Hurricane Michael tears Florida towns apart, six dead

Hurricane Michael tears Florida towns apart, six dead

Hurricane Michael tears Florida towns apart, six dead

The order is created to mobilize resources, help Virginia mitigate any damage, and to streamline the process that the Commonwealth uses to provide assistance to other states through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

11-year-old Sarah Radney, identified by a coroner Thursday, was killed when a portable carport fell on her home in Seminole County, which is in the extreme southwest corner of Georgia.

In Panama City, buildings were crushed, tall pine trees were sent flying and a steeple was knocked off a church.

Almost 950,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas and Georgia on yesterday.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott told the Weather Channel the damage from Panama City down to Mexico Beach was "way worse than anybody ever anticipated".

"The kids live nearby". "I am declaring a state of emergency in order to provide state assets to Virginians and to assist our neighbors in states who are dealing with the devastating effects of this historic storm".

By 8 p.m. (0000 GMT) on Thursday, the storm was located about 5 miles (10 km) northwest of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles-per-hour (85 kph). It left at least 7 dead and tore apart coastal towns.

Strong winds brought down trees and electricity lines leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power.

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Brad Rippey, a meteorologist for the U.S. Agriculture Department, said Michael had severely damaged cotton, timber, pecan and peanuts, causing estimated liabilities as high as $1.9 billion and affecting up to 3.7 million crop acres (1.5 million hectares).

Dominion Energy also confirmed that 120 schools had lost power, many local.

Hurricane Michael is the strongest storm to make landfall in the continental United States in nearly half a century, and the strongest hurricane ever to hit in October.

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