Currents News Staff
In the Florida panhandle residents are sorting through the aftermath of the strongest storm to hit the continental u-s in more than 25 years. “This hurricane was an absolute monster,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Hurricane Michael slammed into Mexico Beach, Florida, Wednesday afternoon with 155 mile per hour winds. This morning offered a first look at the storm’s power and its destruction.
“This was never in our imagination. This here was such a tremendous thing that I never imagined this was what was going to happen to our home here,” said one resident.
Along with Mexico Beach, Apalachicola also seeing some of the storm’s worst.
FEMA Administrator Brock Long said rescues are a priority today. “Right now, the focus is on life safety and making sure that we are helping people who may be trapped.”
Hundreds of thousands of customers in Florida, Alabama, And Georgia, and North and South Carolina are without power.
Michael is moving through the Carolinas, bringing tropical storm force winds and heavy rain to some areas that took the brunt of Florence, just weeks ago. “This storm will not go down without a fight. And it’s still a threat. And it should be taken seriously,” said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.
President Trump issued a disaster declaration for Florida, and the administration has pledged its support during the response and long recovery.