Hurricane Michael rips through Florida's Panhandle

Jan Cross
October 11, 2018

Similar issues were arising at nursing homes, and crews were flying in supplies to Florida State Hospital at Chattahoochee, which serves patients with mental illness. "We're working diligently to get to everyone as quickly as we can". "It looks like another big one".

Long said many Florida buildings were not built to withstand a storm above the strength of a Category 3 hurricane on the five-level Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Landfall is expected some time on Wednesday afternoon or early evening near Panama City to Apalachicola. Boats once docked in the canal have been pushed far up onto the land, and much of what would normally be on land floats in the canal.

While most homes around him are vacation rentals or summer getaways for their owners, Sadousky had stayed put through more than four decades of storms.

"Listen to the scientists at the National Hurricane Center", Nelson said.

The National Hurricane Center further expects tropical storm conditions to spread northward along the southeast USA coast through Friday. "The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no Category 4 hurricane ever hitting the Florida panhandle".

At least one person has died in Florida from the storm, according to local officials. "You couldn't see anything anywhere".

The rain Onslow County experienced yesterday, Austin said, was the outer fringes of the larger circulation, but not the storm itself.

In its latest bulletin, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Michael had become "an extremely unsafe category 4 hurricane".

Hundreds of thousands in the state were without power Thursday.

In a recent study in the Journal of Climate, researchers found more rapid intensifications in a simulation of a human-warmed world, and also that this would prove a key pathway toward more intense hurricanes in general.

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"I've never seen anything like this ..."

Tallahassee International Airport ‏is suspending commercial flight activity as 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday but expects to resume activity on Thursday.

Michael is now centered over SC and is still a tropical storm after a long land journey over the southeastern United States.

Michael plowed inland with powerful winds and storm surge after crashing ashore in Mexico Beach, a quaint low-slung beach town with a population of just 1,200 in one of the most remote corners of Florida. A huge swath of Interstate 10, the main east-west route near the coast, is blocked off due to damage. NPR's Emily Sullivan reports state and local governments are preparing for torrential downpours.

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. Winds are sustained at 120 miles per hour.

MEXICO BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 09: Carol Cathey spray paints the words "Calm down Michael" on the plywood over her daughter's business in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Michael on October 9, 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida.

SULLIVAN: That's Florida Governor Rick Scott.

President Donald Trump promised to provide speedy assistance to help recovery efforts. FEMA is already on Floridian ground providing assistance in the form of the EPA, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter crew reported top sustained winds up to of 145 miles per hour with higher gusts.

"When the water came in, houses started floating in front of our home", he said.

SULLIVAN: The governor has declared a state of emergency in 35 counties and is stressing the need to follow any evacuation orders. Do not think you can survive it. But by Wednesday morning, it was too late to evacuate.

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