Disaster Discourse: The Hagerty Blog

Storm Aftermath Leaves Florida Panhandle Devastated, Tropical Storm Michael Moves Eastward

Downgraded to a Tropical Storm, Michael has moved through Georgia overnight and continues to move on its northeast trajectory along the Carolinas . The National Hurricane Center (NHC) anticipates wind speeds to continue up to 40mph in some areas and heavy rainfall that could bring life-threatening flash flooding. Even as Michael’s strength weakens, the NHC cautioned “tropical storm force winds and threat of flooding and tornadoes continue over Georgia and the Carolinas today.” The NOAA’s National Ocean Services has also cautioned that it is measuring elevated water levels as a result of Michael along its tide stations from South Carolina to Virginia.

NOAA’s National Hurricane Center Wind Probabilities Graphic as of October 11

The Florida Panhandle was devastated yesterday by Hurricane Michael’s Category 4 landfall, the largest hurricane to ever hit the area. As first responders begin their initial rescue and response efforts, Governor Rick Scott of Florida continues to urge people to stay off of the roads.

President Trump has made a major disaster declaration for Florida in response to Hurricane Michael’s devastating impact (DR-4399) Some states in the path of Tropical Storm Michael are still recovering from devastation caused by Hurricane Florence last month, posing potentially major threats to vulnerable coastal communities in the Carolinas. Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for portions of the coast along North and South Carolina as the storm continues on its path northeast.

Hagerty will continue to monitor Michael’s movements and provide critical updates on Disaster Discourse. If you are in the path of the storm, please seek guidance from your state and local officials and be safe.

Below is a list of information resources to be prepared for hurricanes and hazardous weather:

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