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Hurricane Michael makes landfall as strongest storm in United States in 50 years

Hurricane Michael has arrived, and it's stronger than anyone expected Hurricane Michael: Photos & Videos OF The Treacherous Storm’s Destruction As It Makes Landfall
Doris Mccormick | 11 October, 2018, 16:09

A pier damaged by Hurricane Michael is pictured in Panama City Beach, Florida, US.

At least 388,000 utility customers lost power as Hurricane Michael crashed ashore -- with potentially catastrophic winds of 155 miles per hour -- between Panama City and St. Vincent Island, before speeding north into Alabama and Georgia on Wednesday.

A man in Greensboro, Fla., was killed Wednesday when a tree crashed through his home - the first reported death caused by Hurricane Michael, which authorities have described as the worst storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle. "The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no Category 4 hurricane ever hitting the Florida Panhandle".

After there, the storm will move up through the Carolinas, hit by heavy rains form Hurricane Florence just a few weeks ago.

Even as Michael moved farther inland, it continued to pack maximum sustained winds of up to 225kmh and has a well-defined eye. "Structures built before 2001 are not created to handle that type of wind, typically", Long said.

Panama City was a war zone, with windows blasted out and streets littered with debris. Preliminary reports indicate the child, who authorities believe was 11 years old, died when something fell on a home but authorities have not been able to get to the home yet, said Travis Brooks, the county's emergency management director.

The agency said that storm surge is continuing to inundate parts of the Florida Panhandle.

"This is the worst storm that the Florida Panhandle has seen in more than 100 years", said Rick Scott, the state governor.

"Northwest Florida has never encountered a storm of this magnitude", Rogers said in a release.

"We just finished renovating and updating", she said.

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Having lived in Florida for the last 20 years, Richard said he is taking all necessary precautions. A storm surge of up to 12 feet is forecast for a large section of the Florida coast.


More than 40 percent of daily crude oil production and more than one-third of natural gas output was lost from offshore US Gulf of Mexico wells on Wednesday because of platform evacuations and shut-ins caused by Michael. The storm had top sustained winds of 96 kph and was moving to the northeast at 32 kph.

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

With the hurricane still pounding the state hours after it came ashore, and conditions too unsafe in places for search-and-rescue teams to go out, there were no immediate reports of any deaths or serious injuries. It is also the strongest hurricane to strike anywhere in Florida since Andrew in 1992.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for all of Florida on Wednesday.

Meteorologists watched satellite imagery in complete awe as the storm intensified.

"We are in new territory", U.S. National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote on Facebook.

Scientists have long warned that global warming will make storms more destructive, and some say the evidence for this may already be visible.

Hargan, a bartender at a riverfront restaurant, feared he would lose his home and his job to the storm.

Utility crews from Gulf Power, Duke Energy Florida, Florida Power & Light and public utilities have lined up more than 19,000 workers from their own crews and through mutual-aid agreements with companies across the South and Midwest. Hundreds of military families were moved out, and the base's aircraft, which include F-22 Raptors, were flown to safety hundreds of miles away.

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