PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) - Southwest Airlines Flight 3472 suffered a major malfunction of its left engine, forcing pilots to divert the aircraft to Pensacola International Airport for an emergency landing at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, according a statement from the airline.
Thanks to participants in the Lionfish Challenge and Panhandle Pilot Program — both conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission — nearly 10,000 lionfish have been removed from Florida waters so far.
Since the May 14 kickoff, 9,216 lionfish have been eradicated from the Gulf.
Fort Pickens Closed
There were lot of disappointed folks on Pensacola beach Tuesday because they wanted to go to to Fort Pickens and the road was closed. The National Park Service was forced to close it even with just the mere threat of severe weather. Last November a similar system flooded out the road stranding people at the campground for days.
Georgia tourist Sherry Wilson buried her toes in the soft sand of Gulf Islands National Seashore near Navarre Monday afternoon. Wilson stretched out her arms as she took in the quiet swath of undeveloped beach, glistening turquoise water and gleaming white sand.
“It is perfect. Just absolutely beautiful,” she said as she headed to the water.
WEAR-TV — Monday’s rain will likely set the stage for flooding mid-week through Saturday.
The work week starts off with a 70% chance for rain.
A few storms are possible for the first half of the day with a much better chance in the afternoon.
Expect 1/2″ to 3/4″ of rain during the day.
A Florida beach vendor was killed this weekend after being struck by lightning, according to the Panama City News Herald.
The victim was identified by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office as Zachary Fordem.
The 22-year-old was working on the Okaloosa Island beach near the Island Princess condominium on Friday when he was struck at approximately 3:26 p.m.
Officials say 22-year-old Zachary Fordem of Freeport died Friday afternoon after being struck by lightning while working as a beach umbrella attendant in front of the Island Princess Condominiums.
Emergency responders were called to a condo on Santa Rosa Boulevard around 3:11 p.m. after receiving calls of bystanders performing CPR on the young man.
Morning and midday thunderstorms dumped excessive rainfall and lightning cracked across the land. One weather station in Pensacola reported more than 4 inches of rain. That station is a WEAR-TV WeatherNet site at N.B. Cook Elementary School in the East Hill neighborhood of Pensacola.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office have identified the pilot killed after a small plane crash off of the coast of Destin, Fla.
Officials say 63-year-old Al Habetz of Louisiana flew into the Destin Airport on Tuesday, August 2nd. They say he dropped off passengers and was returning to Louisiana when the crash took place. No one else is believed to be on board.
His name is Robert B Jackson but the FBI says he went by the name of Abdur Rashid Bin Jackson on Facebook.
In the Criminal Complaint, the FBI alleges that Jackson in 2014 posted images on his Facebook page of an ISIS Flag, posted an ISIS recruitment video on his wall, and when asked by another Facebook user if he were ISIS commented “I am not ISIS, though I wish I could help.”
In January, 2015, he posted this picture with a common ISIS hand gesture, and with the words “Shaheed insha’allah” – the FBI says a reference to martyrs in jihad.
The first medical marijuana dispensary in the state opened its doors Tuesday in Tallahassee, and the CEO of the dispensing company says a Pensacola location is on the way.
Kim Rivers, CEO of Trulieve, said Wednesday that the company has identified a location within Pensacola City limits, received zoning verification, and is in the permitting phase with the Department of Health. City spokesman Vernon Stewart confirmed that Trulieve had submitted a zoning verification form for 3119 N. Davis Highway.
A middle-aged white guy with a bum leg dances, cane-a-twirling, with a young black woman whose legs are, well, just fine.
Soon, the blues licks being hammered out by the Toby Mac Band on the Malibu Lounge stage became just too much for the guy. So there he stood near the bar playing some furious air guitar on his cane while the young woman giggled, still dancing away.
It’s the kind of scene that Malibu Lounge owner Joe Gilchrist loves to see and hopes to see more of in the future at the long-standing Warrington nightclub on Gulf Beach Highway. Folks of all ages, races, creeds, occupations and incomes coming together over a drink and good music.
A 94-year-old pilot was one of the veterans who flew in the Blue Angels pre-show.
Red James was a marine pilot in World War II and the Korean War.
PENSACOLA BEACH, FL (WALA) - It’s Red, White, and Blues Weekend and thousands of people are in Pensacola for the Blue Angels.
It’s a special tribute this year as the Blues took to the skies in their first show since the tragic death of Marine Pilot Captain Jeff Kuss, who died in crash in Tennessee early June.
It was a big day Saturday on Pensacola Beach as thousands watched the skies for the Blue Angels airshow.
The jets fascinated the crowd with their high-flying twists and turns.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels were back in their hometown this weekend and soared over the Gulf of Mexico in the Pensacola Beach Air Show.
The air show attracts people from all over the country, and locals know they have to get there early. Groups were placing tents before 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
David Maloney may have had his suspicion of DUI charge dismissed following a May arrest, but the Florida DUI attorney isn’t getting his driver’s license back.
WEAR-TV reported Maloney’s license was recently suspended for one year for refusing to submit to a field sobriety and Breathalyzer test after he was pulled over for speeding on May 8.
Alabama won’t be home to any temporary housing facilities for undocumented youths who enter the U.S. illegally for, at least, the remainder of 2016.
Three sites were under consideration as temporary housing facilities – two underutilized Naval Outlying air fields in Baldwin County and Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery.
The decision, which was made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, comes after a month of political wrangling in Baldwin County by county commissioners and federal lawmakers over the potential of utilizing the sites as temporary housing facilities.
WPMI — The Blue Angels will return to Pensacola this weekend for their annual homecoming show. And soon, there will soon be a former Blues pilot flying with the squadron.
Navy Commander Frank Weisser was on the team from 2008 to 2010. He will fly the number six plane for the rest of this season and next year.
The royal blue and gold, the wings on the FA-18 Hornets, the tricks and turns.
“I’ve seen them do loop de loops, spins,” says 6 year old Ben Medley.
It’s what everyone gets excited for when they see the blue angels in flight…and for people attending this forum to meet the solos, this was no different.
When it came to stepping away from Baldwin County as a possible location to house thousands of undocumented youths who entered the U.S. illegally, the federal government didn’t wince over politics.
Nor did it mention concerns about safety, or the stern message from county commissioners: You’re not welcome.
The major concern from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, cited in an email to County Commissioner Chris Elliott, was hurricanes.
A day at the beach can look calming and soothing, looks can be deceiving.
Thursday scuba diving for enjoyment turned deadly.
According to the Escambia Sheriff’s Department, Gary Martin Wise was diving alone, when someone noticed he may have been in danger.
via Scuba Diver Drowns.
Six Florida Panhandle beaches – two in Okalooka County and four in Walton County – are under a health advisory due to the presence of higher levels of fecal bacteria.
According to the Florida Health Department’s beach monitoring program, Emerald Promenade and Rocky Bayou State Park in Okaloosa County and County Park (Miramar) Beach, Dune Allen Beach, Eastern Lake Beach and Grayton Beach are under health advisories.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — While many celebrate America’s Independence on Monday, it’s important to take time to thank the men and women who have fought to keep this country free.
Sadly, many veterans fall on hard times when they return home, but the Waterfront Rescue Mission has programs to help them.
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (WEAR) — Beaches in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties were not mentioned in a television report by an Atlanta meteorologist claiming there was flesh-eating bacteria in Florida panhandle beaches but its ripple effect has been felt there as well.
On Thursday, people out on Pensacola Beach spent the day asking: Is the water safe?
The answer is yes.
It blew up on Facebook. An Atlanta Meteorologist put up several posts warning people about high levels of bacteria at Gulf Coast beaches from Louisiana to Florida.
WSB-TV’s Burns said: “When you head down there you could see these toxic levels of fecal bacteria continuing and very dangerous to swim in these waters. They call this the kind of flesh-eating bacteria.”
An Atlanta meteorologist caused a scare after posting inaccuracies about Gulf Coast beaches and swimming conditions.
Glenn Burns with WSB-TV in Atlanta put up several posts Wednesday on Twitter and Facebook, warning people about toxic levels of bacteria at Gulf Coast beaches from Louisiana to Florida. He even referenced the bacteria as ‘flesh-eating’ in one post. The problem is, the information is inaccurate.
An erroneous report from an Atlanta television station set off waves of panic among Gulf Coast vacation goers Wednesday.
The Atlanta report from WSB-TV meteorologist Glenn Burns claimed the National Weather Service had closed beaches along the Panhandle due to a “flesh-eating bacteria” known as Vibrio vulnificus. The station later retracted the report – the National Weather Services doesn’t close beaches and there’s no presence of flesh-eating bacteria – and Burns apologized via social media for the confusion.
A television newscaster out of Atlanta inspired a frenzy Wednesday afternoon after reporting that the National Weather Service was warning folks to stay out Panhandle waters due to the presence of “really toxic levels of a fecal bacteria,” which he then explained was “flesh-eating bacteria.”
The National Weather Service doesn’t issue swim advisories. And local health officials clarified that both descriptions were false.“
What the newscaster is saying is incorrect,” said Dr. Karen Chapman, director of the Florida Department of Health for Okaloosa County.“
Enterococci fecal bacteria is not the same thing as vibrio vulnificus flesh-eating bacteria.
Dozens of Perdido Key residents reviewed proposed improvements to Gulf Islands National Seashore in their area during an open house hosted by the National Park Service Tuesday.
The park service hopes to use settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill to improve parking, boardwalks and wheelchair accessibility in the national park area, which encompasses most of the eastern half of the barrier island.