Hurricane Michael has crashed into the Florida Panhandle with winds up to 250 kilometres per hour and the potential for a devastating storm surge from what was expected to be the worst storm ever recorded in the region.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for 92 counties in his state, and a state of emergency also was announced in North Carolina.
On the forecast track, the eye of Michael is expected to move ashore over the Florida Panhandle later today near Panama City, move northeastward across the southeastern USA tonight and Thursday, and then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the US on Friday. The storm was moving northeast at 20 miles per hour with 75 miles per hour maximum sustained winds, just above the minimum speed to be considered a hurricane. "We have trees being uprooted, heavy, heavy rain".
The Carolinas are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which left dozens dead and is estimated to have caused billions of dollars in damage last month.
Hurricane-force winds extended up to 45 miles (75 kilometers) from Michael's center.
At the time, the then-tropical-storm wasn't expected to achieve its current Category 4 status, but now that it's here, it's time to batten down the hatches.
In terms of damage the most costly year was 2017, when besides the Caribbean several U.S. coastal states were hit by powerful hurricanes that moved slowly and dumped record rainful for days. It set off transformer explosions and knocked out power to more than 388,000 homes and businesses.Читайте также: Pixel 3 includes USB-C headphones, dongle in the box
Bill Manning, a 63-year-old grocery clerk, fled his camper van in Panama City for safer quarters in a hotel only to see the electricity there go out.
Hundreds of military families were moved out after the base commander ordered a mandatory evacuation of base personnel on Monday. "This happened so quickly", he said.
National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen added: "We are in new territory".
Before the storm made landfall, Scott said he activated 3,500 members of the Florida National Guard.
President Donald 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 National Hurricane Center called Michael "potentially catastrophic" and "extremely risky".
"Oh my God, what are we seeing?" said evacuee Rachel Franklin, her mouth hanging open. Forecasters said rainfall could reach up to a foot (30 centimeters) in spots.
With a low barometric pressure recorded at 919 millibars, the measure of a hurricane's force, Michael ranked as the third-strongest storm on record to make landfall in the continental United States.
Officials reported at least one storm-related fatality, a man in Greensboro, Florida, was killed when a tree fell on top of his home, a spokesperson for the Gadsden County sheriff said.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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