Tropical Storms Challenges Florida Horses, Owners

Meanwhile, owners in other Atlantic state are bracing for heavy rains and winds in the coming days.

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Strong late summer storms are complicating life for horses and their owners in Florida and points east. While there were no mandatory horse evacuations ahead of the storm, keeping horses out of flood waters and safe in high winds has been a challenge for some.

On Aug. 31, as Hurricane Hermine began to threaten Florida’s Gulf Coast, Governor Rick Scott advised Floridians in 51 countries to prepare for the coming rising waters and high winds accompanying the first hurricane to make landfall in the state since 2005. By Sept. 1, heavy rains along with high tides and 75-mile-per-hour winds flooded roads and closed bridges from the Tampa Bay region to Tallahassee. When the hurricane made landfall in the early hours of Sept. 2, the storm had dropped more than 10 inches of rain in and around Florida before it headed north and was downgraded to a tropical storm.

But even as the rain persisted into the morning of Sept. 2, Tampa-area boarding barn operator Clarissa Cupolo continued to battle flooding.

“This water is relentless,” Cupolo said. “We’ll have to see what the weather holds for us

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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