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Threatened bird snowy plover thrives after Hurricane Michael

Oct. 13, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Amid the devastation of Hurricane Michael along Florida's Panhandle, experts say there's a ray of hope: a once imperiled bird is enjoying a renaissance. There are an estimated 225 to 250 breeding pairs of snowy plover in Florida. The majority of the state's threatened species...

A year after Hurricane Michael, housing remains a challenge

Oct. 13, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — It has been a year since Hurricane Michael roared across the eastern Florida Panhandle, a Category 5 storm that laid waste to the coastline and ravaged areas far inland. Yet in rural Bay County, amid forests of snapped trees and the more-than-occasional home still roofed with a...

Florida timber farmers face tough choices year after Michael

Oct. 13, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (AP) — The sunsets are a sight to behold in Joe Leonard's neck of the woods these days. A year ago, lush stands of towering pines obscured the horizon, he said as he drove his pickup along a dusty Florida Panhandle road. Now, fields of thick grass mask row after row of stumps decaying...

Air National Guard team first of its kind to the rescue

Oct. 12, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

KEY FIELD, Miss. (AP) — Capt. Adam Wright was 16 when Hurricane Katrina battered Mississippi, leaving a deadly path of destruction that stretched far inland. His family lost two properties on the coast and like many others across the state, was stranded without power for weeks at home in Jackson. "We had...

Beach drownings: Deadly currents stalk swimmers

Oct. 12, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Lorenzo may have spared the United States a direct hit, but its powerful currents and rough surf claimed at least four lives in North Carolina last week, including that of a top executive from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and two swimmers in...

Cooper says NC will create program to help Dorian victims

Oct. 11, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper aims to create a state-funded program to help residents in four North Carolina counties recover from Hurricane Dorian after the federal government declined a request for assistance targeting them. The Federal Emergency Management Agency this week told Cooper there...

DeSantis pledges new help on Hurricane Michael anniversary

Oct. 10, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will ask the Legislature to dedicate $23 million in interest earned off the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement fund for Hurricane Michael recovery. DeSantis made his announcement in Panama City on the anniversary of Michael devastating the area...

Florida timber farmers face tough choices year after Michael

Oct. 10, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (AP) — The sunsets are a sight to behold in Joe Leonard's neck of the woods these days. A year ago, lush stands of towering pines obscured the horizon, he said as he drove his pickup along a dusty Florida Panhandle road. Now, fields of thick grass mask row after row of stumps decaying...

A year after Michael, Florida community still in crisis

Oct. 9, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A year after Hurricane Michael , the Florida county hardest hit by the Category 5 storm is still in crisis: Thousands in Bay County are homeless, medical care and housing are at a premium, domestic violence has become a problem and severely diminished mental health services are...

FEMA denies Dorian individual assistance in 4 NC counties

Oct. 9, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The federal government has denied individual assistance for residents in four North Carolina counties hit hard by Hurricane Dorian just days after approving other funds to help local governments repair infrastructure, North Carolina's governor said Wednesday. Gov. Roy Cooper had sent a...