Hurricane Michael

Despite mandatory evacuation orders along Florida’s Panhandle many people chose to stay behind and ride out the storm. Among them: Charley and Briney King in Panama City. They spoke on WFSU’s Perspectives show Friday.

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET

At least 11 people have died from Hurricane Michael, which slammed into Florida's Panhandle with 155-mph winds on Wednesday. The storm hacked a trail of catastrophic destruction in Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia before finally heading back out over water.

Five deaths were reported in Virginia, in addition to four in Florida, one in Georgia and one in North Carolina.

First Coast Area Crews Helping Panhandle Recover From Hurricane Michael

Oct 11, 2018
Will Dickey / The Florida Times-Union

Emergency response teams from Nassau County are headed to Florida’s storm-battered Panhandle Thursday to help manage storm recovery and repair communications systems in several counties damaged by Hurricane Michael.

Michael Weakens After Historic Slam Into Florida Panhandle

Oct 11, 2018

Updated at 5:30 a.m. ET Thursday

Tropical Storm Michael is weakening as it churns across south-central Georgia.

On Wednesday, Michael was the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the continental U.S. in more than a quarter-century, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Updated at 4:55 a.m. ET

Tropical Storm Michael rampaged through South Carolina, North Carolina and finally southeastern Virginia on Thursday, before heading for the Atlantic Ocean.

Florida Shifts To Search And Rescue After Michael

Oct 10, 2018

At least 388,000 utility customers lost power as Hurricane Michael crashed ashore --- with potentially catastrophic winds of 155 mph --- between Panama City and St. Vincent Island, before speeding north into Alabama and Georgia on Wednesday.

Updated at 5:30 a.m. ET Thursday

Tropical Storm Michael is weakening as it churns across south-central Georgia.

On Wednesday, Michael was the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the continental U.S. in more than a quarter-century, according to the National Hurricane Center.

JONATHAN BACHMAN / REUTERS VIA NPR

As the Florida Panhandle deals with what is expected to be one of the most destructive hurricanes ever to hit the state, statistics show Florida is among the states hit hardest by hurricanes.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis helps unload a truck filled with supplies for those affected by Hurricane Michael.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis was in Jacksonville Wednesday morning for a Hurricane Michael supply drive that was originally billed as a veteran round table campaign event.

Douglas P Perkins / Wikimedia Commons

Because of the possible effects some areas of the First Coast may see from Hurricane Michael some schools have announced closures or cancellations.

Florida State College at Jacksonville

FSCJ is closing  at 4 p.m. Wednesday.  All classes after 4 p.m. are canceled at all campuses. A decision about Thursday classes will be announced via FSCJ email and social media outlets by 6 a.m. on Thursday. 

Edward Waters College

Jacksonville Firefighters In Panhandle To Help Communities Deal With Hurricane Michael

Oct 10, 2018
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Fifty-eight Jacksonville firefighters headed to Florida’s Panhandle Tuesday to help communities impacted when Hurricane Michael comes ashore.

Time To 'Hunker Down' As Category 4 Michael Nears

Oct 10, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday morning that time has run out for people in coastal areas who debated whether to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Michael, as the powerful Category 4 storm was poised to cause massive damage in the Panhandle.

“It’s too late to get out,” Scott said during an appearance on the Weather Channel. “If you’re in a coastal community, you’ve got to hunker down. You’ve got to do everything you can to keep your family safe.”

Santa Rosa Sheriff's Office via Facebook

Although hurricanes are serious business, the Santa Rosa (Fla.) Sheriff's Office has decided there is also room to lighten up a little.

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St. Augustine residents can report street flooding and clogged storm drains online as they face potential high winds, heavy rain and above-average high tides brought on by Hurricane Michael.

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.

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