Hurricane Michael, Florida Panhandle, Oct 2018
10 Oct 2018
Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida on October 10. Michael is the first recorded Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle and the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. in half a century. Catastrophic storm surge and 155 mph winds caused widespread destruction and damage; Apalachicola and Panama City were severely damaged and Mexico Beach was largely destroyed. The storm continued to travel to the northeast. Numerous tornadoes were reported in Georgia and the storm’s heavy rains caused flash flooding in the Carolinas and Virginia, some areas of which were heavily damaged by flooding from Hurricane Florence. Agricultural losses are expected to be substantial, possibly exceeding 1 billion dollars.
Many areas of Florida are without power or clean water. Roads across the region are blocked by trees and debris, hampering aid to residents, particularly those in more isolated areas. The current death toll stands at 18.
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