Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Hurricane Michael in U.S. kills 11

Hurricane Michael in U.S. kills 11

Hurricane Michael retained hurricane-force winds up to 200 miles inland as it tore through Georgia before dumping heavy, windy rains onto North and SC and part of southern Virginia before heading back out to the Atlantic Ocean.

Under a clear blue sky, families living along the Florida Panhandle emerged from shelters and hotels to a perilous landscape of shattered homes and shopping centers, beeping security alarms, wailing sirens and hovering helicopters.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday morning that the state has "half a million gallons of fuel being distributed daily at 40 fueling stations to support our utility crews as they work around the clock to restore power". "So many lives have been changed forever". This hurricane was an absolute monster.

The amount and extent of storm debris is unfathomable.

Hurricane Michael struck Florida's northwest coast near the small town of Mexico Beach on Wednesday afternoon with top sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph), pushing a wall of seawater inland and causing widespread flooding.

In a beach town home about 1,200 people, entire blocks of homes have been reduced to nothing but concrete slabs in the sand or piles of splintered lumber.

Bay County officials have previously said 56 people chose to stay back in Mexico Beach and search and rescue teams were trying to account for them. "At this time I can't tell you how long that will take, but I'm on it", Laidlaw said. "We've been writing things down on pieces of paper".

Six people are now confirmed dead after the hurricane.

Mandatory evacuation orders went into effect in Panama City Beach and other low-lying areas in the storm's path.

Michael is the fourth most powerful storm on record to hit the USA, and the worst since Hurricane Camille in 1969. It was heading northeast at 24 miles per hour (39 kph). An 11-year-old Georgia girl was killed when the hurricane's high winds tore away a carport and sent it smashing into a modular home where the girl was visiting her grandparents.

Most of Panama City's homes were still standing, but no property was left undamaged. Downed power lines and twisted street signs lay all around.

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The hurricane peeled off the roof of his townhouse and blew out the windows, sending water pouring in. Aluminum siding was shredded to ribbons.

Hundreds of residents were rescued Thursday from cars, apartments and homes flooded by rushing water.

Vance Beu, 29, was staying with his mother at her home at Spring Gate Apartments, a complex of single-story wood-frame buildings. Speaking on national morning show Fox and Friends, Scott said that "I think what people didn't realize was that it could get worse..." Forecasters said it will unleash damaging wind and rain all the way into the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence's epic flooding.

"It was terrifying, honestly".

"We don't know if it's going to wipe out our house or not", Jason McDonald, of Panama City, said as he and his wife drove north into Alabama with their two children, ages 5 and 7.

"You hope that somehow at the last minute a bunch of people got up and left or went somewhere else", Florida Senator Marco Rubio told CNN. A house on the highway.

More than 370,000 people in florida were ordered to evacuate but officials believe many ignored the warning.

More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were urged to evacuate as Michael closed in.

Numerous damaged Florida buildings were not built to withstand a storm above the strength of a Category 3 hurricane on the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale.

A destructive and life-threatening storm surge event will occur along portions of the Florida Panhandle, Big Bend, and Nature Coast on Wednesday and Wed night.

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