Former Hurricane Michael Heads Northeast After Trashing Florida

Gwen Vasquez
October 12, 2018

Fast-moving Michael, a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale when it came ashore, was about 8 km northwest of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, at 8 pm, with top sustained winds of 50 miles (80 kph) as it headed for the Atlantic coast, the US National Hurricane Center said.

Television news footage showed homes submerged in floodwaters up to their roofs in Mexico Beach.

In terms of pressure, The Washington Post reported that Michael is the third-strongest hurricane to make landfall in the continental United States, even ranking above Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The current death toll from the storm is 11, although emergency responders say that number could still rise.

Nearby Panama City Beach experienced similar damage along with other communities along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. As many as 389,639 customers in Florida, 484,487 customers in North Carolina, 117,000 customers in Georgia, 24,000 customers in Alabama, 9,163 customers in SC and 61,067 customers in Virginia.

Virginia authorities have confirmed five storm-related deaths in the state.

Florida officials also said they were moving patients from damaged health care facilities.

A man was killed when a tree toppled onto his house in Florida and a girl died when debris fell into a home in Georgia, officials said and local media reported. That storm had maximum-sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, the NHC said. The storm is expected to hit the Carolinas on Thursday, which are still recovering from Last month's Hurricane Florence. But she added emergency crews trying to reach the home were hampered by downed trees and debris blocking roadways.

In Seminole County, Georgia, a metal carport hoisted by the wind crashed through a roof, hitting a girl's head, the county's emergency management director Travis Brooks said.

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"I just need to know he's OK", McCall said. The fate of many other residents was unknown, authorities said.

By late Wednesday, the storm had moved toward Georgia. Franklin County Sheriff A.J Smith told CNN that the county was almost isolated after most of the main roads were rendered impassable from flooding and downed trees.

Weather satellites tracking monster Hurricane Michael captured this incredible view of the storm's clouds over North Carolina early yesterday morning (Oct. 11).

"My home was built in 1962 is the only one with a solid roof left", Golding said.

In Roberta, in Crawford County, Hill Bentley said he saw spinning clouds that looked like a tornado Wednesday.

Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes and the governor told residents who had not done so to "hunker down and be careful".

The storm tore entire neighbourhoods apart, reducing homes and businesses to piles of wood and siding, damaging roads and leaving scenes of devastation that resembled the aftermath of a carpet-bombing operation.

"We couldn't ever get her to spend the night nowhere because she always wanted to be home with her family", Roy Radney said. It was a clear warning that the storm should be taken seriously. Total damages from storm surge are estimated to be $3.7 billion, of which about ten percent will be insured.

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