Hurricane Michael is a monster storm and an unnatural disaster
Hurricane Michael is a monster storm and an unnatural disaster
Waves crash along a pier as the outerbands of hurricane Michael arrive in Panama City Beach Florida
11 October, 2018, 23:03
About 3,500 Florida National Guard troops were deployed to assist with evacuations and storm recovery, along with more than 1,000 search-and-rescue personnel, Governor Rick Scott said.
At 11 a.m., the core of extremely unsafe Hurricane Michael was closing in on the Florida Panhandle in the area of Panama City. Add HurricaneMichael as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Hurricane Michael news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
Dorian Carter looks under furniture for a missing cat after several trees fell on their home during Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.
Upon making landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, Michael was moving at 14 miles per hour ― more than double Florence's speed at landfall.
The storm came ashore as a category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale, before it was downgraded to a category 3.
Forecasters said it would unleash damaging wind and rain all the way into the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence's epic flooding. But the fast-moving, fast-strengthening storm didn't give people much time to prepare, and emergency authorities lamented that many ignored the warnings and seemed to think they could ride it out.
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We will have live updates here throughout the day. This would result in minor tree damage and some scattered outages. Michael's measurement indicates it's more intense than Hurricane Andrew, which hit Florida in 1992 with a pressure of 922 millibars, and Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005 when it hit with a pressure of 920 millibars.
The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Leslie and Tropical Storm Nadine are no threat to land over the open Atlantic Ocean, but Tropical Storm Sergio is expected to hit Mexico's Baja California Peninsula later this week and threaten the southern U.S. Plains and the Ozarks by the weekend. He said he plans to visit storm-ravaged areas as soon as he can. "The emergency declaration is effective for seven days and makes all state resources available to local governments and entities within the impacted area of the hurricane", his office said. "I didn't expect all this", he said.
"What you're going to see is a storm moving very rapidly through Georgia, and it will maintain hurricane strength through southwest Georgia and central Georgia as it passes through later today and early tomorrow", a representative for FEMA's toldGood Morning America.
A woman and her children stand near a destroyed gas station after Hurricane Michael in Panama City.
The evacuation order remains in effect until further notice. He acknowledged that a lot of the residents in the area were poor and said it was probably tough to leave. According to The Weather Channel, no Category 4 hurricane in historical records dating back to 1851 has ever made landfall in the region.
The storm is moving north-northeast at 16 miles per hour and is likely to remain a strong hurricane through Wednesday night as the system is expected to move through parts of Georgia and into the Carolinas.
The storm was expected to bring up to 30cm of rain with storm surges up to 3.7m, according to the US National Hurricane Center. If Michael's forecast proves right, there's a 95 percent chance the area's dunes will be flooded by storm waters.
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Interests along the northeastern and central Gulf Coast areas are advised to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Michael. Scott also said Monday afternoon that state health officials are reaching out to hospitals and nursing homes to be prepared.
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