Unscathed by Hurricane Michael, Lake City friends test their luck

James Marshall
October 11, 2018

The most powerful hurricane on record to hit Florida's Panhandle left widespread destruction and wasn't finished Thursday as it crossed Georgia toward the Carolinas, a region still reeling from epic flooding in Hurricane Florence.

Hours earlier, it made landfall in Florida as the strongest hurricane to hit the United States in almost 50 years and the third-strongest ever.

The child's death is the second known storm-related death. A man was killed by a falling tree in Tallahassee.

Human-caused greenhouse gases in the atmosphere create an energy imbalance, with more than 90% of remaining heat trapped by the gases going into the oceans, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association.

As Florence made its way toward the coast of the Carolinas last month, it weakened from a Category 4 to a Category 1 storm with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour.

After the space station passed over the storm, Auñón-Chancellor shared a photograph of the storm's eye.

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

Hundreds of thousands of electricity customers were without power as of 6 p.m.

"Water will come miles in shore and could easily rise over the roofs of houses", he said.

The St. Marks River overflows into the city of St. Marks, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

State officials issued disaster declarations in Alabama and Georgia and the storm is also expected to bring heavy rainfall to North and SC.

Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia issued an emergency declaration for 92 counties in the southern part of that state. "They said it grew into a monster".

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

FEMA head Brock Long acknowledged that early evacuation efforts in the area were slow in comparison to how quickly the hurricane intensified.

"We are in new territory", National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote on Facebook.

Extremely powerful Hurricane Michael crashed into Florida's northwestern Panhandle coast on Wednesday, flooding towns and ripping up trees with 155 mile per hour (249 kph) winds and the potential for a devastating storm surge.

Michael was forecast to move inland over the Panhandle on Wednesday afternoon, and across southeastern Alabama and southwestern Georgia on Wednesday night.

Central pressure is the measure of how much the atmosphere in the middle of a storm weighs.

Michael's strong, well-developed core makes for a very powerful, windy storm on land. A pine tree punched a hole in their roof and his ears even popped when the barometric pressure went lower.

But Kottlowski noted that meteorologists are still analyzing Hurricane Michael, and it's possible that it will be retroactively upgraded to Category 5 status based on wind speeds.

The death, in an area west of state capital Tallahassee, was the first confirmed since Michael made landfall.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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