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Victims IDed as Hurricane Michael recovery effort drags on

Oct. 19, 2018 10:50 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A family can begin to grieve after officials confirmed Friday the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who had been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach home in rubble. Joanne Garone Behnke said it's been an agonizing wait to find out what happen to her aunt, Aggie...

Florida Panhandle medical care on life support after Michael

Oct. 19, 2018 10:42 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Already sick with strep throat and asthma, Aleeah Racette got sicker when she cleaned out a soggy, moldy home after Hurricane Michael, so she sought help at the hospital where she began life. She was stunned by what she saw there. The exterior wall of Bay Medical Sacred Heart in...

Missing Florida woman's body recovered amid rubble

Oct. 19, 2018 5:54 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A family can begin to grieve after officials confirmed Friday the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who had been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach home in rubble. Joanne Garone Behnke said it's been an agonizing wait to find out what happen to her aunt, Aggie...

The Latest: Body identified as missing 79-year-old woman

Oct. 19, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Officials have confirmed the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who has been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach home in rubble. The Bay County medical examiner's office confirmed Friday that Aggie...

The Latest: Florida firefighter dies; Michael toll up to 35

Oct. 19, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 10:45 a.m. A falling tree has killed a firefighter while he was helping his family clear debris from Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle, increasing the overall storm-related death toll to 35. Fire coordinator Brad Price,...

Series of AP photos depicts wrath of Hurricane Michael

Oct. 19, 2018 12:30 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The tropical weather that turned into monster Hurricane Michael began as a relatively humble storm before rapidly blossoming into the most powerful cyclone ever to hit the Florida Panhandle, causing wrenching scenes of widespread destruction. The Category 4 hurricane struck near...

Post-Michael Florida: Fear, frustration and life on the edge

Oct. 18, 2018 8:00 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Missing relatives and worries that looters are just outside the door. Dirty clothes. Hours-long lines for gasoline, insurance adjusters, food and water. No power, no air conditioning, no schools, no information and little real improvement in sight. Daily life is a series of fears...

Officials: Body found in Virginia river is Florence victim

Oct. 18, 2018 5:11 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The death toll from Hurricane Florence has increased again, more than a month after the storm made landfall in North Carolina. Virginia's Department of Emergency Management announced Thursday that the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has attributed the drowning death of a...

Florida to bend voting rules in counties hit by hurricane

Oct. 18, 2018 4:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With tens of thousands throughout the region still without power, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday relaxed or waived voting rules for eight counties hammered by Hurricane Michael last week. Scott's order represents a delicate balancing act for the Republican governor since most...

Houston seeks $2B more for Hurricane Harvey housing recovery

Oct. 18, 2018 3:43 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston officials are preparing to request an additional $2 billion from Congress to provide more assistance to residents whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The request comes as lawmakers also consider aid for victims of recent hurricanes Florence and Michael, which devastated...