Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Near 850,000 customers without power in U.S. Southeast after Michael

A satellite image shows Hurricane Michael in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday A satellite image shows Hurricane Michael in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday
Sandra Phillips | 11 October, 2018, 21:27

"In Mexico beach (FL) blew to pieces the house".

Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith near the vulnerable coast said his deputies had gone door to door in some places urging people to evacuate.

At an election rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night, Trump offered his "thoughts and prayers" to those in the path of the storm and said he would visit Florida soon. Becker said about 55 people were in the shelters early Thursday.

SEARCH and rescue teams are trying to help survivors after Hurricane Michael wreaked "unimaginable destruction" on parts of Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott said search and rescue efforts would be "aggressive". Much of the affected area is rural and known for small tourist cities, beaches and wildlife reserves, as well as the state capital, Tallahassee.

Florida officials also said they were moving patients from damaged health care facilities.

It made landfall on the coast as a Category 1 hurricane on September 14 and drenched some parts of the state with 40 inches (101 centimeters) of rain.

"We ve been very cautious with sending our first responders out right now", she said.

"Same devastation. Same winds", she said. One of the carport's legs punctured the roof and hit the 11-year-old girl in the head.

Communications outages and roads blocked by downed trees, strewn power lines and debris made it hard to get an overall assessment on Thursday of the damage wrought by Michael, but the initial picture was grim. But he said the sheriff told him it looked like a bomb had gone off.

The hurricane Michael, which has already started to collect the bloody tribute, called the most powerful hurricane after the "Andrew" that struck the continental United States in 1992.

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US consumer price inflation is now above 2 percent annually and the unemployment rate is the lowest in about 40 years. Of the stock market, he said , "Actually, it's a correction that we've been waiting for, for a long time".

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The unexpected brute that quickly sprang from a weekend tropical depression grew swiftly, rising in days to a catastrophic storm. Michael is likely to cause flooding and a storm surge along the coast. "It will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe ".

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The Carolinas are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which left dozens dead and is estimated to have caused billions of dollars in damage last month.

According to forecasts, "Michael" will sweep in from Florida to Maryland. 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. Video from a CNN helicopter Thursday revealed widespread devastation across the town of about 1,000 people.

Farther inland, Tallahassee city officials were grappling with wind damage that had brought down numerous city's trees, blocking streets and knocking out power. Refrigerators and toilets and piles of soggy furniture are strewn across properties. He rode out the storm because he didn't think it was going to be so bad. Another man was shining a flashlight from his balcony as alarms sounded and fires burned.

4 P.M. What the Hurricane Center has been predicting has come to pass - Hurricane Michael has strengthened into a major hurricane.

The email didn't say how long the work was expected to take. The hurricane was moving north at 12 miles per hour. It will then move across portions of central and eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia into the Atlantic Ocean by late Thursday or early Friday.

Dock Street, the arty fishing town's main drag, was mostly spared, a stark contrast from the destruction from Hurricane Hermine in 2016, that slammed the island with a nine-foot storm surge.

Florida's Panhandle took stock on Thursday of the hammering destruction wrought by Hurricane Michael, with homes obliterated or reduced to rubble and power lines and trees ripped up by the third most powerful storm ever to strike the USA mainland.

"As the days go on, well have a clearer picture", Byard said.

One of the hardest-hit spots was Mexico Beach, where Michael crashed ashore Wednesday as a Category 4 monster with 155 miles per hour (250 kph) winds.

Tropical storm watches and warnings were raised along the East Coast on Tuesday afternoon. But it's still menacing the Southeast with heavy rains, winds and a threat of spinoff tornadoes.

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