Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Hurricane Michael grows stronger on way to Florida

Hurricane Michael grows stronger on way to Florida

At least two deaths were blamed on Michael, and it wasn't done yet: Though weakened into a tropical storm, it continued to bring heavy rain and blustery winds to the Southeast as it pushed inland, soaking areas still recovering from last month's Hurricane Florence. "We've not seen destruction like that in a long time".

University of Georgia's Marshall Shepherd, a former president of the American Meteorological Society, called it a "life-altering event" on Facebook and said he watched the storm's growth on satellite images with a pit growing in his stomach. "You just don't know when the next one is going down".

"Water will come miles in shore and could easily rise over the roofs of houses", he said.

A National Guard team got into Mexico Beach and found 20 survivors overnight, and more crews were pushing into the area in the morning, with the fate of many residents unknown, authorities said.

Emergency responders throughout Georgia, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle are working to clear roadways and provide aid to those hit from the storm.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told residents: "I know people are tired from Florence, but don't let this storm catch you with your guard down".

Michael charges into U.S. Southeast after slamming north Florida
The storm hit roared ashore along the Florida Panhandle, between Tyndall Air Force Base and Mexico Beach, according to NASA . Trees and wires are down throughout Florida Gulf Coast towns. "I'm freakin' scared I'm going to lose everything I own, man".


Panama City was also ravaged by the hurricane, with drone footage showing homes and schools completely torn apart.

Gov. Rick Scott said search and rescue efforts would be "aggressive".

One of the hardest-hit spots was Mexico Beach, where Michael crashed ashore Wednesday as a Category 4 monster with 155 miles per hour (250 kph) winds.

Hurricane Michael is forecast to be one of the most destructive storms to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades. It warned of life-threatening storm surges, hurricane force winds and heavy rainfall.

Farther inland, Tallahassee city officials were grappling with wind damage that had brought down numerous city's trees, blocking streets and knocking out power. The lead-grey water was so high that roofs were about all that could be seen of many homes.

"Panama City is a vibrant seaside city". The winds ripped off hotel awnings, shattered glass doors, blew down fences and stirred up white caps in swimming pools.

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"Do you think her body would be here?" Graham said storm surge will inundate the Aucilla River there to a point where it will "flow backward".

"We are in new territory", National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote on Facebook. Michael strengthened to a Category 4 in just a few hours.

The storm is likely to fire up the debate over global warming.

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED Extreme Wind Warning National Weather Service Tallahassee FL 1111 AM EDT WED OCT 10 2018The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a* Extreme Wind Warning for. But without extensive study, they can not directly link a single weather event to the changing climate. Bill Nelson, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democrat running against Republican Ron DeSantis.

It made landfall on the coast as a Category 1 hurricane on September 14 and drenched some parts of the state with 40 inches (101 centimeters) of rain.

Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida is closed while officials assess what they're calling "widespread catastrophic damage". Hundreds of military families were moved out, and the base's aircraft, which include F-22 Raptors, were flown to safety hundreds of miles away. He chose the spot where his house stands on tall stilts overlooking the Gulf waters in 1972 after it was the only lot left dry after a storm flooded the beach that year.

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Witnesses said that within minutes a rush of water and mud from an overflowing creek had buried cars and torn down trees. Spain's AEMET national weather service said that the probability of such an event "is one in a thousand years".


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