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 … Continue reading PANAMA CITY, Fla. | Families search for the missing in the hurricane’s aftermath
PORT ST. JOE, Fla.— The piano was washed into a ditch across the street. The dining room table became lodged against a neighbor’s tree. And the storm surge that gutted Rex and Nancy Buzzett’s home of 44 years scattered their other belongings as far as two blocks. “It busted through the windows, and once it … Continue reading PORT ST. JOE, Fla. | Neighboring Gulf towns see different sides of storm’s fury
BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. — As the pounding rains from Hurricane Florence finally ended, Lutrice Garcia left the shelter where she had spent several nights on a cot and tried to head home. But floodwaters from overflowing Crooked Creek covered the road and an emergency responder told her water was seeping into the houses. The 28-year-old nurse … Continue reading BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. | ‘Up in the air’: If displaced by storm, where to call home?
Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week, possibly as a fearsome category 4. A hurricane hunter plane found Florence strengthening quickly, reaching top winds of 85 mph (140 kph) Sunday evening after crossing the 74 mph threshold from tropical storm … Continue reading Intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike US Southeast
Rapidly intensifying Florence is forecast to become a major hurricane Monday that could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week. Navy ships off Virginia’s coast are getting set to sail out of the path of the powerful hurricane, one North Carolina university has canceled classes … Continue reading Florence set to become major hurricane, aims at US Southeast
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Marquis Williams and Taylor Poindexter at first thought they heard a balloon popping. When the loud bangs kept coming, the Chicago couple and fellow video gamers attending a weekend tournament recognized them as gunfire and began scrambling for an exit. As he fled, Williams, 28, said, he could see the back of … Continue reading JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Competitor: No one deserves to die over playing a videogame
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— A gunman opened fire Sunday at an online video game tournament as it was being livestreamed from a Florida mall, killing two people and then fatally shooting himself in an attack that sent several others to hospitals, authorities said. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said authorities believe 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore carried out … Continue reading JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Sheriff: Gunman kills 2, then himself at video game tourney