Hurricane Michael

At least two people are dead following Hurricane Michael's landfall near Panama City, FL yesterday (10/10) and more than 350,000 are without power. The system has since weakened to a tropical storm and the main concerns are rain and sporadic flooding as it moves northeast.

Cumulus/Ft. Walton Beach-Destin, FL OM Chris Kellogg: We provided lengthy updates on our morning shows and got nervous when the eye was due south of Grayton Beach in Walton County. It did turn, though, and our wall-to-wall coverage started about two hours before landfall, concluding around 4:15pm yesterday. Through our Westwood One News partnership with CNN, we were able to pull in live audio from their reporters in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach and Panama City. Our facilities, on the west side of the storm in Fort Walton Beach, largely maintained power and our broadcasts on all five stations went uninterrupted.

Cumulus WYZB (Nash FM)/Ft. Walton Beach PD Woofy Ramone: These are the times that radio needs to be real – not dramatic – and truly relate to and communicate with the audience. I feel we did that yesterday, especially after the responses we received last night and today. If you or anyone you know has the ability to help our neighbors in Panama City, Mexico Beach and everyone along the "forgotten coast," please do.

ADX WYCT/Pensacola, FL PD Brent Lane: Our team worked around the clock with updates from reporters in Escambia County's Emergency Operation Center, Santa Rosa County Emergency Operation Center and Walton County Emergency Operation center. Hurricane coverage started at 7am Tuesday (10/9). I am very proud of the more than 15 broadcasters who helped make sure our community had somewhere to get information around the clock with 100% local coverage. The difference between total devastation and getting "some rain" was only three counties. Our commitment now is to help our neighbors who have evacuated this community.

Curtis WQDR/Raleigh PD Mike Biddle: We're getting some heavy rain and some substantial wind gusts, but it's nowhere near what we dealt with a few weeks back with Florence. We're sticking with our normal programming, but keeping our listeners updated as needed with info about flooding, downed trees and power lines, tornado watches and the like. Our EAS is getting quite the workout. So far there is just over 16,000 without power in our state, but that's not affecting our immediate listening area as of now. We're expecting it to pick up later this afternoon, but it's moving so fast that it will be out of here by later tonight. We'll wake up tomorrow with sunshine and a high of 73.

Broadcasters whose personal lives or property are being affected can find out if they qualify for financial relief through the Broadcasters Foundation of America's Emergency Grant Relief Program here.