11-Year-Old Girl Killed by Windborne Carport Amid Hurricane Michael

12 October, 2018, 16:27 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Aaron in his damaged apartment after Hurricane Michael

Phil Klotzbach, Colorado Springs University meteorologist, ranked Hurricane Michael unofficially as the fourth strongest in US history and third-strongest to hit Florida, as well as the most powerful hurricane to crash the Florida panhandle.

And unless we change the rate of greenhouse gas emissions, we should expect hurricanes to intensify more rapidly in the coming decades, the scientific research group Climate Central said.

But the full extent of the damage was not yet clear, with some of the hardest-hit areas difficult to reach.

Those images form a marked contrast with what Mexico Beach looked like before the storm hit: an idyllic seaside town with sand, palm trees and homes looking out to the Gulf of Mexico.

In Mexico Beach, population 1,000, the storm shattered homes, leaving floating piles of lumber. Michael left a trail of utility wires on roads, flattened tall pine trees and knocked a steeple from a church.

The town was under a mandatory evacuation order as the storm targeted the coast, but some people were determined to ride out the hurricane.

The US national guard has reached the town, dubbed "ground zero", and found 20 people who survived a direct hit from Michael.

Mishelle McPherson and her ex-husband searched for the elderly mother of a friend. The woman lived in a small cinderblock house about 150 yards from the Gulf and thought she would be okay.

Ranked four on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale and with a storm surge of 9ft (2.7m), it lifted homes from their foundations and heavily damaged others in districts closest to the sea in Mexico Beach, CNN helicopter footage showed.

'Do you think her body would be here?' "Do you think it would have floated away?" "I don't know what I'm going to", said Williams. "You want to check on things and begin the recovery process", Mr Scott said.

"Things, we can replace", he said, speaking on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront".

Nearly 1.2 million homes and businesses were without power from Florida to Virginia on Thursday because of the storm.

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Authorities said the state mental hospital in Chattahoochee, which has a section for the criminally insane, was cut off by land, and food and supplies were being flown in. Aluminum siding was shredded and homes were split by fallen trees.

The two people killed in the storm were a man who died when a tree toppled onto his house in Florida and a girl who died when debris fell into a home in Georgia, officials and local media said.

Hundreds of residents were rescued on Thursday from cars, apartments and homes flooded by rushing water.

As Hurricane Michael drew strength from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, it stunned experts with its abrupt transformation from garden-variety October storm to history-making monster. Downed power lines and twisted street signs lay all around.

One North Carolina death is among at least 11 deaths tied so far to the storm as of Friday morning, according to The New York Times and Washington Post.

Gov. Roy Cooper in a morning briefing with reporters emphasized that the former hurricane remains a risky storm, even though most of its destructive power has been spent in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Gov. Roy Cooper said in a press conference that an Iredell County man was killed when a tree fell on a auto, the Charlotte Observer reported.

Michael was expected to leave the U.S. east coast on Friday. She was safe until a carport came crashing through the roof.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it will focus efforts on rescuing those trapped by flooding and other damage.

High winds, downed trees, streets inundated by rising waters and multiple rescues of motorists from waterlogged cars played out in spots around Virginia and neighboring North Carolina. "But we ask that every time".

With a low barometric pressure recorded at 919 millibars, the measure of a hurricane's force, it ranked as the third strongest storm on record to make landfall in the continental United States.

The Weather Channel warns of "catastrophic storm surge" and incredibly high speed winds associated with the storm.

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