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Michael responsible for child's death in Georgia

Michael responsible for child's death in Georgia

"I just need to know he's OK".

"I think that if people are comparing storms, what was really fascinating was that it was still intensifying when it was making landfall, which is similar to Hurricane Camille also intensifying as it moved inland", says AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski.

Some of those who did evacuate from Panama City Beach were no less terrified. Scientists say global warming is responsible for more intense and more frequent extreme weather, such as storms, droughts, floods and fires, and Michael was fuelled by abnormal water temperatures in the Gulf - 4-to-5 degrees above the historic norm for this time of year.

Brock Long, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said many Florida buildings were not built to withstand a storm above the strength of a Category 3 hurricane. It almost hit Category 5 strength.

Powerful winds, devastating storm surge and heavy rain are predicted in the Florida Panhandle, the finger-shaped strip of land along the Gulf of Mexico.

President Donald Trump has since approved an emergency declaration for Florida, permitting the federal government to provide resources and aid during Hurricane Michael.

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.

Michael inflicted damage to Panama City unevenly, impaling some businesses with sign poles while leaving others virtually unscathed.

Measured in this way the lower the pressure the stronger the hurricane - Michael was the most powerful since Hurricane Camille in 1969. The high winds will continue through Thursday night with gusts as high as 24 miles per hour, says the National Weather Service. Her brother Jeff McCall, his wife, Kristi, their two children and his wife's parents rode out the storm in their three-story home.




Tornadoes are possible across parts of the Florida Panhandle and the northern Florida peninsula through this afternoon.

Regardless of Hurricane Michael's ultimate classification, those in the path of the storm are facing life-threatening winds, storm surge and other risky conditions.

A hurricane warning was in place from the Okaloosa/Walton county line to the Suwannee River and a tropical storm warning was in effect for north of Fernandina Beach, Fla., to Duck, N.C., and Pamlico and Albemarle sounds.

Tornado watches were issued overnight for upstate SC counties including Chester, Union and York, just south of Charlotte. Both were kielled by falling trees as the fierce storm whipped up risky winds. It quickly buckled under the pressure of the storm. According to local reports, police received a call around 6 p.m. about a man trapped by a fallen tree.

In an advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the potential for a catastrophic event along the Florida Panhandle becomes even more real as Category 4 Hurricane Michael has increased in intensity. In this advisory, Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft data shows the intensity has increased to 145 miles per hour.

National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen added: "We are in new territory".

When it made landfall Wednesday afternoon, it was blowing at 155mph (250km/h).

Hurricane Michael started whipping up large swell in the Florida's Panhandle region.


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