A Look at Why Hurricane Michael Had a Remarkable, Devastating Run

A Look at Why Hurricane Michael Had a Remarkable, Devastating Run

A Look at Why Hurricane Michael Had a Remarkable, Devastating Run

Morning light Thursday offered a fresh look at the devastation that Hurricane Michael brought to Florida's Panhandle, where hundreds of thousands of people lost power and communities were devastated by the storm's intense winds and coastal floods.

Forecasters say Michael will come ashore over the Florida Panhandle sometime midday Wednesday.

Michael is now moving northwards at 12mph.

As of noon ET Friday, the storm had left almost 439,000 accounts without power outages in North Carolina, the state's Emergency Management Agency said. It was downgraded to a tropical storm at midnight on Wednesday.

Nearly 1.1 million homes and businesses were without power from Florida to Virginia early on Friday, according to utility companies. More than 80 deaths were linked to that storm, according to The Associated Press - including residents of a nursing home.

The Gulf of Mexico gave Michael exactly what it needed to bulk up into a monster: The water was 4 to 5 degrees F (2.2 to 2.8 degrees C) warmer than normal, and high-atmosphere winds that can disrupt a hurricane were quiet.

One of the fiercest hurricanes to ever strike the United States, Michael and its sustained winds up to 155 miles per hour utterly transformed the coast of Florida's Panhandle, where it crashed ashore.

The NHC said the storm is now swirling over North Carolina and SC, producing heavy rainfall and high winds. Tornadoes, winds and more flooding is possible in the same area still recovering from Hurricane Florence. She said she feels "truly blessed" that her house "withstood the power" of the hurricane, although the neighborhood was hit hard and some parts were submerged in floodwater.

After pummeling Florida, Michael barreled through Georgia.

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Mexico Beach is "gone".

Emergency crews work to clear a street of debris during Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach, Florida, on October 10, 2018. Wind damage was also evident. Even in areas that have been declared safe, officials are warning residents to drive only in the daytime, when they can see downed power lines and other hazards.

A pine tree punched a hole in their roof, and Beu's ears popped because of the drop in barometric pressure from the storm.

Florida officials said roughly 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast had been urged or ordered to evacuate. "This happened so quickly", he said.

Early Friday morning, Michael was dropping rain along the Mid-Atlantic and New England coasts as it moves eastward over the ocean, with sustained winds that have strengthened to 65 miles per hour.

U.S. President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for all of Florida, freeing federal assistance to supplement state and local disaster responses.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott encouraged people to stay home while crews moved in to begin repairing damaged infrastructure and search for victims.

P.S. Hurricane Michael is an extremely unsafe storm. Evacuations spanned 22 counties from the Florida Panhandle into north central Florida. The base had been evacuated before the storm and no injuries were reported.

This article was originally published at 7:24 a.m. All vessels greater than 500 gross tons without permission to remain in port, should have departed or should be prepared to depart prior to the setting of port condition Zulu. "This is going to have structure damaging winds along the coast and hurricane force winds inland". These ports and facilities are now open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while X-ray remains in effect.

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