Northern Florida Hit Hard By Powerful Hurricane Michael
Northern Florida Hit Hard By Powerful Hurricane Michael
Michael now a tropical storm is set to drive into North Carolina by Thursday afternoon after it claimed a child's life in Georgia
12 October, 2018, 12:25
The ultimate effect of Michael will take weeks to assess, but initial reports likened the ravages to that of Hurricane Andrew, which hit south Florida in 1992 causing $25billion in damages and took nearly two years to rebuild from.
"Tropical storm conditions are occurring over portions of eastern and southeastern Georgia and will spread across portions of central and southern SC this morning".
As the Category 4 storm's center crossed nearby, Mulligan said, her concrete complex shook and vibrated against sustained winds of around 155 miles per hour.
Fast-moving Michael, a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale when it came ashore, was about 25 kilometres northeast of Norfolk, Va, at 10 p.m. ET, with top sustained winds of 80 km/h as it headed for the Atlantic coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Winds up to 155mph uprooted trees and brought down power lines - with federal officials warning it may be several weeks before utilities are restored to some areas.
Officials said more than 400,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in Florida and Governor Scott said almost 20,000 utility workers had been deployed to restore power. She's desperate for news about the condition of her home, but she can't reach anyone, she says. Hundreds of cars had broken windows.
The interior of a Family Dollar Store that had the storefront ripped off is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Millville, Fla.
Communications outages and roads blocked by downed trees, strewn power lines and debris made it hard to get an overall assessment of the damage wrought by Michael, but the initial picture was grim.
Michael was downgraded to a Tropical Storm on Thursday as it took its drenching rains to Georgia and the Carolinas.
Michael killed at least six people - including a man who died when a tree toppled onto his house in Florida and a girl who died when debris fell into a home in Georgia, officials and local media said.
"Michael made landfall on Wednesday around 2 pm near Mexico Beach, Florida, dashing homes into pieces, swallowing marinas and leaving piles of rubble where shopping centres once stood", CNN said. It forced more than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast to evacuate as it gained strength quickly while crossing the eastern Gulf of Mexico toward north Florida. Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind the Labor Day storm 296km/h, Camille and Andrew in 1992.
"Anytime you have a significant storm surge event, roadways and bridges are greatly impacted and you have to survey those before you move power crews in", Long said.
Despite the widespread destruction, LaFountain said he believes most people will rebuild.
Hours earlier, meteorologists watched satellite imagery in complete awe as the storm intensified.
The storm is likely to fire up the debate over global warming.
The US Army said more than 2,000 Florida National Guard soldiers were working on the recovery operations. But without extensive study, they can not directly link a single weather event to the changing climate. Some operate vacation home rentals, while others work jobs cleaning and maintaining the homes.
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