#HurricaneMichael: Strongest Storm In The US Since 1969 Wrecks Widespread Destruction Along The Florida Coast
October 11, 2018 12:54 By Fabiosa
Weeks after Hurricane Florence tore through cities in the US, Hurricane Michael has caused major havoc in the cities around the Southwest and even outside of America.
It's the strongest since 1969
Michael hit regions in Florida on Wednesday where 20 million people had been placed on flood and tornado alerts. It is reportedly the strongest storm to hit the US since 1969 and the overall third largest Hurricane in America's recorded history.
Davidson Middle School in #Crestview has opened its doors as a shelter. Thank you to our SROs and others who worked last night to get it prepared and will also help oversee the #shelter. #HurricaneMichael pic.twitter.com/ohuHmQYXxD— OkaloosaSheriff (@OCSOALERTS) October 9, 2018
Experts say reached an unprecedented wind speed of 155mph named it a category 4 storm. Relief centers were opening their doors to residents as early as Monday.
Casualties recorded so far
So far, 14 casualties have been reported and from eyewitness accounts online, the damage was even more disastrous.
Hurricane Michael is expected to become a category 4 hurricane before landfall on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday.— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) October 10, 2018
There has never been a landfalling category 4 hurricane on the panhandle since records began in 1851.
This is extremely dangerous and life-threatening. pic.twitter.com/dTxSZ1JgHR
Metereologist, Brad Nitz shared a disturbing aerial shot of the region under threat and adviced that it was dangerous and life-threatening.
Before and after from Mexico Beach, FL. Notice structure in blue totally gone in after image. Put together through videos on this FB page. #HurricaneMichael #Michael https://t.co/2NfG2A0Iwu pic.twitter.com/viKcHsUsIJ— Chris Dolce (@chrisdolcewx) October 10, 2018
Structures destroyed and streets turned into rivers in Mexico Beach, FL, where #HurricaneMichael made landfall as an extremely powerful Category 4 storm earlier Wednesday. https://t.co/uVVEkXmHid pic.twitter.com/NdrJ6MmFxw— ABC News (@ABC) October 10, 2018
But by Wednesday, ABC reports that people along the Florida coast who did not heed warnings to evacuate were already trapped.
Hurricane Michael has so far affected countries outside of the US including Honduras, Cuba and El Salvador, and it is currently approaching the state of Georgia. We hope this is the last we hear of major Hurricanes this year.