‘Apocalyptic:’ One Florida town demolished by Michael

Katie Ramirez
October 11, 2018

NASA released stunning views of Hurricane Michael from space, as the storm continues its trek toward the Florida panhandle.

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While Florence took five days between the time it turned into a hurricane and the moment it rolled into the Carolinas, Michael gave Florida what amounted to two days' notice. "We have trees being uprooted, heavy, heavy rain".

Michael had weakened to a Category 1, with maximum winds of 90 miles per hour as of 8:00 pm Eastern time (0000 GMT), but that still left it an extremely risky storm.

"Everyone in these areas is reminded not to venture out into the relative calm of the eye, as hazardous winds will increase very quickly as the eye passes!" the NHC said in a warning at 2 p.m. "I didn't expect all this", said Bill Manning, 63, a grocery clerk who left his camper van in Panama City, Florida, to move into a hotel where the power was already out, Reuters reported.

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee said a hurricane "of this strength has NEVER made landfall in this region and thus this is an event that will have unprecedented impacts". Downed power lines lay almost everywhere.

Rainfall could reach up to a foot (30 centimetres), and the life-threatening storm surge could swell to 14 feet (4 metres).

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- Power outages: Roughly a million customers in Georgia, Florida, Alabama and SC without power.

- Staying safe: almost 6,700 people took refuge in 54 shelters in Florida. Surge in the Big Bend area, along with catastrophic winds at 155mph.

It was forecast to blow ashore around midday on Wednesday near Panama City Beach, along a lightly populated stretch of fishing villages and white-sand beaches. The wind howled and rainwater leaked through the ceiling.

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Betty Wexler, 86, lost a beach house to a storm more than 20 years ago.

Perry and Mollie Williams were riding out the storm in their "fortress" home a block from the beach, their three cats and Rottweiler in tow. "They kept us informed...throughout the day". He said people will "not be dragged out of their homes, " but anyone who stays behind will be on their own once the storm hits.

Florida Governor Rick Scott called Michael "monstrous storm" and urged residents to listen to officials.

"I know you just want to go home", Mr Scott said.

This means that the state is activating all of its resources to make sure people are safe ahead of the hurricane. Another 3,500 National Guard members were also ready to deploy, he said.

It is the third-most-powerful storm on record to hit the USA, and the worst in almost 50 years, since Hurricane Camille in 1969.

Lines at gasoline stations were growing long in Panama City as people prepared to leave areas under mandatory evacuation, Trepanier said. By 8 a.m. Tuesday, top winds had reached 100 miles per hour (155 kph), and it was forecast to strengthen more, with winds topping 111 miles per hour (179 kph), capable of causing devastating damage.

An estimated 325,000 residents in the path of the storm were told to evacuate by local authorities, but only 6,000 people came to the roughly 80 shelters across Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas, officials said. She had no interest in riding out a Category 4 in her mobile home. "Once you are sheltered, STAY PUT", Florida Gov.

According to the National Hurricane Center, there will be life-threatening storm surge, the worst of which is expected between Tyndall Air Force Base and Keaton Beach, "where 9 to 13 feet of inundation is possible". Up to 12 inches of rain could fall in the area.

On its current track, the core of Michael is expected to move northeastward across the southeastern USA on Wednesday night and Thursday, and then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on Friday.

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