After making landfall Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida panhandle, leaving a scarred path of broken buildings, uprooted trees, and splintered homes in its wake.
Brooks says responding crews reached the home after nightfall due to clear downed power lines, poles and trees.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the core of Michael will move across central and eastern Georgia Thursday morning, and then over southern and central SC later in the day.
According to Climate Central, a scientific research organization, the coming decades are expected to bring hurricanes that intensify more rapidly, should there be no change in the rate of greenhouse gas emissions. Maximum sustained winds up to 125 miles per hour posed concerns over downed trees in densely wooded areas inland such as Tallahassee. A risky storm surge continued along the coastal Florida panhandle; a National Ocean Service station in Apalachicola was reporting 5 feet of water above the ground level. "We've begun search and rescue efforts. I'm praying to God people will be safe". Gusts of 30 miles per hour could reach Charlotte by about 2 p.m., and gusts above 39 miles per hour - tropical storm strength - are possible, the weather service said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be closed Thursday and UNC Charlotte has canceled morning classes until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, in anticipation of potentially unsafe driving conditions.
- The human cost: Trees crashing through homes killed a man in Gadsen County, Florida, and an 11-year-old girl in Seminole County, Georgia.
After transforming from a major to a mighty storm in a matter of hours, a ferocious Hurricane Michael roared ashore east of Panama City Wednesday with pounding 155 mph winds.
The Gulf of Mexico gave Michael exactly what it needed to bulk up into a monster: The water was 4 to 5 degrees F (2.2 to 2.8 degrees C) warmer than normal, and high-atmosphere winds that can disrupt a hurricane were quiet. Once that happens, wind speeds increase. A pine tree punched a hole in their roof and his ears even popped when the barometric pressure went lower. Only Hurricane Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1969 and the so-called Labor Day hurricane of 1935 in the Florida Keys were more intense.
"Michael should weaken as it crosses the southeastern United States through Thursday", the NHC said.
While there may be no civil implications for staying, Gov. Rick Scott reiterated the dangers of remaining in a hurricane evacuation zone. Bill Nelson, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democrat running against Republican Ron DeSantis. Some parts of the Carolinas and southern Virginia, recently deluged by Hurricane Florence, could see up to 6 inches, the hurricane center said.
A view from the International Space Station of Hurricane Michael as it churns strikes the Panhandle of Northwest Florida on October 10, 2018, in Earth Orbit.