** Comics ..........................B8 Local & State ..................B1 Tyndall news..................A6 Weather .........................B2 MONDAYMostly sunny 87 / 72SUNDAYMostly sunny 86 / 71TODAYMostly sunny 82 / 66 Panama City News Herald Want to subscribe? Call 850-747-5050 Saturday, October 13, 2018 PANAMA CITY @The_News_Herald facebook.com/panamacitynewsherald75 Â¢ www.newsherald.com STORM SCENES | INSIDESEE PHOTOS FROM THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE MICHAEL ON PAGES A2 AND B6 Jimmy Patronis: ÂItÂs going to be a whileÂ before Bay County has a semblance of normalcyBy Mike Cazalas GateHouse Media FloridaPANAMA CITY Â„ Bay County and Panama City have been forever changed by Hurri-cane Michael, State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said Thursday, and even essential items like power and medical care are going to take time.The damage is so severe and communications so difficult that Patronis, whose family owns Captain AndersonÂs restaurant, said he did not have an accurate number on possible fatalities. But, he said the swath of devastation that stretches from a few miles west of the Hatha-way Bridge to Apalachicola is unfathomable after taking the brunt of a (strong Category 4) storm.ÂThe intensity of what Michael did, it was a Category 5 when it hit Bay County, itÂs going to be a while,ÂŽ he said. ÂThey did a drone flight over Mexico Beach and itÂs gone. Just gone. It looks like some-one took a shovel and scraped it off the map.ÂŽSearch and rescue teams under PatronisÂ umbrella of authority had cleared 1,800 homes by dayÂs end Thursday, making sure there were no injured inside. But Patro-nis said itÂs not realistic to think that more people didnÂt perish in the storm.ÂThere were 350,000 people in the path of the storm, and there were 6,000 people in shelters,ÂŽ Patronis ÂScraped o the mapÂ Patronis Barren trees line a street damaged by Hurricane Michael in SpringÂ“ eld Thursday evening. [DAVID GOLDMAN/AP] Details emerge from hard-hit townBy Katie Landeck and Annie Blanks GateHouse Media FloridaSPRINGFIELD Â„ Details are finally beginning to emerge from Springfield, a small Bay County town thatÂs had little to no communication with the outside world since Hurricane Michael ripped through the region on Wednesday.Ward 2 Commissioner Phillip Dykes pleaded with people to Âbe patientÂŽ as city crews and first responders work to clear the wreckage, open roads and repair downed sewer and power lines.ÂItÂs going to be a while before we can assess the full magnitude of what went on,ÂŽ Dykes said Friday. ÂItÂs like a bombÂs been dropped on Springfield. So hang in there, be patient, weÂre all in the same boat.ÂŽÂItÂs like a bombÂs been dropped on Spring eldÂA woman walks through a damaged store in SpringÂ“ eld, one day after Hurricane Michael tore through the area. [DAVID GOLDMAN/AP] By Patrick McCreless522-5118 | @PCNHPatrickMLYNN HAVEN Â„ Cassidy Nelson had food to spare and wanted to share it all.The general manager of the SonnyÂs Real Pit Bar-BQ near hurricane-ravaged Lynn Haven just didnÂt know if anyone would show up Friday to eat. He had no reason to worry. Hundreds of people turned out for the free barbecue chicken, ribs and hamburgers cooked in the SonnyÂs propane-fueled smoker Â„ all without Nelson telling any-body what he planned to do. NelsonÂs generosity was a microcosm of the recovery under way in the Lynn Haven area since Hurricane Michael blasted through on Wednesday. From power crews Lynn Haven pulls togetherHundreds of people stand in line to get food at SonnyÂs Real Pit Bar-B-Q on Friday in Lynn Haven. [PHOTOS BY PATTI BLAKE/THE NEWS HERALD] Central Pentecostal Ministries sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Michael. ÂWeÂre just trying to get lines in but thereÂs vegetation everywhere. Getting into Lynn Haven is very di cult right now.ÂŽKimberly Blair, spokeswoman with Gulf Power, said of the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane MichaelSee PATRONIS, A3 See LYNN HAVEN, A3 See TOWN, A3
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Periodicals postage paid at Panama City, FL. Postmaster: Send address changes to The News Herald, P.O. Box 2060, Panama City, FL 32402Setting it straight It is the policy of The News Herald to correct all errors that appear in news stories. If you wish to report an error or clarif y a story, call 747-5070.P.O Box: 1940, Panama City, FL 32402 | Address: 501 W. 11th St. Panama City Fl, 32401 | Phone: 850-747-5000 | WATS: 800-345-8688 | Online: newsherald.com PANAMA CITY Panama City News Herald staff and Associated Press photographers have been on the ground covering Hurricane MichaelÂs impact fr om Panama City east to Apalachicola. Here are some of the images they captured over the past few days. See page B6 for more pictur es.Scenes from Hurricane MichaelABOVE: Hurricane Michael ripped the wall and ceiling from the St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Panama City. [PATTI BLAKE/NEWS HERALD] Bay County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ ce Deputies Alex Young and Jared Waker watch Hurricane Michael from the Thomas Drive Â“ re station. [PATTI BLAKE/NEWS HERALD] A member of a Tennessee urban search and rescue team works a debris pile with a dog in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Mexico Beach, where authorities discovered bodies in and around the town. [DAVID GOLDMAN/AP] This photo combo of satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe shows the Panama City neighborhood of Ivy Road Estates in 2017, p rior to Hurricane Michael, and on Thursday, one day after the storm struck. [DIGITALGLOBE, A MAXAR COMPANY VIA AP] The Milky Way shines over a broken tree and scattered limbs on Thursday in Panama City. Hurricane Michael knocked down power lines in most of Panama City Fla. during the storm. This eliminated normal amounts of light pollution in the area and allowed the night sky to shine over Bay County. [PATTI BLAKE/NEWS HERALD] LEFT: Church pews and rubble stand inside St. Andrew United Methodist Church on Thursday in Panama City. [PATTI BLAKE/ NEWS HERALD] A building at the Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart hospital stands damaged from Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Thursday. The devastation inÂ” icted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Thursday with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and rescue crews began making their way into the stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who may have stayed behind. [AP PHOTO/ DAVID GOLDMAN]
** The News Herald | Saturday, October 13, 2018 A3said. ÂYou can do simple math, thatÂs an awful lot of people unaccounted for.ÂŽThe severity of the damage across the region, though, means restoration of power and water is only the beginning of what will be a reshaping of Panama City and the entire county.ÂThereÂs going to be a lot of people who are going to be unemployed Â„ remem-ber Hurricane Katrina brought waves of people here from Louisiana and Mississippi, and some went back and some stayed. The same thing is going to happen here,ÂŽ he said. ÂExcept thereÂs nothing to come back to. Panama City and Bay County are going to change.ÂŽA Verizon outage across the entire area made mat-ters worse because most of the key players in disaster response, including Sher-iff Tommy Ford and his chief deputy, had Verizon service and were unable to communicate with each other.For the moment, though, Patronis is worried about medical care. People in need of medications, and treatment of anyone injured after the storm.ÂHereÂs my concern, weÂve got nowhere to treat people if they get sick,ÂŽ he said. ÂWeÂre going to have two hospitals in the Pan-handle closed because they canÂt provide a service.ÂŽAnd that means people trying to get back into Bay County definitely should not come if they require medication, like insulin or anything else that needs refilling.ÂDo not come here,ÂŽ he said. ÂStay where youÂre at. WeÂve got ambulances from Louisiana and across the Southeast coming here, so stay where youÂre at. People trying to come in here is going to take an already delicate situation and make it worse.ÂŽThe damage to Bay County and Panama City is so severe that thereÂs no way to tell when power and other critical services may get back online. While literally thousands of utility workers from across the Southeast are gathered here or are on their way, and despite the resources the state and federal govern-ments have, Patronis said nothingÂs going to happen fast.ÂOn the power, letÂs just take it like this, there are 4,000-plus utility workers that will be here, and theyÂre all supporting Gulf Power in the power restoration, and thatÂs in addition to the con-tracted people,ÂŽ Patronis said. ÂŽBut it doesnÂt take a rocket scientist to see when you drive down the road that nearly all of them only have one lane Â„ if that Â„ because nearly every power pole and line is down, and the first thing theyÂre going to have to do is clear the debris from the roads.ÂThen, they all have to be surveyed and engineered, and we have to know that itÂs safe to bring in power.ÂŽPatronis also wanted to note:Â€ Those wanting to donate to the relief efforts can do so online through the Florida Disaster Fund overseen by Volunteer FloridaÂ€ There are numerous tree removal services in the area, some reputable, some not. He suggested trying not to deal with anyone demanding cash, or at least know that if you lose your money itÂs unlikely youÂll ever get it back. ÂI think they sprouted out of the ground in the last five hours,ÂŽ he said around 2 p.m. Friday. ÂIf it sounds too good to be true, it is.ÂŽÂ€ Anyone who is coming back to town should buy an AT&T or other non-Veri-zon burner phone and bring it with them.Â€ A tractor trailer filled with ice and water arrived at Captain AndersonÂs Friday morning and, Âit evaporated in 40 min-utesÂŽ from people in need. Another tractor trailer will be there Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with similar goods.Â€ J. Trumble Sr., who is executive director of the Florida Department of Transportation and also the owner of Culligan Water, had two water trucks driven to the Dollar General at Cherry Street and Palo Alto Avenue Friday morning, and was giving the water away. Trumble, wearing his FDOT hat, said itÂs almost impossible to tell how long the recovery will take, and he has never seen anything to even compare this to.Â€ The major damage to the west seemed to stop somewhere around the Hombre Golf Course, Patronis said. The traffic light just past it is working and there is power from there west. He said that condominiums and hotels west of Pier Park fared well, and all have numerous rooms available for people who need them.Â€ The Smith-Lansing Power Plant took damage and there was feeder damage, which will complicate power restoration efforts.Â€ If youÂre in a house thatÂs habitable, stay close. FEMA and emergency personnel are spreading through neighborhoods.Â€ If you have limbs and debris in the road in front of your home, it will help and save time if you can move them out of the way for power line workers. ÂBut, if youÂve got a tree on your house, donÂt do it yourself,ÂŽ Patronis said, reminding people that there are no emergency treatment facilities avail-able should somebody injure themselves. PATRONISFrom Page A1Buildings, marinas and homes were all but flattened, including Bottle Stopper Lounge and Liquor, Dollar General and the Springfield Police Department. People who had lost everything could be seen going in and out of the collapsed Dollar General to get supplies. Even firefighters were going into the store to get water to bring to people who needed it.Mayor Ralph Hammond said he hasnÂt had any reports of deaths related to the storm, but firefighters were still in the process of going door-to-door checking on peopleÂOur biggest concern is safety and help,ÂŽ he said. ÂAnybody who knows of any-body that needs to be checked on, please contact the city up here at the community building.ÂŽCity officials set up an emergency center outside the community building since city hall, the police depart-ment and fire station all were gone.Hammond pleaded with people not to use their sewer systems, including bathtubs and toilets, because if sewer lines keep backing up ÂweÂre going to have a major disease problem.ÂŽCity officials said residentsÂ greatest needs at the moment were gas and prayer. TOWNFrom Page A1resetting electricity poles to volunteers handing out supplies, recovery work and help was everywhere.ÂAll of my family is here serving,ÂŽ Nelson said as people lined up for food at a table set outside the SonnyÂs. ÂI just wanted to help the community.ÂŽNelson said he planned to feed people on Saturday, too.ÂWeÂve got food for days,ÂŽ he said. ÂIf anyone wants to donate some propane, thatÂs all I need.ÂŽAll around the restaurant and up and down Highway 77 through Lynn Haven were signs of destruction and of need.Trees everywhere were snapped and splintered. Power poles were on the ground and many inactive power lines lied along High-way 77 or in the road. Many buildings and businesses were smashed or without roofs. Traffic south into Lynn Haven was bumper-to-bumper as people tried to get into Panama City.The Lynn Haven Goodwill lost the entire front of its building. Its supply of clothes still hung neatly on racks and colorful stuffed toys sat on shelves like nothing had happened.The rest of Bay County wasnÂt faring much better Friday.Kimberly Blair, spokeswoman with Gulf Power, said that as of 8 a.m., 105,554 customers, primarily in the Panama City and eastern areas, were without power. So far, 37,000 customersÂ power had been restored.Blair said the destruction has made it difficult to restore power quickly.ÂWeÂre just trying to get lines in but thereÂs vegeta-tion everywhere,ÂŽ Blair said. ÂGetting into Lynn Haven is very difficult right now.ÂŽJeff Shepard, another spokesman with Gulf Power, said there was still no timetable for when power would be fully restored.ÂThereÂs no timetable other than we believe itÂll be weeks,ÂŽ Shepard said. ÂItÂs a total system rebuild for the hardest hit areas of Bay County.ÂŽMeanwhile Friday morn-ing, residents waited outside the partially destroyed Lynn Haven City Hall for the promise of donated supplies.ÂI heard on the radio there was supposed to be more sup-plies here at noon,ÂŽ Candice Banks said. ÂTheyÂre sup-posed to have chainsaws.ÂŽBanks said her house survived the hurricane, but the trees in her yard werenÂt as lucky.ÂWe have nine oak trees down in our yard,ÂŽ Banks said.Further south on High-way 77, Donnie Childree was inspecting the remains of Central Pentecostal Ministries, which he has attended since 1999. The building lost its entire facade in the hurricane, but its glass doors and frame remained intact.ÂTheyÂll definitely rebuild,ÂŽ Childree said of the church. ÂThe frame is all still fine.ÂŽ LYNN HAVENFrom Page A1Michael Williams, 70, looks for help from passing motorists for food and water as downed trees prevent him from driving out of his damaged home in SpringÂ“ eld. ÂI donÂt know what IÂm going to do,ÂŽ Williams said. [DAVID GOLDMAN/AP]
** A4 Saturday, October 13, 2018 | The News HeraldBy Heather OsbourneGateHouse Media FloridaFRANKLIN COUNTY Â„ Chad Englert rode his boat appropriately named Die Trying up to Lake Wimico on Tuesday to try to ride out Hur-ricane Michael.Englert, a commercial fisherman, said it was lack of insurance on his vessel that forced him to make a bet against Mother Nature. It was a terrifying few hours Wednes-day, but ones heÂd lived to tell about. ÂIt worked out for the best,ÂŽ Englert said Thursday morn-ing as he waited for John Gorrie Memorial Bridge in Franklin County to open, his only route back home. ÂThatÂs basically the motto of this business. YouÂre going to die trying to make it.ÂŽEnglert was joined by three other anglers who also tied their boats to trees in the surround-ing backwater. Don Lamb of the vessel Hustler said heÂd expected the hurricane to make landfall as a Category 2 storm. His stomach turned when he saw Wednesday morningÂs weather report.ÂI wasnÂt too scared until I saw itÂd become a Cat. 4,ÂŽ Lamb said. ÂWeÂre used to being in storms and getting caught offshore. You donÂt like it, but you deal with it. You donÂt want to lose your boat because itÂs your livelihood.ÂŽ Englert, Lamb, Bruce Bohlin and Bobby Smith said all of their boats made it through the storm unscathed.ÂWeÂre commercial fishermen,ÂŽ Lamb said. ÂIf we lose our boats, we lose our busi-nesses. We thought me might as well take the chance and ride it out. WeÂd do it again.ÂŽÂWeÂd do it againÂ4 commercial shermen ride out Hurricane Michael on their boatsChad Englert, Don Lamb, Bruce Bohlin and Bobby Smith (from left) took their boats to Lake Wimico to ride out Hurricane Michael. [HEATHER OSBOURNE/GATEHOUSE MEDIA FLORIDA] Teams make their way through ravaged neighborhoods in wake of Hurricane MichaelBy Russ Bynum and Brendan FarringtonThe Associated PressMEXICO BEACH, Fla. Â„ Florida authorities fielded a barrage of calls about people missing in Hurricane MichaelÂs aftermath as search-and-rescue teams Friday made their way through ravaged neighborhoods, looking for victims dead or alive. The death toll stood at 13 across the South.The number of dead was expected to rise, but authori-ties scrapped plans for setting up a temporary morgue, indi-cating they had yet to see signs of mass casualties from the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years.Search teams continued to pick their way through the ruins of Mexico Beach, the ground-zero town of about 1,000 people that was nearly wiped off the map when Michael blew ashore there on Wednesday with devastating 155 mph winds.State officials said that by one count, 285 people in Mexico Beach defied man-datory evacuation orders and stayed behind. Whether any of them got out at some point was unclear.Emergency officials said they have received thousands of calls asking about missing people. But with cellphone service out across vast swaths of the Florida Panhandle, officials said it is possible that some of those unaccounted for are safe and just havenÂt been able to contact friends or family to let them know.Gov. Rick Scott said state officials still Âdo not know enoughÂŽ about the fate of those who stayed behind in the region.ÂWe are not completely done. We are still getting down there,ÂŽ the governor added.Emergency officials said they had done an initial Âhasty searchÂŽ of 80 percent of the stricken area, looking for the living or the dead.Shell-shocked survivors who barely escaped with their lives told of terrifying winds, surging floodwaters and homes cracking like eggs.Federal Emergency Man-agement Agency chief Brock Long said he expects to see the death toll rise.ÂWe still havenÂt gotten into the hardest-hit areas,ÂŽ he said, adding with frustration: ÂVery few people live to tell what itÂs like to experience storm surge, and unfortunately in this country we seem to not learn the lesson.ÂŽLong expressed worry that people have suffered Âhurri-cane amnesia.ÂŽÂWhen state and local offi-cials tell you to get out, dang it, do it. Get out,ÂŽ he said.Officials, meanwhile, set up distribution centers outside big stores such as Wal-Mart and Publix to pass out food and water to victims. Some supplies were brought in by trucks, while others had to be delivered by helicopter because some roads had yet to be cleared.The deaths were spread throughout the stormÂs vast path, from Florida to Virginia, where at least four people drowned in flooding caused by MichaelÂs rainy remnants. Two died in North Carolina when a car smashed into a fallen tree. On the Panhandle, Tyndall Air Force Base Âtook a beating,ÂŽ so much so that Col. Brian Laidlaw told the 3,600 men and women stationed on the base not to come back. Many of the 600 families who live there had followed orders to pack what they could in a single suitcase as they were evacuated.A small Âride-outÂŽ team that hunkered down as the hurricaneÂs eyewall passed directly overhead ventured out to find nearly every build-ing severely damaged, many a complete loss. The elemen-tary school, the flight line, the marina and the runways were devastated.Crews search for dead, living in Fla.Damaged boats sit among debris in a marina Friday in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla. [DAVID GOLDMAN/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]
** The News Herald | Saturday, October 13, 2018 A5By Tony Judnich GateHouse Media FloridaAs of early Friday afternoon, the Salvation Army was serving food at the old Kmart site at 7160 U.S. Highway 98 in Panama City Beach.The organization is partnering with Operation BBQ Relief, a nonprofit organization from Shawnee, Kansas, to provide food to Hurricane Michael victims.Salvation Army teams were assessing the needs in Bay County and surrounding areas to determine the locations for mobile feeding sites, Lindsay Crossland, spokeswoman for Florida Division of The Salvation Army, said on the armyÂs website.ÂTeams are heading to Port St. Joe and Apalachicola to assess damage and needs. It may be another day before teams are able to safely get into Mexico Beach to begin service,ÂŽ Crossland said. ÂRelief teams are moving as quickly as conditions allow to begin service as soon as possible.ÂŽShe said 13 Salvation Army mobile feeding units from Pensacola were heading to Panama City today, and that 12 mobile feeding crews that are staging in Tallahassee are prepared to move toward Panama City as conditions allow. An additional 10 units with relief teams are traveling in from Texas, Crossland said.She said the Salvation Army is working with corporate partners to establish a communications center in Panama City.Below is a list of other feed-ing and food distribution sites for the Salvation Army: Â€ Salvation Army, 1824 West 15th Street, Panama City Â€ Cedar Grove Elementary 2826 15th Street, Panama CityÂ€ Winn Dixie Lyn Haven 1812 Lynn Haven Parkway, Lynn Haven Florida Â€ Walmart Callaway, 725 North Tyndall Parkway, Callaway Â€ MLK/14th 705 14th Street Panama City Â€ Mexico Beach City Hall, 201 Paradise Pass, Mexico Beach Â€ Old Kmart Parking Lot, 7100 U.S. 98, Panama City Beach Â… (foot of Hathaway Bridge) Â€ Jinks Middle School, 600 West 11th Street, Panama City, Highway 230/ 231Salvation Army and partners help feed storm victimsÂTeams are heading to Port St. Joe and Apalachicola to assess damage and needs. It may be another day before teams are able to safely get into Mexico Beach to begin service. Relief teams are moving as quickly as conditions allow to begin service as soon as possible.ÂŽLindsay Crossland, Spokeswoman for Florida Division of The Salvation Army Panama City family searches for Christmas decorations among rubbleBy Tina HarbuckGateHouse Media FloridaPANAMA CITY Â„ Christ-mas may still be a couple of months away, but Yvette Emanuel is getting an early look at her Santa Claus collection, courtesy of Hurricane Michael, which scattered it around her yard.Every year for the past 48, EmanuelÂs husband Dennis has given her a Santa Claus for Christmas, and on Thursday she was forced to search for them in the rubble that had once been their shed.ÂThatÂs important to me,ÂŽ Yvette said. ÂWeÂve been looking through everything.ÂŽÂItÂs funny how itÂs stretched around everywhere,ÂŽ she said of the debris, noting she found one Santa in one direction and another 25 yards away.The Emanuels rode out the hurricane in their home on Julie Drive in the Bayou George area, just north of the Panama City Mall.ÂWe spent hours holding the door until the ceiling started falling in ... we had to abandon the door and take cover in the bath-room,ÂŽ said Dennis.ÂOur house was just rock-ing... IÂve never been that scared,ÂŽ Yvette said.The EmanuelÂs have roof damage to the house but itÂs still livable. Like most people in Bay County, theyÂre having to get by without power or water.ÂWeÂve been trying to clean and find things that were lost,ÂŽ Dennis said. ÂAnd itÂs funny how stuff was blown from one neighbor to the next.ÂŽBut Dennis said sheÂs determined to find those Santas.ÂBlown from one neighbor to the nextÂYvette Emanuel picks up Christmas decorations from around her yard after Hurricane Michael dest royed their shed. Part of the roof on the Emanuel familyÂs home in Panama City caved in during Hurricane Michael, so they took shelter in the bat hroom. [PHOTOS BY TINA HARBUCK/THE SUN] Yvette and Dennis EmanuelÂs shed was damaged when Hurricane Michael tore through Panama City. Their Christmas decorations are scattered across the yard. At right, the Emanuel family rode out Hurricane Michael in their home on Julie Drive, in the Bayou George area of Panama City. They sustained damage to their home and shed.
** A6 Saturday, October 13, 2018 | The News HeraldCongressmen urge that hurricane-ravaged base be rebuiltBy Jim Thompson315-4445 | @Jimtnwfdn email@example.comTYNDALL AFB Â„ Barely 24 hours after Hurricane Michael made landfall and virtually destroyed Tyndall Air Force Base, a Special Tactics team from the Hurlburt Field-based 23rd Special Tactics Squadron had opened a runway and begun bringing air traffic into the base.Tyndall AFB is the headquarters of the 325th Fighter Wing and hosts a number of other major Air Force units. Its personnel were evacuated as the hurricane approached the Florida panhandle.Meanwhile, FloridaÂs two U.S. senators, Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bill Nelson, are urging top Air Force officials to provide them with quick and detailed information on the funding and other sup-port needed to rebuild the base. An initial damage assessment released Thursday evening by Tyndall leadership included words such as Âcatastrophic,ÂŽ Âdestroyed,ÂŽ ÂdevastatedÂŽ and ÂextensiveÂŽ to describe the havoc wreaked there by the hurricane.According to a news release from the 24th Special Opera-tions Wing, the Special Tactics airmen from Hurlburt, specially trained in opening airfields after natural disasters in addition to training in ground combat skills, were on the ground at Tyndall AFB on Thursday. By 7 p.m., the team had cleared and established a runway. The first aircraft to come into Tyndall AFB in the wake of Hurricane Michael landed at 7:06 p.m., according to the news release.As the Hurlburt airmen worked to help secure the immediate future of Tyndall Air Force Base, the stateÂs two U.S. senators and Rep. Neal Dunn, a Republican physician whose congressional district includes Tyndall AFB, were working to assure its long-term future.In a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, the three elected officials urged the two Air Force leaders to provide them with Âconsistent, immediate, and detailed com-munication of the funding and support needed to repair infra-structure, restore operations and provide for local service members, civilians and their familiesÂŽ at Tyndall.ÂThe base serves a critical role in protecting and promoting U.S. national secu-rity interests and it is vital that we rapidly repair infrastructure and restore operations in the wake of the storm,ÂŽ the letter to Wilson and Goldfein stated. Among other missions, Tyndall trains pilots and maintenance personnel for the F-22 Raptor air-to-air fighter jet, the letter notes.Units at Tyndall, including the 601st Air Operations Wing, which conducts relief operations following disasters, are Âcritical to our national security, and we need them back there as soon as possible,ÂŽ insists the letter from Rubio, Nelson and Dunn.Also in the letter, the three members of Congress say they Âstand ready to work with the Air Force to rebuild Tyndall AFB and advocate for the resources needed to do so. ... We are committed to its full recovery and we look forward to working with you to achieve that goal.ÂŽHurlburt Special Tactics team opens Tyndall runwayBy Jim Thompson315-4445 | @Jimtnwfdn firstname.lastname@example.orgTYNDALL AFBÂ„ Lead-ership at Tyndall Air Force Base painted a grim pic-ture of the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Michael in their first full assessment of the stormÂs direct hit on the base. ÂDamage across the base is extensive,ÂŽ read a report posted on the baseÂs Face-book page late Thursday evening. ÂThe flight line is devastated. Every building has severe damage. Many buildings are a complete loss.ÂŽAccording to the assess-ment, all base houses sustained significant roof and siding damage, and some had even worse struc-tural failures. Regarding other homes, Âsome Tyndall dorms appear to have fared well; others sustained severe damage,ÂŽ according to the Facebook post.ÂŽThe hurricane completely destroyed the Tyndall marina,ÂŽ the post continues. ÂThe structures and docks are gone.ÂŽThe damage assessment notes ÂcatastrophicÂŽ damage at the drone runway, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center labs and the Silver Flag civil engineering training area.Tyndall Elementary School, the base exchange and commissary sustained severe damage, according to the assessment.Initial relief and support to address the damage was due to arrive as early as Thursday evening.ÂAir Force and government officials have responded quickly to our requests,ÂŽ Tyndall officials noted on Facebook.The base remains closed.ÂTrees and power lines block nearly every road,ÂŽ the Facebook post stated.Late Thursday evening, Col. Brian S. Laidlaw, com-mander of TyndallÂs 325th Fighter Wing, used the baseÂs Facebook page to communicate with airmen and their familiesÂTeam Tyndall, our base took a beating, and I know you have a lot of ques-tions,ÂŽ Laidlaw told Tyndall airmen and their families, who were ordered to evac-uate the base as Michael approached.ÂI will not recall you and your families until we can guarantee your safety,ÂŽ Laidlaw wrote. ÂAt this time I canÂt tell you how long that will take, but IÂm on it.ÂŽLaying out the immediate path forward, Laidlaw wrote, ÂWe need to restore basic utilities, clear our roads of trees and power lines, and assess the structural integrity of our buildings. I know that you are eager to return. I ask you to be patient and try to focus on taking care of your families and each other. We can rebuild our base, but we canÂt rebuild any of you.ÂŽTyndall personnel also heard Thursday from Sec-retary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, whose Twitter account featured this message: ÂOur first priority is our people. Please stay safeÂ„ take care of yourselves & your fami-lies, @TeamTyndall.ÂŽTyndall sustains extensive damage from MichaelU.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airmen with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron assess conditions Thursday at Tyndall Air Force Base, which sustained signiÂ“ cant damage from Hurricane Michael. The Special Tactics airmen from Hurlburt Field had opened a Tyndall runway to air trafÂ“ c by 7 p.m. Thursday. [SENIOR AIRMAN JOSEPH PICK/U.S. AIR FORCE]
** The News Herald | Saturday, October 13, 2018 A7Eastpoint continues to recover a er wild re and Hurricane MichaelBy Heather OsbourneGateHouse Media Florida EASTPOINT Â„ Anna Creamer sat in traffic on John Gorrie Memorial Bridge in Franklin County on Wednesday, trying to rock her sweat-covered toddler back to sleep as she anxiously waited to return to whatÂs left of her home.Hurricane Michael, Creamer had just found out from her husband, had spared her house on Wilderness Road. Her community, however, remains in ashes.Wilderness Road was part of 800 acres destroyed in June after a prescribed burn in the Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area reig-nited. About 36 homes were destroyed and 140 residents were left homeless.Creamer lost part of her home in the fire and sheÂs still waiting for government assistance to rebuild. She said a neighbor extinguished the flames running up the side of her sonÂs bedroom after the family had evacuated.Some residents on Wil-derness Road, like CreamerÂs husband, chose to ignore evacuation orders and ride out Hurricane Michael. The residents whose homes were destroyed hunkered in temporary FEMA trailers and mobile homes.Residents who stayed behind said they were scared Michael would claim their homes, too. Even if those homes are just temporary.ÂWe have had tragedy after tragedy,ÂŽ Creamer said. ÂMy life hasnÂt stopped since the fire. IÂm in shock. IÂm in dis-belief. I donÂt know what to think. IÂm just blessed and happy that my family is alive.ÂŽEastpoint is the type of rural community where the skeletons of tractors rust in residentsÂ front lawns and childrenÂs bicycles scatter the gravel driveways. The once beautiful forest of pine trees surrounding the homes are now black with soot.Jean and Earl Butler, who hunkered down for Hurri-cane Michael with their three grandchildren, said the storm was scarier than expected. The familyÂs main house was spared in the wildfire. They did lose their rental home next door and about $100,000 in tools and big machinery. ÂOur house has been saved in two disasters,ÂŽ Jean Butler said. ÂWhatÂs coming next? IÂm just glad everybody was OK.ÂWe didnÂt know what we were coming back to after the fire,ÂŽ she added. ÂWe were just blessed we got out. The road was thick with smoke and cars were bumper to bumper. WeÂre blessed our home was spared again.ÂŽWhat would have been three houses down if the homes were still there sat Jimmy Boone on Thursday, a colorful character the community knows all too well.Boone lost everything in the wildfire, and he insisted on staying behind in his brand new mobile home to make sure the belongings heÂd gath-ered since then would be OK. Boone said he wants the world to know his community of 41 years is strong and united.ÂHoney, itÂs very sad,ÂŽ Boone said. ÂWeÂve come out good. We just ainÂt got no power or water. Nobody lost their life. I lost everything I had in that fire. It felt very bad. Everybody pulled together and helped each other. That got us back to what weÂve got.ÂŽBoone said as the gusts of Hurricane Michael started up Wednesday, he thought for sure his mobile home would be blown away.ÂBut it didnÂt,ÂŽ Boone said. ÂIt was very scary. Just blowing and blowing and blowing. Lord, I hope this is the end of all of this. Maybe the good Lord will take care of it? He took care of us this time. ÂIÂm going to start cleaning up the mess, just not today. IÂm just too tired.ÂŽÂTragedy after tragedyÂJean and Earl Butler and their three grandchildren ignored evacuation orders and stayed at their home in Eastpoint in Franklin County during Hurricane Michael. The Butlers were among hundreds of people affected by a wildÂ“ re in June. [HEATHER OSBOURNE/GATEHOUSE MEDIA FLORIDA] OÂShawn Moore takes time for a joyride as he helps his family pick up debris left by Hurricane Michael. [HEATHER OSBOURNE/GATEHOUSE MEDIA FLORIDA] A wildÂ“ re in June damaged much of Eastpoint in Franklin County. [RICHARD BICKEL/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO] Anna Creamer rocks her sweat-covered toddler as she waits for trafÂ“ c to clear on John Gorrie Memorial Bridge on Thursday. [HEATHER OSBOURNE/GATEHOUSE MEDIA FLORIDA] Jimmy Boone sits on the front porch of his new mobile home Thursday after he hunkered down during Hurricane Michael. Boone lost all of his belongings in a wildÂ“ re in June. [HEATHER OSBOURNE/ GATEHOUSE MEDIA FLORIDA]
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** The News Herald | Saturday, October 13, 2018 B1 LOCAL & STATEBy Katie Landeck and Annie BlanksGateHouse Media FloridaPANAMA CITY Â„ A sign of hope and recovery postHurricane Michael came Friday morning in the form of the SamÂs Club on West 23rd street reopening on a limited basis.Store manager Roger Lissenden said the clubÂs first order of business was to get its gas station open. Three of the 12 pumps were open Friday morning, and a line for fuel quickly formed. Custom-ers were allowed to fill two five-gallon gas tanks in addi-tion to their vehicle.ÂThis is a godsend,ÂŽ said Tim Burgett, who was there to get fuel, water and a generator.Father and son, Frederick Willis Sr. and Frederick Willis Jr., were some of the first to get gas. They were down to an eighth of a tank. They also stocked up on fuel for their generator.SamÂs Club waived its membership requirement to shop. Only a limited inventory was available because teams must come in to assess the inventory to determine what was okay to keep on the floor and what needed to be disposed of.ÂWe have people here facilitating cleanup and safety inside,ÂŽ Lissenden said. ÂTheyÂre making temporary repairs to roof damage and determining when and where itÂs safe to be inside. We had to get clearance from them first to open up at all; that was the first step.ÂŽPart of the storeÂs roof had caved in, and there was damage throughout the building. But it had power and limited air conditioning, and about 10 staff members slept on the floor overnight Thurs-day to prepare to open Friday.SamÂs Club supplied the Panama City police with water, underwear, diapers and other items for people SamÂs Club in Panama City reopens SamÂs Club opened Friday but was only letting a few customers in the store at a time. Employees put a table with power strips and cellphone chargers outside so people could charge their phones while they waited to shop. [KATIE LANDECK/NEWS HERALD] By Jim ThompsonGateHouse Media FloridaFORT WALTON BEACH Â„ At least four local hospi-tals are among the health care facilities taking in patients from hospitals in Panama City that sustained damage from Hurricane Michael.As of Friday morning those hospitals had taken in 133 patients from Panama City, and were expecting to receive as many as 50 more, according to figures included in various news releases.Fort Walton Beach Medi-cal Center had taken in more than 60 patients as of Friday afternoon, and remained ready to receive additional ones, according to Elizabeth Chestnut, the hospitalÂs mar-keting coordinator.ÂWeÂve been going around the clock,ÂŽ Chestnut said. The hospitalÂs administra-tive staff has been working 24 hours a day since Tuesday, she added.Most of the patients brought to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center have come from Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, a sister facility. A few patients also have come from Bay Medical Center, according to Chestnut.Overnight Thursday, Baptist Hospital in Pensacola received nine patients evacuated from Bay Medical Center. Through Friday, Baptist Hospital was expecting up to 30 additional patients from the storm-ravaged area to be relocated to Baptist Health Care facilities, according to a news release.ÂWe are honored and hum-bled to be able to care for our neighbors in this way,ÂŽ Mark Faulkner, Baptist Health Care president and CEO, said in the news release.Locally, Sacred Heart Hos-pital on the Emerald Coast in Miramar Beach issued a news release Friday that said it had received a number of patients from Panama City, and was expecting to receive a total of 28 patients. Most of those came from Bay Medi-cal Center, part of the Sacred Heart hospital system.Another 66 patients from Bay Medical Center have been transferred to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, which was expected Friday to receive an additional 15 to 20 patients from Bay Medical Center.Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, a 19-bed hospital in Port St. Joe, another area hit hard by Hurricane Michael, evacuated patients before the hurricane arrived and suspended all operations. The hospital building survived the hurricane intact but lacks power, communications and drinking water.Hospitals taking patients from Panama CityAmbulances deliver patients from Panama City hospitals damaged during Hurricane Michael to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in Miramar Beach. Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is one of at least four area hospitals taking in patients evacuated from Panama City healthcare facilities. Other hospitals taking evacuated patients include Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Baptist Hospital in Pensacola and Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SACRED HEART ON THE EMERALD COAST] By Tony Judnich GateHouse Media FloridaDuke Energy officials anticipate providing an estimated time of power restoration for customers in Wakulla County and eastern Franklin County on Saturday, and for customers in western Franklin County, Gulf County and eastern Bay County later on this weekend.The latter three areas were closest to the track of Hurricane Michael and sustained a historic level of storm destruction, Duke Energy officials said.ÂOur transmission grid in this area has sustained significant damage,ÂŽ Duke Energy Storm Director Jason Cutliffe said during the companyÂs conference call with media on Friday afternoon.Michael left behind some of the worst damage that the companyÂs restoration crews have ever seen, he said.At least 80 percent of Duke Energy customers in Bay, Franklin, Gulf, Jeffer-son and Wakulla counties lost power when the hurricane made landfall on Wednesday, according to company officials.They said the storm knocked out electricity Duke Enery working to restore powerFWBMC, Sacred Heart hospitals, Baptist Hospital caring for patients from devastated facilities Among rst stores to reopen a er Hurricane Michael The boardwalk located at Lafayette Park in Franklin County following Hurricane Michael. [RON NALLEY/SPECIAL TO THE DAILY NEWS] Downtown Apalachicola Wednesday. [DAVID ALDERSTEIN/ GATEHOUSE MEDIA FLORIDA] See REOPEN, B3 See POWER, B3
** B2 Saturday, October 13, 2018 | The News HeraldBy Heather Osbourne GateHouse Media FloridaFRANKLIN COUNTY Â„ Jesica Shiver was just three days away from fulfilling her childhood dream of a shabby chic wedding under the gazebo at Lafayette Park in Apalachicola.Shiver had vacationed in Franklin County with her family every year of her life, and later with her fianc, Matt Brock, when they met and fell in love. The Gibson Inn was booked for the reception, a customized wooden sign had been marked with her wedding date, and all that was left was for family to head in from out of town.But Shiver said she was heartbroken when the imminent arrival of Hur-ricane Michael broke on local news.ÂI never thought it was going to happen on my wedding weekend,ÂŽ Jesica said. ÂIÂve been crying on and off this past week. Our family didnÂt end up coming down. Everyone stayed put.ÂŽEven more troubling than a canceled wedding, the soon-to-be Mrs. Brock hadnÂt received any word as of Thursday whether her home one block from the water in Lynn Haven had been spared. Shiver said her home flooded a few months ago following a busted pipe, and theyÂd just remodeled all of the exterior and added a new roof.Shiver, who is a nurse at a Panama City hospital, was supposed to head to the area to relieve nurses on call. She found out at noon Thursdayher hos-pital would be shut down for the next 90 days.On Friday, Shiver went back to Lynn Haven where she saw firsthand the damage to her home and neighborhood.ÂChimney gone,ÂŽ Shiver texted through a spotty cellphone connec-tion Friday. ÂThey said no electric for two months in Lynn Haven.ÂŽShiver said she plans to stay there to volunteer her medical skills.Over in Apalachicola, Lafayette Park was littered with debris and downed trees Wednes-day. The gazebo had been spared, according to reports. The Gibson Inn also remained intact.ÂI was looking forward to my family and having pictures made in a place that I really love,ÂŽ Shiver said. ÂIÂve been wanting this since I was a little girl.ÂŽÂIÂve been wanting this since I was a little girlÂHurricane Michael disrupts wedding plans for Jesica Shiver and Matt Brock WEATHER 6 a.m Noon6 p.m Low Hazard Medium Hazard High Hazard Water closed to public Dangerous Marine Life High Low 84/64 82/68 83/58 82/67 81/69 81/59 80/59 82/60 82/57 76/54 81/59 80/59 82/59 82/65 83/67 83/66 84/59 82/6686/7187/7287/7086/65Sunshine and patchy clouds Mostly sunny, warm and humid Mostly sunny with a thunderstorm Variably cloudy with a few showers8262787666Winds: SE 6-12 mph Winds: SSE 7-14 mph Winds: SSE 4-8 mph Winds: NNE 4-8 mph Winds: E 4-8 mphBlountstown 9.14 ft. 15 ft. Caryville 8.82 ft. 12 ft. Clairborne 35.50 ft. 42 ft. Century 6.34 ft. 17 ft. Coffeeville, AL 2.98 ft. 29 ft. Through 7 a.m. Fri.Apalachicola 5:49a 12:41a 9:00p 1:45p Destin 12:29a 11:30a ----West Pass 5:22a 12:14a 8:33p 1:18p Panama City --10:57a ----Port St. Joe 10:17a 8:07a 11:05p 12:22p Okaloosa Island 11:43p 10:36a ----Milton 2:42a 1:51p ----East Bay 1:46a 1:21p ----Pensacola 1:02a 12:04p ----Fishing Bend 1:43a 12:55p ----The Narrows 2:39a 2:55p ----Carrabelle 4:24a 11:32a 7:35p 11:03pForecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. 2018FirstFullLastNew Oct 16Oct 24Oct 31Nov 7Sunrise today ........... 6:43 a.m. Sunset tonight .......... 6:14 p.m. Moonrise today ...... 11:00 a.m. Moonset today ......... 9:47 p.m. Today Sun. Today Sun.Clearwater 86/73/pc 89/78/s Daytona Beach 84/69/pc 86/74/s Ft. 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Today Sun.Albuquerque 70/50/pc 61/32/r Anchorage 51/39/r 49/39/pc Atlanta 74/56/s 78/62/pc Baltimore 61/43/pc 63/52/pc Birmingham 75/60/s 83/66/pc Boston 54/43/r 61/48/s Charlotte 70/50/s 69/59/pc Chicago 53/42/s 53/36/r Cincinnati 54/41/s 58/51/c Cleveland 53/40/sh 62/51/c Dallas 72/64/t 71/43/sh Denver 61/20/pc 27/14/sn Detroit 54/39/pc 60/46/c Honolulu 84/73/sh 85/73/pc Houston 88/75/pc 89/69/pc Indianapolis 54/41/s 56/45/c Kansas City 58/41/c 47/28/r Las Vegas 80/58/pc 73/51/s Los Angeles 73/62/sh 75/58/s Memphis 67/57/pc 76/55/r Milwaukee 54/43/s 51/35/r Minneapolis 53/32/c 42/30/pc Nashville 64/52/s 71/63/r New Orleans 85/72/s 89/73/pc New York City 58/46/pc 59/52/s Oklahoma City 54/50/r 54/35/c Philadelphia 59/44/pc 62/53/pc Phoenix 77/64/sh 77/61/pc Pittsburgh 50/36/pc 59/48/c St. Louis 56/46/pc 55/39/r Salt Lake City 63/36/pc 49/30/s San Antonio 85/76/t 87/52/c San Diego 70/64/sh 72/61/pc San Francisco 70/52/s 75/52/s Seattle 63/43/s 65/44/s Topeka 59/42/c 45/28/r Tucson 73/57/r 72/55/pc Wash., DC 61/46/pc 64/56/pcSundayMondayTuesdayWednesday Gulf Temperature: 81 Today: Wind north-northeast at 6-12 knots. Seas 2 feet or less. Visibility clear. Wind eastnortheast 6-12 knots. Seas 2 feet or less. Clear. Tomorrow: Wind from the east-southeast at 7-14 knots. Seas 1-3 feet. Visibility generally unrestricted.Mostly sunny today. Winds east 4-8 mph. Clear tonight. Winds light and variable.High/low ......................... 79/61 Last year's high/low ....... 89/75 Normal high/low ............. 82/62 Record high ............. 90 (1982) Record low ............... 44 (1992)24 hours through 4 p.m. .. 0.00" Month to date .................. 3.28" Normal month to date ....... 1.65" Year to date ................... 45.88" Normal year to date ....... 50.64" Average humidity .............. 69%through 4 p.m. yesterdayHigh/low ......................... 80/60 Last year's high/low ....... 92/79 Normal high/low ............. 80/64 Record high ............. 93 (1982) Record low ............... 37 (1971)24 hours through 4 p.m. .. 0.00" Month to date ................... 2.01" Normal month to date ...... 2.00" Year to date .................... 47.28" Normal year to date ........ 51.33" Average humidity .............. 62%PANAMA CITY Port St. Joe Apalachicola Tallahassee Perry Quincy Monticello Marianna Chipley DeFuniak Springs Pensacola FORT WALTON BEACH Crestview Destin Carrabelle Mobile Bainbridge ValdostaFLORIDA CITIESCity Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W WORLD CITIESCity Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W NATIONAL CITIESCity Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W TODAY FIVE DAY FORECAST FOR NORTHWEST FLORIDAHigh LowREGIONAL WEATHERWeather(W): ssunny, pcpartly cloudy, ccloudy, shshowers, tthunderstorms, rrain, sfsnow Â” urries, snsnow, iice. 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** The News Herald | Saturday, October 13, 2018 B3for an estimated total of 31,000 Duke Energy Florida customers.Duke Energy Florida President Catherine Stempien said the hurri-cane damaged numerous electric transmission and distribution facilities, including substations, utility poles, power lines and other key system components Â… all of which need to be repaired or replaced before power can be restored to individual homes and businesses.Many customers who lost power are in hardto-reach areas like Mexico Beach, where trees must be removed before crews can gain access to a single road lane, Cutliffe said.He said more than 2,400 Duke Energy employees and workers from other companies are working to restore power.ÂWeÂre committed to working around the clock, for however long as it takes, to restore power,ÂŽ Cutliffe said. POWERFrom Page B1sheltered at the police station.The store let only a few people in at a time to maintain order, even though the line outside was growing long. A table with power strips and cellphone chargers was stationed outside the front doors to allow people to charge their phones while they waited to enter.Lissenden said heÂd helped other stores open up after bad storms, but this was the first time it happened to his store.ÂItÂs so different,ÂŽ he said. ÂBut itÂs awesome to be able to do this for my community.ÂŽ REOPENFrom Page B1SamÂs Club in Panama City opened on a limited basis Friday. Only a few people at a time were let into the store. [PHOTOS BY KATIE LANDECK/NEWS HERALD] A hole in the roof of SamÂs Club in Panama City didnÂt stop the store from opening Friday. Frederick Willis Sr. and Frederick Willis Jr. were some of the Â“ rst people to get gas at SamÂs Club on 23rd Street in Panama City on Friday morning. A long line formed outside SamÂs Club in Panama City on Friday. SamÂs Club provided the Panama City Police Department with towels, diapers, underwear and other necessities for people who were sheltered at the police station. SamÂs Club on 23rd Street opened three of its 12 gasoline pumps Friday. Store manager Roger Lissenden said he hopes to have all 12 pumps up and running soon.
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** B6 Saturday, October 13, 2018 | The News HeraldPanama City News Herald staff and Associated Press photographers have been on the ground covering Hurricane MichaelÂs impact fr om Panama City east to Apalachicola. Here are some of the images they captured over the past few days. See page A2 for more pictur es.Scenes from Hurricane MichaelDebris clutters the water on Oct.11 in Panama City. [PATTI BLAKE/NEWS HERALD] A city worker moves debris from the road on Oct.11 in Panama City. [PATTIE BLAKE/ NEWS HERALD] A woman walks past a damaged building in the historical downtown district in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City on Friday. [AP PHOTO/DAVID GOLDMAN] Damage from Hurricane Michael in Panama City Friday. [MICHAEL SNYDER/DAILY NEWS] Rex Buzzett, far left, his son Josh Buzzett and neighbor Hilda Duren stand outside the BuzzettÂs home, Thursday, that was gutted by a storm surge in Port St. Joe, Fla. [AP PHOTO/RUSS BYNUM] A sign reads ÂLooters will be shotÂŽ outside of a business on Oct.12 in Panama City, Fla. [PATTIE BLAKE/NEWS HERALD] People line up at a Red Cross relief station near Hig hway 98 in Panama City Friday. [MICHAEL SNYDER/DAILY NEWS] Jane Lindsey, left, sits by a lantern outside her antique shop with her grandson Cody Weaver, from left, sonin-law Chris Allen and daughter Amy Lindsey during a power outage in the aftermath of hurricane Michael in Panama City on Thursday. [AP PHOTO/DAVID GOLDMAN]
** The News Herald | Saturday, October 13, 2018 B7Cardinal out as archbishop of Washington amid sex abuse scandal; FrancisÂ lack of condemnation called into questionBy Claudia Lauer, Nicole Winfield and David CraryThe Associated PressNORRISTOWN, Penn-sylvania Â„ Amid unfolding sex-abuse scandals, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as arch-bishop of Washington. But the popeÂs gentle words and lack of condemnation angered those who feel top Catholic leaders continue to shirk responsibility for the global crisis.Among those frustrated by the popeÂs announcement Friday was Pennsylvania Attor-ney General Josh Shapiro, who oversaw a grand jury report issued in August on rampant sex abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses. The report accused Wuerl of helping to protect some child-molesting priests while he was bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006.ÂIt is unacceptable that then-Bishop Wuerl... oversaw and participated in the systematic cover-up that he did when leading the Pittsburgh Diocese and that he is now able to retire seemingly with no conse-quences for his actions,ÂŽ Shapiro said. ÂWe canÂt rely on the church to fix itself.ÂŽShapiro spoke at a news conference after urging the state Senate to pass legis-lation allowing sex-abuse victims to sue in old cases they now canÂt pursue because of the statute of limitations.Wuerl had offered his resignation as archbishop in late 2015, after he turned 75. Pope Francis accepted the offer Friday, but asked Wuerl to stay on temporarily until a replacement is found and suggested he had unfairly become a scapegoat and victim of the mounting outrage over the abuse scandal.ÂYou have sufficient elements to justify your actions and distinguish between what it means to cover up crimes or not to deal with problems, and to commit some mistakes,ÂŽ Francis wrote to Wuerl. ÂHowever, your nobility has led you not to choose this way of defense. Of this I am proud and thank you.ÂŽWuerl, who turns 78 in November, initially played down the grand jury report and defended his own record, but eventually con-cluded he should no longer lead the archdiocese.ÂThe Holy FatherÂs decision to provide new leadership to the arch-diocese can allow all of the faithful, clergy, religious and lay, to focus on heal-ing and the future,ÂŽ Wuerl said in a statement Friday. ÂOnce again for any past errors in judgment I apolo-gize and ask for pardon.ÂŽWith the resignation, Wuerl becomes the most prominent Catholic head to roll since his predecessor as Washington archbishop, Theodore McCarrick, was forced to resign as cardinal this year over allegations he sexually abused at least two minors and adult seminarians.Wuerl, even as he drew criticism in the grand jury report, also faced widespread skepticism over his insistence that he knew nothing about years of alleged sexual miscon-duct by McCarrick.Wuerl was named prominently in the 11-page denunciation of an aleged McCarrick cover-up that was written by the VaticanÂs former ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. He accused a long line of U.S. and Vatican churchmen of turning a blind eye to McCarrickÂs penchant for sleeping with seminarians.FrancisÂ praise for Wuerl alarmed advocates for abuse survivors, who said it was evidence of the cleri-cal culture Francis himself denounces in which the church hierarchy consis-tently protects its own.The pope Âneeds to fire and publicly admonish any bishop that has enabled perpetrators by concealing their crimes from law enforcement and the public,ÂŽ said Becky Ianni of SNAP, a network of abuse survivors.She said Francis should turn over all Vatican records on child sex crimes to secular authori-ties, and also demand that every cardinal and bishop post the names of all the accused clergy on diocesan websites.Patty Fortney-Julius, one of five sisters from central Pennsylvania who have accused their now-dead parish priest of sexually abusing them as children, also voiced frustrations.ÂIf the pope truly wants a pure faith and Catholics that can walk in on Sunday morning with their head held high... then they will open up every secret archive in the world, and thatÂs the bottom line,ÂŽ she said at Josh ShapiroÂs news conference. ÂYou canÂt speak out of both sides of your mouth. Scripture doesnÂt teach that, so the Catholic Church shouldnÂt teach that, especially from the popeÂs pulpit.ÂŽWuerl has not been charged with any wrongdoing but was named numerous times in the grand jury report, which details instances in which he allowed priests accused of misconduct to be reas-signed or reinstated.In one case cited in the report, Wuerl Â„ acting on a doctorÂs recommendation Â„ enabled the Rev. William OÂMalley to return to active ministry in 1998 despite allegations of abuse lodged against him in the past and his own admission that he was sexually interested in adolescents. Years later, according to the report, six more people alleged that they were sexually assaulted by OÂMalley, in some cases after he had been reinstated.Pope accepts WuerlÂs resignationThis Sept. 23, 2015, photo shows Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, left, talking with Pope Francis after a Mass in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. [DAVID GOLDMAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO]
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