Monday, 22 October, 2018

Hurricane Michael devastates Mexico Beach, Florida

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Glenn Montgomery | 12 October, 2018, 00:21

It's very, very scary.

For the big tourist destinations of Panama City Beach, Destin and Fort Walton, it could be months before they are back on an even keel as the hurricane destroyed homes, businesses and resorts, uprooted thousands of trees, and tore down power lines across the region. She was among an estimated 280 Mexico Beach residents who decided not to evacuate, administrator Tanya Castor said.

"As Michael moves away, drier air will give us a nice weekend", Bridges said. He said he plans to visit storm-ravaged areas as soon as he can.

"Satellite images of Michael's evolution on Tuesday night were, in a word, jaw-dropping", wrote Bob Henson, a meteorologist with weather site Weather Underground.

Florida Governor Rick Scott says search and rescue teams are heading into the USA state's hardest-hit areas to help survivors of Hurricane Michael. "And we're not going to tolerate that".

Kimberly Kennedy, left, points to devastated areas after Hurricane Michael swept through Mexico Beach, Fla. Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind the Labor Day storm (184 miles per hour, or 296 kph), Camille and Andrew in 1992.

More than 40 percent of daily crude oil production and more than one-third of natural gas output was lost from offshore US Gulf of Mexico wells on Wednesday because of platform evacuations and shut-ins caused by Michael.

President Donald Trump told reporters he will most likely visit Florida on Sunday or Monday to meet with local officials and survey damage from the storm.

Duke Energy reported more than 100,000 outages for customers in North and South Carolina Thursday afternoon and that number continued to grow. Authorities said the state mental hospital in Chattahoochee, which has a section for the criminally insane, was cut off by land, and food and supplies were being flown in.

That same day, Apple CEO Tim Cook also tweeted that Apple will donate to aid Hurricane Michael relief.

Kennedy and her husband, Jason Kennedy, eloped past year and were planning to have a wedding for family and friends in two weeks, Parker said.

As the Tallahassee office of the National Weather Service said on Twitter earlier Wednesday: "If you're not sheltered in place now, you need to be!" "We're kind of nervous".

Florida has activated 3500 National Guard troops.

The Hurricane Hunters are charged with gathering data from inside storms in order to help the National Hurricane Center improve the accuracy of its forecasts of "the cone of uncertainty", the probable track of the center of a tropical cyclone.

The governors of North and SC urged residents to brace for more heavy rain and storm-force winds as Michael ploughs northward up the Atlantic seaboard.

An estimated 6,000 evacuees took cover in emergency shelters, majority in Florida, and that number was expected to swell to 20,000 across five states by week's end, Mr Kieserman said.

All non-essential travel to and from the area, also known as Florida's Panhandle, has been suspended, but the busy cruise port of Tampa 250 miles to the south was able to breathe a sigh of relief as it largely avoided the worst effects of the storm.

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