Florida resident surveys 'total devastation' from Hurricane Michael
Florida resident surveys 'total devastation' from Hurricane Michael
Waffle Houses stay open 24/7- but 18 restaurants in Florida have closed because of how severe Hurricane Michael
13 October, 2018, 18:30
- As people try to head home to assess the damage after Hurricane Michael, many have found it hard to get there because of fuel shortages.
"There's nothing left here anymore", he said of the town.
At least two deaths were blamed on Michael, the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental USA in over 50 years, and it wasn't done yet: Though weakened into a tropical storm, it continued to bring heavy rain and blustery winds to the Southeast as it pushed inland, soaking areas still recovering from Hurricane Florence.
"Why people didn't evacuate is something we should be studying", said Craig Fugate, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a former Florida state emergency management chief.
Michael crashed ashore Wednesday as a Category 4 monster, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to make a USA landfall. Helicopters were needed to deliver supplies to the most remote areas like St. George Island, Apalachicola and Port St. Joe, state officials said.
A flash flood watch was in effect for much of the Tri-State through 6 a.m. Friday. 5 confirmed Michael-related fatalities.
The deaths in Virginia include four people who drowned in separate incidents, said Mr. Northam.
On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move across eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia this evening, and move into the western Atlantic Ocean Thursday night. "I have seen cotton that was being harvested yesterday".
"I was going to stay here until it turned to a Cat 4", he said. "Can't tell the difference between what I've picked and what I haven't".
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The scenes were familiar across communities in Florida and Georgia: uprooted trees cracked like toothpicks, buildings with roofs peeled off, homes flattened into an unrecognizable landscape. Four pine trees had crashed through the roof of her apartment, almost hitting two people.
The US Army said more than 2,000 Florida National Guard soldiers were working on the recovery operations.
A tropical storm warning was in place for South Santee River, S.C.to Duck N.C. and Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. Aluminum siding was shredded and homes were split by fallen trees. Three other firefighters were seriously injured in the crash. Authorities did not discuss the circumstances of their deaths, but their bodies have been taken to the medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death. A driver in North Carolina was killed when a tree fell on his vehicle.
Rescue teams have reached 80 percent of the disaster zone, deploying across a vast area from the Florida coast to the Georgia border to look for survivors, and that search continued Friday.
Thousands of residents in the Florida Panhandle are slowly returning to their homes and discovering that everything or nearly everything they owned has been reduced to rubble. Though most homes were still standing, no property was left undamaged.
Margaret Decambre, 48, rode out the storm in her Panama City fourth-floor condo with her husband and three cats. Despite the destruction, the Rev. Luke Farabaugh and his congregation celebrated Mass on Thursday. "But we have architects and engineers and we need to make sure we make the reopening process as smooth as possible and as safe as possible". "We've seen a lot of signs of hope". Large oak trees toppled onto houses and cars. "Our reward isn't just in this life but in the life to come". Video from a drone revealed widespread devastation across the town of about 1,000 people.
"Mexico Beach needs your prayers", Albrecht said of the town of about 1,200 people. Mexico Beach, once a pristine and popular detsination is now wiped out-as if a bomb went off.
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