Will the remnants of Hurricane Michael hit your military base?

Cesar Mills
October 11, 2018

People look on at a damaged store after Hurricane Michael passed through on October 10 in Panama City, Florida.

Michael, whose rapid intensification as it churned north over the Gulf of Mexico caught many by surprise, made landfall yesterday afternoon near Mexico Beach, about 32km southeast of Panama City in Florida's Panhandle region, with top sustained winds reaching 249km/h.

Hurricane Michael has weakened to a Category 1 storm, but is still a risky rainmaker as it travels across Georgia.

The Gulf of Mexico gave Michael exactly what it needed to bulk up into a monster: The water was 4 to 5 degrees F (2.2 to 2.8 degrees C) warmer than normal, and high-atmosphere winds that can disrupt a hurricane were quiet. Interstate 10 was closed west of Tallahassee.

The Carolinas are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which left dozens dead and is estimated to have caused billions of dollars in damage last month.

As it came ashore, Michael was just shy of a Category 5 - defined as a storm packing top sustained wind speeds of 157 miles per hour or above. O'Shaughnessy said Army Corps of Engineers personnel are still on the ground in the Carolina's assisting with rebuilding efforts there.

"It's hard to convey in words the scale of the catastrophe in Panama City". Preliminary reports indicate the child, who authorities believe was 11 years old, died when something fell on a home but authorities have not been able to get to the home yet, said Travis Brooks, the county's emergency management director.

It's the worst storm to hit the Florida panhandle in over a century.

More than 311,000 homes and businesses in Florida, Georgia and Alabama have also been left without power, according to local power companies.

At a rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night, Trump offered his "thoughts and prayers" to those in the path of the storm and said he would be visiting Florida soon.

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"We just finished renovating and updating", she said.

More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were warned to evacuate, but many stayed behind.

Before the storm made landfall, Scott said he activated 3,500 members of the Florida National Guard.

Scott spoke Wednesday morning with Trump, who signed a pre-landfall emergency declaration Tuesday ensuring that federal resources would be available before and after the storm in the 35 counties where the governor declared a state of emergency. Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind the Labor Day storm (184 miles per hour, or 296 kph), Camille and Andrew in 1992.

Catastrophe risk modelling and analysis firm Corelogic has just released an estimate of the insured losses from storm surge and hurricane force winds, which is based on the landfall factors hence this is not a post-landfall estimate of industry losses.

"We are in new territory", National Hurricane Centre Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote on Facebook.

Scientists say global warming is responsible for more intense and more frequent extreme weather, such as storms, droughts, floods and fires. "I think its because of the way it kind of played out".

"I'm freaking scared I'm going to lose everything I own, man."

Sally Crown rode out Michael on the Florida Panhandle thinking at first that the worst damage was the many trees downed in her yard.

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