Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Hurricane Michael kills one in Florida: county official

Hurricane Michael kills one in Florida: county official

Some parts of the Carolinas and southern Virginia, recently deluged by Hurricane Florence, could see up to 6 inches, the hurricane center said.

Michael, the third most powerful hurricane ever to hit the USA mainland, weakened overnight to a tropical storm and pushed northeast on Thursday, bringing drenching rains to Georgia and the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.

Under a perfectly clear blue sky, families living along the Florida Panhandle emerged from darkened shelters and hotels to a perilous landscape of shattered homes and shopping centers, beeping security alarms, wailing sirens and hovering helicopters.

"Along our coast, communities are going to see unimaginable devastation", Scott said, with storm surge posing the greatest danger.

The moment was captured on ABC News' live video, and it was also widely shared on social media, where many questioned the fate of the four-legged storm victims. They said it could take weeks before it's safe for personnel and their families to return.

Bu the full extent of the damage was only slowly becoming clear, with some of the worst areas hard to reach. An 80-mile stretch of Interstate 10, the main east-west route along the Panhandle, was closed because of debris.

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Michael, whose rapid intensification as it churned north over the Gulf of Mexico caught many by surprise, made landfall early in the afternoon near Mexico Beach, about 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Panama City in Florida's Panhandle region, with top sustained winds reaching 155 miles per hour (249 kph).

Entire blocks of homes near the beach were obliterated, leaving concrete slabs in the sand. Patterson estimated 1,000 homes were completely or partially destroyed in his town of 3,500 people.

But Brad Kieserman of the American Red Cross said Wednesday that as many as 320,000 people on Florida's Gulf Coast had disregarded mandatory or voluntary evacuation notices. Long urged residents in the Carolinas to heed warnings and take the tropical storm seriously. The worst damage - she thought - was in her yard.

"Do you think her body would be here?" "My mother who passed two years ago, she put a lot of money in this house I asked her to keep her hands on it today and she did".

Late yesterday Corelogic pegged the wind and storm surge insurance industry loss at up to $4.5 billion, although this was a pre-landfall assessment so did not factor in how the storm tracked after landfall.

"She was so attractive and she smiled so much that day", Amber Radney said. "It was bad, and now there's just nothing left". At least one person died after being hit by an uprooted tree. "You just don't know when the next one is going down".

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"We're gathering and loading and placing things in positions now", the Christian leader announced. It set off transformer explosions and knocked out power to more than 388,000 homes and businesses. So far, Coast Guard crews in Florida have rescued 40 people and assisted 232.

In Panama City, most homes were still standing, but no property was left undamaged. Twisted street signs lay on the ground. Roofs were peeled away, sent airborne, and homes were split open by fallen trees.

Hundreds of cars had broken windows.

"Kaboom! Like the world moved or something", Lewis said of the moment when the trees snapped while he sheltered inside.

"We are catching some hell" was how a Panama City Beach resident who chose to ride it out described Michael as it made landfall. The Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart moved 200 patients, including 39 critically ill.

It's too early to tell for sure, but widespread roof damage and destruction across several states showed up on the Army Corps of Engineers' computer models.

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