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The aftermath of Hurricane Michael’s Florida impact

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Flag being held up by sacks of sand amongst the destruction that Hurricane Michael left. Source: https://www.tampabay.com/photos/2018/10/13/hurricane-michael-in-photos-surveying-michaels-path-of-destruction-poses-challenges/

Harley Fonseca
Reporter

Hurricane season is nothing new to people living in Corpus Christi. Hurricanes have become so common that citizens aren’t afraid to drive even when the rain gets hectic. As Corpus experienced closed beaches, a cold front and random heavy showers, residents of Florida were evacuating their homes, some not even realizing that they would be coming back to nothing.

Recently, the state of Florida was hit with one of the worst storms ever recorded in the state’s history, Hurricane Michael. In an interview with “Tallahassee Democrat,” Sheriff Morris Young of Gadsden County said that “We’re thinking it’s going to be two weeks to a month to restore all power.

“… We have a state of emergency. We’ve lost lives. We got folks who have been injured. We have folks who don’t have a place to live, food to eat, water to drink.”

According to CNN, at least 36 deaths have been confirmed after property sweeps within communities. As residents in Florida were evacuating, it reminds some of us in Corpus Christi when Hurricane Harvey was on its way towards the city, but Harvey was nothing compared to the damage Michael left behind in Florida.

For example, Hurricane Michael is the strongest hurricane to ever hit Florida. As a category 4 storm, Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle on Oct. 10 with winds reaching up to 155 mph.

“Unfortunately, this was a hurricane of the worst kind,” said Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in an interview with CNN. “… Those kinds of winds were above typical building codes.”

Everything was considered a safety risk, even the trees, which were being pulled up from the roots and thrown from the furious winds. Locations such as 14 of Florida’s national parks and numerous neighborhoods were completely destroyed in Michael’s path.

Some Floridians were lucky enough to avoid evacuating, like Derrick Giddey, a resident of St. Petersburg who once had to evacuate for Hurricane Irma in September of 2017.

“I was very worried,” Giddey said. “My town is a majority by the water. You can never tell what you’re coming back to if you have to evacuate. It’s definitely weird seeing your town boarded up and vacant like a ghost town.”

 

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