Visuals of How Much Damage Hurricane Michael Inflicted on the Gulf Coast

Pat Wise
October 12, 2018

By 5 a.m., Michael's eye was about 45 miles west of Augusta, Georgia, packing top winds of 50 mph and moving at 21 mph into SC, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

In a recent study in the Journal of Climate, researchers found more rapid intensifications in a simulation of a human-warmed world, and also that this would prove a key pathway toward more intense hurricanes in general. They are posting information about recovery efforts, road and bridge openings and the status of evactuaion orders on FloridaDisaster.org.

Reporting from a helicopter in the aftermath, CNN's Brooke Baldwin said while flying over the town of Mexico Beach, Florida: "It's gone".

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A Panhandle man was killed by a tree toppling on a home, Gadsden County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower said. "You have rain, you have wind - but storm surge, that's a lot of water that can come onshore", said David Peaton, the assistant director of emergency management in Levy County, in an interview with local station WUFT.

He said strong winds picked up a portable carport Wednesday and dropped it down on the roof.

While many cities along the Florida Panhandle enjoy the protection of various channel, barrier and tied islands, which can help stifle the impact of storm surge on the mainland, Mexico Beach sits between Crooked Island and the St. Joseph Peninsula, directly on the water.

Last Thursday, forecasters were saying that what was then called Tropical Storm Michael "does not pose a threat to land".

After carving an agonizing path of destruction across the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and southeastern Alabama for almost 10 hours and killing at least two people, the fierce storm finally slowed from top sustained winds of 155 mph to a tropical storm at midnight and continued to weaken early Thursday.

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A reporter and photojournalist from the Tampa Bay Times ventured there in the dark early Thursday, finding the town of about 1,000 nearly impassable.

Many residents hunkered down in designated shelters like this one in Tallahassee, riding out the storm in a sturdier building.

A landscape that once drew vacationers to secluded beaches was littered with refrigerators, toilets and staircases no longer connected to houses. "I don't suggest trying to ride out a storm". An 80-mile stretch of Interstate 10, the main east-west route along the Panhandle, was closed. "I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Michael".

In Florida, all the lanes of I-10 between miles marker 85 to 166 are close due to debris according to Florida authorities.

The storm has weakened but continues to travel over the Carolinas to the Atlantic Ocean, bringing with it heavy rains.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward from Michael's center of circulation for 45 miles.

Michael has caused more than 500,000 power outages in Florida, Alabama and Georgia as of Wednesday night.

Hurricane Michael's battering waves swamped streets and docks and shrieking winds splintered trees and rooftops. With winds surging to 155 miles per hour (250 kph), Michael wreaked havoc on the Florida Panhandle, leaving a devastating trail of destruction along the Gulf coast before it was downgraded to a tropical storm in the evening as it moved further inland.

According to officials, one person was killed on Wednesday after a tree fell on a house near Greensboro, Florida. The storm has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.

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