Hurricane Michael

Disaster Relief Package Blocked Again In Congress

May 29, 2019

A second congressional Republican, arguing for a vote by the full House, blocked an attempt Tuesday to pass long-stalled federal disaster relief funding that would assist Florida’s hurricane-ravaged Panhandle.

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday vowed Tyndall Air Force Base will be rebuilt after sustaining massive damage in Hurricane Michael, and he will approve the state’s request to boost federal funding for storm recovery in Northwest Florida.

Governor Ron DeSantis

On today’s program, we looked at the environmental battle over single-use plastics in the Sunshine State with Holly Parker Curry, Florida regional manager with the Surfrider Foundation, and Samantha Padgett, general counsel with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.

We also got an update on Hurricane Michael recovery efforts as the Panhandle prepares for spring break from Jessica Foster with WJHG-TV in Panama City.

Volunteers pose for a picture Wednesday morning before loading the truck with supplies for Hurricane Michael victims in Fountain.
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A Mandarin woman was on her way to the Florida Panhandle Wednesday morning, driving a 26-foot box truck filled with food and supplies she collected for Hurricane Michael victims who are still dealing with the aftermath of the historic storm.

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Hurricane Michael, which pummeled 10 Panhandle counties and spurred evacuation orders for 375,000 Floridians in October, left nearly seven times the debris of Hurricane Irma, which barreled across 45 counties in 2017.

Hurricane Season Ends As Panhandle Struggles With Michael's Aftermath

Nov 30, 2018
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For the third consecutive year, after a decade reprieve, Florida in 2018 was tested by the force of a massive hurricane.

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As schools in the districts hardest hit by Hurricane Michael begin to reopen, five independent booksellers across the state are hosting a fundraiser to re-stock the libraries of those schools. One of the participating bookstores is in Fernandina Beach.         

Hurricane Michael Claims Have Already Topped $680 Million In Fla.

Oct 19, 2018
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Within a week of Hurricane Michael barreling into Northwest Florida, nearly 70,000 insurance claims had been filed, with estimated insured losses of $680.7 million, according to data posted online by the state Office of Insurance Regulation.

On top of red tide and blue green algae, Hurricane Michael is compounding to fears in Florida’s tourism industry.

Leon County Schools is seeing an influx of students from counties affected by Hurricane Michael as their home districts are closed. The students are being welcomed with open arms, but their arrival presents challenges.

Hilary Keeley

The Panhandle town of Lynn Haven has a long road to recovery ahead after being slammed by Hurricane Michael last week.

Lynn Haven Mayor Margo Anderson's daughter, Hilary Keeley, lives in Ponte Vedra, and she’s been raising money and collecting items to send in trucks to her mother’s town.

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After Hurricane Michael slammed through the Florida panhandle and into Georgia last week, President Trump has surveyed damage and met with officials about recovery efforts.

At a briefing alongside Florida Gov. Rick Scott at Eglin Air Force Base, Trump praised the work of emergency responders and law enforcement.

"The job they've done in Florida has been incredible," he said, and described Scott as a leader who "steps up in the biggest emergencies, the biggest problems, and he gets it done."

Upon touring the damage in several towns along Florida's Panhandle, Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long called the destruction left by Hurricane Michael some of the worst he's ever seen.

Analysts are estimating that Hurricane Michael has caused billions of dollars of damage and will create a substantial loss for insurers, but the industry is expected to cope — once again avoiding the kind of meltdown that Florida saw in the 1990s, after Hurricane Andrew.

State Freezes Insurance Rates After Hurricane Michael

Oct 14, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday directed the state’s top insurance regulator to freeze any potential property-insurance rate increases for 90 days as homeowners and businesspeople grapple with massive damage from Hurricane Michael.

Scott also directed Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier to require rescinding for 90 days all policy non-renewals or cancellations that had been issued in the days leading up to Michael to give policyholders more time to find coverage. In another move, insurance policyholders will be given an extra 90 days to provide required information to insurers.

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