Hurricane Michael roars into Florida

Hurricane Michael roars into Florida

Damaged buildings and a flooded street are seen after Hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida.

Hurricane Michael, the third most powerful storm ever to strike the US mainland, headed northeast on Thursday, weakened but still set to soak Georgia and the Carolinas after devastating the Florida Panhandle.

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

Michael grew from a tropical storm to a Category 4 hurricane in about 40 hours.

Powerful winds, devastating storm surge and heavy rain are predicted in the Florida Panhandle, the finger-shaped strip of land along the Gulf of Mexico.

Live footage from the International Space Station posted to Twitter by NASA showed the enormity of Michael's reach as it made landfall.

After there, the storm will move up through the Carolinas, hit by heavy rains form Hurricane Florence just a few weeks ago. "God bless everyone because it's going to be a rough one", he said. "We thought the windows were going to break at any time", Beu said. The hurricane has given national exposure to Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is trying to unseat Democratic Sen.

More than 500,000 homes and businesses in Florida, Georgia and Alabama have been left without power as the storm moves north east before ending up in the Atlantic by Friday.

For insurance-linked security (ILS) and catastrophe bond interests though, this initial estimate perhaps will give some comfort that the impacts to the sector will not be particularly significant, compared to a similarly severe storm impacting an area of Florida with higher levels of property density and exposure.

"I know that there's a lot of bad stuff that happened out there on the Panhandle, but I think that we were very fortunate here", Lake City resident Tyler Flanagan said.

McConnell ‘proud’ pro-abortion Murkowski is in GOP, dismisses primary challenge
Voters who did not register in time for the November 6 election can still vote in the runoff if they register 30 days prior . Collins cited the lack of protections for those with pre-existing conditions in a statement explaining her vote.

More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were ordered or urged to evacuate, but it moved so fast that people didn't have much time to prepare, and emergency authorities lamented that many ignored the warnings, thinking they could ride it out.

In Port St. Joe, two storm chasers had to abandon their vehicle and find shelter as over 100 miles per hour wind gusts and heavy rain made it impossible for them to drive. It strengthened from a tropical storm on Sunday to a Category 1 hurricane with 75-mph winds on Monday.

President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for Florida, freeing up federal funds for relief operations and providing the assistance of FEMA, which has more than 3,000 people on the ground.

Before the storm made landfall, Scott said he activated 3,500 members of the Florida National Guard.

There has been only one storm with higher sustained wind speeds this far north in the Gulf of Mexico: Hurricane Camille in 1969.

Scientists say global warming is responsible for more intense and more frequent extreme weather, such as storms, droughts, floods and fires.

"We basically just walked away from everything and said goodbye to it", he said, tears welling up.

"I'm freaking scared I'm going to lose everything I own, man."

Authorities told residents along the affected areas of Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast on Wednesday morning that they had run out of time to evacuate and should hunker down.

Related Articles

  • International Monetary Fund  predicts 7.3% growth rate for India in current fiscal year

    International Monetary Fund predicts 7.3% growth rate for India in current fiscal year

    The American economy has been performing strongly, encouraging worldwide investors to move capital there and invest in the dollar. According to the IMF, Japan's growth is projected to soften to 0.9 percent in 2019, unchanged from the July estimate.
    Timberwolves trade of Jimmy Butler to Heat falls apart

    Timberwolves trade of Jimmy Butler to Heat falls apart

    Miami have emerged as the strong favourites to take him in a trade and Wojnarowsi reports they have been locked in talks all week. Minnesota, however, is in no hurry to trade Butler, perhaps leaving the door open for other teams to make a better offer.
    Sony announces it will let you change your PSN ID in 2019

    Sony announces it will let you change your PSN ID in 2019

    If you are not one of the lucky test users, you will need to wait until 2019, when a full roll out is planned for the feature. Once you decide to display your old ID or not, you won't be able to adjust this after completing the online ID change process.
  • Unscathed by Hurricane Michael, Lake City friends test their luck

    The National Hurricane Center predicts Michael will stay a powerful and risky rainmaker as it moves across the U.S. A trash can and debris are blown down a street by Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018, in Panama City, Florida .
    ChiXi Consultants - China Moves to Boost Liquidity amid US Trade War

    ChiXi Consultants - China Moves to Boost Liquidity amid US Trade War

    Federal Reserve officials and data widely seen as bolstering the case of further U.S. rate hikes. Equity markets around the world came under pressure last week after a steep sell-off in U.S.
    How Meghan Markle Is Responding to Half-Sister Samantha's Uninvited Visit

    How Meghan Markle Is Responding to Half-Sister Samantha's Uninvited Visit

    As a result, Markle reported found herself in "an embarrassing standoff with police guarding the gates of Kensington Palace". In the photos released by the press, her partner was seen handing a letter to the guard before turning away with Samantha .
  • Kushner Calls Saudi Prince On Fate Of Jamal Khashoggi

    Kushner Calls Saudi Prince On Fate Of Jamal Khashoggi

    The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening that us intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain Khashoggi. He moved to the U.S. more than a year ago, where he continued to comment on his country both in print and on television.

    At least 5 killed in heavy rains in Spain’s Mallorca

    Spain's meteorological office warned that rainfall and storms were set to get worse in the archipelago "in the coming hours". Witnesses said a dry creek overflowed, creating a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore down trees.
    Rare, polio-like condition appears in US  again

    Rare, polio-like condition appears in US again

    Mertz still recommends staying up to date on vaccinations and practicing good hygiene to prevent spreading germs. The condition, which affects mainly children, attacks the nervous system, causing muscles to weaken.
  • Steelers' Antonio Brown faces two lawsuits in Florida

    Steelers' Antonio Brown faces two lawsuits in Florida

    As we previously reported, Brown is being sued by a man who claims Antonio nearly killed his 22-month-old son during his tirade. Police interviewed the women, who said they had been instructed to clean the apartment by one of Brown's representatives.
    Independents Disapprove of Dems' Treatment of Kavanaugh — CNN Poll

    Independents Disapprove of Dems' Treatment of Kavanaugh — CNN Poll

    Kavanaugh is accompanied by his wife Ashley Kavanaugh, third from left, and children Margaret, second from left, and Liza. US President Donald Trump returns from Florida to the South Lawn of the White House in Washington October 8, 2018.
    Hurricane Michael effects possible for Beaufort County

    Hurricane Michael effects possible for Beaufort County

    Alexander Charnicharo fishes at the seafront in Havana as Hurricane Michael passes by western Cuba on October 8, 2018. Voluntary, and in some cases, mandatory, evacuations were issued in some areas along the Florida Panhandle coast.