Panama City weathers brunt of Hurricane Michael's destructive force

Via:  perrie-halpern  •  4 days ago  •  13 comments

 Panama City weathers brunt of Hurricane Michael's destructive force
"I've been here all my life and I've never seen the water hit the end of the pier the way that it's doing," the mayor of Panama City Beach said.

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As Hurricane Michael menaced the Florida Panhandle with howling winds and dangerous surf, residents riding out the storm in the popular resort town of Panama City Beach witnessed just how much damage it could deliver.

Videos on social media showed 155-mph winds ripping tarps off roofs and new housing on the beach collapsing into the encroaching waves.

"The resort next to us is completely demolished," said Lisa Dawn Parker, 51, who has lived in Panama City Beach for almost three years and who was riding out the storm along with her boyfriend in a friend’s apartment right by the beach.

"The windows are blown out. The whole front of it's gone," she said in a phone interview with NBC News Wednesday after the storm hit.

"We didn't think it was going to be worse than [hurricane] Ivan," she said. "We don't know why we stayed."

She said there was "lots and lots of wind and debris," and that "the rest of the beach is getting tattered with waves. The water looks like it's gone up to the dunes from here."

The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 155 mph when it made landfall Wednesday morning, making it a Category 4 — but the winds slowed slightly as it churned over land. Three major utilities in Florida reported outages affecting hundreds of thousands of customers.

"I've been here all my life and I've never seen the water hit the end of the pier the way that it's doing," Panama City Beach Mayor Mike Thomas told MSNBC before the storm made landfall Wednesday afternoon near Mexico Beach, a sparsely populated town about 28 miles to the southeast.

He said he was disheartened that a number of the town's 12,000 residents failed to evacuate ahead in time, instead choosing to shelter in place. Even if they wanted to, all of the bridges in the county were deemed unsafe and closed earlier Wednesday afternoon.

"If you're going to live in a beautiful place, there's always some kind of problem with it, and this is truly beautiful, even now ... it's just a shame [the hurricane is] so destructive," Thomas said.

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Perrie Halpern R.A.
1  seeder  Perrie Halpern R.A.    4 days ago

Here is an interesting piece of information I researched. Michael was the third worse hurricane in the history of taking down this information.

Most intense landfalling tropical cyclones in the United StatesIntensity is measured solely by central pressure
(lower mbar is higher intensity)
Rank System Season Landfall pressure
1 "Labor Day" 1935 892 mbar (hPa)
2 Camille 1969 900 mbar (hPa)
3 Michael 2018 919 mbar (hPa)
4 Katrina 2005 920 mbar (hPa)
Maria 2017
6 Andrew 1992 922 mbar (hPa)
7 "Indianola" 1886 925 mbar (hPa)
8 "Guam" 1900 926 mbar (hPa)
9 "Florida Keys" 1919 927 mbar (hPa)
10 "Okeechobee" 1928 929 mbar (hPa)
Source: HURDAT,[2] Hurricane Research Division[3]

 

 
 
Nowhere Man
1.1  Nowhere Man  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1    4 days ago

Was watching the track on the news, it went about twice as far inland at hurricane force than most normal hurricanes do... a very very powerful storm...

 
 
Ender
1.1.1  Ender  replied to  Nowhere Man @1.1    4 days ago

That is scary. It kept up its force farther inland than they usually do.

 
 
Ender
2  Ender    4 days ago

I have been through this kind of destruction first hand. It takes a long time to recover.

 
 
AJP
3  AJP    3 days ago

Interesting statistics.

But I kept thinking today - wasn't Katrina much worse? Much, much worse?!

I see now - Katrina was "better" by 1 millibar! 

Almost 3,000 people died because of Katrina. So far, only 6 died because of Michael. So, does that 1 millibar really matter?!

No, it doesn't. Almost 3,000 Americans died in Katrina. So, it's kind of hard to cry for Michael's victims who only lost property

 
 
MUVA
3.1  MUVA  replied to  AJP @3    3 days ago

If only the mayor and Governor would have done their jobs a lot of those deaths could have been avoided.

 
 
AJP
3.1.1  AJP  replied to  MUVA @3.1    3 days ago
If only the mayor and Governor would have done their jobs

I presume you are talking about the mayor of NOLA and the LA Gov?

I have not heard that one yet! Do please, tell me, how the LA gov and the NOLA mayor could've overcome a Cat 5 Hurricane and the Levies built by the American Corps of Engineers!

 
 
arkpdx
3.1.2  arkpdx  replied to  AJP @3.1.1    3 days ago

If you are talking about Katrina , it was only cat 3 hurricane  

 
 
AJP
3.1.3  AJP  replied to  arkpdx @3.1.2    3 days ago
it was only cat 3 hurricane  

Cat 3? Fux News told you that or something?

This is what Wikipedia says, and this is what I bloody remember from then:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina

"Hurricane Katrina was an extremely destructive and deadly Category 5 hurricane that struck the Gulf Coast of the United States in August 2005"

You see, my fam and I were just there in Gulfport, Mississippi and NOLA, about 2 weeks before Katrina struck. We were on our way to Miami and then to the Caribbean on a leisurely, 2 month vacation.

As we left Gulfport and NOLA, and ended up in the French Antilles in the Caribbean, watching Katrina DROWN thousands of people - we prayed to all sorts of Gods because we escaped with our lives just 2 weeks prior.

So, yes, do tell me. 
"It was ONLY cat 3 hurricane"? The one that STILL took 3,000 lives? and the mayor and the gov were complicit?

Tell me, punk

 
 
Nowhere Man
3.1.4  Nowhere Man  replied to  AJP @3.1.3    3 days ago

only three Cat 5 hurricanes have hit the US mainland that are known. (and Katrina wasn't one of them)

The Labor Day storm of 1935,

Hurricane Camille of 1969, and

Hurricane Andrew of 1992.

Michael pretty much followed the path of the un-named 1935 Labor Day Storm.

Check it out...

From USA Today, the only known Cat five storms to make landfall in the US.

What caused Katrina's damage? poor preparedness and lack of governmental control. It was bad and tragic no doubt. a lot of deaths cause a lot of people either refused to leave or were unable to leave. The cities location made getting rescuers in very difficult, and the designs of the safeguards for the city were woefully inadequate for a direct or even a sideswiping hit. and were poorly maintained some of the levees were over 100 years old.....

The disaster of Katrina was just as much man's failures as it was a coalescing of natures fury.... Everything that could go wrong, went wrong....

From Nature, the Government- local state and federal, to the people themselves....

 
 
arkpdx
4  arkpdx    3 days ago

Katrina killed 1833. 

Tell me, punk

Ooowww!  Pretty tough talk over the inter net .Do I get scared now or wait a bit? 

 
 
lennylynx
4.1  lennylynx  replied to  arkpdx @4    3 days ago

Well, what you would do if you had any integrity, is admit your mistake.  Katrina was cat 5, period.  I never realized there was a right wing lie out there that Katrina was cat 3; it's impossible to keep track of all of them though...

 
 
Ender
4.1.1  Ender  replied to  lennylynx @4.1    3 days ago

Actually Katrina was supposedly downgraded before it hit land. Little comfort for those of us in the path.

There are a lot of misconceptions about that hurricane, including where it hit.

New Orleans did not even get the brunt of it. The levees just could not hold the water back.

We had a 30 ft storm surge. Houses that stood for hundreds of years were wiped out.

 
 
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