Some of the most severe damage from storm surge occurred in Mexico Beach, where countless homes were swept off their foundations. The storm surge was estimated to be 9 to 14 feet high in Mexico Beach, according to the National Hurricane Center Storm Surge Unit.
Below is a before-and-after comparison showing a few of the spots that have suffered catastrophic damage.
(Reuters) – Tropical Storm Michael is bringing damaging winds and life-threatening flash flooding over portions of North Carolina and Virginia before heading off into the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.
The center of Michael will bring gale- to storm-force winds over portions of southeastern Virginia, extreme northeastern North Carolina, and the Delmarva Peninsula late on Thursday night and on Friday morning when it becomes post-tropical off the Mid-Atlantic coast, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.
Michael, the third most powerful hurricane ever to hit the U.S. mainland, smashed into Floridas northwest coast near the small town of Mexico Beach on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane with 155-mile-per-hour (250-kilometer-per-hour) winds. It left at least 7 dead and tore apart coastal towns.
10 a.m. update: Tornado watch issued as Michael threatens NC
By 8 p.m. (0000 GMT) on Thursday, the storm was located about 5 miles (10 km) northwest of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles-per-hour (85 kph).
In Panama City, most homes were still standing, but no property was left undamaged. Downed power lines and twisted street signs lay all around. Roofs had been peeled off. Aluminum siding was shredded, and homes were split by fallen trees. Hundreds of cars had broken windows. Pine trees were stripped and snapped off about 20 feet high.
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