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PANAMA CITY, Fla | ‘How can I be effective?’: Teachers suffering after Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla.— 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 — on Monday, with students returning two weeks later. … Continue reading PANAMA CITY, Fla | ‘How can I be effective?’: Teachers suffering after Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla. | Powerless victims of Hurricane Michael now suffer looting

PANAMA CITY, Fla.  — Armed looters are targeting homes and businesses that remain without electricity after being ravaged by Hurricane Michael a week ago. Sheriff’s Maj. Jimmy Stanford said deputies have arrested about 10 looters each night since Florida‘s Bay County took a direct hit from the strong Category 4 storm last Wednesday. In some … Continue reading PANAMA CITY, Fla. | Powerless victims of Hurricane Michael now suffer looting

PANAMA CITY, Fla | In Florida, families seeking the missing amid storm damage

PANAMA CITY, Fla— Joanne Garone Behnke has replayed every possible scenario in her mind a hundred times. Maybe her 79-year-old aunt sought shelter at the sturdy condo nearby that withstood Hurricane Michael’s devastating winds. Maybe she was rescued and is lying in a hospital bed somewhere. The pile of rubble that was once her Mexico … Continue reading PANAMA CITY, Fla | In Florida, families seeking the missing amid storm damage

PANAMA CITY, Fla. | No cellphones, no gas: No end to misery in hurricane zone

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Residents of hurricane-ravaged communities in Florida‘s Panhandle turned to volunteers and each other for help Monday, the fifth day without cell service, electricity or, in many cases, shelter. Trevor Lewis, a member of a six-person search-and-rescue unit, said he watched storm victims “cry out in joy” when his team let them … Continue reading PANAMA CITY, Fla. | No cellphones, no gas: No end to misery in hurricane zone

PANAMA CITY, Fla. | The Latest: Michael caused estimated $8B in insured losses

PANAMA CITY, Fla.— The Latest on the impact of Hurricane Michael’s destructive path across the southeastern U.S. (all times local): 8:10 p.m. An insurance company that produces models for catastrophes is estimating Hurricane Michael caused about $8 billion in insured losses. Boston-based Karen Clark & Company released the estimate Thursday. It includes the privately insured … Continue reading PANAMA CITY, Fla. | The Latest: Michael caused estimated $8B in insured losses

PANAMA CITY, Fla | The Latest: Florida governor asks debate delay after storm

PANAMA CITY, Fla— The Latest on the impact of Hurricane Michael’s destructive path across the southeastern U.S. (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Forecasters say Tropical Storm Michael is speeding over the Carolinas on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. The National Hurricane Center says the storm is moving northeast at 23 mph (37 kph) with … Continue reading PANAMA CITY, Fla | The Latest: Florida governor asks debate delay after storm

PANAMA CITY, Fla | The Latest: Power’s out in Florida state capital

PANAMA CITY, Fla  — The Latest on the impact of Hurricane Michael’s destructive path across the southeastern U.S. (all times local): ___ 1:30 p.m. Virginia’s governor has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Michael’s remnant passing through the state. Gov. Ralph Northam issued the declaration Thursday and urged Virginians to prepare for … Continue reading PANAMA CITY, Fla | The Latest: Power’s out in Florida state capital

PANAMA CITY, Fla | ‘Unimaginable destruction’: Hurricane smashes rows of houses

PANAMA CITY, Fla — Search-and-rescue teams fanned out across the Florida Panhandle to reach trapped people in Michael’s wake Thursday as daylight yielded scenes of rows upon rows of houses smashed to pieces by the third-most powerful hurricane on record to hit the continental U.S. At least two deaths were blamed on Michael, and it … Continue reading PANAMA CITY, Fla | ‘Unimaginable destruction’: Hurricane smashes rows of houses