Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tampa Bay Hurricane Guide

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In Big Bend, comparing hurricanes and feeling relief. For now.

In Big Bend, comparing hurricanes and feeling relief. For now.

KEATON BEACH — Along the Big Bend, they still talk about Hermine.In 2016 the Category 1 hurricane smacked Keaton Beach, a coastal community with sky-high stilted homes in Taylor County, with 8-foot storm surge and 90 mph winds. In Cedar Key, the surg...
Published: 10/12/18
Wind shear weakens storms. Hurricane Michael just shrugged it off.

Wind shear weakens storms. Hurricane Michael just shrugged it off.

When hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach is forecasting a storm he relies heavily on two factors: water temperature and wind shear.Warm waters can feed a storm system, causing it to build in strength as it nears land. But a high velocity of wind shear ca...
Published: 10/12/18
4 reasons Hurricane Michael was so devastating

4 reasons Hurricane Michael was so devastating

Hurricane Michael didn’t give Floridians much time to brace for its devastating impact. Just a few days before it made landfall Wednesday afternoon near the Florida Panhandle’s Mexico Beach, the storm was a loosely organized system just north of Hond...
Published: 10/11/18
Updated: 10/12/18
Ground zero: See the damage Hurricane Michael inflicted on Mexico Beach

Ground zero: See the damage Hurricane Michael inflicted on Mexico Beach

MEXICO BEACH — Fires burn with no one to put them out. Cars and trucks stacked like toys. Stairs lead to houses that no longer exist. Trees bent over, as if trying to run from something.Hurricane Michael slammed into North Florida on Wednesday with h...
Published: 10/11/18
‘There are no words.’ At least six dead as rescuers search through Hurricane Michael’s wrath

‘There are no words.’ At least six dead as rescuers search through Hurricane Michael’s wrath

TALLAHASSEE — At least four people are dead in Florida from Hurricane Michael, authorities confirmed Thursday evening, as search-and-rescue crews made their first pass through the dangerous and extensive wreckage left behind by the most powerful stor...
Published: 10/11/18
A hurricane’s aftershock: ‘There are no words. Panama City is devastated’

A hurricane’s aftershock: ‘There are no words. Panama City is devastated’

PANAMA CITY — 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. Bo...
Published: 10/11/18
Tropical Storm Michael death toll up to 7

Tropical Storm Michael death toll up to 7

The most powerful hurricane on record to hit Florida's Panhandle left wide destruction and at least two people dead and wasn't nearly finished Thursday as it crossed Georgia, now as a tropical storm,
Published: 10/11/18
Hermine once devastated Cedar Key. Hurricane Michael spared it.

Hermine once devastated Cedar Key. Hurricane Michael spared it.

CEDAR KEY — The wind whipped through Dock Street on Wednesday evening and water lapped at the bottom of restaurant decks that overhang the Gulf of Mexico. Seawater shimmered on the low streets; on higher ground, ocean gunk marked where the storm surg...
Published: 10/11/18
Hurricane Michael thrashes Florida Panhandle with historic fury

Hurricane Michael thrashes Florida Panhandle with historic fury

PANAMA CITY — Hurricane Michael, the most powerful storm on record to reach Florida’s Panhandle, began its terrifying tear through Big Bend coastal communities shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday.First came the shrieking winds, at maximum speeds of 155 m...
Published: 10/10/18
Updated: 10/11/18
Man killed in Florida home by fallen tree

Man killed in Florida home by fallen tree

PANAMA CITY, Florida — Authorities say a Florida Panhandle man was killed by a falling tree as Hurricane Michael tore through the state.Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower says they received a call around 6 p.m. Wednesday, sa...
Published: 10/10/18