Town 'Littered With Pieces of Houses' in Hurricane's Wake

Doug Carpenter
October 12, 2018

The hurricane is also expected to bring a storm surge up to 14 feet high. A National Ocean Service water level station at Apalachicola recently reported almost 6.5 feet of inundation above ground level.

The storm killed at least two people and left hundreds of thousands of homes without power as it moved from Florida to Georgia.

Michael, which decreased to a tropical storm overnight, is continuing to weaken as it moves along the southeast USA coast.

Mcdonald's signage stands damaged from Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach, Florida, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

Television news footage during the day showed many homes submerged in floodwaters up to their roofs in Mexico Beach, where the fate of about 280 residents who authorities said defied evacuation orders was unknown. It was moving northeast at 23 miles per hour (37 kph).

Warmer water acts as fuel for a hurricane, helping it develop into a more destructive, windier storm.

The volleyball net remains standing at Jinks Middle School in Panama City after Hurricane Michael tore through.

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.

"Anytime you have a significant storm surge event, roadways and bridges are greatly impacted and you have to survey those before you move power crews in", Long said. It almost hit Category 5 strength.

Where did the storm make landfall?

Some 20 hours after making landfall, Michael still poses flash flooding threats to parts of Georgia, the Carolinas, and southeastern Virginia.

It was a category two hurricane by Tuesday, and a borderline category five on Wednesday morning, packing 155mph winds. Numerous same counties are also under flash flood warnings.

The rain is pounding and the wind is whipping outside Judy Brown's apartment in Tallahassee.

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.

On the Florida Panhandle, wind gusts blew off roofs and knocked down brick walls. Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina reported more than 160,000 outages.

The coastal city of Apalachicola reported a storm surge of almost 8ft (2.5m).

More than 380,000 homes and businesses were without power at the height of the storm.

And this is a city that wasn't even on the coast. "Roads are not open and you will not be able to get home if you live in or near the coast", the governor said Thursday morning. It'll dry out for the Sox game in time and be dry again Sunday. "The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no Category-4 hurricane ever hitting the Florida Panhandle".

The devastation reminded her of what she witnessed in 1992 when Andrew hit.

Michael, whose rapid intensification as it churned north over the Gulf of Mexico caught many by surprise, made landfall yesterday afternoon near Mexico Beach, about 32km southeast of Panama City in Florida's Panhandle region, with top sustained winds reaching 249km/h.

Joseph Howat clears a damaged fence by Hurricane Michael at his business in Panama City Beach, Florida.

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