Hurricane Michael Has Arrived

12 October, 2018, 04:16 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Michael Upgraded To Category 4 'Major' Hurricane As It Approaches Florida Panhandle

We thought the windows were going to break at any time, ' Mr Beu said.

The hurricane came ashore on Wednesday with winds of 155mph, at Mexico Beach, a small town with a population of 1,200, which suffered the brunt of the devastation.

"All of my furniture was floating", she said.

"Hurricane Michael is the worst storm that the Florida Panhandle has ever seen", said Governor Rick Scott of Florida, where 375,000 people were ordered evacuated.

In Wakulla County, the sheriff's office made a list of people who chose to ride out the storm and will check on them Thursday, sheriff's captain Chris Savary said.

By 8 a.m., winds had slowed to 50 mph as Michael crossed SC, about 40 miles west of Columbia, The storm had picked up speed to a fast 21 mph and should continue weakening. The Florida National Guard has over 4,000 more Guard members available for deployment, Scott said.

Scott said he talked to Trump early Thursday.

The Talmadge Bridge on US 17 over the Savannah River between Savannah, Georgia and SC remains closed because of the threat of high winds on the suspension bridge.

But Michael's quick progress means it won't have a chance to trigger the same widespread, epic flooding as past slow-moving hurricanes such as Florence and Harvey, which unleashed seemingly endless rains after stalling and hovering inland.

The storm, which originated in the Gulf of Mexico and quickly grew to have 155 miles per hour winds when it came ashore near Mexico Beach, Florida, toppled buildings, flooded neighborhoods, took down trees and power lines and left 700,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.

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Among those brought to safety were nine people rescued by helicopter from a bathroom of their home in hard-hit Panama City after their roof collapsed, Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Hodges said.

In a recent study in the Journal of Climate, researchers found more rapid intensifications in a simulation of a human-warmed world, and also that this would prove a key pathway toward more intense hurricanes in general. He says the number of rescues remains fluid and there were no reports of deaths so far from the Coast Guard's missions. They are posting information about recovery efforts, road and bridge openings and the status of evactuaion orders on FloridaDisaster.org. An 80-mile (130-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 10, the main east-west route along the Panhandle, was closed.

The storm has already killed a man in Florida and a girl in Georgia.

Panama City was also ravaged by the hurricane, with drone footage showing homes and schools completely torn apart. Four pine trees had crashed through the roof of her apartment, almost hitting two people.

Brooks said he wasn't able to get out much overnight to fully assess the damage in the county, because downed power lines and trees made roads impassable in the darkness.

"I am not seeing the level of traffic on the roadways that I would expect when we've called for the evacuation of 75 percent of this county", Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said. Forecasters said it would unleash damaging wind and rain all the way into the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence's epic flooding.

Michael is expected to leave the mainland United States by Friday morning.

Michael is forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Panhandle in decades.

Hurricane Michael left a trail of devastation along a huge swathe of the Florida Panhandle.

A reporter and photojournalist from the Tampa Bay Times ventured there in the dark early Thursday, finding the town of about 1,000 nearly impassable. Here is a video of parts of the house, washed to other objects.

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