Monday, 22 October, 2018

Powerful Hurricane Michael kills one after making landfall in Florida

Waves crash along a pier as the outerbands of hurricane Michael arrive in Panama City Beach Florida Waves crash along a pier as the outerbands of hurricane Michael arrive in Panama City Beach Florida
Eleanor Moreno | 11 October, 2018, 23:05

As the destructive forces of Hurricane Michael were set to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station were able to capture breathtaking video of the storm.

The Carolinas are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which left dozens dead and is estimated to have caused billions of dollars in damage last month.

There is "one hurricane-related fatality", Olivia Smith, public information officer for the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners, said.

Michael hit Florida with wind speeds of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour), placing it nearly into Category 5 scale, which starts at 157 mph.

Rick Reichmuth, Fox News' chief meteorologist, said Michael was the fourth most powerful storm to ever make landfall in the U.S.in terms of wind, and the third most powerful in terms of pressure, at 919 mb.

Hours earlier, it made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane near Mexico Beach, Florida.

Michael is moving across southwestern Georgia with damaging winds across the central and eastern Panhandle of Florida as well as southwestern and south-central Georgia, with storm flooding still occurring along the Gulf Coast, the NHC said.

"Safety is our first priority and most times it's a distraction when they are trying to restore service and it delays the process of getting the restoration services where it needs to be", said External Affairs Manager Theresa Robinson.

"We are catching some hell", said Timothy Thomas, who rode out the storm with his wife in their second-floor apartment in Panama City Beach. There are power lines everywhere.


A storm surge warning from the National Hurricane Center was in place from Panama City Florida to Keaton Beach Florida.

Michael's minimum central pressure remained at 923 millibars in the most recent National Hurricane advisory as it moved north-northeast at 14 miles per hour.

Panama City looked like a war zone after being battered for almost three hours by strong winds and heavy rains.

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. Soon enough, Mexico Beach's emerald waters and white sugar-sand beaches were covered in a dark sea of splintered debris, she said.

Brian Bon inspects damages in the Panama City downtown area after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Panama City.

Rainfall will add to issues of the storm surge and deadly winds with upwards of 8 inches, and in isolated areas 12 inches, expected to fall. The storm was moving northeast at 20 miles per hour with 75 miles per hour maximum sustained winds, just above the minimum speed to be considered a hurricane. It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S.in almost 50 years.

Marino, who lives with his girlfriend and her grandmother, said water started dripping through the chimney, and they feared the wind would send the tree crashing through the roof.

Hurricane Michael blasted parts of Florida's Gulf coast with 155mph winds last night, threatening devastation in flood-prone communities and posing a critical pre-election test for the state's political leaders.

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