Track Hurricane Michael flooding in real time

Pat Wise
October 12, 2018

Michael grew from a tropical storm to a Category 4 hurricane in about 40 hours.

The death toll from Hurricane Michael, which slammed into the Florida coast as a Category 4 storm, has risen to at least five, USA television networks reported Thursday. What used to be a gorgeous beachfront city now looks like an apocalyptic mess.

Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, called Mexico Beach, which has a population of about 1,200, "ground zero" for the hurricane damage.

There have been two deaths reported so far. Many crops, such as vegetables and cotton, may also be affected. An 80-mile stretch of Interstate 10, the main east-west route along the Panhandle, is still closed because of debris.

Michael has left about 920,000 households and businesses without power across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina.

The strongest hurricanes to hit the Florida Panhandle before Michael (based on maximum sustained wind) were the Pensacola Hurricane of 1882 and Eloise in 1975, both of which were Category 3 with 125 miles per hour winds at landfall.

On Tuesday, Gov Scott said he had activated 2,500 Florida National Guard troops.

"Water will come miles in shore and could easily rise over the roofs of houses", he said.

He spoke with CNN's Brooke Baldwin live on air Thursday, in front of a home that was pushed onto its side. "They kept us informed...throughout the day".

"I guess it's the worst-case scenario".

"Our lives are gone here. Very awful", Gunderson said. "As long as I have her, this is everything that matters to me in world".

The storm has already killed a man in Florida and a girl in Georgia.

- Hurricane history: first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Florida's Panhandle since record-keeping began in 1851. Surge in the Big Bend area, along with catastrophic winds at 155mph.

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It's expected to weaken to a tropical storm by Thursday morning and move off into the Atlantic Ocean by early Friday. Roads were virtually impassable and trees, satellite dishes and traffic lights lay in the streets.

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The students and staff at Jinks Middle School have dealt with disaster before.

Michael's place in Georgia hurricane history has also been etched.

In Panama City, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Mexico Beach, buildings were crushed and boats were scattered around. Take care of them, " he said. "It's just how do we get together, how do we recover?"

"Base leaders do not yet have an estimate of when Tyndall AFB will reopen", base officials posted on Facebook. She's especially concerned about widespread power outages.

"So many families have lost everything", he said. No one has heard from them since Wednesday afternoon.

Krista Miller, who stayed behind in her 111-year-old home in Apalachicola Bay, told "Good Morning America", "It sounded like a freight train coming from every direction". The soil in many areas is saturated.

"I just need to know he's OK", McCall said.

At least 13 people reportedly died in Central America over the weekend as a result of storm rains and floods. "In the Atlanta metro area, we are expecting heavy winds and rain starting this (Wednesday) evening and into tomorrow (Thursday)".

A tree happened to fall the other way, narrowly missing their home. But they said they have no idea when the electricity will be restored.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for. The planet has warmed significantly over the past several decades, causing changes in the environment. Popular with tourists for its beaches, the area also has many year-round residents.

"To my understanding, the hurricane was not directly in our path, but we would experience some heavy winds and rains which we did".

Florida Governor Rick Scott told the Weather Channel the damage from Panama City down to Mexico Beach was "way worse than anybody ever anticipated".

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