Hurricane Michael weakens further as it crosses Georgia

Katie Ramirez
October 12, 2018

A Pittsylvania County Sheriff's deputy and a local resident tried to rescue King, but the floodwaters were too deep and fast-moving. It moved so fast that people didn't have much time to prepare, and emergency authorities lamented that many ignored the warnings and seemed to think they could ride it out.

"It's absolutely horrendous. Catastrophic", Crown said.

Accuweather warned those along the path of the storm from northern Florida to southeastern Virginia should expect downed trees and power outages.

After Michael left the Panhandle late Wednesday, Kaylee O'Brien was crying as she sorted through the remains of the apartment she shared with three roommates at Whispering Pines apartments, where the smell of broken pine trees was thick in the air. The truck driver had to be extricated and also suffered serious injuries.

Boston-based insurance company Karen Clark & Company is estimating Hurricane Michael caused about $8 billion in insured losses.

At least 3: The number of confirmed deaths as of Thursday.

With files from the Associated Press and Washington Post.

In Roberta, in Crawford County, Hill Bentley said he saw spinning clouds that looked like a tornado Wednesday. The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Thursday with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and rescue crews struggling to enter stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who may have stayed behind.

With a low barometric pressure recorded at 919 millibars, a measure of a hurricane's force, Michael 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 Labour Day hurricane of 1935 in the Florida Keys.

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Homes washed away by Hurricane Michael were shown in this aerial photo, today, in Mexico Beach, Fla.

In his letter posted on the base's website, Laidlaw says crews need to clear trees from roads, fix power lines and "assess the structural integrity of our buildings" before anyone returns.

As of 11 pm Thursday, Michael's core was located about 15 miles north-northeast of Norfolk, Virginia, and was moving northeast at 25 mph, according to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC).

As of 9 a.m. EDT, Michael was centered about 40 miles west of Columbia, South Carolina, with winds of 50 mph. A gauge on one offshore buoy recorded a wind gust of almost hurricane strength.

CBS News reports that the storm also cause storm surges of up to six to 14 feet in some areas. Flash flooding may continue meanwhile in the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic states.

Just a few weeks ago, Hurricane Florence made landfall on September 14 near Wrightsville Beach, NC. A main electric utility in Virginia said more than 585,000 customers were affected.

Authorities have attributed one death to the storm after a tree fell on a man in the Florida capital Tallahassee.

The 11-year-old girl and at least five others have been killed since Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle Wednesday and slammed Georgia and the Carolinas through Thursday, officials said.

Mexico Beach, close to where Michael made landfall just short of a Category 5 hurricane, was devastated by the storm.

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