Storm Causes Havoc In Central Florida (Cocoa, FL) -- Strong thunderstorms are responsible for keeping rescue crews busy. Yesterday's storms led to some dangerous situations on the water, including Indian River Lagoon, where three children and three adults were in a boat that started taking on water. Cocoa Police say a private boat owner was able to save two children, while FWC was able to save the others. In addition, the storm also knocked out power to about four thousand residents in Orange County.
Possible Tornado Reported In Islamorada (Islamorada, FL) -- Folks in the keys could find out today what's responsible for some damage there. The National Weather Service today will be in Islamorada trying to confirm if a tornado touched down last night. Residents of the Indian Waterways subdivision reported doors being ripped off their hinges as wind gusts reached 55 miles an hour. An NWS official tells FLKeysNews.com winds on the mainland were even stronger, with a gust of almost 70 miles an hour reported in Palm Beach County.
Barge Breaks Loose, Crashes Into Sea Wall, Store And Bridge (Panama City, FL) -- It will be a day of damage assessment after an incident a witness compared to a roller coaster. A barge broke off from a tugboat yesterday and crashed into some structures in Panama City. The barge hit the sea wall, a fence outside the Panama City Marina Store and the Tarpon Dock Bridge. The barge was finally secured two hours later, and one woman tells the "News Herald" it was really scary to watch, but also kind of exciting.
Sea And Ski Suntan Lotion Is Back (Rockledge, FL) -- A product whose name might evoke some warm childhood memories is back in the area. Sea and Ski suntan lotion is now being made in Rockledge at a facility on Murrell Road. The product was popular decades ago but disappeared before a former beer company exec from Wisconsin brought it back last year. Don Lee now lives in Cocoa Beach, and he recently told "Florida Today" when he learned the Sea and Ski label and formula were available, he jumped on it.
Church Trying To Feed Homeless Pets (Pensacola, FL) -- A church is doing its part to help a part of the homeless population that's sometimes ignored. Pensacola's New Hope Christian Center on North Davis Highway is donating bags of food to homeless dogs. A church board member says they came up with the idea after realizing the homeless people they would feed would give some of the food to their dogs. The church tells 'Channel 3 News' it's also looking for a veterinarian who can provide medical help for homeless pets.
Florida Man Stripped Of His Video Game Records (Undated) -- A Florida man who held several video game world records, including the first to score a million points in "Donkey Kong," is accused of cheating. Billy Mitchell was officially stripped of his "Donkey Kong" record and other high scores last week. Twin Galaxies, a group that tracks video game world records, says an investigation determined that Mitchell used something called "emulation software" to play the game and set his record, which is against the rules. Players are required to use the original arcade hardware to set records on games. Twin Galaxies also banned Mitchell from submitting future scores for record consideration. Mitchell was a key figure in the 2007 documentary film "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters," which followed the story of another player trying to beat Mitchell's record.
Fortune In Cookie Turns Out To Be True (Clive, IA) -- An Iowa man is counting his newfound fortune after a fortune cookie told him his fate. Charlie "Chuck" Schueller of Epworth stopped for lunch recently and received a fortune cookie with a bold prediction for his future that he would come into financial stability. The 43-year-old later won a quarter-of-a-million-dollars with a scratch off lotto ticket and collected his money with a bit of disbelief. Schueller said he plans to use this opportunity to further his own business, "Schueller Power Washing, Scrap Metal & Snow Plowing." He says he power washes houses and equipment and then plows snow in the winter.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2016, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled his new nickname for his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. He called her "Crooked Hillary."
2007, Virginia Tech became the home of what was described as the worst shooting on a college campus in the United States. A gunman opened fire on students and instructors at two locations on the campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, killing 32 people before turning the gun on himself.
1962, Walter Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News." Cronkite would go on to become known as "the most trusted man in America" during his 18-plus years as anchor.
1900, the first book of postage stamps was issued. The two-cent stamps were available in books of 12, 24, and 48 stamps. I WONDER WHAT A COMPLETE BOOK OF THEM WOULD GO FOR NOW.
1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill into law ending slavery in the District of Columbia.