Community steps up to help Hurricane Michael victims
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — It's been eight months since Hurricane Michael ripped through Florida's Panhandle, but an effort to help victims is continuing.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Governor Ron DeSantis says nearly half a billion dollars from the federal government will help Florida timber growers recover from the impacts of Hurricane...
PHOTO GALLERY: Looking back at hurricane damage
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 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...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — High School graduates in a Florida county devastated by Hurricane Michael will wear a cord to commemorate their resilience since the storm hit last fall.
Guardsman recalls Hurricane Michael
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Longtime Sarasota-area resident Chris Dillon is no stranger to hurricanes.
Riding out a direct hit from Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base in October tested...
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael didn't keep the spring break crowds away from Florida's Panhandle beaches.
The News Herald reports bed tax collections from Panama City Beach...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Federal Communications Commission report says wireless carriers' poor preparation and coordination lengthened communication outages in the Florida Panhandle after...
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump promised a swift infusion of federal aid to the Florida Panhandle seven months after devastating Hurricane Michael as he rallied supporters...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Residents in parts of the Florida Panhandle devastated by Hurricane Michael seven months ago hope President Donald Trump gets a glimpse of the continued suffering in the...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — United Methodist relief efforts for Hurricane Michael recovery efforts will get a boost from the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Florida officials demand US lawmakers pass storm relief
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Florida Cabinet members and state lawmakers is demanding that U.S. lawmakers pass a disaster-relief package for Hurricane Michael...
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, only the fourth to make recorded landfall in the United States...
Hurricane Michael upgraded to Category 5 storm
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael being upgraded to a Category 5 storm (all times local):
The mayor of the Florida city that was ground zero for Hurricane Michael...
Florida lawmakers moving aid bills for Hurricane Michael
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With disaster aid stalled in Congress, Florida lawmakers on Tuesday began moving legislation aimed at providing money and other assistance to people in the Panhandle still...
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — 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...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — 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...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Most of the almost 280 families still receiving federal aid to pay for hotel rooms after being displaced by Hurricane Michael are facing an end next week to their...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A wildfire that officials say quickly spread through dead trees that still hadn't been cleared after Hurricane Michael forced the evacuation of nearly two dozen homes in...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Nearly two dozen Florida homes have been evacuated because of a 500-acre wildfire that grew rapidly overnight because of downed trees from Hurricane...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State taxpayer money for Hurricane Michael relief in Florida's hard-hit Panhandle would top $1.8 billion under a budget plan outlined Thursday by Senate Republican...
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's timber industry is facing many headwinds as it seeks to recover from the severe damage wrought by Hurricane Michael late last year.
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A small village of the forgotten has popped up in Diahnn "Shelly" Summers' backyard outside Panama City. Where there once was empty grass abutting woods, 10 tents now...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — It was little more than four months ago that one of the most intense hurricanes ever to make landfall in the continental United States devastated large parts of the...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Paulina "Bela" Sebastiao would give almost anything to be able to do a load of laundry without having to drive miles from her Mexico Beach home. Anthony Campbell would...
- Business WireRestoration Plan for Hurricane-Hit Housing at Tyndall Air Force Base in Approval StageMarch 1, 2019
- Globe NewswireDiverse Leaders, Groups Call for Continued Focus, Support for Areas, People Impacted by Hurricane MichaelJanuary 11, 2019
- BusinessWireBalfour Beatty Communities Foundation Donates $25,000 to Help Military Families at Tyndall Air Force Base Following Hurricane MichaelDecember 27, 2018
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida Panhandle in October (all times local):
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hospital administrators in Florida's Panhandle say baby deliveries cannot resume at their facility because of damage from Hurricane Michael.
Opioids, timber, cancer on Florida Cabinet priority lists
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Attorney General Ashley Moody wants a task force on opioid addiction, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried wants to help the timber industry recover from Hurricane Michael...
Hurricane Michael caused $50M in damage at Florida prisons
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say 20 state correctional facilities across 15 counties suffered about $50 million in damage from Hurricane Michael.
Homes sales down by third in Florida area hit by storm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A new report shows how much Hurricane Michael has affected home sales in the area of the Florida Panhandle where it made landfall last October.
The report by Florida Realtors shows that year-over-year sales of single-family homes declined by more than a third in the Panama City metro area during the last quarter of last year.
Sales of townhouses and condos were down almost 30 percent in the last quarter.
Georgia House budget ups funds for hurricane, school safety
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia House has approved a midyear budget adjustment that increases funding for school safety and farmers hit by the devastation of Hurricane Michael in October.
Republican Rep. Terry England, chairman of the House Appropriations committee, said the $192.5 million in additional expenditures passed Friday comes after better than anticipated continued revenue growth.
Utility wants surcharge to pay for hurricane restoration
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A utility company is asking a Florida regulatory agency to allow it to add an $8 a month surcharge for residential customers to make up the cost of restoring power and repairing the grid after Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle.
Gulf Power on Wednesday asked the Florida Public Service Commission to approve the plan and allow it to raise the rates of industrial and commercial customers by 3 to 8 percent.
Hurricane Michael left a beloved motel in ruins
MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Woods had a rule for surviving hurricanes.
A Category 1 or 2 was no reason to panic. They could ride it out in a room at the Driftwood Inn, waves seething outside their back windows.
If forecasters called for anything stronger, it was time to go.
Virginia counties get disaster designations from hurricane
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued disaster designations for seven Virginia counties affected by extensive flooding and winds caused by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.
The designations make farm operators eligible for consideration for assistance from the USDA's Farm Service Agency. The assistance includes FSA emergency loans.
Sheriff’s office: Scams target Florida hurricane survivors
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Florida Panhandle authorities say scam artists are targeting Hurricane Michael survivors looking for rental homes.
In a statement Wednesday, the Bay County Sheriff's Office warned that several schemes are circulating in communities trying to recover from the October storm.
Schools face more financial losses since Hurricane Michael
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Panhandle school district hit hard by Hurricane Michael stands to lose up to $51 million because so many students were displaced by the storm.
Florida expects extra money for Hurricane Michael recovery
MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) — Florida will get potentially hundreds of million dollars for Hurricane Michael recovery after President Donald Trump agreed to expand the number of days the federal government will reimburse state and local governments for cleanup efforts, the state's governor announced Thursday.
Expert: Hurricane-hit timber industry needs years to recover
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It could take a decade or more for Florida's timber industry to recover from Hurricane Michael's devastation, and the countless downed trees pose an immediate wildfire threat, Forida Forest Service Director Jim Karels told a Senate committee Tuesday.
Some of Florida’s parks remain closed following hurricane
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida park officials are still dealing with the damage caused by Hurricane Michael.
Tornado damages Florida air base hit by hurricane
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Buildings on a Florida air base were damaged by an apparent tornado according to base officials.
Tyndall Air Force Base posted a message on its official Facebook page that said the tornado struck early Saturday evening.
The post said that no one was injured but that the tornado damaged structures and vehicles on the military installation. Officials added that assessments of the damage will continue through the weekend.
Inmates return to Panama City jail 3 months after hurricane
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Three months after Hurricane Michael devastated a large swath of Florida's Panhandle, inmates and staff members are finally returning to the Bay County Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility.
Officials: Florida air base recovering after hurricane
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida Air Force base heavily damaged by Hurricane Michael is well on the road to recovery.
Col. Brian Laidlaw told local chamber of commerce members that Tyndall Air Force Base has now been open for a month since the powerful storm struck the Panhandle in October.
Hurricane brought ‘moderate’ erosion to Panama City Beach
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A coastal engineering consultant says Panama City Beach suffered only moderate beach erosion during Hurricane Michael.
On Tuesday, Lisa Armbruster told the Bay County Tourist Development Council that the 4½-foot (1.22-meter) storm surge during the Oct. 10 storm, the northerly winds on the western side pushed the water back out to sea.
Father daughter duo paint smiley tree stumps after hurricane
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, a Florida father and daughter wanted to spread some cheer so they spray painted smiley faces on dozens tree stumps that had snapped in the devastating storm.
Tim west and his 13-year-old daughter were bringing food and supplies to a friend in the Panhandle last fall when they saw the tree stumps and decided on a whim to paint them.
Mexico Beach residents worry they’ve already been forgotten
MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Saralyn Harder's short commute to a temporary job in a barbecue food truck at the edge of town winds through a paradise violently deconstructed.
The palm trees, blanched by salt water, have turned brown and yellow. Dirty sand covers the sidewalks, with treadmarks carved by bulldozers and dump trucks.
911 calls record chaos as Hurricane Michael hit Florida
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A flood of 911 calls hit emergency operators in Florida's Panhandle as Hurricane Michael roared ashore.
The operators could only listen and take note of each caller's address, because no first responders could be sent out into the storm's fierce winds and catastrophic flooding.
Hurricane’s impact on Florida, Georgia timber farms
BRISTOL, Fla. (AP) — Strewn in gnarled piles from Florida's Gulf Coast up through South Georgia, the livelihood of timber farmers is on the ground. And, after the ravaging buzz saw of Hurricane Michael in early October, it will be a while until they begin to bounce back to prominence.
Michael's path carved though a part of the state where Floridians are most reliant on timber. More than 2.8 million acres of timber were damaged by Michael's powerful 155 mph winds.