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US Hurricane dangers will linger long after Michael's trail of devastation, experts say

15:07  11 october  2018
15:07  11 october  2018 Source:   msn.com

Storm Michael expected to hit Florida as a hurricane midweek

  Storm Michael expected to hit Florida as a hurricane midweek Tropical Storm Michael is on track to hit the Florida Panhandle midweek as a Category 2 hurricane packing 100 miles per hour (160 kmh) or stronger winds, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said early Monday in an advisory.The tropical storm is expected to swell into a Category 1 hurricane as soon as Monday night or early Tuesday as it rolls into the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, with winds of 70 mph, as of 5 a.m. eastern time, forecasters said, just shy of being named a hurricane.

Deadly Hurricane Michael devastates Florida Panhandle before moving inland. See Michael ' s devastation in Mexico Beach 00:51. The devastation reminded her of what she witnessed in 1992 when There's evidence of higher sea surface temperature and atmospheric moisture, experts say .

Hurricane Michael is gaining strength as it races toward the Florida Panhandle, threatening to bring ferocious rains, powerful winds and a destructive storm surge. Rick Scott of Florida warned residents about the dangers of the approaching hurricane , with the potential to make landfall as a Category 4

LAKE CITY, Fla. — Hurricane Michael leaves behind a treacherous, dangerous landscape that will likely pose risks to human health for weeks to come, experts say.

While the storm’s winds and rain have passed, flooding remains widespread across the Florida Panhandle, along with thousands of downed trees, severed power and gas lines, and road-blocking debris. And those are just the visible dangers: The water itself can carry bacteria and viruses that pose a major health hazard.

Florida Dems call on state officials to extend voter registration deadline ahead of hurricane

  Florida Dems call on state officials to extend voter registration deadline ahead of hurricane Florida Democrats are calling for state officials to extend the voter registration deadline as Hurricane Michael approaches. Florida Democratic Party Chairman Terrie Rizzo sent a formal letter to Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Monday requesting that they push back the deadline as Floridians prepare for the storm.

See Michael ' s devastation in Mexico Beach. See Hurricane Michael from space. (CNN) Michael has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it continues slamming Georgia with heavy rain Mexico Beach resident Patricia Mulligan said the concrete building she lives in shook and vibrated as the

Hurricane -force winds are capable of significant and costly damage. “Damage from wind-blown debris is the most preventable problem,” Bleakley said . The long -range track of Sergio may be such that the hurricane boomerangs back toward the upper west coast of Mexico and delivers more

Authorities are pleading with residents to shelter in place, keeping the roads clear for emergency vehicles and reducing the risk of additional casualties. At least one man has died in the storm, after a falling tree crashed into his house in Greensboro, Florida.

Leaving home now raises the risks of injury, experts said. Many roads remain closed and impassible, most stores are closed and power is out for an estimated 500,000 people across three states, authorities said.

Among the medical dangers are cholera, Hepatitis A and vibriosis, said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency room physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Glatter said storm victims need to stay focused on staying healthy while they await recovery efforts. That may mean not rushing outside as soon as the skies clear.

Royal Caribbean ship gets whipped by Hurricane Michael winds near Cuba

  Royal Caribbean ship gets whipped by Hurricane Michael winds near Cuba A passenger aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise recorded video of the ship being whipped by Hurricane Michael's outer bands in the Gulf of Mexico. The passenger who goesThe passenger who goes by Snapper Tams on Twitter shared the video Tuesday aboard the cruise line's Empress of the Seas when it was near la Isla de Juventud, Cuba.

Hurricane Maria leaves trail of devastation . (CNN) Days after Hurricane Maria pounded the island of Puerto Rico, killing at least 10 people, authorities are starting to see firsthand the scope of devastation "This is going to be a long road." A dam is in danger of collapsing, adding to the crisis.

Six days after Hurricane Harvey roared ashore in southeastern Texas, officials and residents have begun to assess the storm' s trail of destruction in Houston as the flood waters slowly started to recede. First responders, as well as urban search and rescue teams, launched a block-by-block, door-to-door

“Don't panic— try to take things one step at a time when you feel overwhelmed,” he said.

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Flooding from hurricanes often brings increased risk of gastrointestinal disease as people accidentally ingest contaminated water, a potentially disgusting mix of saltwater, rain, runoff and anything those waters have touched as they rushed through homes, sewer lines and buildings.

“One of the things we’re concerned about is standing water because we have no idea what’s in the water," said Holly Kirsch, program administrator for the Department of Health-Leon County. "There could be power lines, there could be debris, there could be glass, there could be animals such as snakes."

An army of contractors and government workers will swing into action Thursday morning to begin clearing roads and downed power lines, clearing any clogged drains and trying to restore power to as many people as possible. Experts say people who lost power must be careful to monitor whether any refrigerated foods have spoiled.

Workers who are restoring power will be wearing special voltage detectors to ensure they don’t get electrocuted, said Tammy Kent, owner of One Source Restoration, which has about 450 contractors working in the Florida Panhandle.

“Electricity can track through water from a downed power line that is still energized,” Kent said. “I recall a story a few years back where three members of a family were killed from a wire down on the fence at their home.”

Contributing: Ashley White, USA TODAY Network


Sewage spill from Hurricane Michael suspected in Florida fish kills.

A sewage spill from a Florida wastewater plant during Hurricane Michael into a river feeding environmentally fragile Apalachicola Bay is suspected of causing mass fish kills downstream, state officials said on Thursday.

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