Hurricane Michael: 'Unimaginable destruction after monster storm'

Terry Joseph
October 12, 2018

Jason Phipps looks through his family's roofless apartment after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Panama City, Fla.

Hurricane Michael, which made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida as a category-4 storm on Wednesday afternoon, has ravaged the Florida Panhandle with gusting winds of up to 155mph (250kph).

"We've begun search and rescue efforts".

At least two people have lost their lives following the category four "monster" storm which brought torrential rain and destroyed properties.

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.

Authorities said at least two people have died, a man killed by a tree falling on a Panhandle home and an 11-year-old girl killed by a tree falling on a home in southwest Georgia. Georgia Power has an outage map that keeps track of. outage status across the state, including estimates oh how many homes are affected and a possible solution time.

He flew into Tallahassee yesterday as part of a team of 500 disaster workers on the ground across the state of Florida, working to provide shelters for people who have evacuated from evacuation zones.

"It really started as a tropical storm, and then it went to Category 1, then it was Category 2 and before you know it, it was Category 4", O'Shaughnessy said. "There are now 3 ROCA registrants in Tallahassee, Florida, 9 ROCA registrants in Panama City, Florida, 279 ROCA registrants in the state of Georgia, 36 ROCA registrants in the state of Alabama, and 60 ROCA registrants in the state of SC".

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A vehicle is seen caught in floodwaters in Panama City, Fla.

"Same devastation. Same winds", she said.

Hurricane Michael knocked down hundreds of trees on Wednesday in Tallahassee, Florida. "We have trees being uprooted, heavy, heavy rain".

Jeff Byard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's associate administrator for response and recovery, offered another explanation: People who survived previous storms without evacuating sometimes assume they'll be able to do so again.

The storm continued on its destructive path, bringing heavy rains and tearing down trees.

The St. Marks River overflows into the city of St. Marks, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Just shy of a Category 5 storm, Michael was the most powerful hurricane on record to hit Florida's Panhandle. Michael's storm surge pushed lead-gray water up to the rooftops.

Hurricane Michael, the fiercest storm to hit Florida in a quarter century and the third-most powerful ever to strike the U.S. mainland, roared into the state's Gulf coast on Wednesday with tree-snapping winds and towering waves. The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Leslie and Tropical Storm Nadine are no threat to land over the open Atlantic Ocean, but Tropical Storm Sergio is expected to hit Mexico's Baja California Peninsula later this week and threaten the southern U.S. Plains and the Ozarks by the weekend.

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