At hurricane ground zero, where it's 'like a bomb went off,' grueling cleanup begins

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MEXICO BEACH, Fla. -- What will be a long and grueling cleanup at ground zero of Hurricane Michael started in force early Friday with residents like Chris Hester taking on the work with their own hands.

Hester's first task -- ripping out the rain-soaked carpet from his condo. "To start to keep the mold from coming into effect," he said, hauling...Read more

Hurricane Michael leaves friends, relatives searching for thousands of people

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It's Day 2 after Hurricane Michael made landfall, and search and rescue is still under way, Florida emergency officials said Friday morning -- as more emphasis has beginning to shift to the "search."

Thousands of people have been informally reported missing to local authorities, the Red Cross and the state, as people look ...Read more

Michael leaves Carolinas with half-million powerless, schools closed, flooding Friday

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The impact of Tropical Storm Michael continues in the Carolinas, with one death in North Carolina, 490,000 people without power Friday morning, ongoing flooding and more than a dozen school districts closed.

On Friday morning, the death toll from the storm was updated to 11 across the southeast, including five in Virginia, ...Read more

How did Hurricane Michael get so powerful so quickly? It 'defies traditional logic,' experts say.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- As Hurricane Michael drew strength from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, it stunned experts with its abrupt transformation from garden-variety October storm to history-making monster.

At the National Hurricane Center, as the storm's growing power was becoming clear, one forecaster wrote that its rapid ...Read more

'Panama City is devastated': A hurricane's aftershock

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- The marina once hosted a morning coffee club, rented fishing rods to families and was home to a tight-knit community of sailors and boaters.

Nothing remained standing, or floating upright, in the destructive wake of Hurricane Michael. Boat owners, workers and residents who came to salvage what they could on Thursday found ...Read more

Sunrise reveals scenes of Hurricane Michael's devastation in Florida's Panhandle; at least 2 dead

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Morning light Thursday offered a fresh look at the devastation that Hurricane Michael brought to Florida's Panhandle, where hundreds of thousands of people lost power and communities were devastated by the storm's intense winds and coastal floods.

At least two people in the region were reported killed by trees that fell on ...Read more

He promised to protect their dogs during Hurricane Michael. Then the walls collapsed

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- For six years, Charles Burgess ran Pawaday Inn, building up a loyal customer base that brought him their beloved dogs and cats for grooming and boarding.

As Hurricane Michael approached, customers entrusted Burgess to care for their pets as they left town.

So Burgess holed up with 12 dogs, two cats and several employees in...Read more

Michael moves out of Georgia leaving one dead

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Tropical Storm Michael swept out of Georgia before sunrise, leaving behind a trail of destruction in its wake.

The powerful storm claimed the life of an 11-year-old girl in Southwest Georgia, which appeared to be the hardest hit part of the state.

Utility crews are scrambling to restore power to more than 300,000 customers.

Michael charged ...Read more

After a night of destruction, Hurricane Michael finally weakens to a tropical storm

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After carving an agonizing path of destruction across the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and southeastern Alabama for nearly 10 hours and killing at least two people, Hurricane Michael finally slowed to a tropical storm at midnight and continued to weaken early Thursday.

Michael roared ashore near Mexico Beach about 1 p.m. central time Wednesday, ...Read more

The dirty side of the storm: Attack ads fly as Hurricane Michael strikes

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MIAMI -- Before Hurricane Michael's 155-mile-per-hour winds blasted the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon and eventually knocked out the power to thousands of households, scores of voters watching TV for news of the approaching hurricane were also presented with dark and stormy ads about statewide political candidates.

Breaking what ...Read more

Flash floods kill at least 10 people on Mallorca

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MADRID -- Severe storms have killed at least 10 people and left a trail of damage on the Spanish island of Mallorca, officials said on Wednesday.

Two British tourists were among those killed when devastating torrential rains began deluging the popular island late Tuesday, the Civil Guard said.

Three people were rescued by emergency services on...Read more

North Carolina governor declares state of emergency as Michael approaches Florida

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Wednesday morning in 66 North Carolina counties as Hurricane Michael neared Florida as a Category 4 storm.

The governor called it "a dreadful storm."

"North Carolina is staring down another powerful hurricane less than a month (after) Hurricane Florence battered our state," Cooper ...Read more

Hurricane Michael is panhandle's 'worst storm in more than 100 years,' Scott warns

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As the Florida Panhandle braces for the most powerful storm to hit its shores in more than a century, Gov. Rick Scott issued dire, final warnings to those still along the coast: it is too late to get out. Seek shelter.

"The storm is here," he said Wednesday morning, flanked by state emergency management chief Wes Maul and ...Read more

Now a Cat 4, Hurricane Michael could be the strongest storm to ever hit Florida Panhandle

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MIAMI -- A hard-charging Hurricane Michael strengthened to a ferocious Category 4 storm overnight, with powerful winds reaching 145 mph as it heads toward the Florida Panhandle on track to strike somewhere near Panama City Wednesday afternoon.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, National Hurricane Center forecasters the hurricane was located about 90 miles ...Read more

Hurricane Michael closes in on Florida Panhandle, giving people hours to prepare — or flee

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Thousands of people across a vast stretch of the Gulf Coast rushed to board up their homes and businesses Tuesday as Hurricane Michael strengthened into a major, Category 3 storm, threatening Florida's panhandle with powerful winds, life-threatening storm surge and torrential rain.

At its current strength, Michael would be ...Read more

Tropical Storm Nadine becomes 14th named storm of Atlantic hurricane season

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- As Hurricane Michael approaches the Florida Panhandle, a depression east of Africa has become Tropical Storm Nadine, the 14th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Nadine maintained wind speeds near 40 mph throughout Tuesday afternoon and may strengthen over the next day or so, according to the National ...Read more

Hurricane Michael, on the brink of Category 3, churns toward Florida Panhandle

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MIAMI -- Florida's Panhandle could begin feeling tropical storm conditions as early as Tuesday night as a strengthening Hurricane Michael churns across the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, headed for a Wednesday landfall along the northeastern Gulf Coast.

In an 11 a.m. update on Tuesday, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Michael's maximum winds...Read more

Who decides that a death was caused by Hurricane Florence? And why does it matter?

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Both men died when they fell -- one from a ladder, the other from a roof -- while they were cleaning up after Hurricane Florence even as the storm was still causing rivers to rise in Eastern North Carolina.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced last Tuesday that they were the 38th and 39th people in North Carolina to lose their lives as a ...Read more

Hurricane Michael is now a Cat 2. Storm winds in Florida could begin Tuesday night

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MIAMI -- Parts of Florida could begin feeling tropical storm conditions as early as Tuesday night as Hurricane Michael churns across the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, headed for a Wednesday landfall along the northeastern Gulf Coast.

In an 8 a.m. update Tuesday, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Michael had strengthened to a Cat 2 storm with...Read more

As hurricane nears, most Florida long-term care facilities haven't finished backup power plans

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- When the Florida Legislature passed rules this year requiring emergency power in long-term care facilities, Hurricane Michael was exactly the kind of disaster lawmakers had in mind.

The potential Category 3 storm, which is predicted to hit the Panhandle Wednesday, is one of the most powerful storms the region has seen in ...Read more