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

One dead as monstrous Hurricane Michael tears into Florida

One dead as monstrous Hurricane Michael tears into Florida

"Drove from Panama City nearly to Mexico Beach and I can tell you this is the worst damage from wind that I have ever seen!"

The storm, warmed by waters in the Gulf of Mexico, had strengthened to become one of the most intense storms to hit the United States when it made landfall in Florida.

"Hurricane Michael is forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in a century", Governor Rick Scott said. Michael thrashed Georgia as a hurricane and eventually weakened to a tropical storm early Thursday as it moved toward the Carolinas, soaking areas that got swamped last month by Hurricane Florence.

"I'll be traveling to Florida very, very shortly and I just want to wish them all the best".

Michael was the first time a Category 4 hurricane has struck the Florida Panhandle since records began in 1851.

Live footage from the International Space Station posted to Twitter by NASA showed the enormity of Michael's reach as it made landfall. Its sustained winds were just 2 miles per hour (3.2 kph) shy of being an extremely rare Category 5. "Structures built before 2001 are not created to handle that type of wind, typically", Long said.

In Panama City, plywood and metal flew off the front of a Holiday Inn Express.

"One of my key concerns right now going into is that we haven't seen as robust of an evacuation response from the civilian population that we have seen in other storms", O'Shaughnessy said. 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.

At a rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night, Trump offered his "thoughts and prayers" to those in the path of the storm and said he would be visiting Florida soon.

She said: "I'm anxious about my daughter and grandbaby".

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NASA had issued a worrying tweet on Thursday morning saying: 'There's been an issue with the booster from today's launch. Search and rescue crews are on their way to the Soyuz capsule, and were likely to reach it by 11.30pm, NZ time.

But Brad Kieserman of the American Red Cross said yesterday that as many as 320,000 people on Florida's Gulf Coast had disregarded evacuation notices. This storm could also have some profound effects on how the sector thinks about (and models) loss potential from Gulf Coast hurricanes as a result of the pre-landfall intensification and distance inland that hurricane force winds have been measured.

Looking at the entire hurricane season, Michael had the strongest winds since 1992 and Hurricane Andrew.

Meteorologists watched satellite imagery in complete awe as the storm intensified, with experts saying it is the worst ever recorded in the region.

"We are in new territory", U.S. National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote on Facebook.

Pine trees litter a backyard in Florida.

"The time to evacuate the coastal areas has come and gone".

Scientists have long warned that global warming will make storms more destructive, and some say the evidence for this may already be visible.

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.

"I'm just praying for them and, as soon as this passes, we will be out there doing everything we can to rescue everybody..."

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

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