Tiny Mexico Beach takes brunt of monster storm

Cristina Cross
October 11, 2018

The wind and storm surge related insurance industry loss from hurricane Michael is estimated to be between $2 billion and $4.5 billion by Corelogic, based on a pre-landfall data assessment of the storms impacts to insured assets. Water levels approached the tops of palm trees.

Eastern time. The US Energy Information Administration said about 388,000 customers in Florida, 46,000 customers in Georgia, and 45,000 customers in Alabama were in the dark as the storm moved inland.

Michael will move northeastward across the southeastern USA through Thursday night, and then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on Friday.

Its winds shrieking, the Category 4 storm crashed ashore in the early afternoon near Mexico Beach, a tourist town about midway along the Panhandle, a lightly populated, 200-mile stretch of white-sand beach resorts, fishing towns and military bases.

At 5 a.m., the storm was located about 30 miles west of Augusta.

Hurricane Michael is now moving northeast with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour.

Michael is continuing to strengthen as its minimum central pressure has dropped to 919 millibars. According to the National Hurricane Center, "most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months". Video from a CNN helicopter Thursday revealed widespread devastation across the town of about 1,000 people.

The National Hurricane Center said Michael would pass through the Carolinas, dumping as much as 20cm of rain in some areas.

Extreme winds from Hurricane Michael gutted roofs and facades of beachfront condominiums in Panama City Beach, Fla., sending debris to the streets below. A National Ocean Service water level station at Apalachicola recently reported almost 5.5 feet of inundation above ground level.

Meteorologists said it had the potential to become one of the worst storms in the history of the region as they watched satellite imagery in complete awe while the storm intensified.

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At the Panama City news station WJHG/WECP, reporter Tyler Allender tweeted that his colleagues were taking shelter in a hallway in the middle of the building because "this wind is SERIOUS".

Though wind speed is the basis for hurricane categories, central pressure is actually a better measure of damage that a hurricane will cause, a study published a year ago in the journal Nature Communications found.

It was downgraded to a tropical storm, with top sustained winds diminishing to 95km/h early today.

Large parts of Florida have suffered "unimaginable destruction" after the third-strongest hurricane in USA history slammed into the sunshine state.

Once they finally punched through Hurricane Michael's eyewall, Disharoon and the rest of the Hurricane Hunter crew were treated to a spectacular sight.

With a low barometric pressure recorded at 919 millibars, the measure of a hurricane's force, it ranked as the third strongest storm on record to make landfall in the continental United States.

By late Wednesday, the storm had moved toward Georgia.

"On the forecast track, the core of Michael will move across central and eastern Georgia this morning, and then over southern and central SC later today".

It also brought the dangers of a life-threatening storm surge.

"One of my key concerns right now going into is that we haven't seen as robust of an evacuation response from the civilian population that we have seen in other storms", O'Shaughnessy said.

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