Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Hurricane Michael brings devastation to Florida

5pm ET Tuesday forecast track for Hurricane Michael 5pm ET Tuesday forecast track for Hurricane
Guillermo Lane | 11 October, 2018, 12:52

"The National Hurricane Center is expecting storm surge to be between nine and 2.7-3.6 meters".

"The center of Michael is now moving into south-central Georgia".

Lucky for Reynolds, the power did not go out at her home. "The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no Category 4 hurricane ever hitting the Florida Panhandle". Water seeped into her fourth floor apartment When she dared to look outside, water levels were grazing the fronds of tall palm trees on the beach. "Those who stick around to experience storm surge don't typically live to tell about it unfortunately".

"It's going to be awful", Thomas told CNN. As we saw during last month's Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, it's likely that thousands of people couldn't even afford to evacuate.

As it approaches the Florida panhandle, Hurricane Michael has intensified into a Category 4 hurricane.

It's powerful 155mph winds ripped through the coast, flattening homes, flooding roads and leaving more than 400,000 without power. She spoke from the parking lot of a wrecked gas station in Walton County, tilting the camera to show the damage around her.

Medical Sacred Heart lost its windows and sustained damage to its roof and exterior walls. "I'm praying to God people will be safe". Roofs were peeled off and homes split open by fallen trees.

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After being battered for almost three hours by strong winds and heavy rains, roads in Panama City were virtually impassable and trees, satellite dishes and traffic lights lay in the streets. It had sustained winds of 155 mph, meaning it wasn't from a Category 5 storm - a Category 4 hurricane has sustained winds of up to 156 mph, and Category 5 is 157 mph and above.

Moist air, warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, and ideal wind patterns supercharged Hurricane Michael in the hours before it smacked Florida's Panhandle.

Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama issued a state-wide state of emergency on Monday "in anticipation of wide-spread power outages, wind damage, and debris produced by high winds and heavy rain associated with Hurricane Michael". Storm surge warnings were in place along the Florida and Alabama coasts. Isolated areas could get 12 inches and life-threatening flash floods.

Michael has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it continues slamming Georgia with heavy rain and risky winds.

Michael's strength may reflect the effect of climate change on storms. A year ago saw a string of catastrophic storms batter the western Atlantic - including Irma, Maria and Harvey, which caused a record-equaling $125 billion in damage when it flooded the Houston metropolitan area. According to the US Energy Information Administration. There's evidence of higher sea surface temperature and atmospheric moisture, experts say.

Another key element to the strength of the storm is its minimum central pressure dropped again, this time to 931 millibars, meaning the eye of the storm is strong, intact and well-defined. That is just two miles an hour shy of Category 5, the strongest on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

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