Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Before and After Satellite Images Show Hurricane Michael's Devastation in Florida

Jim Bob looks at the destruction caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach Florida Jim Bob looks at the destruction caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach Florida
Sandra Phillips | 13 October, 2018, 13:56

At a news conference on Friday afternoon in Marianna, Florida, Sheriff Lou Roberts confirmed three storm-related deaths in Jackson County.

In Mexico Beach, FL, alone, 16 people have been pulled from the rubble, CNN reported. Rescuers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used dogs, drones and Global Positioning System in the search.

Meanwhile, thousands of National Guard troops, law enforcement officers and rescue teams still had much to do in the hardest hit area: Florida's Panhandle.

In Mexico Beach, the army used heavy equipment to clear a path in the debris and allow rescuers through to search for trapped residents, survivors, or casualties, as Blackhawk helicopters circled overhead.

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According to the National Hurricane Center, it could strengthen into a major Category 3 hurricane with winds topping 111 miles per hour before it reaches Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday. "We do not have a count, but we are working to identify them", Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban, leader of a search-and-rescue team in Mexico Beach, told The Associated Press. The storm hit the Florida Panhandle and southwest Georgia hard, taking the lives of at least two people.

"I've watched on television, thinking of what others have experienced, like in the Carolinas and Texas", Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey told reporters.

Satellite images show how the powerful storm changed the landscape of Florida's Panhandle.

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The images, released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, show severe damage in Mexico Beach, Florida, which took an nearly direct hit from one of the most powerful storms to make landfall on the US mainland. It pushed a wall of seawater inland, causing widespread flooding.

The Houston-based volunteer search-and-rescue network CrowdSource Rescue said its teams were trying to find about 2,100 people either reported missing or stranded and in need of help in Florida, co-founder Matthew Marchetti said.

Bob Tenbrunson, a Mexico Beach retiree, rode out the storm at his daughter's house in nearby Panama City and returned to survey the damage to his home.

Rescuers have begun to search for survivors in Florida after Hurricane Michael devastated the coast.

US Gulf of Mexico producers have cut oil output by 32 per cent and natural gas output by 13 per cent due to lingering effects of Michael, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said on Friday, citing reports from 27 companies.

Fast-moving Michael, a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale when it came ashore, was about 25 kilometres northeast of Norfolk, Va, at 10 p.m. ET, with top sustained winds of 80 km/h as it headed for the Atlantic coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

"We're moving pretty, in my opinion, pretty rapidly to get people back together", Gillum said.

The number was expected to rise as the storm exited the state late Thursday, Duke said in a tweet.

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