Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Hurricane Michael tears Florida towns apart, six dead

Hurricane Michael tears Florida towns apart, six dead

Authorities said a falling tree killed a man outside Tallahassee, Florida, and an 11-year-old girl in Georgia was killed when the winds picked up a carport and dropped it on her home. It left at least 7 dead and tore apart coastal towns.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Centre in hard-hit Panama City, 32km northwest of Mexico Beach, was treating some of the injured.

Almost 850,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas and Georgia on Thursday.

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Many across Hampton Roads were impacted by now post-tropical storm Michael, which was a tropical storm when it crossed over Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina on Thursday.

The scenes were familiar across communities in Florida and Georgia as trees were uprooted and cracked like toothpicks, buildings with roofs peeled off and homes flattened into an unrecognizable landscape.

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Department of Emergency Management spokesman Jeff Caldwell told The Associated Press that four people drowned: three in the western part of the state and a fourth in central Virginia.

By 2 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT), the storm had pushed northeast to within 25 miles (40 km) of Greensboro, North Carolina, carrying 50-mph (85-kph) winds, the NHC said. Downed power lines lay almost everywhere, while pine trees were stripped and snapped off about 20 feet high.

Michael also disrupted energy operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as it approached land, cutting crude oil production by more than 40 percent and natural gas output by almost one-third as offshore platforms were evacuated.

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Michael, one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the United States, left the East Coast early Friday morning.

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