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In large swaths of Florida, Irma has brought dangerous floodwaters, knocking out power and turning human possessions into debris.

Forest fires have brought a smoky haze to the West, along with stinging eyes, sore throats and headaches to people far from flames. Unseen particles of ash also make it hard for some to breathe.

For the first time, scientists have carefully analyzed all the critters in a kitchen sponge. There turns out to be a huge number. Despite recent news reports, there is something you can do about it.

Years after Sept. 11, some schools are grappling with how to teach the terrorist attacks and their aftermath to a new generation of students.

After Hurricane Irma hits Florida, Alabama is next up. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Republican Gov. Kay Ivey about the state's preparations, and what's in store for its residents.

Volunteers say the facility is at full capacity after a wave of evacuees arriving from other parts of the state.

As Hurricane Irma hits Florida, most people are hunkered down in shelters or in their homes. But for those who are out on the roads, they're finding another problem.

Hurricane Irma has also left destruction on Cuba and the Caribbean Islands. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Michael Weissenstein, Caribbean Bureau Chief for the Associated Press.

Ed Rappaport, acting director for the National Hurricane Center, gives an update on Hurricane Irma, and other storms expected to hit the Gulf Coast.

Taylor Roberts is a pediatric nurse who is waiting for Hurricane Irma to pass so she can go back to work at Golisano Children's Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla.




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