Hurricane Michael Causes Transformer Explosion in Alabama

Cesar Mills
October 11, 2018

A National Ocean Service water level station at Apalachicola recently reported almost 6.5 feet of inundation above ground level.

Hurricane Michael will also cause almost one million people to be without power, not just on the coast but inland as well in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

Michael will move northeastward across the southeastern USA through Thursday night, and then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on Friday.

At 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT), the center of the storm was a few miles northwest of Mexico Beach and about 20 miles (30 km) southeast of Panama City. A National Ocean Service water level station at Apalachicola recently reported over 6.5 feet of inundation above ground level, according to the Hurricane Center. "Panama City, I don't know if there will be much left".

The hurricane center's Graham said Michael represented a "textbook case" of a hurricane system growing stronger as it drew near shore, in contrast to Hurricane Florence, which struck North Carolina last month after weakening in a slow, halting approach.

Dorian Carter looks under furniture for a missing cat after several trees fell on their home during Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

Life-threatening storm surges of up to 14 feet are expected in some areas, the National Weather Service warned Wednesday. Reaching the worst-hit areas wasn't easy: Authorities closed Interstate 10, the main east-west route along Florida's Panhandle, for 128 kilometres to clear debris, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

But Kottlowski noted that meteorologists are still analyzing Hurricane Michael, and it's possible that it will be retroactively upgraded to Category 5 status based on wind speeds.

With the hurricane still pounding the state hours after it came ashore, and conditions too risky in places for search-and-rescue teams to go out, there were no immediate reports of any deaths or serious injuries.

Trump was briefed on the hurricane on Wednesday prior to it making landfall and said he would visit the area early next week.

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Only a skeleton staff remained at Tyndall Air Force Base, situated on a peninsula just south of Panama City. A wind gust to 46 miles per hour was recently reported inland at Tallahassee, according to the Hurricane Center advisory.

The death toll was revised to 2,975 fatalities, either in the storm itself or later as the health care and utilities grids failed.

The agency said that storm surge is continuing to inundate parts of the Florida Panhandle.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the north of Florida's Fernandina Beach to Duck in North Carolina, plus Pamlico and Albermarle Sounds.

Tornado watches were issued overnight for upstate SC counties including Chester, Union and York, just south of Charlotte. It quickly buckled under the pressure of the storm. By 9 p.m. local time, the rain should taper, giving way to partly cloudy skies.

Michael, the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle since the mid-1800s, immediately left a trail of destruction as it tore down buildings and submerged neighborhoods. In this advisory, Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft data shows the intensity has increased to 145 miles per hour.

When it made landfall Wednesday afternoon, it was blowing at 155mph (250km/h).

Exploding overnight from 120 mph to 140 mph maximum sustained winds, Hurricane Michael developed into a powerful Category 4 hurricane that's now just hours from landfall on the Florida Panhandle.

People look on at a damaged store after Hurricane Michael passed through on October 10 in Panama City, Florida. But hurricanes can also be measured by their barometric pressure: generally speaking, the lower the pressure, the more intense the storm.

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