Michael 3rd most intense USA landfalling hurricane on record

Cristina Cross
October 11, 2018

In terms of damage the most costly year was 2017, when besides the Caribbean several USA coastal states were hit by powerful hurricanes that moved slowly and dumped record rainful for days.

Michael is likely to dump heavy rain over Florida, Alabama, Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

There is "one hurricane-related fatality", said Olivia Smith, public information officer for the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners, adding that the incident was "debris-related".

Given the ongoing impacts, hurricane Michael still has 90 mph winds now nearly 5 hours after landall as we update this article, establishing the actual damage impacts and industry loss is going to take some time.

"I'm asking all Floridians to stay vigilant throughout tonight and tomorrow as we brace for Hurricane Michael to make landfall".

The first of the clips, taken this morning, showed the then-category 4 storm as it made landfall between Tyndall Air Force Base and Mexico Beach. "Tropical storm-force winds continue over central and southern Georgia, and are spreading across the coast of southeastern Georgia", the Miami-based weather forecaster said. That's just 2 miles per hour away from officially being a Category 5 hurricane.

"Where homes were, they are not", Ginger Zee, ABC's chief meteorologist, said in a video posted on Twitter.

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

Sally Crown rode out Michael on the Florida Panhandle thinking at first that the worst damage was the many trees downed in her yard.

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Michael had top sustained winds of 150 miles per hour as its core moved over Florida's Panhandle earlier in the afternoon as forecasters warned rain could reach up to a foot and the life-threatening storm surge could swell to 14 feet (4m). Only Hurricane Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1969 and the so-called Labor Day hurricane of 1935 in the Florida Keys were more intense. The hurricane's winds and waves were so strong, their rumblings were detected on seismometers - equipment created to measure earthquakes.

She could not say what time the death occurred or give any details about the victim.

Trump was briefed on the hurricane on Wednesday prior to it making landfall and said he would visit the area early next week.

The National Hurricane Center called Michael "potentially catastrophic" and "extremely unsafe".

The evacuation order remains in effect until further notice.

Marino, who lives with his girlfriend and her grandmother, said water started dripping through the chimney, and they feared the wind would send the tree crashing through the roof.

"Along our coast, communities are going to see unimaginable devastation", Scott said, with storm surge posing the greatest danger.

Brian Bon inspects damages in the Panama City downtown area after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Panama City. The hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle as a category 4 storm.

The governors of North and SC urged residents to brace for more heavy rain and storm-force winds as Michael plows northward up the Atlantic seaboard. "The emergency declaration is effective for seven days and makes all state resources available to local governments and entities within the impacted area of the hurricane", his office said.

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