Hurricane Michael: Videos show destruction in US

Mindy Sparks
October 11, 2018

Emergency crews were heading to the home, but downed power lines and blocked roads were making the trip hard. Officials hadn't immediately confirmed the man's name.

It also set off transformer explosions and knocked out power to more than 190,000 homes and businesses.

As it came ashore, Michael was just shy of a Category 5 - defined as a storm packing wind speeds of 157 miles per hour or above. By 8pm, it was down to a category 1. Beachfront structures could be seen collapsing and metal roofing materials were blown away amid the heavy rain.

Pictures and video from Mexico Beach, a community of about 1,000 people, showed scenes of devastation with houses floating in flooded streets, some ripped from their foundations and missing roofs.

The risk of life-threatening storm surge, flooding rains, and unsafe winds are increasing for the northeastern Gulf Coast.

"It's going to be disgusting", Thomas told CNN. "It's like a nightmare". You are not going to survive it. How can this happen?

It is expected to move quickly up the US East Coast.

Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes and the governor told residents who had not done so to "hunker down and be careful".

Utility crews from Gulf Power, Duke Energy Florida, Florida Power & Light and public utilities have lined up more than 19,000 workers from their own crews and through mutual-aid agreements with companies across the South and Midwest.

An estimated 6,000 evacuees took cover in emergency shelters, majority in Florida, and that number was expected to swell to 20,000 across five states by week's end, Mr Kieserman said.

Hurricane Michael is one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the US, and the proof is strewn across miles of Florida's coastline: Roofs and awnings peeled from buildings, pieces of homes scattered amid snapped trees and downed power lines, chunks of beaches washed away.

"We are still in the midst of a Category 4 catastrophic and historic storm".

Water levels continue to rise quickly along the coast of the Panhandle.

"Panama City, I don't know if there will be much left", he added. "We will take care of each other".

But the storm is so strong and its moving so fast, its likely to remain a hurricane further inland than any storm since Hugo hit Charleston, S.C., in 1989, Masters said.

The Cooter Stew Cafe starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks as Hurricane Michael pushes the storm surge up the Wakulla and Saint Marks Rivers which come together here on October 10, 2018 in Saint Marks, Florida. The roar of the winds, he said, sounded like a jet engine.

So it will take some time for the full scale of the property damage from hurricane Michael to be understood. There is no doubt that portions of the Florida Panhandle will be destroyed.

The latest minimum central pressure based on data from the reconnaissance aircraft has dropped to 928 millibars, meaning the eye of the storm is strenghtening.

"I guess it's the worst-case scenario".

"We're sending them out now", Scott said. A wind gust to 46 miles per hour was recently reported inland at Tallahassee, according to the Hurricane Center advisory.

By Friday, it should be a post-tropical cyclone, according to the National Hurricane Center.

It is the most powerful recorded storm to hit the the north-west area of the Sunshine State, which is populated with fishing towns, military bases and beaches. The sinister-looking red and gray skull appeared briefly on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration infrared satellite images.

President Donald Trump has since approved an emergency declaration for Florida, permitting the federal government to provide resources and aid during Hurricane Michael.

Briefing Mr Trump, Brock Long, the United States government's disaster chief, said: "This is the most intense hurricane that's struck this area since 1851".

"The more lead time you have, the more prepared you are", Masters said.

Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama issued a state-wide state of emergency on Monday "in anticipation of wide-spread power outages, wind damage, and debris produced by high winds and heavy rain associated with Hurricane Michael". Up to a foot of rainfall was forecast for some areas, still recovering from Hurricane Florence's flooding.

Hurricane Michael was barely a hurricane Tuesday morning local time, with winds of 90mph (145km/h). A little over a day later, it had transformed into a monster. Expected landfall is mid-afternoon.

Michael's strength may reflect the effect of climate change on storms.

As winds subsided in Panama City, resident Reid Garrett said his concerns shifted to flooding outside his apartment complex, which surrounded by downed trees. A pine tree punched a hole in their roof and his ears even popped when the barometric pressure went lower.

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