Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Hurricane Michael: Satellite images offer stark look at destruction

Hurricane Michael: Satellite images offer stark look at destruction

Long said Michael was one of the most intense hurricanes to hit the area since 1851.

Imagery posted on an interactive map was taken by NOAA's Remote Sensing Division to support homeland security and emergency response needs after the storm.

It could be weeks before power is restored to the most damaged parts of Florida.

One of the hardest-hit spots was Mexico Beach where entire blocks of homes near the beach were washed away, leaving nothing but concrete slabs in the sand.

- Damage estimates: Boston-based Karen Clark & Company, a risk-modeling firm that produces models for catastrophes, is estimating Hurricane Michael caused about $8 billion in insured losses.

Megan McCall says her brother Jeff and his family were riding out the storm in the Panhandle.

Michael crashed ashore on Wednesday near the small town of Mexico Beach as the third most powerful hurricane ever to strike the USA mainland, carrying winds of up to 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour) and causing deep seawater flooding.

After slamming Florida and lashing Georgia, Michael is now barreling through the storm-weary Carolinas. Note that it may be easier to navigate the site from a desktop computer instead of a mobile device.

Hurricane Michael left the USA state of Florida battered and bruised on Thursday, as search-and-rescue teams set to work.

"But you know what...it's just stuff, it's just stuff", she told her husband as they walked through their home.

A man outside Tallahassee, Florida, was killed by a falling tree was the first of "4 storm-related fatalities" announced by the Gadsden County Sheriff's office.

Hurricane Michael destroyed homes and businesses across Florida and Georgia after making landfall near Mexico Beach at near Category 5 strength on Wednesday afternoon.

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Homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael are shown in this aerial photo in Mexico Beach, Fla., on October 11, 2018.

The number of people in emergency shelters was expected to swell to 20,000 across five states by Friday, said Brad Kieserman of the American Red Cross.

Michael had left a trail of utility wires on roads, flattened tall pine trees and knocked a steeple from a church.

The storm is now the most powerful hurricane on record to strike the Florida Panhandle.

"Virginia storm updates as of 7.00 am [1100 GMT Friday]".

Some the initial images emerging of powerful Hurricane Michael's impact on parts of the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday show the destructive force of the storm.

Tropical Storm Michael has sped off toward the Atlantic Ocean, but there will be nothing quick about Florida's recovery from the hurricane, where rows upon rows of homes have been smashed to pieces.

11-year-old Sarah Radney, identified by a coroner Thursday, was killed when a portable carport fell on her home in Seminole County, which is in the extreme southwest corner of Georgia.

As the Category 4 storm's center crossed nearby, Mulligan said, her concrete complex shook and vibrated against sustained winds of around 155 miles per hour. Four pine trees had crashed through the roof of her apartment, almost hitting two people.

As Michael plows northward up the Atlantic seaboard, the governors of North and SC urged residents to brace for more heavy rain and storm-force winds.

Hundreds of residents were rescued on Thursday from cars, apartments and homes flooded by rushing water.

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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