Hurricane Michael leaves catastrophic damage in Florida

13 October, 2018, 07:13 | Author: Rosalie Gross
  • Hurricane Michael takes aim at 300-mile Gulf Coast target

Hurricane Michael was expected to dump up to 7 inches of rain in parts of North Carolina and Virginia, the National Hurricane Centre said.

Hundreds of thousands are left without electricity, and emergency officials have no access to many towns. "Got plenty of flashlights; we're pretty set", Florida resident Lisa Jones said.

Rescuers will pick through the damage of otherwise thriving beach communities searching for survivors on Friday after Hurricane Michael, one of the most powerful storms in USA history, slammed into the Florida Panhandle, killing at least seven people.

Aerial footage shows coastal cities in the Panhandle wiped out. Neighbors struggled to find their homes on streets with piles of wood where houses once stood. The facility is running on power generators, and helicopters have delivered food and water, the state's Department of Children and Families said.

"Virginia storm updates as of 7.00 am [1100 GMT Friday]". No tropical cyclone warnings or watches were in effect in the United States. It was forecast to degenerate into a remnant low-pressure system later Friday.

Authorities in Virginia said seven people in the state had died from the storm, including several who had drowned and a firefighter who was responding to an emergency call.

All told, more than 900,000 homes and businesses in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas were without power. "I´ve got two trees on the roof and a couple of holes on the roof".

"I can't describe it, It's just awful", Sherri said about the unrecognizable street. "Can't tell the difference between what I've picked and what I haven't".

Hurricane Michael struck on Wednesday with winds of 155mph.

The fifth came when a tractor-trailer ran into a firetruck providing crash assistance on the highway. "I hope we don't see it climb dramatically".

The campground had been full just before Michael blew in and covered it in 2 feet (61 cm) of debris and seaweed, McMillan said. The sixth-grader recently was in a school play and started playing trumpet in her school band.

A man outside Tallahassee, Florida, was killed by a falling tree, and an 11-year-old girl in Georgia died when Michael's winds picked up a carport and dropped it on her home, debris striking her in the head.

Aluminium siding was shredded and homes were split by fallen trees.

"During disasters, Floridians take care of each other", Scott said. A spokeswoman said the four deaths had been forwarded to the medical examiner's office, but additional details were not immediately available. State and local officials previously said a man in the state was killed Thursday when a tree fell on his auto in Iredell County.

Thousands of residents in the Florida Panhandle are slowly returning to their homes and discovering that everything or nearly everything they owned has been reduced to rubble. If you have been told to evacuate, leave.

"Raoul. It's just stuff". Despite the destruction, the Rev. Luke Farabaugh and his congregation celebrated Mass on Thursday. "We've seen a lot of signs of hope". Numerous 600 families who live there had followed orders to pack what they could in a single suitcase as they were evacuated ahead of the storm. "Our reward isn't just in this life but in the life to come". Search and rescue teams were still trying to account for those people.

First responders and residents walk amid debris and destroyed homes October 11 after Hurricane Michael swept through Mexico Beach, Fla.

In Mexico Beach, FL, alone, 16 people have been pulled from the rubble, CNN reported. "It's not the Mexico Beach we know".

Currently, Michael is moving into SC as a tropical storm. It was the first time he had almost 2 feet of water in his home. "If you're along the coast you've got to hunker down".

"I'm gonna be sleeping in my van, with my dogs". Global warming has played a significant role in strengthening these storms. "Storm surge causes the most amount of loss of life".

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