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Middle English a- in a–2 mid middle (from Old English midde middle medhyo- in Indo-European roots)
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From a- + mid.
He came down the steps amid a flurry of activity.
She could see nothing amid snow and darkness.
I have seen bricks amid the oak copse there.
To the left from that village, amid the smoke, was something resembling a battery, but it was impossible to see it clearly with the naked eye.
After leaving the church, amid handshakes and greetings from town friends, the couple was surprised to meet Pumpkin Green.
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