Mexico Beach is in ruins after Hurricane Michael made landfall
12 October, 2018, 01:35 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
"According to the Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) there are a total of 387 ROCA registrants are in areas where Tropical Storm Michael is anticipated to make landfall or have a potentially significant impact".
The deadly hurricane's assault left nothing more than empty foundations and heaps of rubble when it smashed into Florida's northwest coast near the small town of Mexico Beach on Wednesday with screeching 155 mile per hour winds and 14-foot storm surges. The utility said some of the outages from Michael "could last several days" and anticipated as many as half a million outages across the Carolinas.
As of 5:30 a.m., PowerOutage.US reported almost 358,000 customers of Georgia utilities were without power, with that number expected to grow as the storm continued to move across the state. Its sustained winds were just 2 miles per hour (3.2 kph) shy of an extremely rare Category 5.
Michael was downgraded to a Category 1 storm as it moved into Georgia, where it was expected to continue to bring unsafe storm surge, hurricane force winds, flash flooding, and possible tornadoes.
Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the third most powerful hurricane to hit the USA mainland, behind the unnamed Labor Day storm of 1935 and Camille in 1969.
Michael, which decreased to a tropical storm overnight, is continuing to weaken as it moves along the southeast USA coast.
A storm surge that caused severe flooding, with waters cresting rooftops, and winds that shredded roofs and event knocked a train off its tracks, decimated areas along its path.
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Hurricane Michael weakened to a Category 1 storm late Wednesday as it moved across south-central Georgia with maximum sustained winds of about 75 miles per hour.
Hurricane warnings are in effect for the Gulf Coast from the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River of Florida. Continued strengthening is expected and heavy rainfall and strong winds were already spreading across western Cuba.
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