Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Florida counting cost as Hurricane Michael causes huge devastation

Florida counting cost as Hurricane Michael causes huge devastation

Hurricane Michael made landfall close to the small town and according to authorities it bore the full brunt of the storm.

"The wind was really tearing us apart". Both were killed when trees crashed onto their homes.

Many across Hampton Roads were impacted by now post-tropical storm Michael, which was a tropical storm when it crossed over Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina on Thursday. The hospital was evacuating 130 patients as it faced challenges of running on generators after the storm knocked out power, ripped off part of its roof and smashed windows, a spokesman for the hospital's owner HCA Healthcare said in an email.

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

Florida Governor Rick Scott told the Weather Channel the damage from Panama City down to Mexico Beach was "way worse than anybody ever anticipated". The second floor of some apartments are just gone.

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The Virginia Department of Emergency Maintenance confirmed that five people have died as a result of Michael's effects.

By 8 p.m. (0000 GMT) on Thursday, the storm was located about 5 miles (10 km) northwest of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles-per-hour (85 kph).

Michael pummelled communities across the Panhandle and turned streets into roof-high waterways.

No fewer than one million people remained in darkness Friday morning after Hurricane Michael left a trail of destruction that claimed at least six lives, flattened entire towns and "shattered" electrical grids. Wind damage was also evident.

Strong winds brought down trees and electricity lines leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power.

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