Florida: Too Soon for Homeowners to Return to Disaster Zone

Florida: Too Soon for Homeowners to Return to Disaster Zone

"The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no Category 4 hurricane ever hitting the Florida panhandle".

The center of Michael will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico through Tuesday night, NHC said. Though most homes were still standing, no property was left undamaged.

In north Florida, Michael battered the shoreline with sideways rain, powerful gusts and crashing waves, swamping streets and docks, flattening trees, stripped away leaves, shredding awnings and peeling away shingles.

Michael's strength may reflect the effect of climate change on storms.

Aerial footage shows coastal cities in Florida completely wiped out.

"Oh my God, what are we seeing?" said evacuee Rachel Franklin, her mouth hanging open.

Storm warnings have been issued across most of the Gulf Coast, from Tampa to much of the Panhandle.

7 A.M. Hurricane Michael has entered the Gulf of Mexico and is picking up steam as it tracks towards the Florida Panhandle at 12 miles per hour, according to the 7 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center.

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Michael", Deal said.

President Donald Trump, who was in Orlando delivering an address on Monday to a global association of police chiefs, said the federal government was ready and urged residents to be prepared for the worst. It also was about 200 miles (325 kilometres) south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida.

Michael has 110 miles per hour sustained winds.

"It is a monstrous storm and the forecast (keeps) getting more risky", Florida Governor Rick Scott said. Bill Nelson, said a "wall of water" could cause destruction along the Panhandle.

Hurricane Michael takes aim at 300-mile Gulf Coast target

"It's OK if you want to live on the coast or on top of a mountain that sees wildfires or whatever but you have to build to a higher standard", he said. County officials say they're not releasing names or other details yet while families are notified.

"I'm very concerned about our citizens that didn't evacuate and I just hope that, you know, we don't have much loss of life", Scott told ABC.

"Things, we can replace", he said, speaking on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront". "We got everything tied down".

"We've been through this before", she said. "But in my experience, it's always blown way out of proportion".

"When the water came in houses started floating", said the man identified as Scott. That included Pensacola Beach but not in Pensacola itself, a city of about 54,000.

Past year saw a string of catastrophic storms batter the western Atlantic - including Irma, Maria and Hurricane Harvey - causing a record-equaling $125 billion in damage when it flooded the Houston metropolitan area.

About 20 miles (32 kilometres) in from the coast, in Tallahassee, the state capital, people rushed to fill their gas tanks and grab supplies.

The rapid-moving rainfall from Michael triggered flash floods in parts of Virginia and the Carolinas, including areas threatened by swollen rivers during Hurricane Florence.

So far, Coast Guard crews in Florida have rescued 40 people and assisted 232.

In South Carolina, emergency management officials were continuing to monitor to the storm in anticipation of "heavy rain, gusty winds, possible tornadoes" and other hazards.

In addition to Democrat Nelson and Republican Rubio the letter was signed by Republican U.S. Reps.

Yesterday, a spokesperson for the state's emergency services branch of the Department of Public Services said local and state disaster responders have regrouped from Hurricane Florence and are prepared to deal with Michael. Roofs were peeled away and sent airborne.

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Ireland will bear the brunt of the storm, but gusts of 80mph are expected in parts of Scotland, with up to 10cm of rain falling. The main impacts for the United Kingdom will be from heavy rain across some western areas on Friday and Saturday.

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