Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Hurricane Michael Decimates Florida Panhandle, Kills at Least One

Hurricane Michael Decimates Florida Panhandle, Kills at Least One

Hurricane Michael left a trail of devastation along a huge swathe of the Florida Panhandle.

Bu the full extent of the damage was only slowly becoming clear, with some of the worst areas hard to reach. "Make no mistake. Michael is a bad storm".

Hurricane Michael, the fiercest storm to hit Florida in more than 80 years and the third-most powerful ever to strike the USA mainland, battered the state's Gulf coast on Wednesday with roof-shredding winds, towering surf and torrential rains. "Hopefully they don't, but those numbers could climb as search-and-rescue teams get out".

In fact, according to hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel of MIT, Michael could have become even stronger if not for some adverse wind shear, potentially reaching full Category 5 strength.

As of 11am EDT, Michael was centered about 60km south of Charlotte, North Carolina, with winds of 85kmh. By 2 a.m., sustained winds had decreased to 60 miles per hour; at 5 a.m., they had fallen to 50 miles per hour.

Michael is now dropping rain along the Mid-Atlantic and New England coasts as it moves eastward over the ocean, with sustained winds that have strengthened to 65 miles per hour.

Carol Ralph walks through downed trees blocking her heavily damaged neighbourhood just after Hurricane Michael passed through in Panama City, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

The agency warned of possible flash flooding Thursday in parts of Georgia, the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia because of heavy rains from Michael.

At least two deaths were blamed on Michael, and it wasn't done yet: Though weakened into a tropical storm, it continued to bring heavy rain and blustery winds to the South as it pushed inland, soaking areas still recovering from last month's Hurricane Florence.

An estimated 6,000 evacuees took cover in emergency shelters, a lot of them in Florida, and that number was expected to swell to 20,000 across five states by week's end, Kieserman said.

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Jason Gunderson of the Cajun Navy said flooding and downed power lines made most streets impassible.

Michael made landfall on Wednesday around 2 p.m. near Mexico Beach, Florida, dashing homes into pieces, swallowing marinas and leaving piles of rubble where shopping centres once stood. He said there were numerous trees down across the county. Roofs were peeled off and homes split open by fallen trees. A falling tree killed a man after it crashed into his home in Greensboro, Florida, authorities said. The lead-gray water was so high that roofs were about all that could be seen of many homes.

Michael also disrupted energy operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as it approached land, cutting crude oil production by more than 40 percent and natural gas output by almost a third as offshore platforms were evacuated.

More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were ordered or urged to clear out as Michael closed in. But it moved so fast and intensified so quickly that people didn't have much time to prepare, and emergency authorities lamented that many ignored the warnings.

Linda Marquardt, 67, rode out the storm with her husband at their home in Mexico Beach.

It also brought the dangers of a life-threatening storm surge.

"She was so lovely and she smiled so much that day", Amber Radney said.

State officials said the high volume of phone calls from outside the disaster area could be due to the fact that vast swaths of the Panhandle remain without cellphone service. In Lynn Haven, north of Panama City, he described finding one woman curled up in a fetal position in a garage with a tree over her head - a "very risky, sketchy situation", he said.

The storm has already killed a man in Florida and a girl in Georgia. Scientists say global warming is responsible for more intense and more frequent extreme weather, such as storms, droughts, floods and fires.

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