Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Before-and-After Footage Shows Mexico Beach After Hurricane Michael

Before-and-After Footage Shows Mexico Beach After Hurricane Michael

Michael is also now threatening the Carolinas.

Only three other major hurricanes - Eloise in 1975, Opal in 1995 and Dennis in 2005 - had made landfall in the Florida Panhandle since 1950 before Michael arrived with a fury.

The storm was on track to make an expected exit into the Atlantic Ocean by Friday morning, with some parts of Virginia and North Carolina expected to see as much as nine inches of rain, bringing the likelihood for unsafe flooding.

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.

"Today is the day". After it ravaged the Panhandle, Michael entered south Georgia as a Category 3 hurricane - the most powerful in recorded history for that part of the neighbouring state.

President Trump has approved Florida's declaration of emergency. "It looks like another big one". "Thousands of trees gave way to the tropical storm force winds".

The governor activated 750 National Guardsmen for storm response on Monday, on top of the 500 activated the day before.

Mexico Beach has been known for its gorgeous stretch of beach along Florida's coast.

"Water will come miles in shore and could easily rise over the roofs of houses", he said.

Mexico Beach is "gone".

"The storm surge is absolutely deadly. Do not risk your life, leave NOW if you were told to do so", it said. The governor has declared a state of emergency in 35 counties and is stressing that residents should "absolutely" evacuate if ordered to.

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"I've never seen anything like this ..." But by Wednesday morning, it was too late to evacuate.

"Storm surge is the No. 1 problem that you can see from these storms".

In its latest bulletin, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Michael had become "an extremely risky category 4 hurricane".

"It wasn't until we hit the eyewall that things kind of got a little dicey", he said.

Tallahassee International Airport ‏is suspending commercial flight activity as 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday but expects to resume activity on Thursday. "Once you are sheltered, STAY PUT", Florida Gov. Michael will proceed through the central part of the state, hitting areas like Fayetteville and Raleigh the hardest, before exiting off the mid-Atlantic coast.

The hurricane is forecast to hit the Florida Panhandle at a possible category 3 storm. "We have done everything we can as far as getting the word out", Smith said. NPR's Emily Sullivan reports state and local governments are preparing for torrential downpours.

One of the hardest-hit spots was Mexico Beach, where Michael crashed ashore Wednesday as a Category 4 monster with 155 miles per hour (250 kph) winds. The agency said the storm's steady intensification over the past two days despite shifting westerly winds defies traditional logic.

As of 9 a.m. Thursday, the storm was about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west-northwest of Columbia, South Carolina, moving northeast at 21 mph (33 kph).

Sally Crown rode out Michael on the Florida Panhandle thinking at first that the worst damage was the many trees downed in her yard.

Olivia Smith, public information officer for the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners, said there was "one hurricane-related fatality", adding that the incident was "debris-related". He's committed to providing any federal resources Florida may need. Downgraded to a tropical storm over south Georgia, it was weakening by the hour. It expected the storm to turn due north tonight, then northeastward on Wednesday. "I don't think anyone would have experienced this in the Panhandle", meteorologist Ryan Maue of told The Associated Press.

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