Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Hurricane Michael: From atop bridges, those inside the destruction talk to the world

Hurricane Michael: From atop bridges, those inside the destruction talk to the world

PORT ST. JOE — Bridges span voids. Traditionally, the gaps are physical barriers, be it rivers, railroads or ravines.After Hurricane Michael, the bridges near Mexico Beach have become portals of sorts, the only place where communication is possible w...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Michael’s most vulnerable evacuees make Pasco shelter their new home

Michael’s most vulnerable evacuees make Pasco shelter their new home

HUDSON — Linda Wood lay on a metal cot, closed her eyes and tried to get some sleep Monday night. Pictures of her Panama City apartment some 300 miles away kept flashing through her mind. The nearly blind 71-year-old envisioned her chocolate-c...
Published: 10/17/18
Niece spots ‘HELP’ while inspecting photo for hurricane damage, calls for family rescue

Niece spots ‘HELP’ while inspecting photo for hurricane damage, calls for family rescue

Amber Gee had evacuated from her home in Callaway, a town of about 15,000 in the Florida Panhandle with her two children last week and she assumed her relatives who lived northeast of her had done the same.They hadn’t.Gee learned that they were in di...
Published: 10/16/18
FCC says Hurricane Michael victims in Florida deserve a month of free cell service

FCC says Hurricane Michael victims in Florida deserve a month of free cell service

The Federal Communications Commission slammed the nation’s wireless carriers Tuesday for failing to quickly restore service to Hurricane Michael victims - and demanded that the companies compensate Florida residents with a month of free cellular serv...
Published: 10/16/18
Hurricane Michael: From Texas to Florida, with barbecue love

Hurricane Michael: From Texas to Florida, with barbecue love

BLOUNTSTOWN — The idea of his hometown going hungry after Hurricane Michael was too much for Kyle Dalton to bear.So he did what anyone would do — he packed $5,000 in food, drove two smokers from Texas and gave everything away for free to the resident...
Published: 10/13/18
Updated: 10/14/18
Hurricane Michael: Mexico Beach locals banding together to survive

Hurricane Michael: Mexico Beach locals banding together to survive

MEXICO BEACH — Robert Baker Jr. shoved his paralyzed father onto a queen-sized mattress as water rushed into his childhood home.He floated to the ceiling, with his mother and wife, until their faces were the only parts of them above the water. The su...
Published: 10/13/18
Hurricane Michael: When search and rescue leads to no findings, no relief

Hurricane Michael: When search and rescue leads to no findings, no relief

MEXICO BEACH — It’s difficult to draw conclusions when Rit doesn’t find anything.The yellow lab, trained to find living people under rubble, was active Friday with his handler and team on what used to be a plot of homes half a block inland from the G...
Published: 10/13/18
Leslie weakens from hurricane as it nears Portugal, Spain

Leslie weakens from hurricane as it nears Portugal, Spain

LISBON, Portugal — Hurricane Leslie weakened slightly into a post-tropical cyclone late Saturday as it closed in on Portugal and Spain, bringing heavy rain, high winds and dangerous surf to western parts of the Iberian Peninsula.Portugal’s weather se...
Published: 10/13/18
Romano: Why is Florida risking future hurricane misery?

Romano: Why is Florida risking future hurricane misery?

No one should know better than Florida, right?When it comes to storms, we’ve got the best experience misery can buy.We’ve been hit by major hurricanes in the Southeast (Andrew) and the Southwest (Charley). We’ve had hurricanes slowly creep south to n...
Published: 10/13/18
Hurricane Michael: Life at the end of the road on Alligator Point

Hurricane Michael: Life at the end of the road on Alligator Point

ALLIGATOR POINT — Wearing a bright yellow volunteer firefighter T-shirt and a weary smile, Corinna McEwen trudged past a group of Florida National Guard soldiers.They were sent Friday to help clear Alligator Drive, the road leading to her beachfront ...
Published: 10/12/18