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    Hurricane Michael has left a lot of devastation in its wake and right now hundreds of volunteers with the American Red Cross are helping people in Florida’s panhandle recover from the storm. Christian Smith with the Red Cross of North Florida says at least 22 of the volunteers are from Northeast Florida. Smith says there are 2 main groups of volunteers in the panhandle. She says one group is helping to assess the damage and the other is helping to comfort people who are in shelters and impacted by the storm.  “Most of the volunteers right now are doing the basic care and feeding and the sheltering. Making sure that those families have what they need while they’re in the shelters.” Smith says. Smith says some of the people in the shelters in the Tallahassee and Panama City areas have found out their homes have been damaged or destroyed because of the storm.  “Over the next 24 hours, you’ll start to see those people start coming out of the shelters in places like Panama City, I mean Pensacola, places like Tallahassee, all of those individuals for the most part will have the opportunity to leave and to go back into their homes. And obviously in the Panama City area, where the shelters are there, those families will not have that opportunity.” Smith says. She says over the next couple of days the Red Cross is expecting to see an influx of case workers and mental health workers in the panhandle.  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says Michael made landfall as a strong category 4 storm. Mike says it will go down as the strongest storm to hit the panhandle and Smith expects Red Cross recovery efforts will last in the panhandle at least for months.  “The long-term recovery phase for us as an organization, it’ll continue for many many many months, and probably into years.” Smith says. If you are not able to volunteer, Smith says the best way to help in relief efforts is to donate money to the Red Cross. “The best, most efficient, easy way to do it is by going to 1-800-Red-Cross or going to Redcross.org and making that financial contribution.” Smith says.
  • The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down in Lake Geneva in Clay County on Wednesday afternoon during bands from Hurricane Michael.  Clay County Emergency Manager John Ward said they sent people to investigate reports of two different possible tornadoes around Keystone Heights and south of Camp Blanding, but they did not find any damage and they have not received any damage reports. We spoke to John Blaise who says he was driving from Orlando to Fernandina Beach when he saw rotation in the clouds that lasted about a minute. “The rotation was obvious,” Blaise says. “You could definitely see it in the clouds. I didn’t see any debris in the clouds so I didn’t assume it was on the ground at that time. But it was out in an area where it appeared it was not a residential area.” He says he felt safe because the storm appeared to be moving north of where he was, and there were utility trucks near him driving toward Georgia. “Based on my experience and the fact that these guys were still moving forward, they wouldn’t do it if we were in any danger,” Blaise says.
  • Baker County is one of the counties under a state of emergency because of Hurricane Michael and residents there are getting ready for whatever the storm may bring. Emergency Management officials say the wind knocking down trees and limbs is their main damage concern for Baker County.  Emergency management officials say sandbags are available for people to get at the City Yard in Macclenny on Hartline Drive, which is behind the Baker County Health Department. Starting Wednesday morning, there has been a steady line of people coming by to pick up sandbags.  The county says there is a limit of 6 sandbags per person and you have to fill them yourself. One man who spoke with WOKV said he came out to get sandbags because he lives near the St. Mary’s River and he’s concerned about the flooding.  Officials have already opened up two shelters for the county. One is a special needs shelter at Ed Fraser Hospital at North 3rd Street in Macclenny, and the other is a general population shelter at Macclenny Elementary School at 1 Wild Kitten Drive. The county says you’ll need an ID to register at the shelter and you may need to bring items with you that you might need like blankets, food, water, ect. For at least two days. The county says pets are being accepted there, but there may be some exceptions. Emergency management officials say schools in Baker County are closed Wednesday and Thursday, but they expect them to open again on Friday. Emergency management officials say county offices are closed Wednesday and Thursday as well as City of Macclenny offices. If you have any questions you can call Emergency Management staff at 904-259-6111.
  • The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a person suspected of being involved in a bank robbery Tuesday morning in Orange Park. Deputies say the Bank of America on Wells Road and Blanding Boulevard was robbed around 9:30. The Sheriff’s Office says it was originally thought the person could be driving a dark colored newer model Lexus or a similar style vehicle with a Florida Gator license plate, but deputies now say the person fled in an unknown vehicle. Deputies say the person is considered armed based on threats made. The Sheriff’s Office believes this suspect could be responsible for a recent robbery in Orlando as well. The Sheriff’s Office says if you have any information on the incident to give them a call at 904-264-6512 or you can go to the Sheriff’s Office website, claysheriff.com, and go to the “See something, Say something banner to leave a tip. The Sheriff’s Office says you can also call crime stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • As Michael continues to churn and move into the Gulf of Mexico, before its expected to make landfall along Florida’s panhandle or “big bend”, a state of emergency has been issued for 35 counties in that area. Here in Northeast Florida Emergency Management officials are monitoring the storm, with Baker County now included in that state of emergency declaration. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says the direct impacts from Michael could be gusty winds, heavy rain, an isolated tornado threat, and a higher rip current risk at our beaches. Baker County Emergency Manager Captain Chris Volz says they are mainly concerned with wind and the impact that will have on power lines, both through gusts and knocking loose tree limbs and other debris. They are also watching for the impact heavy rain will have on rural roads, although because it’s been dry recently, he says the County is in a position where there shouldn’t be widespread flooding. “We’re preparing as if the storm is going to come our way, to make sure we’re ready for it,” Volz says. In Jacksonville, Mayor Lenny Curry says the city is monitoring Michael closely. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says to have a plan in place and make sure you have supplies in case there are any power outages from the storm. The city says now is the time to get prepared and review the tips and information provided in the city’s Emergency Preparedness Guide. The city says you can find the guide in the JaxReady app or you can find copy’s at libraries or at City Hall. In St. Johns County the Emergency Operations Center is also urging people to get prepared for the storm now. Linda Stoughton Director of Emergency Management for St. Johns County says they are also monitoring the storm.  “Review your plan, pay attention to local TV, radio as an official forecast, and make sure you are ready.” Stoughton says. Stoughton says at this time its too early to tell what exactly the impacts from Michael will be. John Ward with Clay County Emergency Management says Clay County is also monitoring the storm.  “But any deviation of this storm to the east could cause significant impacts to our area.” Ward says.  Ward says basins are low along the Black Creek, but they are monitoring the King Tides along the Atlantic and St. Johns River and Ward says if officials start to see any type of impacts in those areas then there could be some flooding in Clay County. Right now Ward says its important for residents in Northeast Florida to be prepared. “Have your 72 hours worth of food, medications, those type of things, have all that stuff ready now, so there’s not a rush on stores if for some reason if this thing shifts to the east.” Wards says. The Nassau County Emergency Management says they are also monitoring the storm and people should start getting prepared. Governor Scott has also requested President Trump declare a pre-landfall emergency for the same 35 counties in Florida, which he says would provide important resources and assistance from the federal government. We’ll continue to bring you updates on how each county continues to prepare as Michael approaches Florida.
  • Update: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has canceled the previously issued Amber Alert after 3-month-old Na’tori Mazion was found safe Sunday afternoon.   Original Story: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued an Amber Alert for a missing 3-month-old out of Seminole County in Central Florida. FDLE says Na’tori Mazion was last seen in Sanford, Florida wearing a pink and gray top, with the words “princess” on it, a pink tutu, a pink headband and clear jelly shoes. FDLE describes the 3-month-old as a female with black hair and black eyes. FDLE says she may be with Tedrick Mazion. FDLE says he has a beard and they may be traveling in a 2017 red Nissan Altima with a Florida tag number of 4ALWY. FDLE says the car has black rims and black tint.  If you have any information on where Na’tori could be you’re asked to call FDLE or the Sanford Police Department at 407-688-5070.
  • An Atlantic Beach man has been found guilty on 3 counts of grand theft after he was accused of scamming multiple woman out of thousands of dollars. The state attorney’s office says Friend Rizkkhalil now faces up to 35 years in prison. The state says each count is for each victim of his crimes. The state says Rizkkhalil would pose as someone else and become romantically involved with the woman before scamming them.  The state says between in one incident, Rizkkhalil posed as a Turkish businessman named Murat Karanan when he scammed a victim out of about $8,400 by convincing them to invest in an import-export business that didn’t exist. In a different incident, the state says Rizkkhalil posed as that same businessman and used the same scheme to rip off another victim out of about $39,000. The state says in both cases Rizkkhalil made promises of vacations and showered both woman with gifts. The state says he used those relationships to make fraudulent credit card purchases using the victim’s credit cards and convinced the other victim to open multiple lines of credit, so he could make personal purchases. The state says those actions by Rizkkhalil bankrupt that victim leaving her with nearly $100,000 in credit card debt. In a 3rd incident, we told you about last year, the state says Rizkkhalil posed as a person claiming to be a member of the CIA and within a week proposed to another woman. The state says he then convinced her to sell her home and get a condo. The state says when the woman sold her home, Rizkkhalil told her to wire him $50,000 to a bank account held by Rizkkhalil’s actual girlfriend Hacer Lee. The state says with in a week the two spent the $50,000. The state attorney’s office says Rizkkhalil’s was found guilty by a jury and his sentencing hearing is scheduled for the week of November 13th.
  • Jacksonville Police are investigating a woman’s death as a homicide after she was found underneath the Zoo Parkway Bridge Monday. According to the incident report, Police say when they found the woman she only had a bikini top on that was pulled down below her breast and her face and left side appeared to be discolored.  A fisherman says he found 31-year-old Dana Danson when he was under the bridge looking for some bait. Jason Cain says something told him to go fishing that day even though it was supposed to be raining.  “I seen the puddle of water sitting on her belly I can see all the discoloration. And I’m like, she got to be dead.” Cain says. He says at first, he though she was just enjoying the low tide view of the water.  “I don’t care what kind of person she was, what she went through or anything like that, nobody deserves that at all, like that’s horrible.” Cain says. Danson’s family says they’re asking anyone with information on her death to come forward and whoever is responsible to turn themselves in.
  • Following a train vs. school bus crash we told you about Thursday, Duval County Public Schools says the operating company of the bus involved, Student Transportation of America, will be reviewing and re-emphasizeing safety at their upcoming monthly safety meeting in October. A spokesperson for DCPS says the district’s other school bus operators, Durham School Services and First Student, will also review safety procedures at railroad crossings and re-emphasize railroad crossing safety and at their upcoming safety meetings. As the operators review safety procedures, DCPS says the district teaches drivers how to properly cross train tracks until the entire bus is cleared from the tracks. DCPS says bus drivers are also trained on railroad procedures when they are hired and when they are re-certified every year.  In addition to reviewing and renewing safety protocols, DCPS says all operators will request a safety presentation from Operation Lifesaver at one of their future meetings. The district says that organization is a non-profit safety education and awareness organization.  Meanwhile, DCPS says they are asking all drivers who come in contact with school buses on their daily drive to use caution and follow safety measures, so that all students can get home safely.
  • Election day is more than six weeks away, and a new poll released Monday gives a snap shot of some of the closely watched races in Florida.  The new poll released by the University of North Florida, which was taken by more than 600 likely Florida voters, shows Democratic Candidate for Governor Andrew Gillum holding a 4 point lead over Republican candidate Ron DeSantis, 47-43%. UNF says the poll has a margin of error of a little less than 4 points at 3.95. In the poll taken in the early part of last week, UNF says of those likely voters, 10% are undecided in the governors race. UNF says among Democrats, 9% are still deciding, while 8% of Republicans are. “It’s still early in the election season and even though Gillum has a small lead, a lot can happen in the next six weeks.” Says Director of the Public Opinion Research Lab at UNF, Dr. Michael Binder. The new poll also has new numbers in the race for the U.S. Senate. The poll shows Republican candidate Rick Scott is tied at 45% with Democratic candidate Bill Nelson, with 8% undecided. UNF says with Democrats, 13% say they are undecided while 4% of Republicans say they are undecided. “Nelson and Scott are currently tied, but one bit of hope for Nelson is that more Democrats are unsure who they will vote for and partisans will come home in November.” Dr. Binder says. The new poll also took people’s reactions to Amendment 4, the proposition to restore voting rights for felons after they have completed all of their sentence. UNF says 71% of voters would vote “yes” on this amendment with 21% saying they would vote “no” and 8% undecided. Amendment 4 would not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses.   UNF says the poll was taken from last Monday through Wednesday by calls made from 1 in the afternoon until 9 at night with more than 40.8% of people surveyed Republican, 39.5% Democrat, and 19.7% claiming to have no party affiliation or other.  The midterm general election is November 6th.
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    Steven Ponson is the morning reporter for Jacksonville’s Morning News. He has been with Cox Media Group since the summer of 2015, and been living in Florida for over 20 years. Steven is an alumni of the University of Central Florida where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television and a minor in Sociology. It’s a dream come for him to work in the radio business and has a family legacy in Florida radio. When he is away from WOKV, he likes to spend time with family and friends and is an avid football and hockey fan.

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  • A former college football standout who briefly signed with the Atlanta Falcons was arrested Saturday by police in Columbus, Georgia, for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. Justin Crawford, 23, who played running back at Georgia's Hardaway High School and West Virginia University, faces charges of incest, sodomy and enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to Muscogee County Jail records. At a preliminary hearing on Monday, Columbus Detective Mark Scruggs said Crawford’s wife, Chakeya, woke up Saturday around 5 a.m. and walked into her living room to find her husband with an erection as he stood over the child, the newspaper reported. However, she told the Ledger-Enquirer she objected to Scruggs’ account, saying her husband’s penis was exposed but not erect. She said she confronted her husband about it, that he denied any wrongdoing and she decided to go back to bed. >> Read more news stories  She took the 12-year-old to the child’s mother later, and that’s when the girl said she had been asleep in the living room when Crawford came in and had her perform oral sex on him before they had intercourse, Scruggs said. The newspaper reported that Scruggs said Crawford initially denied any sexual contact with the girl to police, but he later admitted to having oral sex and intercourse with her but claimed it was her idea. Crawford remains in the Muscogee County Jail without bond, according to jail records. As a senior in high school, Crawford rushed for 825 yards and seven touchdowns, the Ledger-Enquirer reported. He spent two years at Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he rushed for over 3,000 yards and six touchdowns, putting him in the national spotlight. He then transferred to West Virginia, where he rushed for 2,237 yards and 11 touchdowns over two seasons. Crawford signed with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent on May 1, but he was among 36 players released in September during the preseason. He was on the roster for the Atlanta Legends in the new Alliance of American Football league but was suspended by the team after being arrested, according to The Associated Press.
  • A Georgia man is in jail on assault and battery charges after he allegedly stabbed his father and punched his ex-girlfriend in the face, police said. Jonathan Allen Fain, 25, of Gwinnett County, has been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, battery and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a felony. >> On AJC.com: Georgia man accused of taking, posting pictures of sleeping girls in underwear Fain got his ex-girlfriend to give him a ride to the Walmart on Rockbridge Road the morning of Oct. 11, according to a police report. He began yelling at her that she was taking too long shopping while they were inside, and the yelling continued while she was driving him home, the report said. She told him to get out of the car, but he wouldn’t, so she threw his wallet out the window, according to police. Fain punched the woman in the face and exited the car to get his wallet; the woman took that opportunity to drive away, the report said. Soon after, Fain arrived at his father’s house in Lilburn. They got into an argument, and at some point, Fain stabbed his father, according to the police report. When an officer arrived around 11 a.m., Fain had fled on foot into some nearby woods, the report said. Fain’s father was lying on the ground with a stab wound to his stomach. The officer found a kitchen knife with its blade missing; the blade had broken off and was still inside Fain’s father, the report said.  >> Read more trending news  Shortly after, Fain reportedly returned to the house, entering the basement. Fain surrendered when officers entered the basement and was arrested, the report said. The father was transported to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the report. Fain was taken to the Gwinnett County Detention Center, where he is being held without bond. 
  • Update 9:45 p.m. EDT Oct. 15: President Donald Trump responded to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) announcement Monday that a DNA analysis proves she has Native American ancestry. >> Read more trending news  Trump has often taunted and mocked Warren using the term “Pocahantas” and has accused her of claiming a Native American ancestor to gain an advantage as a law professor. He vowed to contribute $1 million to her favorite charity if DNA analysis actually proved she had native ancestry. He changed his mind while touring storm-damaged areas in Georgia, telling reporters he initially offered the donation only if she agreed to a DNA test during a debate as the Democrat’s nominee for president. “I’ll only do it if I can test her personally, and that will not be something I will enjoy doing either,” he said, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.  Also Monday, the Cherokee Nation offered a rare rebuke of Warren. 'Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong,' the tribe’s secretary of state, Chuck Hoskin Jr., said in a statement, according to OKNews.com. 'It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven,” Hoskin said. Warren said earlier in the day that when “someone brings up my family story, I’ll use it to lift up the story of Native families and communities.” She said it’s an opportunity to highlight the work of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC). “I'll use it today to lift up the NIWRC and their amazing work to protect Native women from violence,” she said. Original story: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has released an analysis of her DNA showing that she has Native American ancestry. An analysis of Warren's DNA sample showed she had a Native American ancestor in her family dating back six to 10 generations, according to WFXT. The release of the analysis comes after President Donald Trump has mocked her repeatedly for her claim that she has Native American blood, and repeatedly questioned her ancestry. >> Read more trending news  A Stanford professor, Carlos D. Bustamante, who was awarded a MacArthur genius grant for his work tracking population migration via DNA, performed the analysis of the DNA. His report says the majority of Warren's ancestry is European, but there is strong evidence to suggest that she has a Native American ancestor. Warren's office also released a video to YouTube, 'Elizabeth Warren's family story,' which directly addresses the attacks on her heritage by the President and includes interviews with her family. A 'Fact Squad' website with links to the DNA report and supporting documents was also launched. >> Watch the video here Last month, Warren spoke about her future during a town hall in western Massachusetts on Sept. 30. She said she'll take a 'hard look at running for president' after the November elections. Warren, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, is running for re-election in November against GOP state Rep. Geoff Diehl, who was co-chairman of Trump's 2016 Massachusetts campaign. She has been at the center of speculation that she might take on Trump in 2020.
  • President Donald Trump and first lady, Melania, arrived at Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia Monday afternoon aboard Air Force One. >> Read more trending news  The first couple toured areas impacted by Hurricane Michael after first visiting the devastation in the Florida Panhandle. The hurricane killed at least 18 people, knocked out power to millions, left a trail of destruction through four states and decimated Georgia’s agricultural industry. During his first stop in Georgia at a Red Cross facility, the president said he would ask Congress for additional disaster aid funding.  When he was asked about climate change and if he ever thought weather would occupy so much of his time during his presidency, he responded: “Weather has been a factor and yet, they say [the] worst hurricanes were 50 years ago. “For a long period of time, we’ve had very few,” he said, according to reporters traveling with the president. “I have a home in Palm Beach Florida and frankly for years, we had none and then, the last couple of years we had more. Hopefully, we’ll go back to many years of having none. We’ve been hit by the weather, there is no doubt about it.”  >> Related: Photos: Trumps tour hurricane-ravaged Florida Panhandle  Gov. Nathan Deal greeted Trump at Robins. And U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, a former Georgia governor, and Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, accompanied Trump.  Trump also weighed in on several other issues during his stop in Georgia, including the disappearance of a dissident Saudi journalist in Turkey. Trump said a lot of people in his administration are working on the case involving Jamal Khashoggi, the missing columnist for The Washington Post. He added he is sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with Saudi King Salman about it. The president called the nation’s immigration laws the “dumbest in the history...and we are getting them changed one by one.” Further, he responded to the news that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren had released the results of a DNA test that she said indicated she had Native American ancestry. In releasing the results, the Massachusetts Democrat was responding to taunts from Trump and others, who have mocked her as “Pocahontas” and claimed she used her heritage to gain an advantage when she was a law professor. Trump had vowed to contribute $1 million to Warren’s favorite charity if she took a DNA test and it showed she had Native American roots. “I’ll only do it if I can test her personally, and that will not be something I will enjoy doing either,” he said in Georgia Monday. >> Related: Hurricane Michael aftermath: Waffle House opens food truck in Panama City  Trump left the Red Cross building to visit a local farm, where he planned to meet cotton and pecan growers who have suffered storm-related losses.  On Sunday, Trump issued a disaster declaration for Georgia and ordered federal aid for parts of the Peach State affected by the storm. The president's decision makes federal funding available to people in Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Miller, and Seminole counties. That funding can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs. Federal funding will also be made available to state and local government agencies and nonprofit groups on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in the the following counties: Baker, Bleckley, Burke, Calhoun, Colquitt, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Emanuel, Grady, Houston, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, Lee, Macon, Miller, Mitchell, Pulaski, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Treutlen, Turner, Wilcox, and Worth. Georgia residents and business owners can begin applying Monday for assistance by registering at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.  More: President Trump issues disaster declaration for Georgia, orders federal aid for Peach State  The president stopped in Georgia after surveying hurricane damage in Lynn Haven, Fla., where volunteers were registering storm victims.  “These are some of the people who make it work, and they do it beautifully,” Trump said, according to reporters traveling with the president.  “Somebody said it was like a very wide, extremely wide, tornado,” Trump said, standing next to Florida Gov. Rick Scott. “This was beyond any winds they’ve seen for — I guess — 50 years. Nobody has seen anything like it.”  Scott thanked Trump for the federal response.  “I want to thank the president for always taking my call — and for showing up. And I want to thank the First Lady,” he said.  Georgia Power said that as of noon Monday it had restored power to 97 percent of its customers impacted by the storm.  Candace Reese, spokeswoman for Dougherty County, said Sunday that about 14,000 people were without power in the Albany area but officials expected power to be back by midweek. Churches and Tyson Foods were offering hot meals as 10 extra chainsaw crews headed down to cut the city out from under the many trees that fell. Phil Buckhalter, an Early County farmer near the Alabama border, said Saturday that conditions were getting worse and would continue that way, with farmers and residents alike running out of gas to power generators. With no clear answer to when power will return, Buckhalter and other farmers have been sharing the precious fuel they have on their farms with desperate residents, who don’t have the means to get their own. The farmers want to help less fortunate residents who aren’t as well off, and certainly not after an unprecedented hurricane.  But that means the farmers can’t use the gas to power machinery for saving the few crops they have left in their battered, soggy fields.  “It’ll run out directly,” Buckhalter said.  Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said his office is scrambling to get generators up and running and to reopen sites where peanuts can be graded and dried. “One of the things we are working on right now is bringing things back on line,” he said as he awaited Trump in Macon. “There are so many places and people that are still without power. And our team has been working together on some of those priority places to get plants back open.” >> Related: Hurricane Michael: Neighbors come together to donate supplies for hurricane victims The hurricane has also whipped up the race for Georgia governor. Republican Brian Kemp traveled to southwest Georgia on Saturday to help local officials prepare for the start of early voting and returned to the area on Monday. His campaign organized a disaster relief drive and briefed supporters from a distribution center in Bainbridge.  “The response on the ground, while there is much to do, has been unbelievable from the federal, state and friends and neighbors who are helping men and women indeed,” Kemp said. “It makes you proud to be in Georgia.”  His rival, Democrat Stacey Abrams, ticked through the spate of hurricanes that ravaged her hometown of Gulfport, Miss., to a crowd in Macon as she outlined how she would handle disaster recovery if elected.  “It’s about immediate response and also about long-term planning,” she said. “And I’m running for governor because I believe in making sure that we have a leader who sees these communities not only in the moment of devastation and the immediate aftermath, but a year out when folks have walked away and supplies have dwindled. “  The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Washington Post and AJC staff writers Ben Brasch, Greg Bluestein and Joshua Sharpe contributed to this report.

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