Latest Hurricane Michael News

Category 5 Hurricane Willa threatens Mexico's Pacific coast

Oct. 22, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Willa grew into a potentially catastrophic Category 5 storm and swept toward Mexico's Pacific coast with winds of 160 mph (260 kph) Monday, threatening a stretch of high-rise resort hotels, surfing beaches and fishing villages. The hurricane was expected to pass over or near...

Hurricane Michael could sour Florida's tupelo honey harvest

Oct. 22, 2018 12:36 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael toppled beehives and stripped flowering plants across Florida's Panhandle, threatening tupelo honey production in a tiny community that is the primary source of the sweet delicacy. Tanker trucks of corn syrup and tens of thousands of pounds of synthetic pollen are being...

Wolf missing after Hurricane Michael recovered in Florida

Oct. 22, 2018 8:39 AM EDT

EBRO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have recovered a wolf named Tahane that escaped from a Florida animal preserve during Hurricane Michael. The Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that a deputy and a resident spotted the 16-year-old gray wolf in the Ebro area late Friday. Seacrest Wolf...

"I don't feel real": Mental stress mounting after Michael

Oct. 21, 2018 12:52 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Amy Cross has a hard time explaining the stress of living in a city that was splintered by Hurricane Michael. She's fearful after hearing gunshots at night, and she's confused because she no longer recognizes the place where she's spent her entire 45 years. "I just know I don't...

10 days after hurricane, football offers a welcome escape

Oct. 20, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Castor Gay knew his life had changed the moment he watched his back fence disappear into the howling wind and water started pouring from his ceiling. Mike Maddox sensed the same thing when he packed into a tiny pantry closet with his mom, brother and five dogs while his house...

Candles, flashlights, no AC in Florida's hurricane zone

Oct. 20, 2018 10:17 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — It's the greatest need after a hurricane and sometimes the hardest one to fulfill: Electricity. More than a week after Hurricane Michael smashed into the Florida Panhandle on a path of destruction that led all the way to the Georgia border, more than 100,000 Florida customers were...

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...