Hurricane Michael Devastates Florida, Two Dead

Gerald Herbert  APA woman checks on her vehicle as Hurricane Michael passes through in Panama City Beach Fla. Oct. 10 2018

Gov. Rick Scott said the Panhandle awoke to "unimaginable destruction".

Distribution centers have been set up outside retailers such as Wal-Mart and Publix because there is no way right now to let survivors know where they can get supplies.

Two people, including a child, were killed by falling debris, the USA media reported on Thursday.

The kittens eventually made their way to the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS shelter, in Fort Walton, where they are now adoptable, Marciano said in a tweet.

In this undated photo provided by Amber Radney, 11-year-old Sarah Radney poses for a photo at her school, in Grady County near Cairo, Ga. "We've been through hurricanes but never where we were completely cut off like this". It was expected to emerge over the ocean Thursday night.

However, the center said, winds have picked up at certain points along the Georgia and SC coast. Simply put, with warmer seas, storms ought to be able to pull this off more often.

Hurricane Michael's battering waves swamped streets and docks and shrieking winds splintered trees and rooftops.

Virginia authorities have confirmed five storm-related deaths in the state. As the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang noted, "he is not prone to hyperbole".

"It looks like a tornado came through here", he said. "I didn't expect all this", said Bill Manning, 63, a grocery clerk who fled his camper van in Panama City for safer quarters in a hotel, only to see the electricity there go out. Michael made landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane with 155 miles per hour winds and a storm surge of 9 feet.

Laidlaw called the damage "catastrophic".




"The entire county was "pitch black" and there were no clear roads", he said.

By early Thursday, the ferocious storm's winds had slowed to 50 miles per hour as it crossed Georgia. Forecasters immediately predicted that the system would strike the Panhandle, probably on Wednesday afternoon as a tropical storm.

Property insurers that A.M. Best rates have also minimised their exposures in the area hurricane Michael affected, but the agency adds, "The question of how the state's relatively new, Florida-specific insurers might withstand the impact of substantial insurable losses caused by Hurricane Michael remains". Flash flooding may continue meanwhile in the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic states.

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

Michael was a meteorological brute that sprang quickly from a weekend tropical depression, going from a Category 2 on Tuesday to a Category 4 by the time it came ashore. County officials say they're not releasing names or other details yet while families are notified.

- The human cost: Falling trees have killed a man in Gadsden County, Florida; a man in Iredell County, North Carolina; and an 11-year-old girl in Seminole County, Georgia, was killed when a carport blew through the roof of her home.

FEMA may also call upon the Army Corps to help clear the roads as the most hard task ahead is clearing the debris from the roads so that emergency personnel can get to work.

Michael is the strongest hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle on record and the strongest storm to make landfall in the continental USA since Hurricane Andrew, which struck in 1992.

Much of downtown Port St. Joe, 19 km east of Mexico Beach, was flooded after Michael snapped boats in two and hurled a large ship onto the shore, residents said.

The storm is not expected to move offshore until Friday, having swept over much of Georgia as a hurricane and then North and SC as a tropical storm.

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