Hurricane Michael Roars Through S.E. United States
Less than three weeks after Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael has dealt more damage to the Eastern United States, adding to the damage already caused by its predecessor.
Developing in the southwestern part of the Caribbean Sea, Michael formed on October 7. After just three days of rapid intensification, Michael transformed from a small area of low pressure to a Category 4 Hurricane, just 2 mph short of the threshold for Category 5, according to the BBC and the Weather Channel.
Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. Twelve hours after landfall, Michael was downgraded to a tropical storm as it made its way across southeastern part of the US towards the mid-atlantic.
According to the BBC, Michael was one of the most powerful hurricanes in US history, killing at least 11 people across North Carolina (1), Georgia (1), Florida (4), and Virginia (5).
Speaking to the New York Times, Tom Bailey, the former mayor of Mexico Beach, said, “these were all block and stucco houses — gone [...] the mother of all bombs doesn’t do any more damage than this.”
Karen Clark & Company, an insurance firm, estimated that the damage caused by Michael is around $8billion.
One weeping woman on CNN claimed that she couldn’t locate her street, let alone her home, while walking through the wreckage.
Reported by the New York Times, Roy Radney, Sarah Radney’s father, lived through nothing worse than “hell.” Staying at her grandparents’ home, Sarah was about an hour and a quarter away from her dad. During the storm, a portable carport behind their house punctured her mom’s rib and struck Sarah in the head. It is thought that Sarah was left gasping for air for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Mr. Radney described it as “I’m an hour and a quarter away, and my daughter’s dying, and I can’t do anything about it. I can’t think of anything that is more related to hell than that.”
Sarah Radney later died. She was 11.
Search crews across multiple states are still continuing their rescue efforts, and local governments are scrambling to open shelters and help their constituents.