Rescues, damage in Florida after hurricane — WHAT’S HAPPENING

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 11, 2018

As the Category 4 storm's center crossed nearby, Mulligan said, her concrete complex shook and vibrated against sustained winds of around 155 miles per hour.

It's expected to cause life-threatening flash floods and send surges of ocean water into coastal areas along the Gulf, from Pensacola around the coast to Tampa.

Southwestern Franklin County in Big Bend of Florida.* Until 215 PM EDT/115 PM CDT/.* At 1109 AM EDT/1009 AM CDT/, National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated extreme winds in excess of 130 miles per hour, associated with the eyewall of Hurricane Michael, were moving onshore.

A month after Hurricane Florence's epic deluge, SC officials are more concerned about tornadoes than flooding from Michael. "Thousands of trees gave way to the tropical storm force winds".

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Storm surge is also inundating some areas along the Panhandle.

Hurricane Michael is forecast to be the largest hurricane on record to impact the Panhandle and Big Bend area of Florida.

President Trump has approved Florida's declaration of emergency.

- Staying safe: almost 6,700 people took refuge in 54 shelters in Florida. "There's still stuff we don't know about hurricanes", Klotzbach said. "You just don't know when the next one is going down". "This storm surge is coming with a vengeance". Just as Northern politicians are judged on how they handle snowstorms, their Southern counterparts are watched closely for how they deal with hurricanes. Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind the Labor Day storm (184 miles per hour, or 296 kph), Camille and Andrew in 1992.

On the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, category 4 includes winds of up to 156mph with possible severe damage to even well-built homes and trees being felled.

With a number of counties ordering evacuations, Scott waived highway tolls in the northwest part of the state.

Scientists have long warned that global warming will make storms more destructive, and some say the evidence for this may already be visible. You can not hide from this storm.

More than 300 miles of coastline are now under threat, the National Weather Service has said. The American Red Cross is on the ground providing safe shelter, relief supplies and more to residents in Florida and surrounding states.

Michael is an upper-level category 4 hurricane.

Florida Fish and Wildlife has put 40 additional law enforcement officers on notice to deploy with a variety of special equipment, including boats that can be used for high-water rescues.

Warnings have also been been expanded to the USA east coast, from Fernandina Beach - just north of Jacksonville - to SC, as forecasters fear the storm will spread rapidly as it moves inland.

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Climate change disrupts weather systems in more ways than one.

Schools and state offices in the area are to remain shut this week. NPR's Emily Sullivan reports state and local governments are preparing for torrential downpours.

Low barometric pressure increases a storm's intensity, and the barometric pressure within Hurricane Michael early Wednesday was just 925 millibars.

"Same devastation. Same winds", she said.

The wanderings of hurricanes vary widely, steered by wind currents and high- and low-pressure systems; some storms race across oceans and land while others dawdle.

The Coast Guard said it rescued at least 27 people before and after the hurricane came ashore, mostly from homes along the Florida coastline, and searched for more victims.

Gov. Rick Scott called the destruction from Wednesday's storm "unimaginable", as "homes are gone, businesses are gone".

"He is committed to making every federal resource available to help the recovery", Scott said.

Parts of western Cuba, which was hit by the storm on Monday, were forecast to receive up to a foot of rain.

"When the water came in, houses started floating in front of our home", he said.

Bay County, which includes Panama City and Tyndall Air Force Base, was 98 percent without power Thursday morning, according to the state Division of Emergency Management. He spoke to WUFT. "You couldn't see anything anywhere". You have rain. You have wind.

SULLIVAN: Right now he's working to get county residents protective measures before the hurricane makes landfall today.

On Wednesday morning, the agency's Short-term Prediction and Research Center shared a view of the Category 4 hurricane.

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