Near 850,000 customers without power in U.S. Southeast after Michael

Ismael LynchOct 12, 2018

"This is all Mexico Beach", she added.

- Storm riders: Roughly 375,000 people in Florida warned to evacuate; many refused.

After it makes landfall, the storm is predicted to pass into Georgia, where Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday issued a state of emergency covering 92 counties - almost the entire lower two-thirds of his state. "This is one of the most powerful storms".

The Talmadge Bridge on USA 17 over the Savannah River between Savannah, Georgia and SC remains closed because of the threat of high winds on the suspension bridge.

All of the worst hurricanes of the past two years - Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence and Michael - intensified even more rapidly than this.

Millions of people are in the path of Hurricane Michael as the unprecedented storm hit the Gulf Coast today with life-threatening winds, heavy rainfall and deadly storm surge.

"Now our job is to search for everybody, rescue everybody, get everybody the resources they need and we'll recover", said Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Nine people had to be rescued by helicopter from a bathroom of a home in hard-hit Panama City after their roof collapsed, Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Hodges said.

Crews were out early Thursday searching for more victims. The U.S. Coast Guard ran 10 rescue missions into the region Wednesday night. They are posting information about recovery efforts, road and bridge openings and the status of evactuaion orders on FloridaDisaster.org. Outside, she said in a phone interview, she could see remnants of people's lives strewn about: refrigerators, a beanbag chair, a washing machine, a kayak and a dresser.

A pine tree punched a hole in their roof, and Beu's ears popped because of the drop in barometric pressure from the storm. One of the carport's legs punctured the roof and hit the 11-year-old girl in the head.

"I am not seeing the level of traffic on the roadways that I would expect when we've called for the evacuation of 75 percent of this county", Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said.

Michael is now centered over SC and is still a tropical storm after a long land journey over the southeastern United States.

Michael is now moving northwards at 12mph.

The strength of Michael may be reflective of the effect climate change has on storms.

The Associated Press reported that across Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas, more than 800,000 customers were without power as of Thursday morning. Patterson estimated 1,000 homes were completely or partially destroyed in his town of 3,500. Refrigerators and toilets and piles of soggy furniture are strewn across properties.

But after the storm passed, she emerged to check on the cafe she manages and discovered a scene of breathtaking destruction.

Mexico Beach has been known for its gorgeous stretch of beach along Florida's coast.

The email didn't say how long the work was expected to take. From there, it is projected to remain a tropical storm as it continues eastward across the Atlantic Ocean. But it marched northeast, toppling trees with 50 miles per hour (80 kph) winds and bringing "life threatening" flash flooding to areas of Georgia and Virginia, still recovering from Hurricane Florence. The rains are causing flash flooding across parts of North Carolina and southern Virginia.

In Apalachicola about 35 miles to the southeast and just inside the perimeter for hurricane winds, a tidal gauge recorded water at 8.55 feet before 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Hurricane Michael has left a wake of destruction after it made landfall in Florida on Wednesday.

Two people were confirmed dead including a man killed by a fallen tree in Tallahassee.

On Oct. 9, the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi satellite provided a visible look at Tropical Storm Nadine.

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