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Food Bank Preps For Hurricane Michael

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Hurricane Michael struck Florida’s panhandle with Category Four strength. The Second Harvest of Central Florida is prepping nearly 6,000 boxes to send in aid impacted areas.

As Hurricane Michael Bears Down, Many Along Gulf Coast Remain In Harm's Way

Oct 10, 2018
Emily Mahoney Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

PANACEA -- The muggy air hung heavy over the small Gulf Coast town of Panacea on Tuesday as Hurricane Michael churned toward the Florida Panhandle. Grey clouds glided quickly across the sky over the main street’s shuddered seafood shacks.

Storm surges, combined with the new moon tide, were expected to rise in this area anywhere from nine to 13 feet. By Tuesday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies had already knocked on doors twice. The first time, it was to urge people to leave. The second: taking down the information and next-of-kin of those who remained — of which there are many.

Hurricane Michael has become the season’s second major hurricane. The latest flight from the hurricane hunters have revealed that top winds have increased to 120 mph.

Hurricane Michael is intensifying rapidly, and now a strong Category 2 storm with winds up to 110 mph. The storm is expected to become a Major Hurricane later today as it accelerates north through the Gulf of Mexico.

Michael was still barely a Category 2 hurricane late Tuesday morning as maximum sustained winds reached 110 mph. The storm is gathering more strength as it heads toward Florida's northeast Gulf Coast, where  coastal dwellers all along the panhandle are boarding up homes and seeking evacuation routes away from the dangerous storm heading their way.

Updated at 2:00 a.m. ET Wednesday

Hurricane Michael has grown into a Category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds reaching 130 mph, as it barrels toward northwestern Florida, making it a much stronger storm than Hurricane Florence was when it made landfall as a Category 1 storm drenching the Carolinas last month, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Scott Expands Emergency Declaration, Asks For Federal Aid

Oct 9, 2018

With Hurricane Michael expected to blast Florida this week, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday expanded a state of emergency to include 35 counties and asked President Donald Trump for a declaration that would help provide federal assistance. 

MIDDAY MONDAY UPDATE:  Michael has become the season's seventh hurricane, an

Samantha J. Gross / Miami Herald

Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday declared a state of emergency in Northwest Florida as a looming hurricane threatens to hammer the region in the middle of the week.

Scott said during a 6 p.m. news conference that he declared an emergency in 26 counties in the Panhandle and the Big Bend --- generally areas surrounding Tallahassee --- because of a storm in the Gulf of Mexico that became Tropical Storm Michael on Sunday.

Update Sunday 1 pm: The National Hurricane Center issued an intermediary update Sunday afternoon to advise that “satellite wind data indicated the depression has strengthened” into a tropical storm and has now acquired the name Michael. The story below has been revised to include this new information.

Something Could be Coming from the Caribbean Soon

Oct 4, 2018

A large area of disturbed weather over the western Caribbean Sea is being monitored by the National Hurricane Center for potential tropical development over the next five days. While not currently a significant threat to the United States, there is growing interest in what happens to this potential development when it moves into the Gulf of Mexico early next week.

Felt the heat these past few weeks? Meteorologist Jeff Huffman with the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network can confirm that September was the hottest on record.


The first thing that hit Ashley Simpson when she opened her car door was the smell: a rotten, stale, mold smell, leftover from the sewage-contaminated floodwaters that engulfed her silver 2010 Chevrolet HHR Cruiser during Hurricane Florence. The next thing to hit her were the gnats flying out that had been breeding amid the mold for nearly a week.

After a brutal start to September, when Florence and three other named storms churned across the Atlantic at once, hurricane season is simmering again.

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