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

Hurricane Michael could bring heavy rain to P.E.I

Hurricane Michael could bring heavy rain to P.E.I

Videos have been posted throughout the day as the hurricane hits the Gulf Coast and one in particular taken in Panama City Beach, Florida shows the insane power of the storm.

Hurricane Michael barrelled into the Florida Panhandle with winds of 155mph (250km/h) Wednesday, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake, as it became the most powerful storm to ever hit the region - and the fourth strongest to make landfall in the United States.

The storm, which had caught many by surprise with its rapid intensification as it churned north over the Gulf of Mexico, made landfall north-west of the town of Mexico Beach at about 1:40 pm (local time) as a category four hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. Flood waters could reach as high as 14 feet in some places.

"We are catching some hell", said Timothy Thomas, who rode out the storm with his wife in their second-floor apartment in Panama City Beach.

Unprecedented? This could be the first time a 4 or stronger hurricane has ever made landfall in the Florida panhandle, per TWC.

State officials issued disaster declarations in Alabama and Georgia and the storm is also expected to bring heavy rainfall to North and SC. In recorded history, a storm of this intensity has never happened in the Florida Panhandle.

Predating modern meteorological technology, the formation point and exact wind strengths of the hurricane are unknown.

It has now weakened to a tropical storm over south-central Georgia. "Panama City, I don't know if there will be much left".

Megan McCall can't get a hold of her relatives, who are north of Panama City, in the town of Alford, Florida. "We thought the windows were going to break at any time", Beu said.

One dead as monstrous Hurricane Michael tears into Florida
The storm hit roared ashore along the Florida Panhandle, between Tyndall Air Force Base and Mexico Beach, according to NASA . More than 403,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, utility companies said.

Warmer water acts as fuel for a hurricane, helping it develop into a more destructive, windier storm. "She's my baby", a distraught O'Brien said, her face wet with tears. But without extensive study, they can not directly link a single weather event to the changing climate.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican running for the US Senate in November's congressional elections, declared a state of emergency in 35 Florida counties.

As of Thursday morning, more than 359,300 customers were without power in Florida.

As winds started to topple trees in Tallahassee, one of them landed on Joe Marino's chimney.

She said the incident was "debris-related". "It was weird. We went outside and you could smell the pine, and there it was, laying on the chimney". Michael is now positioned 60 miles south-southwest of Panama City.

Only a skeleton staff remains at the home of the 325th Fighter Wing after the base's aircraft, which include F-11 Raptors, were flown hundreds of kilometres away as a precaution.

But Kottlowski noted that meteorologists are still analyzing Hurricane Michael, and it's possible that it will be retroactively upgraded to Category 5 status based on wind speeds.

Hargan, a bartender at a riverfront restaurant, feared he would lose his home and his job to the storm. Soon enough, Mexico Beach's emerald waters and white sugar-sand beaches were covered in a dark sea of splintered debris, she said.

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

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