Florida coast evacuated as hurricane strengthens into Category 2 storm

Hurricane Michael takes aim at 300-mile Gulf Coast target

Hurricane Michael takes aim at 300-mile Gulf Coast target

When hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach is forecasting a storm he relies heavily on two factors: water temperature and wind shear.

Another man was killed in Iredell County, North Carolina, north of Charlotte, when a tree fell on his vehicle, said Cooper, who blamed the incident on the storm.

While a Florida military base in the hurricane's trajectory was evacuated and its planes flown hundreds of miles away, prisoners were not evacuated, and numerous region's poor people found they had nowhere to go until it was too late to get out.

A man outside Tallahassee, Florida, was killed by a falling tree, and an 11-year-old girl in Georgia died when the winds picked up a carport and dropped it on her home.

"Hurricane Michael arrived before most of the state farmers had started harvest for the season - specifically for pecans, peanuts and cotton", Tasnim Shamma reports from Atlanta member station WABE, for NPR's Newscast unit.

In North Carolina's mountains, motorists had to be rescued from cars trapped by high water.

Numerous houses in Mexico Beach were reduced to naked concrete foundations or piles of debris.

Michael smashed into Florida's northwest coast near the small town of Mexico Beach on Wednesday with screeching 155 mile per hour (250 kilometre per hour) winds, pushing a wall of seawater inland.

"I just can't bring myself to spend that much money", she said.

"It makes you shake", Zee added. With trees down, and power and cell service out, he could not safely evacuate. There are now empty spots where dozens of homes are no longer standing.

The core of the storm was expected to crash ashore around midday Wednesday near Panama City Beach, along a lightly populated stretch of fishing villages and white-sand spring-break beaches.

"It will take a long time to recover from this". "It was a lot rougher than we thought, how are you guys?" "But I will confess that my biggest fear that this part of Florida, with its unique & genuine characteristics, will never be the same". It also was about 200 miles (325 kilometres) south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida. Her father says she loved playing the trumpet, acting and singing.

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The many indignities that women experience in their day-to-day lives is proof of this, as is the continued attacks on Dr. Not far away, 86-year-old Judy Halpert recalled walking to school with Rice's mother, whom she called a close friend.

Mike McAuliffe, 30, stayed in Panama City Beach with his wife, Rebecca, 33, during the storm.

"We were terrified but there was nowhere for us to go". "Over the next few months hopefully we can get a better understanding as to what happened". "It was too late", Swab said.

"I have had employees going to the communities where our kids live, going door to door and checking", Principal Britt Smith by phone.

"The time to evacuate has come and gone", tweeted Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Among those helping are about 450 Florida Highway Patrol officers, many of whom drove through the night to the Panhandle to help with rescues. Forecasters say the storm has already begun shedding its tropical characteristics but will take on a new chapter as a powerful extratropical storm with gale force winds on its trek out to sea. "Our hearts are with the thousands who have sustained property damage, in many cases entirely wiped out", Trump said.

No personnel assigned to stay there during the storm were injured, the Air Force added.

Michael is expected to dump up to 7 inches of rain in parts of North Carolina and Virginia, the NHC said.

State officials said 285 people in Mexico Beach had refused to leave ahead of the hurricane despite a mandatory evacuation order.

Federal officials were anxious that the fast-moving nature of the storm didn't give residents enough time to get out.

Early Friday morning, Michael was dropping rain along the Mid-Atlantic and New England coasts as it moves eastward over the ocean, with sustained winds that have strengthened to 65 miles per hour. "I've been telling people.to have hope".

But boil water advisories are in effect in about eight locations impacted by Hurricane Michael.

Boston-based Karen Clark & Company, an insurance company that produces models for catastrophes is estimating Hurricane Michael caused about $8billion in insured losses.

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