The one-two punch delivered by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma has left the southern United States and many islands in the northern Caribbean reeling, collectively resulting in more than 130 deaths, massive long-term flooding, and property damage totaling to a minimum of $132 billion — a number expected to climb dramatically as the aftermath of Irma’s rampage is assessed.

The first major hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. in 12 years, Harvey was also the wettest tropical hurricane on record in the contiguous United States., dumping 51.88 inches (1,31.8 centimeters) — four and one-third feet — of rainfall. The resulting flooding inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displacing more than 30,000 people.
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Linda Moulton Howe, Reporter and Editor of Earthfiles.com, has a video news update about the unprecedented disappearance from late May to now of an entire colony of nesting birds from Seahorse Key on Florida’s Gulf coast 60 miles southwest of Gainesville.
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Much of Florida has suffered a general power failure, whichtook place as storms passed over the region. As of 2:45local time, emergency efforts were under way to determinethe cause of the failure that has affected 4.5 million powercustomers. Broward and Dade counties were among the areashit, including Miami and Fort Lauderdale. A complex processinvolving the shutdown of a nuclear power plant that wasunable to ship its electricity due to a failure of powertransmission lines is believed to be responsible for theshutdown.
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Three Congressmen, Alcee Hastings, Corrinne Brown and Carrie Meek, all members of the Congressional Black Caucus, have called for a formal debate on the legality of the Electoral College votes from Florida.

Congressman Hastings said, “the American people are looking to us not only for public outrage, but also for leadership. In this case leadership calls for courage.”

The process of congressional challenge is little-known and the fact that there is a serious possibility of one when the Florida electors are presented for congressional certification on Saturday has not been properly reported.

These are the criteria for an electoral challenge:
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