Wednesday, 17 October, 2018


Video Shows Hurricane Michael Ripping Apart Buildings in Florida

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Kristine Garrett | 11 October, 2018, 17:26

Extreme winds from Hurricane Michael gutted roofs and facades of beachfront condominiums in Panama City Beach, Fla., sending debris to the streets below.

Parts of the Florida Panhandle are expected to see rain between 100 and 200 millimetres but local amounts there may exceed 300 millimetres in some areas, with hurricane-force winds and a storm surge of up to four metres.

Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the third most powerful hurricane to hit the USA mainland, behind the unnamed Labor Day storm of 1935 and Camille in 1969.

Looking at the entire hurricane season, Michael had the strongest winds since 1992 and Hurricane Andrew.

The latest minimum central pressure based on data from the reconnaissance aircraft has dropped to 928 millibars, meaning the eye of the storm is strenghtening.

After landfall as a Category 4 storm, Michael will march northeast through the southeast USA and remain at least a Category 1 storm well into Georgia.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the north of Florida's Fernandina Beach to Duck in North Carolina, plus Pamlico and Albermarle Sounds. The storm is expected to drop as much as 12 inches of rain in some areas of the state before continuing its path north into Georgia and moving northward into southeastern New England Thursday night and Friday.

Tornado watches were issued overnight for upstate SC counties including Chester, Union and York, just south of Charlotte.

It has now weakened to a tropical storm over south-central Georgia.

The area remains under a Tropical Storm Warning until further notice with tropical storm-force winds likely according to the National Weather Service. In this advisory, Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft data shows the intensity has increased to 145 miles per hour.

Predating modern meteorological technology, the formation point and exact wind strengths of the hurricane are unknown.

Hurricane Michael started whipping up large swell in the Florida's Panhandle region. Expected landfall is mid-afternoon.

Position: The hurricane was about 120 miles southwest of Panama City, Florida, as of 6 a.m. ET this morning, per CNN.

The Hurricane Center added that "some additional strengthening is possible before landfall".

Megan Williams, left, and roommate Kaylee O'Brian take belongings from their destroyed home after several trees fell on the house during Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida.

Unprecedented? This could be the first time a 4 or stronger hurricane has ever made landfall in the Florida panhandle, per TWC. Up to a foot of rainfall was forecast for some areas, still recovering from Hurricane Florence's flooding.

"Hurricane Michael is an unprecedented event and can not be compared to any of our previous events".

The storm knocked the broadcast of Panama City-based WMBB off the air after the television station lost power, one of more than 263,000 customers experiencing blackouts in Florida.

A Hurricane Watch before landfall extends from the Alabama/Florida state border to the Suwannee River west of Gainesville.

It appeared to be so powerful that it was expected to remain a hurricane as it moved into Alabama and Georgia early Thursday.

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