Hurricane Michael

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Trapped Florida Couple Uses Trees to Spell 'HELP'

And it worked in the wake of Hurricane Michael

(Newser) - An innovative Floridian, his sharp-eyed niece, and some high-tech images combined for one of the more unusual rescues after Hurricane Michael. When Ernest Gee and his wife were trapped on their property in Youngstown, Gee used downed trees to spell out the word HELP in the yard, reports ABC News... More »

They Stayed to Brave Michael. Now, Dozens Are Missing

Rescue teams are on the hunt in Mexico Beach, one of the cities hardest hit by the hurricane

(Newser) - Chilling news out of Mexico Beach, Fla., where officials have been trying to track down hundreds of people who said they wouldn't evacuate before Hurricane Michael bore down on them. Although there's been just one confirmed death in the city—called the hurricane's "Ground Zero" by... More »

About 285 Rode Out Storm in Florida City. How Many Lived?

Authorities still don't know, but the search in Mexico Beach goes on

(Newser) - Authorities in Mexico Beach, Florida, estimate that 285 people decided to stay home and try to ride out Hurricane Michael, reports the AP . As has been well reported by now, the coastal community was decimated by the storm, and authorities are now trying to figure out how many of those... More »

Florida Coast Now 'Devastated Town, USA'

Air Force base suffered 'catastrophic damage'

(Newser) - The death toll from Hurricane Michael, one of the strongest storms ever to hit the mainland US, now stands at 11 , and authorities fear they will find more bodies as they search devastated communities in the Florida Panhandle and elsewhere. NBC News reports that 1.5 million people were without... More »

'Unimaginable Destruction': See Hurricane Michael's Devastation

'So many lives have been changed forever. So many families have lost everything'

(Newser) - The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Thursday with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and search-and-rescue crews struggled to reach the stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who defied evacuation orders, the AP reports. At least two deaths were blamed... More »

'Complete, Total Devastation' in Hurricane Michael's Wake

Some Florida towns now 'unrecognizable'

(Newser) - At least two people are now confirmed dead in one of the strongest storms on record to hit the mainland US—and some communities hit by Hurricane Michael are now unrecognizable. A man in Greensboro, Florida, was killed by a falling tree, authorities say, and an 11-year-girl was killed in... More »

Hurricane Michael Weakens After Killing at Least 1

Storm moves over Georgia after devastating hit on Florida

(Newser) - Hurricane Michael has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm as it moves over Georgia, and while it could be downgraded further by early Thursday, forecasters warn that it remains dangerous, reports Reuters . The storm—the biggest on record to hit the Florida Panhandle and one of the biggest ever... More »

'We Are in New Territory' as Michael Makes Landfall

Based on wind speed, it's 4th strongest hurricane at landfall on record

(Newser) - "We are in new territory," National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote on Facebook. "The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no Category 4 hurricane ever hitting the Florida panhandle." Hurricane Michael is making landfall just within that speed range—the upper end of it.... More »

Hurricane Michael Reaches 'Extremely Dangerous' Strength

Storm is expected to make landfall as a Category 4

(Newser) - Hurricane Michael is now an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 130mph and could become even stronger before it makes landfall in Florida's Panhandle or Big Bend area on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center warns. The center says devastating storm surges of up to... More »

As Storm Nears, Florida County Doesn't Want to See This Guy

Florida sheriff posts fake trespass warning for Weather Channel's Jim Cantore

(Newser) - The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore is usually on the scene when there's a big storm—so, as Florida prepares for Hurricane Michael, one sheriff's office is letting the meteorologist know he's not welcome. The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office posted a "Trespass Warning" for... More »

Florida Braces for 'Monster' Hurricane

Hurricane Michael has undergone rapid intensification

(Newser) - The Florida Panhandle is bracing for Hurricane Michael, which has undergone what forecasters call "rapid intensification" and is now threatening to hit the region as a Category 3 storm Wednesday morning. Gov. Rick Scott called the storm a "monster" Monday night and warned that we "haven’t... More »

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