Hurricanes Florence And Michael Highlight Monster Storms' Devastating Differences

Katie Ramirez
October 11, 2018

The massive storm is one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the USA and the strongest in history to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle.

The governors of North and SC urged residents to brace for more heavy rain and storm-force winds as Michael plows northward up the Atlantic seaboard. Preliminary reports indicate the child, who authorities believe was 11 years old, died when something fell on a home but authorities have not been able to get to the home yet, said Travis Brooks, the county's emergency management director.

"We're going to do everything we can and send people out to keep people safe".

Michael was a meteorological brute that sprang quickly from a weekend tropical depression, going from a Category 2 on Tuesday to a Category 4 by the time it came ashore. "Other storms like Hurricane Opal in 1995 actually went from a Category 4 to 3, just like most storms that make landfall on the Gulf Coast tend to weaken".

Panama City is also a mess of downed trees, and damaged buildings - as is likely the case throughout much of the surrounding areas in the Florida Panhandle. "I didn't expect all this", he said.

The hurricane center's Graham said Michael represented a "textbook case" of a hurricane system growing stronger as it drew near shore, in contrast to Hurricane Florence, which struck North Carolina last month after weakening in a slow, halting approach.

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An estimated 375,000 people in more than 20 counties were ordered or advised to evacuate.

The National Weather Service office in the state capital Tallahassee issued a dramatic appeal for people to comply with evacuation orders. "You know, that's hard", she said, choking back tears.

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President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Florida, freeing up federal assistance to supplement state and local disaster responses.

"That's what happened with Hurricane Andrew - [the National Hurricane Center] looked at the pressure and reanalyzed and upgraded it to a Category 5 storm".

But many people living in counties farther east in North Central Florida were spared.

Scientists have long warned that global warming will make storms more destructive, and some say the evidence for this may already be visible.

A year ago saw a string of catastrophic storms batter the western Atlantic - including Irma, Maria and Harvey, which caused a record-equalling US$125 billion in damage when it flooded the Houston metropolitan area. The planet has warmed significantly over the past several decades, causing changes in the environment.

Without power, the city was plunged into darkness at nightfall and its flooded streets were mostly silent and devoid of people or traffic.

Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind Andrew in 1992, Camille, and the biggest one of all, an unnamed 1935 Labor Day storm that had winds of 296kph.

In the case of Michael the damage will be mainly from wind rather than rain.

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