Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Dramatic videos show what happened as Hurricane Michael made landfall

Dramatic videos show what happened as Hurricane Michael made landfall

Thirty kilometres south of Mexico Beach, floodwaters were more than 2.1m deep near Apalachicola, a town of about 2,300 residents, hurricane center chief Ken Graham said. Add Hurricane Michael as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Hurricane Michael news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Numerous buildings in Panama City were demolished, partially collapsed or without roofs amid deserted streets littered with debris, twisted, fallen tree trunks and dangling wires.

Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said, "What we're going to see is devastating storm surge".

"We have a lot of nice homes, but the majority of our homes in our county are mobile homes, and a lot of them are out in the woods, off main roads", she said.

The moment was captured on ABC News' live video, and it was also widely shared on social media, where many questioned the fate of the four-legged storm victims.

With a low barometric pressure recorded at 919 millibars, a measure of a hurricane's force, Michael was the third strongest storm on record to hit the continental United States, behind only Hurricane Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1969 and the Labour Day hurricane of 1935 in the Florida Keys. As reported by The Weather Channel, the hurricane-turned-tropical-storm continues to travel up the East Coast with wind speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.

Debris and floodwater are also making some of the worst-hit areas hard to reach.

Almost 950,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas, and Georgia on October 11. Forecasters said it will unleash damaging wind and rain all the way into the Carolinas, still recovering from Hurricane Florence's epic flooding.

Scientists say global warming is responsible for more intense and more frequent extreme weather, such as storms, droughts, floods and fires. Just as Northern politicians are judged on how they handle snowstorms, their Southern counterparts are watched closely for how they deal with hurricanes. Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center was treating some, but the hospital evacuated 130 patients as it faced challenges of running on generators after the storm knocked out power, ripped off part of its roof and smashed windows, a spokesman for the hospital's owner HCA Healthcare said in an email.

As winds subsided in Panama City, resident Reid Garrett said his concerns shifted to flooding outside his apartment complex, which surrounded by downed trees. Forecasters predicted 9 to 14 feet of water at Tyndall.

Mandatory or volunteer evacuations orders have been given in 22 Florida counties.

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.

"Oh my God, what are we seeing?" said evacuee Rachel Franklin, her mouth hanging open.

Hargan, a bartender at a riverfront restaurant, feared he would lose his home and his job to the storm.

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