Monday, 10 December, 2018


"Michael" - the most powerful hurricane in the United States for 14 years

"Michael" - the most powerful hurricane in the United States for 14 years
Kristine Garrett | 11 October, 2018, 23:12

The storm was officially classified as a Category 4 - on the verge of Category 5 - but weakened as it continued its rapid advance up towards Georgia and the Carolinas, where cities still reeling from Hurricane Florence prepared for another onslaught of rain and wind.

Hurricane Michael's assault on the Florida Panhandle left nothing more than empty foundations and heaps of rubble in some parts of the small towns it crashed into with near-record force.

FEMA administrator Brock Long said Thursday that Mexico Beach "took the brunt" of the storm and is "probably ground zero", per The Washington Post.

Michael is now moving northwards at 12mph.

Tallahassee International Airport ‏is suspending commercial flight activity as 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday but expects to resume activity on Thursday. Some forecasters said that Michael was likely the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle in recorded history, and meanwhile, it was one of the strongest storms to hit the United States in history. The storm's maximum sustained winds have decreased to 50 miles per hour (80 kph) and it was moving to the northeast at 21 miles per hour (33 kph).

Twenty miles (32 km) south of Mexico Beach, floodwaters were more than 7 feet (2.1 meters) deep near Apalachicola, a town of about 2,300 residents, hurricane center chief Ken Graham said.

This was a borderline Category 5 storm, and it's clear the only reason Michael didn't quite cross that threshold was because it was crossing beaches by that time instead. That is why you always have to keep up with the latest forecast.

Previous: What used to be a gorgeous beachfront city now looks like an apocalyptic mess after Hurricane Michael shredded Mexico Beach, Florida. It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S.in almost 50 years and at least one death was reported during its passage.

University of Georgia's Marshall Shepherd, a former president of the American Meteorological Society, called it a "life-altering event" on Facebook and said he watched the storm's growth on satellite images with a pit growing in his stomach. You can not hide from this storm. "And, then, once you seen that, then, everything just went black".

On Tuesday, Gov Scott said he had activated 2,500 Florida National Guard troops.

"Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!" The governor has declared a state of emergency in 35 counties and is stressing that residents should "absolutely" evacuate if ordered to. Deal also empowered the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security agency (GEMA/HS) to lead the state's emergency preparedness and response efforts.

"All I can see is devastation", Zee said on ABC News' live broadcast. "In light of the storm's forecasted track, I encourage Georgians in the affected counties to be prepared and remain vigilant".

The ominous, unmistakable rhythm of a hurricane's rains - drizzle, followed by unhinged gushing - unnerved the coast on Wednesday morning hours before the fullest ravages began. We are also working with federal, state and local officials to provide public shelter and accommodate those evacuating from other states. The New York Times reported that Michael was downgraded to a tropical storm at midnight, after leaving much of the coast in ruins.

Some other highways are still closed because of flooding and damage from Hurricane Florence last month. Florence dumped trillions of gallons of water on North and SC. Heavy rainfall will drench Florida's Panhandle, Alabama, Georgia and SC; up to 12 inches is possible in isolated locations.

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