Hurricane Michael Decimates Florida Panhandle, Kills at Least One

Audrey Hill
October 13, 2018

Distribution centers have been set up outside retailers such as Wal-Mart and Publix because there is no way right now to let survivors know where they can get supplies.

Clearly, the worst of the devastation is likely to be in the Panhandle, a region known more for its beaches, seaside towns, and oyster harvests than as a target of a tropical cyclone.

Officials warned that, after what has been the worst storm in 50 years, many trees and power lines are on the road creating risky conditions, with power outages across the region expected to remain.

The kittens eventually made their way to the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS shelter, in Fort Walton, where they are now adoptable, Marciano said in a tweet.

They plan to use remote sensing and geotag photo technology to assess damage and update residents in real time. "We've been through hurricanes but never where we were completely cut off like this".

"Unfortunately, as lovely as the storm is up top, it is deadly down below", Disharoon said.

By late Wednesday, the storm had moved toward Georgia.

Much of the state is under flash flood or tornado watches or warnings, he said.

A resident of St. Marks, Fla., rescues a cooler out of the floodwaters near his home on Wednesday.

Major flooding is expected on the Haw River and moderate flooding on the Tar and Rocky rivers on Thursday and Friday.

After daylight Thursday residents of north Florida would just be beginning to take stock of the enormity of the disaster.

Charles Alexander, director of contingency operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said there is no significant damage to dams or levees. Simply put, with warmer seas, storms ought to be able to pull this off more often.

It cut a path of destruction across the state, bringing heavy rains and damaging winds, before it entered Georgia as a Category 3 storm, the first to track into the state in over a century.

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Virginia authorities have confirmed five storm-related deaths in the state.

"Please don't come down", Linda Albrecht said.

Rob Golding has opened his home in the Springfield Callaway suburb of Panama City to some of his neighbors whose homes were heavily damaged.

Hurricane Michael, which tore into Florida on Wednesday, went in just two days from tropical storm status to a Category 4 hurricane, on a scale with a maximum of five.

Laidlaw called the damage "catastrophic".

Images and video from the ground show uprooted trees, collapsed houses and even a lamp post snapped at its base. The Gadsden County Sheriff's office said that a man was found dead in his home in a small town outside of Tallahassee after a tree crashed through the roof.

Scientists have long warned that global warming will make storms more destructive, and some say the evidence for this may already be visible. Technically, it is defined by the National Hurricane Center as an increase in wind speeds of 35 miles per hour or more in 24 hours.

Michael was blamed for at least one death and knocked out power to almost a half million after crashing ashore.

After slamming Florida and lashing Georgia, Michael is now barreling through the storm-weary Carolinas.

The child's name hasn't been released.

Rescue crews confronted with shattered roads, fallen trees and miles of ruins struggled on Friday to get to Florida Panhandle communities hardest hit by Hurricane Michael, saying they expected the death toll of 14 to rise.

"Hurricane Michael is the worst storm that the Florida Panhandle has ever seen", said Governor Rick Scott of Florida, where 375,000 people were ordered evacuated.

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