Hurricane Michael: Where were the 155 miles per hour winds?

Kerry GarnerOct 12, 2018

A map shows at-risk areas in Florida ahead of Hurricane Michael.

This time, the Panama City school was ripped apart by Michael.

Hurricane Michael formed on October 2, becoming more and more organised before being named as Tropical Storm Michael on October 7. Most of the rain was blamed on a low-pressure system off the Pacific coast, but Hurricane Michael in the Caribbean could have also contributed.

"The worst thing you can do now is act foolishly" by putting yourself in danger or keeping law enforcement from saving lives, he said at a news conference.

"Water will come miles in shore and could easily rise over the roofs of houses", he said.

Krista Miller, who stayed behind in her 111-year-old home in Apalachicola Bay, told "Good Morning America", "It sounded like a freight train coming from every direction". The storm brings with it sustained winds of 145 miles per hour.

Smith, in Gadsden County, said the situation was unsafe even for emergency personnel.

"We've been through this before", said Sally Crown, who planned to hunker down with her two dogs in the dangerously exposed coastal town of Apalachicola, population 2,500.

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

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor, filled sandbags with residents and urged residents of the state capital city to finish up emergency preparations quickly.

General Terrence O Shaughnessy, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command, said some Florida residents may have been surprised by the rapid growth of the storm.

From Indian Pass, Florida, to Cedar Key, Florida, 8 to 12 feet of storm surge could inundate some areas, the agency warned.

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.

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Hurricane Michael is now moving north-northwest over the southern Gulf of Mexico at 12 m.p.h.

"Michael should weaken as it crosses the southeastern United States through Thursday", the NHC said.

A fast and furious Hurricane Michael is speeding toward the Florida Panhandle with 120 miles per hour winds and a potential storm surge of 13 feet, giving tens of thousands of people precious little time to get out or board up.

"The wind that came through here was surreal".

More than 370,000 people in Florida have been ordered to evacuate and move to higher ground.

"Hurricane Michael is an unprecedented event and can not be compared to any of our previous events".

"The roof fell in but we lived through it", he said.

Under a perfectly clear blue sky, families living along the Florida Panhandle emerged tentatively from darkened shelters and hotels to a perilous landscape of shattered homes and shopping centers, beeping security alarms, wailing sirens and hovering helicopters.

"This situation has NEVER happened before", it said on Twitter.

With the storm next entering the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico, which has warm water and favorable atmospheric conditions, "there is a real possibility that Michael will strengthen to a major hurricane before landfall, " Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the Miami-based storm forecasting hub, wrote in an advisory.

Heavy rains are forecast for the Carolinas, which were drenched by Hurricane Florence last month. "In the Atlanta metro area, we are expecting heavy winds and rain starting this (Wednesday) evening and into tomorrow (Thursday)".

Hurricane Michael battered the Florida Panhandle yesterday, some Bahamian students studying in Florida evacuated affected areas, while others bunkered down through what Florida governor Rick Scott has described as the worst storm to hit the area in a century.

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