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Panama City News Herald (Newspaper) - August 4, 1995, Panama City, Florida Overheard i this Bill has been sold to the highest bidder in every telecommunications Industry y a vice president Al Gore on a House Bill that would rewrite telecommunications Laws. , 4a. Good morning Panama City Disney Abc merger is cause for optimism not misguided fears. Viewpoint 10a. Inside medicaid funds House gives states Choice on rape incest abortions. , 4a. Alabama penalties Sec ponders taking tide s sanctioned Points. Sports 1c. Economic reports factory orders jobless claims Down. Business 8b. Bicycling giant Cannondale pedals to top of Industry. Business 8b. News line talks fail croats ready to attack serbs. world 4a. V. I growing restless Livan tired of questions about his recovery. Sports 1c. Index Bridie Ioc buslmm/s-10b class fled Hoe comics us Cromford Loc death /2b Horoscope Loc prime time Ioc Landers Ioc sports/l-6c local state lab stat sheet/2c movles/8,9c u.sjworkl/4-12a Newt of weird Ioc viewpoint/10a people/2a weather/2a Florida lottery Cash three 3-9-4 play four 6-1-0-2 fantasy five 2-6-17-20-23 weather mostly Cloudy High today 82 to 86 Low 73 to 77. Weather 2a. To of a it unruly Erin rakes Panhandle Hurricane Erin s erratic path and changing strike Points proved trying for Bay county emergency management director David Miller and Panhandle turns pummels Pensacola Bill Kaczor associated press Pensacola a Hurricane Erin raked Florida a second time thursday ambushing thousands of residents and tourists in the Panhandle exploding Power transformers cutting water lines uprooting Trees and blasting out windows. The storm s sustained winds of 94 mph and gusts of 103 mph damaged businesses and Homes across several counties. Power lines blew Down faster than Utility Crews could keep up knocking out Power to More than 480,000 people. Huge Oak and Pine Trees were uprooted and toppled onto deserted streets Homes and cars. Quot we have Trees Down we have transformers exploding on Power poles Quot John Teelin a spokesman for Escambia county emergency management said As Erin blew ashore. Quot it s quite a no injuries or deaths were immediately reported. Erin killed at least two people and left five missing at sea when it hit Central Florida Early wednesday. Erin was downgraded to a tropical storm late thursday and was expected to weaken to a depression As its sustained winds dropped to 40 mph. By late in the Day it had veered past Mobile ala., and at 11 . Was about 45 Miles South Southwest of Meridian miss. The storm was moving toward the Northwest near 13 mph and was expected to slow Down Friday As it carries the remnants across Mississippi and Eastern Arkansas said the National Hurricane Center in Miami. In Florida gov. Lawton Chiles requested a Federal emergency declaration from president Clinton to pave the Way for disaster Aid. The governor and James Lee Witt director of the Federal emergency management Agency planned to Survey the damage by air Friday. Quot we thank god that this storm did not pack the catastrophic punch that others have in the past Quot Clinton said in a statement promising Federal help. The Center of the storm moved ashore at about 10 . In Pensacola which had not been hit directly by a Hurricane since one in september 1926 killed 372 people in Florida and Alabama. Worst of storm s fury bypasses Bay Peggy Ussery the news Herald Hurricane Erin lived up to the reputation of other hurricanes in Gulf of Mexico thursday a they never behave. Erin made a second landfall Early thursday Between Pensacola and Navarre Beach before moving into Mississippi. It paused Long enough in Bay county to Sling Trees into Homes close Down Bridges cause higher tides and rough surf and brought gusts of wind approaching 80 mph. No major damage or injuries were reported. Even As Erin made landfall the season s sixth tropical depression was forming off the coast of Cuba. Quot it looks very impressive Quot Bay county Public safety director David Miller said of the latest addition to the Hurricane season. Quot its a very Well organized tropical now Herald photo Vorn Miller ambushed storm dealt Beach officials vacationers a Surprise. Local in missing rafters search continues for father daughter. Local in at the ready Gulf Power repair Crews scrambled after Erin. Local in please see pummels / 8a photo Courtesy of Ryan Conrad Sheila Bennett helps Bill Welch measure the trunk of an Oak tree that fell and broke through the roof of Welch s Home. Early morning High winds from Hurricane Erin brought the decaying tree Down on the two Story House. Erin became a Hurricane wednesday and came ashore on Florida s Atlantic coast. After crossing the Peninsula Erin was downgraded to a tropical storm Only to gain Hurricane strength again in the Gulf of Mexico. Erin skirted off the Panhandle coast wednesday and thursday passing Bay coun _ to about 40 Miles offshore thursday morning. After that the county began to feel the High winds and rain coming off the Hurricane s Northeast quadrant. Erin reached sustained winds at 85 mph with gusts up to 110 mph. At one Point the storm slowed to 9 mph on its West by Northwest path. As Bay county was feeling the Brunt of the storm area Bridges were closed. Hathaway Bridge Dupont Bridge and West Bay Bridge were closed As sustained winds reached 55 mph. Wind gusts were so bad on Hathaway Bridge that a Bay county Deputy sheriffs patrol car was blown into a guard rail on the Bridge. The Deputy was not injured and the car sustained minor damage. While Erin pummelled the coastal areas around Pensacola before moving into Mississippi Bay county suffered Only minor damage. Quot Over All i think it went very Well Quot Miller said of preparations for the storm. Miller said downed Trees and Power lines in addition to some structural damage to businesses and houses just about covered the county s damage. Tornadoes were still a concern thursday evening but none had been confirmed. Residents in the Cove area Donaldson Point and in Panama City Beach were expected to experience Power outages hours after the storm passed. Some Beach areas will probably have some erosion As a result of the High tides that accompanied Erin Miller said. Quot what i be seen of the Waves i m sure please see storm / 8a Courtesy of the Wausau Community development club Possum heaven it s festival time again in Wausau. Entertainer. Delta discontinuing flights to Panama Cit Matt Moore business editor not just . Delta cutting Money losing routes business 8b Bay county will once again be without the services of a major airline Jet service when Delta cuts its daily flights to Atlanta dec. 1. Delta airlines announced thursday morning it was discontinuing its four daily flights from Panama City to Atlanta to Cut costs and reign in expenses under its leadership 7.5 program. Atlantic Southeast airlines is stepping in to provide smaller jets for flights to Atlanta but commuters headed to locations outside Atlanta Likely will have to switch airlines at Hartfield International Airport. Tourist development Council director Tom Cason said the Impact on Bay county and tourism by losing Delta would be Quot we Don t have a major Carrier anymore with Jet service especially with the area just introducing a new International Airport Quot he said. Quot it s a definite blow to the Community not just to tourism but the business without a major Carrier like Delta airlines Cason said it becomes More difficult for the tic to Quot sell Quot Bay county. Quot it sure makes it tougher on us to sell this area As a growing Community it s an embarrassment Quot he said. Quot this definitely leaves the groundwork for the new director and the Airport authority to get out and beat the Delta s cutbacks Are expected to return the company to sustained profitability. Quot the Winter adjustments announced today and the changes already made this summer capitalize on Delta s competitive strengths in our major hubs Quot said Robert w. Coggin Delta s senior vice president for marketing. Quot when we launched the leadership 7.5 program we said we would review our flight schedules to ensure maximum use of resources and improved revenues. Through that review we have reaffirmed that Delta s Geo graphically balanced Hub and spoke system is the most effective Way to serve our starting dec. 1, the airline also will discontinue flights from Asheville . Chattanooga Tenn. Columbus please see Delta / 8a

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