Natural Disaster
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Florida hopes to restore power to Panhandle by early November

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/24/18, 10:51 am

Many homes and businesses in the Florida Panhandle remain too damaged to receive utility service, but those that can should have power back by the first of November, Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday. That’s roughly a month after Hurricane Michael roared across the Southeast, devastating parts of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama and causing widespread damage in the Carolinas and Virginia. A governor’s office news release said fewer than 47,700 accounts remained without power in Florida, down from more than 400,000 immediately after the hurricane.

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Willa rains on Mexico, heads for Texas

by Kent Covington
Posted 10/24/18, 10:34 am

Hurricane Willa crashed into Mexico’s Pacific mainland Tuesday night with 120 mph winds, hitting an area of beach towns, fishing villages, and farms after roaring over an offshore penal colony. The Category 3 storm passed about 50 miles southeast of the resort city of Mazatlán, swamping streets and buildings along the coast with its storm surge. Mexican officials evacuated more than 4,000 people from coastal areas ahead of the storm. Willa also brought 6 to 18 inches of rain to several states in Mexico.

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Hurricane death toll still rising in Florida

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/19/18, 12:05 pm

A man who was helping his family clear debris from Hurricane Michael died Thursday when a tree fell on him, the Gulf County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office reported. Brad Price, 49, is the 35th person reported dead from last week’s Category 4 storm and its aftereffects. Florida has confirmed 25 storm-related deaths, many from falling trees in the heavily forested Panhandle region. Michael also killed 10 people in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia, where most were caught in flash flooding.

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