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

Hurricanes Florence And Michael Highlight Monster Storms' Devastating Differences

Hurricanes Florence And Michael Highlight Monster Storms' Devastating Differences

Myrtle Beach, which is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Florence, is predicted to experience 46 miles per hour winds - the most powerful gusts in the Palmetto State.

Although Michael had been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane by 8 p.m.

In terms of damage the most costly year was 2017, when besides the Caribbean several USA coastal states were hit by powerful hurricanes that moved slowly and dumped record rainful for days.

The hurricane is 90 miles south-west of Panama City as of 8am eastern time.

The three astronauts living on the International Space Station caught a terrifying glimpse of Hurricane Michael arriving on the western coast of Florida earlier today (Oct. 10).

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Tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect all along the Southeast coast as far north as the Outer Banks, per TWC.

Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the most powerful hurricane to blow ashore on the United States mainland since Camille in 1969. Storm surge could reach heights of 6 feet to 9 feet from the Okaloosa-Walton County line to Mexico Beach and from Keaton Beach to Cedar Key. "Storm surge can occur before, during, or after the center of a storm passes through an area".

Scientists say global warming is responsible for more intense and more frequent extreme weather, such as storms, droughts, floods and fires. "We're going to get some people hurt".

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.

And tornado warnings radiated out into counties near the hurricane's path in Georgia on Tuesday evening, after reports of at least two that had formed in Florida. The hurricane's winds and waves were so strong, their rumblings were detected on seismometers - equipment created to measure earthquakes.

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While originally a Category 1 storm, Michael was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane just hours before it was set to make landfall.

A water-level station in Apalachicola, close to where Michael came ashore, reported a surge of almost 8 feet (2.5 meters).

The National Hurricane Center predicts Michael will stay a powerful and unsafe rainmaker as it moves across the U.S. Southeast and off the Mid-Atlantic coast before heading out to sea by Friday. "The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no Category 4 hurricane ever hitting the Florida Panhandle". Reporters on the ground said they could hear electric transformers exploding.

Michael hit Florida with wind speeds of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour), placing it nearly into Category 5 scale, which starts at 157 mph.

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

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As the Tallahassee office of the National Weather Service said on Twitter earlier Wednesday: "If you're not sheltered in place now, you need to be!" It gradually slowed to a sluggish pace of 5 miles per hour. But warmer water in the Gulf and other large bodies of water is here to stay because of climate change.

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