Seven of the Most Devastating Hurricane Michael Photos You'll Ever See

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 12, 2018

At least two deaths were blamed on Michael, the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in over 50 years, and it wasn't done yet: Though weakened into a tropical storm, it continued to bring heavy rain and blustery winds to the Southeast as it pushed inland, soaking areas still recovering from Hurricane Florence.

Less than two days after arriving on the Florida Panhandle as one of the most powerful hurricanes in us history, a Category 4 monster with 155 miles per hour winds that sheared roofs from houses and buildings and snapped trees and power poles, Michael moved off the East Coast early Friday morning and into the Atlantic Ocean as a post-tropical storm.

Michael levelled homes throughout Mexico Beach, leaving only concrete slabs in some areas.

Officials were concerned to help people who could be trapped in various areas along the coast, he told a news conference.

Numerous injured in Florida were taken to hard-hit Panama City, 32 km northwest of Mexico Beach.

In Panama City, buildings were crushed, tall pine trees were sent flying and a steeple was knocked off a church.

Al Hancock, 45, who works on a tour boat, survived in Panama City with his wife and dog.

They said it was still not clear how many people stayed put and would need to be rescued.

Florida Governor Rick Scott told the Weather Channel the damage from Panama City down to Mexico Beach was "way worse than anybody ever anticipated".

National Guard troops made their way into the ground-zero town and found 20 survivors yesterday and more rescue crews were pushing into the area, with the fate of many residents unknown.

Some of the worst damage was in Mexico Beach, where the hurricane crashed ashore on Wednesday as a category four monster with 250-kilometres-per-hour winds and a storm surge of 2.7 metres. It weakened steadily as it traveled inland over the Panhandle.

"Large parts of Georgia, the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia could still see deadly flash floods on Thursday and remain under a tropical storm warning", it said. The Carolinas are still recovering from Hurricane Florence less than a month ago.

At least seven people were killed by the storm in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina from falling trees and other hurricane-related incidents, according to state officials.

Clay Keels, left, visits his friend Bob Hurst, right, after his appliance store was damaged following Hurricane Michael in the Florida panhandle in Panama City on Thursday.

Michael pummeled communities across the Panhandle and turned streets into roof-high waterways.

"The wind that came through here was surreal". CBS affiliate WJAX reported that parts of Mexico Beach looked like a bomb went off, with debris from businesses, homes and boats strewn about.

"This is not stuff that you just put back together overnight", Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said Thursday. Wind damage was also evident. Now a tropical storm, Michael is headed to the Carolinas.

With a low barometric pressure recorded at 919 millibars, a measure of a hurricane's force, Michael was the third strongest storm on record to hit the continental United States, behind only Hurricane Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1969 and the unnamed Labor Day hurricane of 1935 in the Florida Keys.

Michael was also top of mind for President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

Hundreds of people have been rescued from the debris and authorities fear the toll could climb higher as search-and-rescue efforts continue.

Rescuers will pick through the rubble of ravaged beach communities searching for survivors on Friday after Michael, one of the most powerful hurricanes in US history, slammed into the Florida Panhandle, killing at least seven people.

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