Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Hurricane Michael’s death toll rises to 6

Hurricane Michael’s death toll rises to 6

Here is the storm's latest forecast bubble ... "This is a strong tropical storm pushing through", Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said on "Today."

As Michael moves into the Atlantic, the days of misery are far from over in the coastal cities left devastated beyond recognition.

Nearly 1.2 million homes and businesses were without power from Florida to Virginia on Thursday because of the storm.

In nearby Panama City Beach, Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford reported widespread looting of homes and businesses. "If you are in an inland county you might have one more chance to evacuate, but only if local officials say it is safe". "It's unrealistic for people to think it's going to happen in the next day or two".

As the storm made its way inland, it caused havoc in Georgia, spinning off possible tornadoes and taking down power lines and trees.

Kemp said the bill totalled over $800 when she and her family fled Hurricane Irma's uncertain path past year.

Scott said 1,000 search and rescue personnel were ready to respond as soon as Michael passes.

Michael has strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained wind speeds of 120 miles-per-hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. Four pine trees had crashed through the roof of her apartment, almost hitting two people.

"It was just a freak accident, I never heard of anything like that", her father, Roy Radney said.

The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Thursday with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and rescue crews struggling to make their way into the stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who may have stayed behind.

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Seven people have been killed in storm-related incidents across Florida, North Carolina and Georgia, including 11-year-old Sarah Radney.

Three other people died in Gadsden County, Hightower said.

Some fear the toll can only rise as rescue teams get around storm debris blocking roads and reach isolated areas.

Thousands of residents in the Florida Panhandle are slowly returning to their homes and discovering that everything or nearly everything they owned has been reduced to rubble.

U.S. Army personnel used heavy equipment to push a path through debris in Mexico Beach to allow rescuers through to search for trapped residents, survivors or casualties, as Blackhawk helicopters circled overhead.

Linda Clarke gasped repeatedly at the sight of her once new home in Shell Point Beach - now severely damaged. "You can rebuild your home, you cannot rebuild your life". Despite the destruction, Rev. Luke Farabaugh and his congregation celebrated Mass on Thursday. "We had furniture in our house that wasn't even our furniture". It was threatening to bring flash floods and wind damage to parts of North Carolina and the southern Mid-Atlantic still recovering from last month's Hurricane Florence. It was expected to blow ashore around midday Wednesday near Panama City Beach, along a lightly populated stretch of fishing villages and white-sand spring-break beaches.

Now a tropical storm with winds of 50 miles per hour, Michael is expected to gain strength as it passes into Virginia and moves into the western Atlantic Ocean on Thursday night, bringing damaging winds and life-threatening flash flooding over parts of North Carolina and Virginia, CNN reported. "We want to get them out of the way".

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for.

And unless we change the rate of greenhouse gas emissions, we should expect hurricanes to intensify more rapidly in the coming decades, the scientific research group Climate Central said.

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