Hurricane Michael threatens Florida with 150mph winds

11 Octobre, 2018, 10:49 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Hurricane Michael water vapor as it makes landfall on Oct. 10 2018

A child was killed in Seminole County, Georgia during the storm, emergency management officials said.

Michael sprang quickly from a weekend tropical depression, going from a Category 2 on Tuesday to a Category 4 by the time it came ashore.

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

Panama City after Michael.

The storm had picked up steam as it sped across the Gulf of Mexico toward the Florida Panhandle. "The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no Category 4 hurricane ever hitting the Florida Panhandle".

"It feels like a nightmare", she said."Looking at the pictures, I'm thinking there is not a house left in that town".

Damage in Panama City near where Michael came ashore Wednesday afternoon was so extensive that broken and uprooted trees and downed power lines lay almost everywhere.

Even before landfall, the hurricane disrupted energy operations in the Gulf, cutting crude oil production by more than 40 percent and natural gas output by almost a third as offshore platforms were evacuated ahead of the storm's arrival.

Michael battered the shoreline with sideways rain, powerful gusts and crashing waves, swamping streets and docks, flattening trees, stripped away leaves, shredding awnings and peeling away shingles.

Camille struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a Category 5 hurricane, bringing with it devastating storm tides and strong winds that demolished buildings and destroyed orchards.

"We are in new territory", U.S. National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote on Facebook.

Dry dock destroyed in Panama City Beach Florida Oct. 10 2018
Dry dock destroyed in Panama City Beach Florida Oct. 10 2018

While we might not get more storms in a warmer climate, most studies show storms will get stronger and produce more rain. "It was weird. We went outside and you could smell the pine, and there it was, laying on the chimney".

At the time, the then-tropical-storm wasn't expected to achieve its current Category 4 status, but now that it's here, it's time to batten down the hatches. He said he plans to visit storm-ravaged areas as soon as he can.

The hurricane was expected to gradually weaken as it passed over the southeastern United States, the hurricane center said.

An estimated 375,000 people in more than 20 counties were ordered or advised to evacuate.

The National Weather Service office in the state capital Tallahassee issued a dramatic appeal for people to comply with evacuation orders.

"Hurricane Michael can not break Florida", Scott vowed. He acknowledged that a lot of the residents in the area were poor and said it was probably tough to leave.

State officials issued disaster declarations in Alabama and Georgia and the storm is also expected to bring heavy rainfall to North and SC.

Residents and tourists were told to flee low-lying areas in at least 22 counties along the shore in Florida's Panhandle and adjacent Big Bend region.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Florida, freeing up federal assistance to supplement state and local disaster responses. The Carolinas are still reeling from severe flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence less than a month ago.

As the hurricane moves out of Florida, Scott warned that flash floods and tornadoes are still possibilities and said "the weather is still extremely risky".

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