Hurricane Michael brings new threat to Florida's victims: toxic red tide

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 12, 2018

More than 70 percent of cell towers were down in the hardest-hit counties where the storm made landfall, and more than 185,000 cable customers in Florida were without service.

Four kittens who survived Hurricane Michael's devastation and a roof collapse are now up for adoption at a local shelter, after being spotted cuddling among debris live on-air by ABC News' Rob Marciano.

The streets of Panama City were littered with snapped trees, downed power lines, torn-off roofs, glass and other debris after the passage of the most violent hurricane in the United States since 1969.

While search-and-rescue teams were having difficulty reaching some areas on Thursday, the extent of the damage is slowly becoming clear with the before and after images showing the severe destruction.

The FCC will be updating its outage map daily.

More than 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas and Georgia on Thursday.

With reduced winds of 50mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Michael has moved north-east crossing Georgia and is closing in on Greensboro, North Carolina.

The storm is rumbling into SC, while also bringing strong winds and heavy rains to North Carolina and Virginia amid a tornado threat, many news outlets reported.

"Our biggest thing is the downed lines and the downed trees", said Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson. Both were killed when trees crashed onto their homes.

The Carolinas are still recovering from the floods of Hurricane Florence.

On Tuesday, storm scientists predicted that Hurricane Michael would continue gaining strength as the cyclone approached the coast.

Authorities said a falling tree killed a man outside Tallahassee, Florida, and an 11-year-old girl in Georgia was killed when the winds picked up a carport and dropped it on her home.

Michael also disrupted energy operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as it approached land, cutting crude oil production by more than 40 percent and natural gas output by almost one-third as offshore platforms were evacuated.

"I'm very concerned about our citizens that didn't evacuate and I just hope that, you know, we don't have much loss of life", Scott told ABC.

Michael, the third-most powerful hurricane ever to hit the U.S. mainland, weakened overnight to a tropical storm and pushed north-east, bringing drenching rains to Georgia and the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.

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