The SoFlo Scoop: Obama declares state of emergency; Airports closed ; Student accused of making threats via Instagram

2016-10-06T18:29:52+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Roundups|

Good morning South Florida! Today is Friday, Oct. 7. Miami is expected to have a high of 88 and a low of 77 with rain showers and windy conditions, while Key West will see a cloudy sky with rain showers, with a high of 86 and a low of 81. Fort Lauderdale will have a mostly cloudy sky with showers, with a high of 88 and a low of 77, while those in Naples will see rain showers in the morning and a cloudy sky in the afternoon, with a high of 85 and a low of 80. Here’s the scoop:

  • The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport was scheduled to close at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, but travelers still tried to book flights before Hurricane Matthew arrived. One man was able to book the last flight with Delta to Seattle. The Miami and Palm Beach airports also dealt with numerous cancellations. Local 10 
  • Pembroke Pines police arrested a Somerset Academy student after he confessed threatening to harm people at his school via Instagram. According to police, the student was arrested on charges of writing threats to kill or harm and using a two-way communication device to conduct a felony. Local 10
  • President Obama’s visit to Florida Memorial University to campaign for Hillary Clinton on Wednesday was canceled due to Hurricane Matthew. He called in to 99 Jamz instead to encourage voters to enroll ahead of the Tuesday registration deadline in the state. Miami Herald
  • Federal agents arrested a West Palm Beach woman after, they said, catching her attempting to dig up $20,000 in drug-related gains from her backyard. According to the agents, Doraisy Martinez, 39, told them she was “digging a hole to bury an urn.” Martinez was arrested on two federal charges, and if found guilty, she could face up to five years in prison and $250,000 on each count. Sun-Sentinel
  • All Walt Disney World theme and water parks will be closed until Saturday due to Hurricane Matthew. The Halloween celebration at Magic Kingdom that was scheduled for Thursday night and Friday have also been canceled. WSVN
  • President Obama declared a state of emergency in Florida due to Hurricane Matthew, now a Category 4 storm. The declaration applies to more than two dozen Florida counties which would be eligible to receive federal aid due to storm damage. Local 10

— Jayda Hall and Steven Preciado, South Florida News Service