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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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Florida evacuees return to damaged—or no—homes

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/18/18, 12:08 pm

Evacuated residents of Mexico Beach, Fla., are returning to pick through the remnants of their homes after Hurricane Michael, searching for any piece of their lives the storm didn’t destroy. In many cases, it’s not much. Nancy and Taylor Register returned Wednesday to find the camper they had lived in completely gone, with only a small stool, a hose, and one memento from a friend left behind. Nancy Register wept over the loss of an old, black-and-white photo of her mother, who died of cancer. Similar scenes played out throughout the devastated community.

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Rising death tolls and armed looters after Michael

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/17/18, 11:53 am

Florida officials have raised the confirmed death toll in the state from Hurricane Michael to 16 people, with 10 more deaths in Georgia, Virginia, and the Carolinas. Communities in the Florida Panhandle still reeling from the strongest hurricane to hit the continental United States in 50 years are now facing a new danger: armed looters. Authorities in Bay County, Fla., say they have arrested about 10 suspected looters a night since Michael made landfall one week ago.

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