Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Hurricane Michael Leaves 7 Dead In Florida, Search Continues For Survivors

Hurricane Michael takes aim at 300-mile Gulf Coast target Hurricane Michael to hit Florida, but will there be any Maine impact?
Grady Vargas | 13 October, 2018, 04:03

Hurricane Michael has strengthened into a Category 2 storm with top wind speeds of 100mph as it continues towards northern Florida. Michael flattened homes, plunged communities into darkness and ravaged whole neighborhoods.

Many homes have also been demolished, including one where a tree was uprooted and crashed through the brick wall of a bedroom.

Officials believe the area may be without power for up to a month.

Michael is not a spent force.

The storm appeared to be so powerful that it is expected to remain a hurricane as it moves over Georgia early Thursday.

The number of dead was expected to rise, but authorities scrapped plans for setting up a temporary morgue, indicating they had yet to see signs of mass casualties from the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S.in almost 50 years. The Panama City school was torn apart by Michael, and Principal Britt Smith choked up as he looked at the decimated building.

"I was going to stay here until it turned to a Cat 4", he said. The couple were assessing damage and trying to help neighbors on Thursday.

O Virgin, Star of the Sea, our beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your Son on our behalf, so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem, where a stormless eternity awaits us.

Michael charged ashore on Wednesday near the small Florida Panhandle town of Mexico Beach as one of the most powerful storms in U.S. history, with top sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250km per hour).

The storm has 110 miles per hour winds.

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

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"I think you're going to see it climb", Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said of the death count.

Michael left North Carolina and Virginia behind with rivers rising.

"I just can't bring myself to spend that much money", she said.

A driver in North Carolina was killed when a tree fell on his auto. With the hurricane still pounding the state hours after it came ashore, and conditions too risky in places for search-and-rescue teams to go out, there were no immediate reports of any deaths or serious injuries. Officials didn't say whether anyone else was in the vehicle. An 11-year-old girl in Georgia died when Michael's winds picked up a carport and dropped it through the roof of her grandparents' home.

Sarah had just started the sixth grade and joined the drama club and the band. As of 6:30 a.m. ET Friday, the post-tropical low was moving northeast across the Atlantic Ocean well off Virginia.

Patients were moved out of hurricane-damaged hospitals and nursing homes.

Rescue teams were using sniffer dogs in Mexico Beach on Friday in a grim search for victims who may be buried under the rubble in the debris-strewn community.

Aja Kemp, 36, planned to stay in her mobile home in Crawfordville. An 80-mile (130-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 10, the main east-west route, was closed.

There are long lines for groceries and other basic supplies at a Walmart in Panama City, but people are facing hardship with grit and determination. We bought it four years ago and completely rebuilt it.

"We still haven't gotten into the hardest-hit areas", he said, adding with frustration: "Very few people live to tell what it's like to experience storm surge, and unfortunately in this country we seem to not learn the lesson". "It went through like a bullet, but it was a devastating bullet", Trump said.

On Twitter, Sen. Marco Rubio described the scene in Mexico Beach as "total devastation" and said drone images produced "audible gasps" at one emergency operations center. Houses - what was left of them - littered the street.

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