Hurricanes Florence And Michael Highlight Monster Storms' Devastating Differences

Hurricane Michael will also cause almost one million people to be without power, not just on the coast but inland as well in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

According to Climate Central, a scientific research organization, the coming decades are expected to bring hurricanes that intensify more rapidly, should there be no change in the rate of greenhouse gas emissions.

Dorian Carter looks under furniture for a missing cat after several trees fell on their home during Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

Videos are emerging of the destruction the hurricane is causing across the region.

Tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect all along the Southeast coast as far north as the Outer Banks, per TWC.

The only other hurricane that landed with comparable force this late in the year was Hurricane Hazel in 1954, but Michael was much stronger when it came ashore, Mr. Henson said. And then there was the life-threatening storm surge.

A total of 453 flights had been cancelled on Wednesday across the country, with many occurring in the Florida area.

There is "one hurricane-related fatality", said Olivia Smith, public information officer for the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners, adding that the incident was "debris-related".

Trump was briefed on the hurricane on Wednesday prior to it making landfall and said he would visit the area early next week. "We thought the windows were going to break at any time", Beu said.

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In addition, this storm had the third-lowest central air pressure of any US landfalling hurricane on record. All the way up to the Carolinas, destructive flooding from the storm's rains is expected.

"Hurricane Michael can not break Florida", Scott vowed. "This is going to have structure-damaging winds along the coast and hurricane force winds inland".

"We're seeing up to nine feet of inundation in parts of Apalachicola, Florida, and that wasn't even where Michael made landfall". The NHC said Michael could cause a storm surge of up to 14 feet, for instance. Its sustained winds were just 2 miles per hour (3.2 kph) shy of being an extremely rare Category 5. It was the most powerful hurricane on record to hit the Panhandle.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the eye of Michael was about 48 kilometres south-southwest of Macon in central Georgia at 12:00 a.m. ET Thursday.

"This is a full month later than we've ever seen a hurricane with anywhere near this strength", he said.

As the Tallahassee office of the National Weather Service said on Twitter earlier Wednesday: "If you're not sheltered in place now, you need to be!" It set off transformer explosions and knocked out power to more than 388,000 homes and businesses.

In St. Marks, John Hargan and his family gathered up their pets and moved to a raised building constructed to withstand a Category 5 after water from the St. Marks River began surrounding their home.

In the case of Michael the damage will be mainly from wind rather than rain.

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