Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

10 photos show Hurricane Michael's destruction from the sky

10 photos show Hurricane Michael's destruction from the sky

Nearly 850,000 homes and businesses in the U.S. Southeast were without power on Thursday, according to local power companies, as the remnants of Hurricane Michael headed northeast over the Carolinas after battering the Florida Panhandle.

Hurricane Michael left a trail of devastation along a huge swathe of the Florida Panhandle.

By 12 a.m. EDT Thursday, the storm's winds had dropped to tropical storm strength with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour and it was moving northeast at 17 miles per hour. "It will be life-threatening and extremely risky".

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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). The winds extend 185 miles (295 km) to the south and east of the center.

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". "A National Ocean Service water level station at Apalachicola recently reported over 7.7 feet of inundation above ground level", the Hurricane Center said. The base had been evacuated before the storm and no injuries were reported.

Storm surge is also inundating some areas along the Panhandle.

The unforgettable thing about record-setting Hurricane Michael will always be how rapidly it became a near-Category 5 storm, perfectly timed for a sneak-attack on the Florida panhandle. "This is going to have structure damaging winds along the coast and hurricane force winds inland".

A ferocious and historic Hurricane Michael is heading toward the Carolinas after tearing through Florida and Georgia, demolishing homes, submerging entire neighborhoods and killing at least two people, including an 11-year-old girl.

President Trump has approved Florida's declaration of emergency.

"This happened so quickly, we weren't exactly prepared", he said.

- Staying safe: almost 6,700 people took refuge in 54 shelters in Florida.

Mexico Beach, Florida, is not just destroyed. But the surging seawater could also create perilous problems far from the coast, raising rivers and bays to unsafe levels as it pushes as much as 10 to 15 miles inland. Take action now to protect your life!A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 500 PM EDT/400 PM CDT/ for Big Bend of and the Panhandle of Florida. "Do not think you can survive it", Scott said.

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He said the hurricane is like "nothing he has ever seen before".

While most homes around him are vacation rentals or summer getaways for their owners, Sadousky had stayed put through more than four decades of storms.

But the full extent of the damage was only slowly becoming clear, with some of the stricken areas hard to reach because of roads blocked by debris or water.

Bay County, which includes Panama City and Tyndall Air Force Base, was 98 percent without power Thursday morning, according to the state Division of Emergency Management.

In a recent study in the Journal of Climate, researchers found more rapid intensifications in a simulation of a human-warmed world, and also that this would prove a key pathway toward more intense hurricanes in general.

"A northward motion is expected through tonight, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday", NHC analysts predicted.

Hurricane Michael is the third-strongest hurricane to hit the continental U.S. The weakening storm on Thursday continued to barrel through the Carolinas, where many areas are still recovering from the damage done by Hurricane Florence.

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A storm surge from Hurricane Michael completely flooded this woman's front yard on St. George Island in Florida. NPR's Emily Sullivan reports state and local governments are preparing for torrential downpours. The roar of the winds, he said, sounded like a jet engine.

On Wednesday morning, the agency's Short-term Prediction and Research Center shared a view of the Category 4 hurricane. "We have to make sure things are safe", Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a press conference after the storm passed.

"It is going to go fast", Trump said in an interview with "Fox and Friends". He's committed to providing any federal resources Florida may need.

Scott said there is not yet an estimate on how much the storm caused in damages.

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