Michael kills at least 6, devastates Florida with catastrophic damage

Michael by the numbers

Hurricane history: First Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Florida’s Panhandle since record-keeping began in 1851.

Top winds: 155 mph at landfall, strong enough to completely destroy homes and cause weekslong power outages.

Powerful pressure: 919 millibars minimum pressure in the eye, the third most intense hurricane landfall in the U.S. in recorded history.

High water: Estimated peak storm surge of 9 feet and 14 feet from Mexico Beach east through Apalachee Bay, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Storm riders: Roughly 375,000 people in Florida were warned to evacuate; many refused, including 285 people in Mexico Beach where Michael made landfall.

Rescued: 47 helped out of hard-hit areas along Florida’s coastline, and 20 people in flooded neighborhoods in North Carolina.

Staying safe: Nearly 6,700 people took refuge in 54 shelters in Florida.

Power outages: Roughly 1 million customers in Georgia, Florida, Alabama and South Carolina without power.

Food and water: 2 million ready-to-eat meals, 1 million gallons of water and 40,000 10-pound bags of ice ready for distribution in Florida.

The human cost: At least six people have been confirmed dead. Falling trees killed a man in Gadsden County, Florida, and a man in Iredell County, North Carolina. An 11-year-old girl in Seminole County, Georgia, was killed when a carport blew through the roof of her home.

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