Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Hurricane Michael leaves widespread catastrophic damage in Florida

Joe Raedle  Getty Images Waves crash along a pier from hurricane Michael Oct. 10 2018 in Panama City Beach Fla Joe Raedle Getty Images Waves crash along a pier from hurricane Michael Oct. 10 2018 in Panama City Beach Fla
Doris Mccormick | 12 October, 2018, 21:57

Brandon Clement shot helicopter footage of the devastation left by the Category 4 storm on October 11.

Numerous houses in Mexico Beach were reduced to naked concrete foundations or piles of debris.

The eye of Category 4 Hurricane Michael showed an absolute calm when it made landfall in the Florida Panhandle, while images of the storm's aftermath show pure destruction.

At a midterm election rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night, Trump offered his "thoughts and prayers" to those in the path of the storm and said he would be visiting Florida soon. "It destroyed everything", Jason Gunderson, a member of the Cajun Navy, a group of rescue workers, told CNN early Thursday from Callaway, a suburb of Panama City in the Florida Panhandle. It set off transformer explosions and knocked out power to more than 388,000 homes and businesses.

Long was asked about Michael's confirmed death toll, which stands at two.

After daylight Thursday, Florida residents took stock of the epic scale of the disaster.

- The human cost: Falling trees have killed a man in Gadsden County, Florida; a man in Iredell County, North Carolina; and an 11-year-old girl in Seminole County, Georgia, was killed when a carport blew through the roof of her home.

"This is what we expect with storm surge and high wind events", said Craig Fugate, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a former emergency management chief for the state of Florida.

Vance Beu, 29, was staying with his mother at her home, Spring Gate Apartments, a complex of single-storey wood frame buildings where they piled up mattresses around themselves for protection.

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Michael's core will enter South Carolina Thursday morning before driving into central and eastern North Carolina by about 2 p.m., according to the NHC. When it landed, its legs crashed through the roof of a neighboring mobile home and hit the girl in the head.

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.

First responders were unable to reach the home for at least six hours due to fallen trees as Sarah struggled to breath for 45 minutes after being hit - a scene that her 12-year-old brother watched unfold.

In his letter posted on the base's website, Laidlaw says crews need to clear trees from roads, fix power lines and "assess the structural integrity of our buildings" before anyone returns. Though most homes were still standing, no property was left undamaged. The state medical examiner's office has ruled Clark's death among five storm-related fatalities in the state.

The American Red Cross is providing food, water and shelter to more than 7,000 people.

"Water will come miles in shore and could easily rise over the roofs of houses", he said.

Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes and the governor told residents who had not done so to "hunker down and be careful".

In Panama City, plywood and metal flew off the front of a Holiday Inn Express. "Make no mistake. Michael is a awful storm". Total damages from storm surge are estimated to be $3.7 billion, of which about ten percent will be insured.

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