Latest Hurricane Michael News

Hurricane Michael gets an upgrade to rare Category 5 status

Apr. 19, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, the first to make landfall in the United States since 1992, and only the fourth on record. The announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday...

The Latest: Florida mayor not surprised Michael was a Cat 5

Apr. 19, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael being upgraded to a Category 5 storm (all times local): 11:55 a.m. The mayor of the Florida city that was ground zero for Hurricane Michael says he's not surprised by news that it's been reclassified as the strongest possible storm. Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey...

New Mexico led US pecan production after storm hit Georgia

Apr. 15, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico became the national leader in pecan production last year after Hurricane Michael struck down large swaths of Georgia's crop, new U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers show. New Mexico produced about 90 million pounds of pecans in 2018 compared to Georgia's 56 million, the...

Housing vouchers ending for Hurricane Michael survivors

Apr. 9, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of residents in the county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael faced losing a roof over their heads on Tuesday as housing vouchers allowing them to stay at hotels after the Category 4 storm expired. Around 250 households in Bay County, Florida, faced eviction from hotels since...

Air Force says it needs $4.9 billion in disaster relief

Mar. 27, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force said on Wednesday that it needs $4.9 billion in extra funding over the next three years to rebuild and repair two key bases heavily damaged by natural disasters. "We desperately need the supplemental funding," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said, citing hurricane damage...

Trump opposes further disaster aid for battered Puerto Rico

Mar. 26, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's opposition to further disaster aid for hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico hardened on Tuesday as he told GOP allies at a Capitol Hill meeting that the U.S. island territory has gotten too much rebuilding money compared with mainland states like Florida and Texas....

Disaster aid bill facing a tricky path as it heads to Senate

Mar. 24, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A battle over funding for Puerto Rico is complicating the path forward for a long-delayed disaster aid bill that's a top political priority for some of President Donald Trump's Republican allies as it heads to the Senate floor this week. At stake is $13.5 billion emergency relief...

Hurricane names Florence, Michael retired by meteorologists

Mar. 20, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The names of two hurricanes that caused widespread devastation from Florida to Virginia last year have been retired. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Florence and Michael will be replaced with Francine and Milton. The new names will first appear during the 2024 Atlantic...

'It's pure hell': Hurricane Michael leaves housing crisis

Mar. 4, 2019 10:24 AM EST

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A small village of the forgotten has popped up in Diahnn "Shelly" Summers' backyard outside Panama City. Where there once was empty grass abutting woods, 10 tents now encircle a fir tree with Christmas lights. The tents shelter those still homeless more than four months after...

10 Things to Know for Today

Mar. 4, 2019 6:20 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. POWERFUL TORNADO STRIKES ALABAMA The F3 twister packing at least 150 mph winds kills at least 23 people, leveling single-family homes and mobile homes in the rural southeast Alabama town of Beauregard. 2....