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Michael destroys Florida Panhandle; speeds through the CarolinasSubmitted: 10/11/2018
Michael destroys Florida Panhandle; speeds through the Carolinas
Story By Associated Press

Photos By Ryan Hennessy / WTVY

PANAMA CITY, FL - The Florida resort city of Panama City Beach appears to have escaped the worst of Hurricane Michael.

While houses along the city's beachfront had broken windows and missing shingles, the destruction was nowhere near that sustained by Mexico Beach or even Panama City, just 10 miles to the east.

Panama City Beach's streets were remarkably free of sand and falling trees, the kind of debris making rescue and recovery efforts so difficult in other areas hit by the storm.


Michael roared ashore Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane near Mexico Beach, rendering the town nearly unrecognizable.

Panama City Beach was mostly empty Thursday because residents and tourists alike heeded the evacuation order. The city had no electricity at 1 p.m. Thursday but few power lines were down.

Forecasters say Tropical Storm Michael was speeding over the Carolinas on its way to the Atlantic Ocean.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm moved northeast at 23 mph (37 kph) with top sustained winds dropping to 50 mph (85 kph).

Forecasters say Michael's heavy rains are causing flash flooding across parts of North Carolina and southern Virginia. Up to 7 inches (18 centimeters) of rain could fall in some parts of the the two states.

At 2 p.m. EDT, the storm was centered about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Greensboro, North Carolina. It was expected to emerge over the ocean Thursday night.


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