Hurricane Michael Photos Show 'Monstrous' Storm Surge Pummeling Florida Panhandle

Olive Hawkins
October 11, 2018

"Hurricane Michael can not break Florida", Scott vowed.

Hurricane Michael roared ashore in Florida on Wednesday, flooding homes and streets and toppling trees and power lines in the Gulf of Mexico beachfront town where it made landfall as a raging Category 4 storm.

Hurricane Michael is also a fast-moving storm and so rainfall related flooding is not expected to be a large component of loss for the immediate landfall areas, although localised flooding is to be expected and flooding inland as Michael travels north and east could also extend the eventual impacts to insurance and reinsurance interests.

Lucky for Reynolds, the power did not go out at her home.

Authorities said at least one person has died, a man killed by a tree falling on a Panhandle home.

Hurricane Michael has battered the Gulf Coast - becoming the biggest storm to strike the Florida Panhandle, the state's northwest, since records began in 1851.

'Continuous lightning is present on the forward edge of the eyewall, and lightning detection on the rear edge rotate with specific sections of the eye'.

As it came ashore, Michael was just shy of a Category 5 - defined as a storm packing wind speeds of 157 miles per hour or above. Beachfront structures could be seen collapsing and metal roofing materials were blown away amid the heavy rain.

At 11.00 am Eastern time (0200 AEDT), Michael was about 95 kms south-southwest of Panama City and moving north-northeast at 22km/h, the NHC said.

It had a low barometric pressure recorded at 919 millibars in its eye, which is how a hurricane's force is measured.

Hurricane Michael blasted parts of Florida's Gulf coast with 155mph winds last night, threatening devastation in flood-prone communities and posing a critical pre-election test for the state's political leaders.

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The governors of North and SC urged residents to brace for more heavy rain and storm-force winds as Michael ploughs northward up the Atlantic seaboard. Michael was forecast to remain a tropical storm Thursday as it passes over Georgia, the Carolinas and even Virginia, bringing as much as a half a foot of rain to those states in a matter of days. 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.

Shredded trees, derailed train cars and a sunken trailer are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

Long, the head of FEMA, said many Florida buildings were not built to withstand a storm above the strength of a Category 3 hurricane on the five-level Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

"I think that we just caught the band of it".

"And this one is going to end up potentially causing more loss of life and damage than a storm like Irma".

A auto is seen caught in floodwaters in Panama City, Fla.

A Red Cross official said it's possible that as many as 320,000 people on Florida's Gulf Coast did not evacuate and are likely riding out the storm.

According to an advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Michael's eyewall was strengthening as it maintained maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour. He acknowledged that a lot of the residents in the area were poor and said it was probably tough to leave.

Meteorologists use another measure to evaluate hurricane intensity: central pressure.

Michael's strength may reflect the effect of climate change on storms.

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