Florida Hurricane Michael recovery News

Three Florida Men Plead Guilty to Scamming Homeowners After Hurricane Michael

Three men have pleaded guilty to scamming Florida Panhandle homeowners out of about $319,000 by promising to repair hurricane damage and never doing the work. Edward Newton, Christoper Mayes and Christian Pantazonis each pleaded guilty Wednesday in Tallahassee federal court …

Florida’s New Consumer Advocate Tackles Open Hurricane Michael Claims

Florida’s new Insurance Consumer Advocate Tasha Carter has been busy since taking office August 1. With more than 12,000 Hurricane Michael claims still open, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, one of Carter’s top priorities has been to …

Florida Officials Say Insurers Not Doing Enough to Settle Hurricane Michael Claims

It’s been just over a year since Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle, devastating the region as a Category 5 storm with 161-mph winds and causing more than $7.2 billion in estimated insured losses, according to the Florida …

Florida Panhandle Facing Uphill Battle in Recovery One Year after Michael

A year after Hurricane Michael, the Florida county hardest hit by the Category 5 storm is still in crisis: Thousands in Bay County are homeless, medical care and housing are at a premium, domestic violence has become a problem and …

Hurricane Michael: One Year Later, Federal Aid for Recovery Totals Nearly $2B

Since Hurricane Michael made landfall Oct. 10, 2018, federal assistance for recovery in the 18 affected counties is nearly $1.9 billion, including FEMA grants, National Flood Insurance Program payments and U.S. Small Business Administration loans, according to a statement from …

Florida City Faces $200M in Repairs to Sewage, Water Line After Hurricane Michael

The biggest city devastated by Hurricane Michael last fall has had a recent series of sewage leaks, and local officials say it will cost more than $200 million to repair its sewage and water systems. Television station WMBB reports that …

Florida Regulator Calls Open Hurricane Michael Claims ‘Discouraging’; Plans Data Call

With more than 20,000 claims related to Hurricane Michael still open nine months after the storm hit the Florida Panhandle, Florida’s top insurance regulator is calling on the insurance industry to take “all actions necessary” to bring policyholder claims to …

Florida Gets Ready for Peak Hurricane Season After 3 Years of Major Storms

Floridians are on alert as the state heads into peak hurricane season after three straight years of being impacted by major storms. Meanwhile, the Florida Panhandle continues its recovery from Hurricane Michael that devastated the region as a Category 5 …

Trump Visits Storm-Damaged Panhandle, Pledges Financial Aid

President Donald Trump blamed congressional Democrats for a lagging federal response to the hurricane-ravaged Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, declaring that his political opponents care more about investigating his administration than funding storm relief. Trump held a campaign rally in Panama …

Florida Officials Call on U.S. Lawmakers to Pass Hurricane Michael Aid Package

A bipartisan group of Florida Cabinet members and state lawmakers is demanding that U.S. lawmakers pass a disaster-relief package for Hurricane Michael victims. Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and lawmakers said Thursday …