Michael, Now Post-Tropical Storm, Batters Tri-State With Rain, Wind

13 October, 2018, 05:31 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Panama City Beach is one of the area's big draws

"We'll have to bulldoze and start over", Linda Marquardt, of Mexico Beach, said of her mud-filled home.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Centre in hard-hit Panama City, 32km northwest of Mexico Beach, was treating some of the injured.

In Panama City, buildings were crushed, tall pine trees were sent flying and a steeple was knocked off a church.

At Jinks Middle School in Panama City, the storm peeled back part of the gym roof and tore off one wall, leaving the wooden floor covered in water.

The storm is now blamed for at least six deaths, including an 11-year-old girl in Georgia, and billions of dollars in damage.

Hurricane Michael made landfall close to the small town and according to authorities it bore the full brunt of the storm.

- Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in Virginia on Thursday ahead of Tropical Storm Michael's arrival to the region.


Almost 850,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas and Georgia on Thursday. Both were killed when trees crashed onto their homes.

"The kids live nearby".

Michael, a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane intensity scale when it came ashore, was causing flash flooding on Thursday in parts of North Carolina and Virginia, where some areas could get as much as 9 inches (23 cm) of rain, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

By 8 p.m. (0000 GMT) on Thursday, the storm was located about 5 miles (10 km) northwest of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles-per-hour (85 kph).

Dominion Energy also confirmed that 120 schools had lost power, many local.

Michael, one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the United States, left the East Coast early Friday morning.

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