Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Inside Hurricane Michael’s eyewall as it made landfall

Inside Hurricane Michael’s eyewall as it made landfall

The third-most powerful hurricane to hit the USA mainland in recorded history left a wide path of destruction across Florida and Georgia, destroying homes and shopping centers and felling trees that killed at least two people.

Some of the worst damage was in Mexico Beach, where Michael crashed ashore Wednesday as a Category 4 monster with 155 miles per hour (250 kph) winds and a storm surge of 9 feet (2.7 meters).

A day Michael made landfall as a deadly Category 4 hurricane, 10Weather is already monitoring a new tropical disturbance in the west-central Caribbean Sea.

In Mexico Beach, aerial footage from news crews showed that whole homes had been destroyed and many were flooded on Thursday. "We have trees being uprooted, heavy, heavy rain".

Parts of western Cuba, which was hit by the storm on Monday, were forecast to receive up to a foot of rain.

Authorities said at least two people have died, a man killed by a tree falling on a Panhandle home and according to WMAZ-TV, an 11-year-old girl was also killed by a tree falling on a home in southwest Georgia.

A state emergency-management official said all hospitals in the impacted region have reported some form of "critical failure" - water and sewage problems or infrastructure issues such as crumbling walls - that required patients to be relocated and medical field hospitals to be set up.

"When the water came in, houses started floating in front of our home", he said.

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.

Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes and the governor told residents who had not done so to "hunker down and be careful". But it could regain some strength when it emerges over the Atlantic and becomes a post-tropical storm, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.

"It's going to take some time to survey and clear all the roads", Scott said.

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Research by Francis of Rutgers suggests that warming in the Arctic could be weakening the jet stream in ways that, in the summer, can deprive weather systems like hurricanes of the atmospheric push that keeps them moving; those factors, she said, may have been at play in the unusual pokiness of Harvey and Florence.

"Think about what we've seen before with storms like Hurricane Irma", he said.

Smith could not provide details on the victim. Michael made landfall at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

It will take some time for residents of north Florida to take stock of the enormity of the disaster. "And then once you seen that, then everything just went black".

"I am not seeing the level of traffic on the roadways that I would expect when we've called for the evacuation of 75 percent of this county", Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said.

On Wednesday morning, the agency's Short-term Prediction and Research Center shared a view of the Category 4 hurricane. Destructive winds "Michael" felled trees and cut power lines that come across his path.

Michael is the first major hurricane to blow into the state since the 1898. "Do not risk your life, leave NOW if you were told to do so", it said.

- High water: storm surge of 6 feet (2 meters) up to 14 feet (4 meters) forecast for Florida's Panhandle and Big Bend.

Whatever the changes wrought by climate change turn out to be, Dessler said, "Bad things are going to happen".

Almost 850,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas and Georgia on Thursday.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 10: People try to get some rest at Lincoln High School as Hurricane Michael approaches on October 10, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. Just as Northern politicians are judged on how they handle snowstorms, their Southern counterparts are watched closely for how they deal with hurricanes.

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