Hurricane Michael brings devastation to Florida

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 11, 2018

Storm surge warnings were in place along the Florida and Alabama coasts. A National Ocean Service water level station at Apalachicola recently reported almost 6.5 feet of inundation above ground level. The storm is moving north-northeast at 16 miles per hour and is likely to remain a strong hurricane through Wednesday night as the system is expected to move through parts of Georgia and into the Carolinas.

The Suwannee Valley is expected to experience sustained 40-50 miles per hour winds with gusts up to 75 miles per hour.

Michael's minimum central pressure - a key measure of hurricane strength - was measured at 919 millibars when it made landfall.

Water levels continue to rise quickly along the coast of the Panhandle.

National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said: "We are in new territory".

In any case, no matter how you measure it, Michael is among the most powerful hurricanes in recent memory along with Camille in 1969, Andrew in 1992 and Katrina in 2005.

Michael's minimum central pressure remained at 923 millibars in the most recent National Hurricane advisory as it moved north-northeast at 14 miles per hour.

A restaurant fixture known as "Big Gus" is seen damaged by Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach.

That is rarefied air: only three storms have hit the U.S.at Category 5: an unnamed storm that devastated the Florida Keys in 1935; Camille, which hit MS in 1969; and Andrew, which plowed across South Florida in 1992.

This makes Michael the third strongest hurricane to hit the continental United States ever on record.

Benson also posted a clip of the storm's winds picking up a portable toilet and sending it flying across a parking lot.

Its sustained winds were just 3.2km/h shy of an extremely rare Category 5.

Last Thursday, forecasters were saying that what was then called Tropical Storm Michael "does not pose a threat to land".

Predating modern meteorological technology, the formation point and exact wind strengths of the hurricane are unknown.

People seek safety in a shelter as Hurricane Michael approaches, October 10, 2018, in Panama City, Fla. "This is going to have structure-damaging winds along the coast and hurricane force winds inland".

See the latest from the Capital Weather Gang here and track the storm's path here.

It is truly hard to imagine what the conditions are like right now down in parts of the Florida panhandle.

Michael is likely to dump heavy rain over Florida, Alabama, Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

Corelogic's initial pre-landfall estimate of the industry loss is for a range of $2 billion to as much as $4.5 billion, from wind and storm surge damage.

There was a storm surge warning in effect from the Okaloosa/Walton county line to the Anclote River in Florida, and a storm surge watch in effect from Ocracoke Inlet, N.C., to Duck, N.C. It quickly buckled under the pressure of the storm.

Residents who are still in Florida are being battered by Hurricane Michael, which made landfall Wednesday afternoon.

After carving an agonizing path of destruction across the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and southeastern Alabama for almost 10 hours, Hurricane Michael finally slowed to a tropical storm at midnight and continued to weaken early Thursday.

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