Family evacuates Panama City to deliver baby in Chattanooga
Family evacuates Panama City to deliver baby in Chattanooga

Brooke Brumelow was supposed to have a medically necessary C-section in Panama City. She says the severity of the storm caused her plans to change, but the outcome was just as beautiful.

Local churches making a difference in the Florida Panhandle
Local churches making a difference in the Florida Panhandle

A team made up of 14 volunteers from Ooltewah Baptist Church, Hamilton County and CrossNet Baptist Network, are spending their week cleaning, fixing and repairing what residents can’t do alone.

Two local Red Cross volunteers bring supplies to southwest Georgia
Two local Red Cross volunteers bring supplies to southwest Georgia

Southwest Georgia was in the direct path of Hurricane Michael. Many communities are still without power and food supplies are running low.

Red Cross volunteers from across region stationed in GA for Hurricane Michael relief efforts
Red Cross volunteers from across region stationed in GA for Hurricane Michael relief efforts

UPDATE: About 250 Red Cross volunteers from across the region are stationed in Macon, Georgia for Hurricane Michael relief efforts. Two volunteers are from Hamilton County. Saturday morning, they learned they will be sent to Benevolence, Georgia in Randol

Local Red Cross volunteers deploy to hurricane-impacted areas of Gulf Coast
Local Red Cross volunteers deploy to hurricane-impacted areas of Gulf Coast

Two Red Cross volunteers from the Tennessee Valley are helping in areas affected by Hurricane Michael, and Channel 3 is traveling with them.

Travel insurance and Hurricane Michael
Travel insurance and Hurricane Michael

Here are a few key things to keep in mind about most travel insurance policies when it comes to natural disasters.

Can't contact a loved one in Florida? Officials say be patient.
Can't contact a loved one in Florida? Officials say be patient.

If you have someone along the Gulf Coast you haven't been able to reach yet, officials say be patient. There's a link to make a report.

Hurricane Michael splits up family with Chattanooga ties
Hurricane Michael splits up family with Chattanooga ties

Some chose to stay behind in Panama City and others evacuated to the Scenic City.

Drone footage shows Hurricane Michael ravaged Florida town where it made landfall
Drone footage shows Hurricane Michael ravaged Florida town where it made landfall

The Mexico Beach, Florida, area is largely inaccessible due to damaged roadways and bridges.

TN Valley crews ready to respond to Hurricane Michael damage
TN Valley crews ready to respond to Hurricane Michael damage

Volunteers with the Red Cross from Northwest Georgia and linemen from Chattanooga are already in place.

Hurricane Michael is so bad Waffle House closed in Panama City Beach
Hurricane Michael is so bad Waffle House closed in Panama City Beach

The restaurant that never closes is officially closed.

Hurricane Michael impacting fall break plans for two Chattanooga families
Hurricane Michael impacting fall break plans for two Chattanooga families

The families tell Channel 3 they noticed clouds moving in, wind picking up and big waves on Tuesday. But they made different decisions about what to do as the storm moves in.

UPDATE: One dead as Michael, now a Category 1 hurricane, churns across land
UPDATE: One dead as Michael, now a Category 1 hurricane, churns across land

The hurricane, the strongest to hit the Panhandle on record, is "one that we're never going to forget," the head of the National Hurricane Center said.

North Carolina family moves to Chattanooga after Florence
North Carolina family moves to Chattanooga after Florence

Narhonda Jackson decided to leave Hope Mills, North Carolina when people in surrounding cities were told to evacuate. Now, she plans to call Chattanooga home.

"Operation: Good Neighbor" collects $35,000 in donations, cash for Florence victims
"Operation: Good Neighbor" collects $35,000 in donations, cash for Florence victims

The donation drive was a combined effort between Channel 3 and our radio partners at US-101.

Duke Energy: Dam breached at NC plant, coal ash may be flowing into Cape Fear River
Duke Energy: Dam breached at NC plant, coal ash may be flowing into Cape Fear River

The president of Duke Energy's North Carolina operations, David Fountain, told CNBC earlier this week that the impact from Hurricane Florence has been the most severe he's ever experienced.

Feds: Man stole hurricane victim's IDs as part of $8M scam
Feds: Man stole hurricane victim's IDs as part of $8M scam

A Maryland man is accused of stealing hurricane victim's identities as part what the Secret Service describes as an $8 million effort to scam a Federal Emergency Management Agency program.

Hamilton Co. dispatchers assisting in North Carolina
Hamilton Co. dispatchers assisting in North Carolina

Hamilton County 911 dispatchers are answering the call for help in North Carolina.

Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain
Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain

Several meteorologists and disaster experts say Florence highlights a problem with the way hurricane danger is rated.

Team from Athens Utilities Board helping with Florence recovery
Team from Athens Utilities Board helping with Florence recovery

The team is in Fayetteville and before that they were helping in Greenville, North Carolina to help repair power outages caused by Florence.

UPDATE: Red Cross opens shelter for Florence evacuees
UPDATE: Red Cross opens shelter for Florence evacuees

As of Monday morning, nine evacuees from North Carolina are staying at the local Red Cross shelter at the Brainerd Youth and Family Development Center. 

National Guard uses heat-seeking camera to find, rescue those trapped by rising water
National Guard uses heat-seeking camera to find, rescue those trapped by rising water

A rescue team flew over Lenoir County in a search-and-rescue mission as floodwaters continued to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

UPDATE: Florence kills 9 and batters N.C. agricultural town with relentless rain
UPDATE: Florence kills 9 and batters N.C. agricultural town with relentless rain

'This is an uninvited brute that just won't leave,' said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Local fire agencies to deploy to Carolinas to help with Florence relief
Local fire agencies to deploy to Carolinas to help with Florence relief

Firefighters from several areas, including McMinn County and the city of Athens, will make up the 37-member team.

WATCH LIVE: FEMA update on Hurricane Florence
WATCH LIVE: FEMA update on Hurricane Florence

The eye of the storm passed over the coast near Wrightsville Beach, northeast of Wilmington, at 7:15 a.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center said.

UPDATE: Local shelter helping house displaced hurricane dogs
UPDATE: Local shelter helping house displaced hurricane dogs

HES Executive Director Bob Citrullo is expecting up to 80 dogs at some point, with 20 of them arriving Thursday night.

Local Airbnb hosts opening homes to Hurricane Florence evacuees
Local Airbnb hosts opening homes to Hurricane Florence evacuees

A stay that usually costs $199 per night will now be free of charge through Airbnb's open homes program.

TODAY's meteorologists explain the science of Hurricane Florence to kids
TODAY's meteorologists explain the science of Hurricane Florence to kids

Finally, you can answer the question, 'but WHY is there a hurricane?'

Georgia's governor declares state of emergency for all counties
Georgia's governor declares state of emergency for all counties

Georgia is now under a state of emergency after Governor Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties ahead of Hurricane Florence.

MTSU-Georgia game kickoff time moved due to Hurricane Florence
MTSU-Georgia game kickoff time moved due to Hurricane Florence

The game was scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m. ET, but it will now start at noon ET.

Georgia state parks open for Hurricane Florence evacuees
Georgia state parks open for Hurricane Florence evacuees

Campsites are available at no charge for people seeking a place to stay.

Speedways, makeshift shelters offer rest to storm evacuees
Speedways, makeshift shelters offer rest to storm evacuees

Some of the Southerners escaping Hurricane Florence have found refuge in makeshift shelters, including campgrounds at three of the nation's largest motor speedways.

Erlanger and local churches ready to help Hurricane Florence evacuees
Erlanger and local churches ready to help Hurricane Florence evacuees

Local churches are setting up pop-up shelters for evacuees and one of Erlanger's Life Force teams is ready to take off when needed.

What the Tech? Zello app allows communication among storm victims when phone lines are down
What the Tech? Zello app allows communication among storm victims when phone lines are down

Apps such as "What's App" and "Twitter" can be good for communicating with loved ones, but there's a walkie-talkie app called Zello that's a better solution during emergency situations.

UT offering free football tickets to Hurricane Florence evacuees
UT offering free football tickets to Hurricane Florence evacuees

Residents of North Carolina and South Carolina counties under evacuation orders may claim tickets for themselves and their immediate families beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Evacuate or stay? For nursing homes in storm's path, the decision isn't easy
Evacuate or stay? For nursing homes in storm's path, the decision isn't easy

"You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t," said a researcher who found evacuating increases the likelihood of death 90 days after a storm.

TVA preparing for Hurricane Florence near and far
TVA preparing for Hurricane Florence near and far

From Chattanooga to the East Coast, TVA is ready and waiting but hoping for the best.

Local utility workers head to North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Florence
Local utility workers head to North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Florence

Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative heads to help utility workers prepare ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence could bring 24 hours of hurricane conditions to Carolinas
Hurricane Florence could bring 24 hours of hurricane conditions to Carolinas

Federal officials said about 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been warned to evacuate ahead of the hurricane.

Waffle House Storm Center activates for Florence
Waffle House Storm Center activates for Florence

Even FEMA tracks the "Waffle House" index. The chain is now watching for Hurricane Florence

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