MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Residents of Mexico Beach that stayed during the storm are emerging from the debris with harrowing tales. Others, who evacuated, are coming to grips with the fact that much of their community was destroyed by Hurricane Michael.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND, F.L. (WWSB) - The Manatee County School District announced late Tuesday evening that Anna Maria Elementary will be closed on Wednesday, October 10th due to water levels associated with Hurricane Michael, and the uncertainties surrounding additional street flooding due to rains or storm surge.
SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - 1,350 Florida Power & Light workers, including contractors, are standing by at the Sarasota Fairgrounds on Fruitville Road. They're waiting for the call to head north and provide mutual assistance for victims of Hurricane Michael in North Florida.
SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - As Hurricane Michael prepares to make landfall on the panhandle, parts of the west coast of Florida will experience tropical storm force winds and rain. Northern Manatee County included. However, Sarasota County will likely be spared.
As Hurricane Florence crept toward the North Carolina coast two weeks ago, internet users were glued to the Frying Pan Tower ocean cam watching the storm pummel an American flag with intense winds and rain.
Florence, now downgraded to a tropical storm, claimed fives lives in North Carolina as it pounds the region with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, dangerous surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes.
According to a press release, the offer is available from Sept. 14 through Sept. 17 for postpaid and prepaid customers who reside in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia, and are in the direct path of the storm.
President Donald Trump is rejecting the official death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, arguing without evidence that "3,000 people did not die" and calling it a move by Democrats to make him look bad.