Hurricane Michael is a monster storm and an unnatural disaster

12 October, 2018, 00:17 | Author: Harriet Bell
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The National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Thursday that the eye of Michael was about 90 miles (144 kilometers) northeast of Macon, Georgia and about 45 miles (72 kilometers) west of Augusta.

A man was killed by a tree that crashed into his home in Gadsden County, Florida on Wednesday, as Hurricane Michael plowed into Alabama and Georgia, leaving behind a path of destruction in the Panhandle.

In Port St. Joe, two storm chasers had to abandon their vehicle and find shelter as over 100 miles per hour wind gusts and heavy rain made it impossible for them to drive.

"The hotel that we were sheltering in took quite a beating, too", Christie Ethridge said.

Bu the full extent of the damage was only slowly becoming clear, with some of the worst areas hard to reach. "So I just pray that the state of Florida will stay strong".

At least one person was killed in the storm. "So many lives have been changed forever".

Hurricane Michael made landfall just a few hours ago, growing into a "monster", according to President Trump, and plunging thousands of residents, including a former Ottawa woman, into darkness.

North and SC are both still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which left dozens dead and caused billions of dollars in damage last month.

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The overall weather pattern is undergoing a complete flip from what we've seen over the past several months and cooler than average conditions can now be expected for the rest of October, beginning this weekend. More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were ordered or urged to evacuate, but it moved so fast that people didn't have much time to prepare, and emergency authorities lamented that many ignored the warnings, thinking they could ride it out. "Several inches of rain could lead to flooding again for many areas of SC and North Carolina".

Among those brought to safety were nine people rescued by helicopter from a bathroom of their Panama City home after their roof collapsed, Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Hodges said.

Haley Nelson inspects damages to her family properties in the Panama City, Fla., spring field area after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida's Panhandle on Wednesday, Oct. 10, / The hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle as a category 4 storm.

The US national guard has reached the town, dubbed "ground zero", and found 20 people who survived a direct hit from Michael. The footage of the devastation will chill your blood.

Kennedy had her wedding dress and other wedding supplies in a home she now fears was either flooded by the hurricane or completely destroyed.

The town was under a mandatory evacuation this week as the storm approached the coast. Hurricane Michael moved over some very warm water in the Gulf of Mexico, highly unusual for this time of year (and something that has been attributed to global warming), per The Verge.

Florida is also still shaking off the effects of Hurricane Irma in some places, with several resorts in the Florida Keys only just open again nearly a year after the Category 3 storm ripped through the area in September 2017.


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