Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
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Hurricane Apocalypse in Florida: Lives Lost, Homes Gone, American Catastrophy

Hurricane Apocalypse in Florida: Lives Lost, Homes Gone, American Catastrophy

Florida Senator Bill Nelson went to Panama City, up the coast from Mexico Beach, and was stunned by what he saw.

On Friday, Cooper said the storm "left behind a long track of damage".

The official said that after Hurricane Irma in September 2017, a field hospital was required in the Florida Keys for a year, and similar situations may be required with Michael.

President Donald Trump pledged to help storm victims. Whether any of them got out at some point was unclear.

Numerous houses in Mexico Beach were reduced to naked concrete foundations or piles of rubble. The current death toll from the storm is 11, although emergency responders say that number could still rise.

Fast-moving Michael, a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale when it came ashore, was about 25 kilometres northeast of Norfolk, Va, at 10 p.m. ET, with top sustained winds of 80 km/h as it headed for the Atlantic coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Mr. Baine said Dominion expected to restore power to the "vast majority" of its customers by late Monday.

Blocks and blocks of homes were demolished, reduced to piles of splintered lumber or mere concrete slabs, by the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental almost 50 years.

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. "When the water came in, houses started floating in front of our home".

"There's nothing left here anymore", he said of the town.

Shell-shocked survivors who barely escaped with their lives told of terrifying winds, surging floodwaters and homes cracking like eggs. "If the house and the cars are destroyed they can be replaced, but my niece needs her dad - and as much as I sometimes can't stand him, I would do anything to just know he's OK".

CNN affiliate WLOS said there were 18 water rescues in Henderson County, North Carolina, on Thursday, including one woman who thought she could drive her SUV through rising water.

University administrators completed a preliminary assessment of the campus on Thursday and found roof and water damage, as well as broken windows.

"Once that sheer weakened, the rest of the conditions were already present", said Corene J. Matyas, a hurricane expert and associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Florida.

Damaged and destroyed buildings are seen in an aerial photograph, taken during a post-Hurricane Michael flight by a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter over Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018.

Mishelle McPherson's elderly neighbour was among those who stayed behind. "Yes, it is all about helping others".

The storm, still packing hurricane-force winds, then tore through Georgia before tracking through the Carolinas and Virginia on its way out to sea.

A senior official of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the number of casualties could rise further.

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