Hurricane Michael is a monster storm and an unnatural disaster

Hurricane Michael is a monster storm and an unnatural disaster

Is Hurricane Michael going to hit Virginia?

In Mexico Beach, population 1,000, the storm shattered homes, leaving floating piles of lumber.

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. More than a dozen people were directly killed by the storm in Florida, with others dying of indirect causes.

Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the third most powerful hurricane to hit the US mainland, behind the unnamed Labor Day storm of 1935 and Camille in 1969.

'Continuous lightning is present on the forward edge of the eyewall, and lightning detection on the rear edge rotate with specific sections of the eye'.

"You can't drive a auto anywhere, you can't do anything because it's littered with houses, pieces of houses", said Patricia Mulligan, who rode out the storm with her family in a condo in Mexico Beach, a town of mom-and-pop shops and sportfishing businesses about 35 miles southeast of Panama City. Beachfront structures could be seen collapsing and metal roofing materials were blown away amid the heavy rain. The lead-gray water was so high that roofs were about all that could be seen of many homes.

600: The number of Florida state troopers assigned to response and recovery efforts throughout the storm.

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

Derailed boxcars are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

There is "one hurricane-related fatality", said Olivia Smith, public information officer for the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners, adding that the incident was "debris-related".

The area is known for its small beach towns, wildlife reserves and the state capital, Tallahassee.

A month after Hurricane Florence's epic deluge, SC officials are more concerned about tornadoes than flooding from Michael.

By early Thursday, the ferocious storm's winds had slowed to 50 miles per hour as it crossed Georgia.

At 11.00 am Eastern time (0200 AEDT), Michael was about 95 kms south-southwest of Panama City and moving north-northeast at 22km/h, the NHC said.

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A woman makes her way to an evacuation shelter in Tallahassee, Florida. "The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no Category 4 hurricane ever hitting the Florida panhandle".

Hurricane Michael started whipping up large swell in the Florida's Panhandle region.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for all of Florida on Wednesday.

According to Climate Central, a scientific research organization, the coming decades are expected to bring hurricanes that intensify more rapidly, should there be no change in the rate of greenhouse gas emissions.

The hurricane struck the Florida Keys as a Category 5, the highest ranking possible. More than 40,000 people lost power across the state.

As the hurricane moves out of Florida, Scott warned that flash floods and tornadoes are still possibilities and said "the weather is still extremely unsafe".

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