Death toll from Hurricane Michael rises to 6

Death toll from Hurricane Michael rises to 6

Death toll from Hurricane Michael rises to 6

Hurricane Michael's powerful winds and devastating storm surge wreaked havoc in Panama City Beach, Florida. Rescuers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency used dogs, drones and Global Positioning System in the search. It moved so fast that people didn't have much time to prepare, and emergency authorities lamented that many ignored the warnings and seemed to think they could ride it out. "We still haven't gotten into some of the hardest-hit areas".

At least two people were killed as Hurricane Michael, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S., slammed into the state of Florida, unleashing a trail of destruction by flooding beach towns, peeling off roofs and snapping trees before advancing to the Carolinas. It pushed a wall of seawater inland and caused widespread flooding.

Roads were filled with piles of floating debris.

After slamming Florida and lashing Georgia, Michael is now threatening the storm-weary Carolinas.

- A 38-year-old man was killed while he was driving and a tree fell on his auto in Statesville, North Carolina.

The scenes were familiar across communities in Florida and Georgia: uprooted trees cracked like toothpicks, buildings with roofs peeled off, homes flattened into an unrecognizable landscape.

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.

Property insurers that A.M. Best rates have also minimised their exposures in the area hurricane Michael affected, but the agency adds, "The question of how the state's relatively new, Florida-specific insurers might withstand the impact of substantial insurable losses caused by Hurricane Michael remains". "If we're going to rebuild, do it right".

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Michael, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, battered the Florida Gulf Coast before moving on to Georgia and the Carolinas.

It was a category two hurricane by Tuesday, and a borderline category five on Wednesday morning, packing 155mph winds. By early Thursday, National Hurricane Center forecasters said waters along the Gulf Coast had finally begun to recede.

The hospital was running on generators after the storm knocked out power, ripped off part of its roof and smashed windows, according to a spokesman for the hospital's owner, HCA Healthcare Inc (HCA.N).

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The extent of the damage was becoming clear as reporters and photographers toured affected areas and USA television networks flew helicopters along the coast. The Coast Guard reported rescuing 129 people.

Historic storm:Michael is the third most intense hurricane to hit the continental United States since 1851 based on its low central pressure, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said.

Even before landfall, the hurricane disrupted energy operations in the Gulf, cutting crude oil production by more than 40 percent and natural gas output by almost one-third as offshore platforms were evacuated before the storm hit. The base was evacuated in advance of the Category 4 storm that struck the Gulf Coast on Wednesday afternoon with 155 miles per hour winds and a strong storm surge.

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