PHOTO GALLERY: Looking back at hurricane damage

U.S. 05/31/19, 00:08

Crews with bulldozers and dump trucks have removed tons of debris from the Florida Panhandle since Hurricane Michael slammed ashore in October, wrecking miles of homes and businesses, yet signs of the storm's fury remain everywhere as hurricane season approaches.Recovery is coming along in other places that have been hit ...

Storm season brings new dread while forgotten towns rebuild

U.S. 05/31/19, 00:06

The annual start of hurricane season casts a shadow of dread over coastal sections of the United States. People fret over the next Big One, even as communities struggle to recover from the last one.For some communities, the devastation remains an open wound, as in Florida's Panama City, slammed by ...

Trump promises more hurricane relief for Florida Panhandle

U.S. 05/08/19, 21:07

President Donald Trump promised a swift infusion of federal aid to the Florida Panhandle seven months after devastating Hurricane Michael as he rallied supporters Wednesday for his re-election. Trump addressed a crowd of thousands at an outdoor amphitheater, looking to rally loyalists in the reliably Republican corner of the swing state ...

Update: Florida mayor not surprised Michael was a Cat 5

U.S. 04/19/19, 10:58

The Latest on Hurricane Michael being upgraded to a Category 5 storm (all times local):11:55 a.m.The mayor of the Florida city that was ground zero for Hurricane Michael says he's not surprised by news that it's been reclassified as the strongest possible storm.In this Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 fle photo, ...

Post-mortem upgrade: Hurricane Michael now Category 5 storm

U.S. 04/19/19, 09:03

Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida Panhandle last fall, was actually stronger than initially measured, prompting forecasters to posthumously upgrade it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 5, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday.The upgraded status means Michael was the first hurricane to make landfall in ...

New Mexico led US pecan production after storm hit Georgia

U.S. 04/15/19, 12:34

New Mexico became the national leader in pecan production last year after Hurricane Michael struck down large swaths of Georgia's crop, new U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers show.New Mexico produced about 90 million pounds of pecans in 2018 compared to Georgia's 56 million, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports .Georgia, traditionally the ...

Housing vouchers ending for Hurricane Michael survivors

U.S. 04/09/19, 13:50

Hundreds of residents in the county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael faced losing a roof over their heads on Tuesday as housing vouchers allowing them to stay at hotels after the Category 4 storm expired.Around 250 households in Bay County, Florida, faced eviction from hotels since their vouchers from the ...

500-acre Florida wildfire fueled by Hurricane Michael debris

U.S. 03/31/19, 21:32

Nearly two dozen Florida homes have been evacuated because of a 500-acre wildfire that grew rapidly overnight because of downed trees from Hurricane Michael. Authorities say the fire broke out Saturday in the Panhandle about 10 miles east of Panama City and quickly grew to 500 acres by Sunday afternoon. At ...

‘It’s pure hell’: Hurricane Michael leaves housing crisis

U.S. 03/04/19, 02:06

The Florida Panhandle county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael in October is still experiencing a housing crisis.Officials estimate almost three-quarters of the households in Bay County, Florida, were impacted in some way by the storm.Initial estimates put the number of homeless at 20,000 people. Bay County officials say that 7,800 ...

Update: Fundraising for FL hurricane victims falls short

U.S. 03/02/19, 13:41

The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida Panhandle in October (all times local):1:30 p.m.Residents of a Florida Panhandle county devastated by a monster storm are feeling forgotten.Paulina "Bela" Sebastiao stands in what used to be her bedroom before her home is torn down that morning ...

‘We are still hurting’: Life still difficult after hurricane

U.S. 03/02/19, 09:25

Life is still a struggle in the Florida Panhandle county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael.Everyday tasks that residents of Bay County used to take for granted now require a combination of planning, patience and luck. The Category 4 storm cut a wide swath of devastation through the area in October.Drivers ...

Schools in Florida still dealing with aftermath of hurricane

U.S. 11/30/18, 12:59

Students in the Florida Panhandle county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael have dealt with power outages, sporadic Internet, larger classes and schools sharing buildings since they've returned to school.Students at heavily damaged schools in Bay County have moved into less damaged schools in arrangements that have one school holding classes ...

Hurricane Michael: Children face stress of upended lives

U.S. 11/25/18, 10:43

When Tiffany Harris and her two children emerged from their hotel after Hurricane Michael roared past, her 3-year-old son pointed to a sea of fallen trees and shattered buildings."It's broken. It's broken, Mommy, fix it," she recalls her little boy Amari begging.Harris, who lives with her boyfriend, two children, plus ...

Power fully restored to Florida residents hit by Michael

U.S. 11/07/18, 15:27

Utilities are reporting that all power has been restored in the Florida counties devastated by Hurricane Michael.The utility companies and cooperatives reported Tuesday to the Public Service Commission that they had zero outages for the first time since the Category 4 hurricane made landfall almost a month ago.Michael slammed into ...

Storm threat spreads up East Coast this weekend

U.S. 11/02/18, 08:10

The Latest on severe weather (all times local): 7 a.m. Forecasters said most of the East Coast was at risk for severe weather Friday, with winds as strong as 60 mph, isolated tornadoes and heavy rain possible as the Gulf Coast recovered from storms blamed for two deaths. Waves of weather moving in ...

Hurricane-tossed Gulf Coast braces for more rain, wind

U.S. 11/01/18, 22:52

Powerful storms are expected to continue Friday through a region still trying to recover from Hurricane Michael.Storms covered a wide area of the country reaching from beaches to the Great Lakes, but howling wind and driving rain threw a particular scare into the Florida Panhandle, which was ripped apart by ...

Party held for homeless baby born in wake of hurricane

U.S. 10/30/18, 13:33

The family of a baby who spent his first night out of the hospital in a Walmart parking lot after Hurricane Michael just got a surprise baby shower. The happy event happened at a Walmart near the store where the family hunkered down in those dark days following the Category 4 ...

Farmers fear it will take years to recover from storm strike

U.S. 10/30/18, 10:10

Hurricane Michael left a snowy landscape of ruined white cotton on Georgia's red clay, destroying a crop and likely bringing hard times to the region's many small communities built on agriculture. When the storm struck, most of the cotton was still in the fields, "wide open and susceptible to the wind," ...

Lawmakers ask FEMA for more housing for storm survivors

U.S. 10/29/18, 17:12

Two U.S. senators and three congressmen are asking federal officials to bring recreational vehicles and mobile homes to the Florida Panhandle to help residents who lost their homes to Hurricane Michael.Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson on Monday said in a letter to FEMA's director ...

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