Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Track Hurricane Michael flooding in real time

Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall Wednesday on the Florida Panhandle Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall Wednesday on the Florida Panhandle
Guillermo Lane | 12 October, 2018, 11:42

At least three deaths were blamed on Michael, the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental United States in over 50 years, and it wasn't done yet: Though reduced to a tropical storm, it brought flash flooding to North Carolina and Virginia, soaking areas still recovering from Hurricane Florence.

Now a tropical storm with winds of 50 miles per hour, Michael is expected to gain strength as it passes into Virginia and moves into the western Atlantic Ocean on Thursday night, bringing damaging winds and life-threatening flash flooding over parts of North Carolina and Virginia, CNN reported. The storm is now a Category 4, which The Weather Channel warns will cause a "catastrophic storm surge".

Tropical Storm Michael is expected to become a hurricane on Monday and was on track to hit the Florida Panhandle midweek, with the potential to pack winds of at least 100 miles per hour (160 km per hour), the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

At around 9 a.m. ET, Klotzbach reported that Michael had max sustained winds of 145 miles per hour, which is faster than any to reach the area since measurements began in 1851.

- Damage estimates: Boston-based Karen Clark & Company, an insurance company that produces models for catastrophes, is estimating Hurricane Michael caused about $8 billion in insured losses.

The storm is expected to bring four to seven inches of rain in north-central North Carolina and southeast Virginia, and tornadoes are still possible in these areas.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan bluntly advised residents choosing to ride it out that first-responders won't be able to reach them while Michael smashes into the coast.

"We had houses that were on one side of the street and now they're on the other", said Mayor Bo Patterson, who watched trees fly by his window as he rode out the storm in his home seven blocks from the beach.

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More than 900,000 homes and business remain without power. Entire roofs were torn away and dropped onto a road. Authorities were also searching for a boy swept away by a river in Guatemala.

Even if the storm stays offshore and doesn't directly impact the region, we'll be seeing some soaking rains later this week, partly fueled by Michael.

Scott declared a state of emergency for 35 Florida counties, from the Panhandle to Tampa Bay, activated hundreds of Florida National Guard members and waived tolls to encourage evacuations.

"I know you just want to go home".

"If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient". Many filled sandbags and boarded up homes and lined up to buy gas and groceries before leaving town.

Tyler Cassel walks in front of a flea market damaged by Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018.

"We're looking at a significant storm with significant impact, possibly greater than I've seen in my 59 years of life, " Mr Johnson said of his city on the shore of Apalachicola Bay, where about 90% of Florida's oysters are harvested. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said she fears widespread power outages and other problems would follow.

Drawing energy from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the storm strengthened rapidly into a potentially devastating Category 3 by evening.

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