Storm brings ‘unimag­in­able destruction’

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The dev­as­ta­tion in­flicted by Hur­ri­cane Michael came into fo­cus Thurs­day with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces in Panama City, Fla., and res­cue crews be­gan mak­ing their way into the stricken ar­eas in hopes of ac­count­ing for hun­dreds of peo­ple who may have stayed be­hind.

At least three deaths were blamed on Michael, the most pow­er­ful hur­ri­cane to hit the con­ti­nen­tal U.S. in over 50 years, and it wasn’t done yet: Though re­duced to a trop­i­cal storm, it brought flash flood­ing to North Carolina and Vir­ginia, soak­ing ar­eas still re­cov­er­ing from Hur­ri­cane Florence.

Un­der a per­fectly clear blue sky, fam­i­lies liv­ing along the Florida Pan­han­dle emerged from dark­ened shel­ters and ho­tels to a per­ilous land­scape of shat­tered homes and shop­ping cen­ters, beep­ing se­cu­rity alarms, wail­ing sirens and hov­er­ing he­li­copters.

Gov. Rick Scott said the Pan­han­dle woke up to “unimag­in­able destruction.”

“So many lives have been changed for­ever. So many fam­i­lies have lost every­thing,” he said.

The small Gulf Coast com­mu­nity of Mex­ico Beach was known as a slice of Old Florida.

Now it lies in splin­ters. Hit head-on by Hur­ri­cane Michael, nu­mer­ous homes in this re­sort town of about 1,190 peo­ple were shat­tered or ripped from their foun­da­tions. Boats were tossed like toys. The streets clos­est to the wa­ter looked as if a bomb had gone off.

What the 9-foot storm surge didn’t de­stroy, the 155 mph winds fin­ished off.

BRETT KA­VANAUGH bor­ing states.

The com­plaints deal with state­ments Ka­vanaugh made dur­ing his con­fir­ma­tion hear­ings. They were filed orig­i­nally with Ka­vanaugh’s old court, the U.S. Court of Ap­peals for the District of Columbia Cir­cuit.

Roberts took no action on them while Ka­vanaugh’s nom­i­na­tion was pend­ing. He re­ceived the first three of 15 even­tual com­plaints on Sept. 20, a week be­fore Ka­vanaugh’s an­gry de­nial of a sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tion by Chris­tine Blasey Ford.

It’s pos­si­ble the com­plaints will never be in­ves­ti­gated if the lower-court judges de­ter­mine they have no ju­ris­dic­tion over a Supreme Court jus­tice un­der the ju­di­ciary’s ethics rules. The judges may be forced to con­clude “that in­ter­ven­ing events have ren­dered the al­le­ga­tions moot or make re­me­dial action im­pos­si­ble,” said Arthur Hell­man, an ethics pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh.

An­other ethi­cist, Stephen Gillers of New York Univer­sity, dis­agreed that the com­plaints are moot. Ka­vanaugh re­mains a fed­eral judge and the com­plaints “al­lege mis­con­duct that oc­curred while Ka­vanaugh was on the D.C. Cir­cuit and sub­ject to the Code of Con­duct for U.S. Judges. Any vi­o­la­tion of the Code does not dis­ap­pear be­cause he is now on an­other fed­eral court,” Gillers said in an email.

POL­I­TICS WASHINGTON oned busi­ness­men, roy­als and oth­ers in a crack­down on cor­rup­tion that soon re­sem­bled a shake­down of the king­dom’s most pow­er­ful peo­ple.

As Saudi de­fense min­is­ter from the age of 29, he pur­sued a war in Ye­men against Shi­ite rebels that be­gan a month af­ter he took the helm and wears on to­day.

What the crown prince chooses next likely will af­fect the world’s largest oil pro­ducer for decades to come. And as the dis­ap­pear­ance and feared death of Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi in Is­tan­bul may show, the young prince will brook no dis­sent in re­shap­ing the king­dom in his im­age.

“I don’t want to waste my time,” he told Time Magazine in a cover story this year. “I am young.”

Gerald Herbert / Associated Press

Res­cue per­son­nel on Thurs­day search amidst de­bris in the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Michael in Mex­ico Beach, Fla.

Sean Ray­ford / Getty Images

Hec­tor Ben­thall, right, gets a hug from his neigh­bor Keito Jor­dan af­ter rem­nants of Hur­ri­cane Michael sent a tree crash­ing into Ben­thall’s home on Thurs­day in Columbia, S.C.

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