US death toll expected to rise in storm's aftermath

US death toll expected to rise in storm's aftermath

Numerous injured in Florida were taken to hard-hit Panama City, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Mexico Beach.

We've reached out to Melendez, who appears to have driven out to the Florida Panhandle to chase the storm, and will update this story upon hearing back.

Four deaths occurred in Gadsden County, west of Tallahassee, according to Lieutenant Anglie Hightower, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

When the steep-walled eye of Hurricane Michael passed over Stefan Melendez Wednesday afternoon, he stepped into the temporarily tranquil Florida environment and saw blue skies above.

President Donald Trump pledged to help storm victims. When they finally made it, they took Sarah's grandmother to a hospital, where she was treated for a punctured lung, a broken rib and flesh wounds, Amber Radney said. In a beach town home about 1,200 people, entire blocks of homes have been reduced to nothing but concrete slabs in the sand or piles of splintered lumber.

It happened in Robbins on October 11 to resident Judy Silvernail on Old Plank Road after Tropical Storm Michael came through North Carolina.

"Hurricane Michael is forecasted to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades".

Power outages included more than 180,000 in the Greensboro area and 56,000 in the Charlotte metro area, reported Duke Energy.

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Fast-moving Michael, a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale when it came ashore, was about 20 miles (35 km) northwest of Raleigh, North Carolina, at 5 pm EDT (1900 GMT) and set to speed up as it headed for the Atlantic coast, the NHC said. Other houses were missing roofs or walls.

Dozens of structures in Mexico Beach - homes, shops and restaurants - were lifted off their foundations by storm surge and 155-mile per hour (250 kph) winds and moved hundreds of feet inland or smashed to bits. He tried to ride the storm out but his house started floating away. "We lost all our cars". Town Manager David Lambert said he was prepared for Michael, but wasn't expecting much destruction.

In the case of Michael, the storm appeared to be heading into a hurricane-snuffing environment of strong wind sheer, the differences in wind speed and direction that can disrupt a hurricane's rotating, cone-shaped structure. McPherson and her husband spend Thursday searching for her. "We had probably about half an inch of water on my floor and no way to stop it from coming in".

One woman said her family hid in a closet, "All we heard was a lot of wind".

Mishelle McPherson's elderly neighbour was among those who stayed behind.

Jordon Tood, 31, a charter boat captain in Port St. Joe, said: "There were mandatory evacuation orders, but only idiots like us stuck around". "Yes, it is all about helping others".

The hurricane was downgraded from a Category 4 to a tropical storm and is now moving up the Carolinas.

"I think you're going to see it climb", Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said of the death count at a news conference.

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