Hurricane Michael Shutters 700000 Bpd Of Oil Production

Jo Lloyd
October 14, 2018

Hurricane Michael smashed into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday.

Michael charged ashore near the small Florida Panhandle town of Mexico Beach as one of the most powerful storms in US history, with winds of up to 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour).

Rick Reichmuth, Fox News' chief meteorologist, said Michael was the fourth-most powerful storm to make landfall in the us when measuring by wind, which topped out at 155 miles per hour, and the third-most powerful in terms of pressure, at 919 mb.

Violent winds thrashed communities like Panama City and Marianna Florida, while surges of ocean water - pushed into the shore by winds - submerged coastal homes in Mexico Beach, Florida.

"Blue skies, right in the eye", marveled Melendez.

POWER RESTORATION. Utility workers fix power lines in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida, on October 12, 2018.

Michael crashed ashore on Wednesday afternoon, carrying winds of up to 250km/h (155mph) and causing deep seawater flooding.

The scenes were familiar across communities in Florida and Georgia: uprooted trees cracked like toothpicks, buildings with roofs peeled off, homes flattened into an unrecognizable landscape. "You want to check on things, and begin the recovery process", Mr Scott said, but "we have to make sure things are safe".

Bay County officials previously said 56 people had chosen to stay in their homes in Mexico Beach and that search and rescue teams were trying to account for those people.

Her brother, she said, lost a condo along the beach, and the other nearby units were also destroyed.

Her home was reduced to crumbled blocks and pieces of floor tile.

320,000 people did not evacuate the path of Hurricane Michael as it approached the Florida coast, where it went on to devastate the coast and kill at least two people and leave 280 missing.

"It's not stuff that you just put back together over night, and it's unrealistic for people to think it's going to happen in the next day or two", he explained.

Over 900,000 homes and businesses in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas were without power.

NOTHING LEFT. Kevin Guaranta carries an American flag he found as he walks on the foundations of what were homes that were demolished after Hurricane Michael passed through Mexico Beach, Florida, on October 12, 2018.

A small "ride-out" team that hunkered down as the hurricane's eyewall passed directly overhead ventured out to find almost every building severely damaged, many a complete loss.

In Panama City, most homes were still standing, but no property was left undamaged.

During a stop Thursday at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, who lives in Panama City, lamented the damage caused to health-care facilities in the area.

More than 375,000 people along the Gulf Coast were given mandatory evacuation orders, but many people defied the calls.

One man died when a tree fell into his home on the Florida Panhandle, and an 11-year-old girl was killed after a tree fell onto her home in Georgia.

Some 500,000 Florida residents had been ordered or urged to seek higher ground before the storm in 20 counties spanning a 320km stretch of shoreline, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) said.

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