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Power fully restored to Florida residents hit by Michael

Nov. 7, 2018 2:27 PM EST

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Utilities are reporting that all power has been restored in the Florida counties devastated by Hurricane Michael. The utility companies and cooperatives reported Tuesday to the Public Service Commission that they had zero outages for the first time since the Category 4 hurricane...

Party held for homeless baby born in wake of hurricane

Oct. 30, 2018 1:33 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The family of a baby who spent his first night out of the hospital in a Walmart parking lot after Hurricane Michael just got a surprise baby shower. The happy event happened at a Walmart near the store where the family hunkered down in those dark days following the Category 4...

Lawmakers ask FEMA for more housing for storm survivors

Oct. 29, 2018 5:12 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Two U.S. senators and three congressmen are asking federal officials to bring recreational vehicles and mobile homes to the Florida Panhandle to help residents who lost their homes to Hurricane Michael. Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson on Monday...

Day care centers to open at schools after Hurricane Michael

Oct. 29, 2018 7:19 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — In Florida, schools have yet to reopen in an area heavily damaged by Hurricane Michael, and the biggest roadblocks have been securing housing and child care for teachers and staff. So the Bay District Schools are opening child-care sites as classes resume early next month. The...

How a 2-star Army general took charge of a broken city

Oct. 28, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Mark McQueen's sand-colored combat boots have walked the ground during many disasters. Afghanistan. Iraq. Florida's Panama City. The two-star general had no sooner retired from the Army and started his job as city manager for this Gulf Coast community when it was slammed by a...

Old court practices revived in Florida because of hurricane

Oct. 27, 2018 4:34 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael has forced a Florida Panhandle county to revive old court practices, as inmates are making initial court appearances in person for the first time in years. The Panama City News Herald reports that damage following the catastrophic hurricane that hit Oct. 10 left...

Correction: Hurricane Michael-Linemen Killed story

Oct. 26, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — In a story Oct. 25 about a hit-and-run crash that killed three linemen making hurricane repairs, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of the hometown of one of the victims. George Cecil was from Colerain, North Carolina. A corrected version of the story is below: Crash...

'How can I be effective?': Teachers suffering after Michael

Oct. 26, 2018 10:48 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Regina Ferrell, a fourth-grade teacher in Bay County, stood before the local school board this week and pleaded: Please be flexible with teachers returning to classrooms after Hurricane Michael. The board wants to reopen the county's schools — the ones that weren't destroyed...

Folks in rural part of Panhandle ask: Where's the help?

Oct. 26, 2018 1:16 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — More than two weeks after the powerful eyewall of Hurricane Michael passed over Bay County, Mark Ward wonders when the power will work again. And the sewer. And the water. "We've been living out of coolers. We've been grilling out." He points to a red cooler and two grills in front...

The Latest: Crash kills 3 men repairing power lines

Oct. 25, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on three utility workers being hit by a truck (all times local): 2:05 p.m. A third utility company worker has died after a pickup truck pulling a U-Haul trailer hit them while they were repairing lines damaged by Hurricane Michael in Florida's Panhandle. The Florida Highway...