Monday, 17 December, 2018

At least eleven people dead after Hurricane Michael batters USA coast

Michael looks likely to provide extra moisture to an incoming fall system late this week Michael looks likely to provide extra moisture to an incoming fall system late this week
Cary Marshall | 12 October, 2018, 22:58

FEMA crews have used heavy equipment, sniffer dogs, drone aircraft and global positioning satellites in their search.

Bur forecasters fear serious hazards could also have a huge impact dozens of miles inland, with storm surges possibly flooding rivers while Tallahassee could be battered by winds of 75mph.

Meanwhile, thousands of National Guard troops, law enforcement officers and rescue teams still had much to do in the hardest hit area: Florida's Panhandle.

Hurricane Michael became a Category 3 storm with 120 miles per hour maximum sustained winds on October 9-ahead of making landfall along the Florida Panhandle, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

About 1.5 million homes and businesses were without power from Florida to Virginia early on Friday, according to utility companies.

At least 12 people were killed in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia, officials said, after one of the most powerful hurricanes in USA history slammed into Florida's northwest coast.

"But water levels in some parts of the eastern Florida Panhandle coast will still be high enough to overwhelm the dunes, which are relatively low and narrow".

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"It's OK if you want to live on the coast or on top of a mountain that sees wildfires or whatever but you have to build to a higher standard", he said.

In a 5 p.m. update on October 9, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Michael has strengthened to a "major hurricane" and has life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall.

"We're going through county by county to make sure we have all the shelters we need".

Click through the slideshow above to see how Hurricane Michael affected the worst-hit Florida neighborhoods.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center treated some people but the hospital evacuated 130 patients as it was dealing with its own hurricane effects. "We are swamped", he said.

An 11-year-old girl in Georgia died when Michael's winds dropped debris through the roof of her grandparents' home. In addition to the oil, more than 800 million cubic feet of natural gas production has also been taken offline this week.

It was the third strongest storm on record to hit the continental United States, behind only Hurricane Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1969 and the Labor Day hurricane of 1935 in the Florida Keys.

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