Hurricane Michael devastates Florida with ferocity 'like nothing we've seen before'

Cesar Mills
October 11, 2018

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Powerful Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 155 miles per hour Wednesday, splintering homes and submerging neighbourhoods before continuing its destructive march inland across the Southeast.

Those interested in watching the storm from afar can access live cameras from various beaches around Florida, according to Mashable.

In Mexico Beach, aerial footage from news crews showed that whole homes had been destroyed and many were flooded on Thursday.

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Michael was blamed for at least two deaths: a man in Gadsden County died when a tree fell and a girl in Seminole County, Georgia.

After carving an agonizing path of destruction across the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and southeastern Alabama for almost 10 hours and killing at least two people, the fierce storm finally slowed from top sustained winds of 155 mph to a tropical storm at midnight and continued to weaken early Thursday.

Dock Street, the arty fishing town's main drag, was mostly spared, a stark contrast from the destruction from Hurricane Hermine in 2016, that slammed the island with a nine-foot storm surge.

NASA released stunning views of Hurricane Michael from space, as the storm continues its trek toward the Florida panhandle.

The storm has sustained winds of 130mph (210km/h) and is due to make landfall at about midday (16:00 GMT).

Hurricane Michael is forecast to be one of the most destructive storms to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades.

Joe were all hard-hit during the storm, which had 155 miles per hour winds. There have only been a half-dozen storms that struck the United States with lower barometric pressure, the most recent being Katrina, Andrew and Camille - and all six "were devastating storms", Klotzbach said.

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The top priority over the next few days is search and rescue, authorities said. "And the damage left in its wake is still yet to be fully understood", he added. "This isn't going to help". He spent the early part of the morning making national television appearances.

"Those who stick around to experience storm surge don t typically live to tell about it", said FEMA s Long. "Roofs are gone", Principal Britt Smith told CNN after talking by phone with those who did not evacuate.

General Terrence O Shaughnessy, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command, said some Florida residents may have been surprised by the rapid growth of the storm. "Fatalities may be realized". The U.S. Coast Guard ran 10 rescue missions into the region Wednesday night. Search and rescue teams have moved into Panam City, Mexico Beach, Tyndall, Alligator Point and Carrabelle.

The Florida National Guard has over 4,000 more Guard members available for deployment, Scott said. We thought the windows were going to break at any time. After Hurricane Irma, a field hospital operated in the Florida Keys for more than a year.

Supplies were being flown in by helicopter to a state mental hospital, where the criminally insane are held, after it was cut off by flooding. The facility's evacuees include 39 critical care patients.

Scott said there is not yet an estimate on how much the storm caused in damages.

In Panama City, 20 miles northwest of Mexico Beach, buildings were crushed and boats were scattered around.

Pre-landfall, just 3,500 people were counted in shelters. Be safe and listen to the advice of emergency officials. The governor has declared a state of emergency in 35 counties and is stressing that residents should "absolutely" evacuate if ordered to.

As I like to say in my talks, "During hurricane season you have to have the weather for breakfast, lunch and dinner".

- Food and water: 2 million ready-to-eat meals, 1 million gallons (3.75 million liters) of water and 40,000 10-pound (4.5-kilogram) bags of ice ready for distribution in Florida.

Brock Long, administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, warned that the brutal storm would "stay intact" as a hurricane as it roars through the Florida Panhandle and parts of Alabama and Georgia.

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