Michael’s effect on the DC area: Rain Thursday, wind Friday

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 11, 2018

The most powerful hurricane on record to hit Florida's Panhandle left wide destruction and at least one person dead and wasn't almost finished Thursday as it crossed Georgia toward the Carolinas, still reeling from epic flooding in Hurricane Florence.

Footage of Mexico Beach showed water up to the roofs of homes and some buildings ripped from foundations.

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

An evacuee lies on the floor at an evacuation shelter set up at Rutherford High School.

She said the incident was "debris-related". "I worry about them every second and I hope there're no children there who didn't have the choice on their own to make these decisions".

In all, more than 400 people died in Florida. More than 200 people were killed.

Trees and wires are down throughout Florida Gulf Coast towns.

Hurricane Michael's winds are "going to knock down a lot of trees, say, in the Tallahassee area, all of these areas inland". "You just don't know when the next one is going down". It's very, very scary.

The National Hurricane Center forecasted that a few areas could see up to a foot of rain.

Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes and the governor told residents that if they have not already done so it was now too late.

"This situation has NEVER happened before", it said on Twitter.

The White House has said U.S. president Donald Trump will tour affected areas next week.

As it came ashore, Michael was just shy of a Category 5 - defined as a storm packing wind speeds of 250km/h or above.

Michael, the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle since the mid-1800s, immediately left a trail of destruction as it tore down buildings and submerged neighborhoods. "It was weird. We went outside and you could smell the pine, and there it was, laying on the chimney".

Panama City after Michael.

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

"The time to evacuate the coastal areas has come and gone". He was briefed by FEMA's Long in the Oval Office on preparations.

By Wednesday night, more than 403,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, utility companies said. Some 17,000 utility restoration workers were also on call.

The region should brace for "major infrastructure damage", specifically to electricity distribution, wastewater treatment systems and transportation networks, Jeff Byard, associate administrator for FEMA, told reporters on a conference call.

"Michael should weaken as it crosses the southeastern United States through Thursday", the NHC said.

A auto is seen caught in floodwaters in Panama City, Fla.

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

"We had the inside windows kind of barricades in with mattresses. God willing we'll still have some place".

About 3,500 Florida National Guard troops were deployed to assist with evacuations and storm recovery, along with more than 1,000 search-and-rescue personnel, Scott said.

The Carolinas are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which left dozens dead and is estimated to have caused billions of dollars in damage last month.

Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia issued an emergency declaration for 92 counties in the southern part of that state.

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