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Record-breaking ‘hell’ storm Michael mauls US

12 October 2018

Sally Crown rode out Michael on the Florida Panhandle thinking at first that the worst damage was the many trees downed in her yard.

Though the storm has weakened, it is continuing on a risky path across the southeast states.

"Anytime you have a significant storm surge event, roadways and bridges are greatly impacted and you have to survey those before you move power crews in", Long said. These eased steadily overnight, to 50 miles per hour just before dawn.

Roads were filled with piles of floating debris.

The department said that the fire engine had its lights and other emergency equipment activated, but roads were slick and the storm conditions were heavy.

According to The New York Times, the storm has already knocked out power in over 800,000 homes and businesses, compromised water systems and claimed two lives.

Horrific before and after photos have captured the utter devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael after it crashed into several small towns on the Florida Panhandle with near-record force.

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The coastal city of Apalachicola reported a storm surge of almost 8ft (2.5m). "When the water came in, houses started floating in front of our home".

Utility vehicles slowly make their way toward Panama City on I-10 following Hurricane Michael on Thursday.

"I know you just want to go home". Those numbers are added to the 350,000 accounts without power in Florida, and more than 160,000 in Georgia.

"Ken Graham, director of the Miami-based National Hurricane Center, said Michael was "unfortunately, a historical and incredibly risky and life-threatening situation".

Florida officials also said they were moving patients from damaged health care facilities. "There was a tree involved".

The 11-year-old girl and at least five others have been killed since Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle Wednesday and slammed Georgia and the Carolinas through Thursday, officials said.

Much of downtown Port St. Joe, 19 km east of Mexico Beach, was flooded after Michael snapped boats in two and hurled a large ship onto the shore, residents said. The storm also has brought flash flooding to hurricane-weary parts of the Carolinas and Virginia. Early on Friday, the center of the storm was set to drift past Virginia Beach back into the Atlantic Ocean, he said. Those states could receive 7 to 15 centimeters (3 to 6 inches) of rain.

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The hurricane unexpectedly increased in strength before it slammed into the Gulf Coast of Florida with its 155 miles per hour winds.

It weakened overnight to a tropical storm.

Trump issued an emergency declaration for Florida, freeing up federal funds for relief operations and providing the assistance of FEMA, which has more than 3,000 people on the ground.

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

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced a State of Emergency for the state as Hurricane Michael quickly approaches Florida and the South.

Just a few weeks ago, Hurricane Florence made landfall on September 14 near Wrightsville Beach, NC. Michael is forecast to intensify as it becomes a post-tropical low over the Atlantic late tonight.

Michael's strength may reflect the effect of climate change on storms.

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Record-breaking ‘hell’ storm Michael mauls US