morning.

Typically we don’t see these temperatures until early November.

High temperatures will gradually warm into the 80s by the latter part of the week.

The world’s largest occupied bat houses are located on the campus of the University of Florida.

The original colony of 5,000 bats was discovered after a fire destroyed Johnson Hall in 1987.

They then took up residence at several spots around Griffin Stadium and it wasn’t until Governor Bob Martinez complained of the smell during a football game that university officials decided to build a large bat house.

Over the years, the bats were relocated to the new houses which now host a population of 300,000 bats -- which experts estimate consumes more than two tons of insects a night.

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