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Michael offers exposure, and risk, to Gillum in gov's race

Oct. 11, 2018 1:01 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Crisis is often seen as a test of leadership for elected officials. Hurricane Michael whirled into the Florida governor's race days before it came ashore, and one of the beneficiaries could be Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee. The system slammed into the...

Storm offers exposure, risk to Democrat in governor's race

Oct. 10, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Days before it came ashore, Hurricane Michael whirled into the Florida governor's race, and one of the beneficiaries could be Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee who spent days in the storm's path. While the state waited for Michael to make landfall, Gillum...

Major Hurricane Michael bearing down on Florida Panhandle

Oct. 9, 2018 11:29 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Fast and furious Hurricane Michael barreled toward the Florida Panhandle late Tuesday night with 125 mph winds and a potentially catastrophic storm surge of 13 feet, giving tens of thousands of people precious little time to board up and get out. Drawing energy from warm waters of...

Death tolls often rise weeks after storm hits

Sep. 17, 2018 1:40 AM EDT

More than six months after Hurricane Irma's catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, the number of deaths attributed to the storm increased to 129 — more than twice the amount reported at the end of the storm. It took years for Hurricane Katrina's death toll to become...

Maria's death toll climbed long after rain stopped

Sep. 15, 2018 2:05 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ramona Gonzalez did not drown when Hurricane Maria drenched Puerto Rico. She did not die in the tempest, or from destruction wrought by the storm's 154 mph (248 kph) winds. Instead, this disabled, 59-year-old woman died a month later, from sepsis — caused, says her...

Hurricane Florence pummels Carolinas without respite

Sep. 14, 2018 8:44 PM EDT

Millions of people in the path of Florence are hunkering down Friday as the monster storm pummels North and South Carolina, bringing catastrophic inundations and forceful, destructive winds. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope with the slow-grinding storm. SEVEN MONTHS PREGNANT AND 'SCARED TO DEATH'...

AP Explains: How hurricanes unleash lethal storm surges

Sep. 14, 2018 12:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behold the awesome power of water. Already the ocean is swallowing beaches, roads and anything else in the way of Hurricane Florence's monstrous storm surge. Storm surges aren't walls of water, like a tsunami, as commonly thought. Caused by a hurricane's winds pushing relentlessly on the...