Tag Archives: Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael aftermath: Is banning alcohol sales in a storm zone a good idea? Can polling help in the future?

Let me start this piece by saying I am all for free expression and free will. I understand people have different ways of coping with danger and fear. Alcohol is one of them, for better or worse. In the case of countless storms in the past I’ve worried about the prospect of “hurricane parties” (like […]

Why are Florida Hurricanes becoming more deadly?

Editors note: At the time of publishing the AP reported a Florida death toll from Michael of 16. Our own TFS count is 19 based on local sources, but either way the number is certain to rise as rescue efforts continue. Michael could go down as the deadliest or second deadliest Florida Hurricane since 1935, a […]

The politics of Michael – how past hurricanes impacted Florida’s elections

Hurricane Michael was a historic storm but just the latest to potentially impact Florida close to an election.

Michael in historical terms

As a veteran albeit amateur Hurricane watcher, I have a lot of adjectives to describe Michael. Let’s start   with historic, once-in-a-lifetime, scary, frightening, etc, etc. Below we’ll attempt to begin framing an educated discussion of this storm as we seek to create a dialogue about its impact in the coming weeks and months. In historically […]

Ahead of Hurricane Michael, State Rep Amy Mercado calls for extension of voter registration period

“Gov. Scott should extend the voter registration deadline to October 16” Today, Representative Amy Mercado released the following statement: “We should be making it easier for people to vote, not harder. Gov. Scott should extend the voter registration deadline to October 16 and allow everyone in the path of the hurricane to be able to […]

Remembering Hurricane Eloise’s run at the Panhandle

In 1975, Hurricane Eloise became the first Major Hurricane to strike Florida since Hurricane Betsy in 1965. The storm made landfall near the Bay County/Walton County line as a Category 3 storm. It made landfall just to the west, by about 15-20 miles where Hurricane Michael is projected strike in the next day. A note on […]