Death Toll Rises As Michael Moves Along US Coast

Death Toll Rises As Michael Moves Along US Coast

Hurricane Michael, the third-most powerful ever to strike the USA mainland, battered Florida's Gulf coast before it was downgraded to a tropical storm as it headed through Georgia.

Similar scenes are emerging across the Florida Panhandle, where Hurricane Michael left more than 350,000 without power and entire neighborhoods in ruins after hitting Wednesday afternoon near Mexico Beach as a powerful Category 4 storm. Storm surge is worse now than it was 100 years ago, thanks to the rise in sea levels.

Storm damage is seen after Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida on October 10, 2018.

"My God, it's scary.

There are now 3 ROCA registrants in Tallahassee, Florida, 9 ROCA registrants in Panama City, Florida, 279 ROCA registrants in the state of Georgia, 36 ROCA registrants in the state of Alabama, and 60 ROCA registrants in the state of SC". "It destroyed everything", Jason Gunderson, a member of a group of rescue workers that calls itself the Cajun Navy, told CNN early on Thursday from Callaway, a suburb of Panama City.

The storm's intensity waned steadily as it pushed inland and curled northeasterly into Georgia. Michael is expected to produce storm surge - typically the deadliest part of any hurricane - of up to 14 feet, smashing local records.

"Nadine will likely weaken in the open Atlantic and not do much", Bridges said. And as one can see in the video embedded above, Baldwin makes clear in her shocked reaction that the devastation that lay before her was like nothing she'd ever seen. It's very, very scary. The heaviest of the rain will end through the overnight hours tonight but we should remain on the lookout for showers or a few thunderstorms to continue into the morning hours on Friday as well, especially for areas south of Philadelphia.

About 30km south of Mexico Beach, floodwaters were more than 2.3m deep near Apalachicola, a town of about 2,300 residents, hurricane center chief Ken Graham said.

"Areas that saw flooding from Florence will now see additional rain adding up from Michael", News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded Michael to a tropical storm early Thursday, saying its maximum winds had dropped below the threshold for a hurricane.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on efforts to take on price gouging after Hurricane Michael. Michael's eye came ashore near Mexico Beach, about 20 miles (32km) southeast of Panama City.

Damaged property seen after Hurricane Michael passes Panama City Florida on Oct 10 2018
Hurricane Michael makes landfall in Florida

There has been only one storm with higher sustained wind speeds this far north in the Gulf of Mexico: Hurricane Camille in 1969.

More than 370,000 people in Florida were ordered to evacuate, but officials reckon many ignored the warning. He was briefed by FEMA's Long in the Oval Office on preparations.

Over 900,000 homes and businesses in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas were without power.

In terms of damage the most costly year was 2017, when besides the Caribbean several U.S. coastal states were hit by powerful hurricanes that moved slowly and dumped record rainful for days.

That same day, Apple CEO Tim Cook also tweeted that Apple will donate to aid Hurricane Michael relief.

Hurricane Michael will also cause almost one million people to be without power, not just on the coast but inland as well in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

Helen Neal, 88, and her husband, J.W. Neal, 87, preferred to take their chances in a hotel rather than in their two-story beachfront house about a mile away in Panama City.

"I just need to know he's OK", McCall said. "We're kind of nervous".

Thousands of National Guard troops, law enforcement officers and medical teams began making their way across the stricken zone.

In the hours before landfall, Michael rapidly intensified, strengthening from a Category 1 to a strong Category 4 in less than 36 hours - consistent with recent research on climate change's impact on storms.

Michael is now a tropical storm and, as of Thursday morning, was pushing its way across SC - while also lashing North Carolina and Virginia with strong winds and heavy rains amid a tornado threat. This risk will spread northward into parts of Georgia and southern SC this afternoon and tonight.

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