Hurricane Michael Strongest Hurricane Ever To Hit Florida Panhandle

12 October, 2018, 05:38 | Author: Ann Santiago
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It was downgraded to a Category 1 storm, with top sustained winds diminishing to 75 miles per hour (120 kph), about nine hours after it made landfall.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in hard-hit Panama City, 32km northwest of Mexico Beach, was treating some of the injured.

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Hurricane Michael, the fiercest storm to hit Florida in 80 years and the third-most powerful ever to strike the USA mainland, battered the state's Gulf coast with roof-shredding winds, raging surf and torrential rains before turning its diminishing fury on Georgia. 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.

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There is also the risk of further severe Southerly winds impinging onto Southern and Eastern coastal areas during the day. The RSA said that with the risk of coastal flooding, motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas.

Winds have knocked out power to more than 900,000 homes and businesses across Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas and Georgia.

Without power, the city was plunged into darkness at nightfall and its flooded streets were mostly silent and devoid of people or traffic. Forecasters said it will unleash damaging wind and rain all the way into the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence's epic flooding. "I should have been a storm chaser", Young said.

"So many lives have been changed forever", he said. But without extensive study, they can not directly link a single weather event to the changing climate. Just as Northern politicians are judged on how they handle snowstorms, their Southern counterparts are watched closely for how they deal with hurricanes.

As winds subsided in Panama City, resident Reid Garrett said his concerns shifted to flooding outside his apartment complex, which surrounded by downed trees.

Only a skeleton staff remained at Tyndall Air Force Base, situated on a peninsula just south of Panama City. Up to a foot (30 cm) of rain was forecast in Florida.

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More than 370,000 people in Florida were ordered to evacuate but officials believe many ignored the warning.

Retired Franklin County administrator Alan Pierce warned that highways could experience storm surge because "most of [them are] within 100 feet of the coast".

Brad Rippey, a meteorologist for the US Agriculture Department, said Michael severely damaged cotton, timber, pecans and peanuts, causing estimated liabilities as high as US$1.9 billion and affecting up to 1.5 million hectares.

In St. Marks, John Hargan and his family gathered up their pets and moved to a raised building constructed to withstand a Category 5 after water from the St. Marks River began surrounding their home.

Hargan, a bartender at a riverfront restaurant, feared he would lose his home and his job to the storm.

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