Hurricane Michael, At least 5 dead, Over 900,000 Homes, Businesses Without Power

Hurricane Michael, a historic Category 4 storm, struck the Florida Panhandle early Wednesday afternoon, unleashing heavy rain, high winds and a devastating storm surge.hurricane-michael-16-rt-er-181010_hpMain_4x3_992
155 mph: Wind speed — nearly the highest possible for a Category 4 hurricane,  with which Michael made landfall near Mexico  Beach and Panama City. A hurricane with 157 mph or higher is a Category 5, the strongest on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.

129 mph: Peak wind gust reported Wednesday at Tyndall Air Force Base, which is about 12 miles southeast of Panama City, Florida.


5: Number of storm-related deaths attributed to Michael thus far, including an 11-year-old girl who local officials say was killed when part of a metal carport crashed into her family’s mobile home in Lake Seminole, Georgia.


14 feet: Maximum height forecast for the storm surge when Michael’s strong winds pushed the ocean water onto land. A storm surge just over 9 feet was reported Wednesday in Apalachicola, Florida.


12 inches: Isolated maximum amount of rain that Michael was expected to dump across the Florida Panhandle and the state’s Big Bend region, as well as in southeast Alabama and parts of southwest and central Georgia.


9 inches: Maximum amount of rain that Michael could bring to isolated areas from Virginia to North Carolina.


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP; Reuters
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