The heartbreaking reality of the Eastern hurricane called Michael is officially on display.
Hurricane Michael was just one mph when it destroyed the Florida Panhandle. In the days leading up to it’s impact, many believed that the storm’s strength would decrease. Hundreds of thousands were asked to evacuate their towns but in hopes of the storm’s severity dying down, they stayed.
On the night of October 10th, 2018, the Florida Panhandle received a devastating hit from Hurricane Michael. According to The Washington Post, the storm sustained 155 mph winds and a central pressure of 919 millibars- enough to wipe out entire towns. The storm’s wind speed and pressure landed it in the Top 3 most-powerful hurricanes to hit the United States, just behind Hurricane Andrew and “Labor Day.”
Millions were stunned at the storm’s increasing intensity; on Sunday, it was categorized as a “Tropical Depression,” but by Wednesday night, it was nearly a Category 5 storm.
Residents slept through the night, praying that the storm would settle. But only a few short hours later, they woke to utter horror.
Entire towns were completely destroyed by the storm’s force. So much has been lost in terms of land, belongs, and even life. So far, there have been two reported deaths from the storm. Thankfully, most residents evacuated, leaving the storm’s potential for death low.
St. George Island merged with the Gulf of Mexico and completely destroy homes and land. One victim, Mandi Jackson, shared video footage of what was once her front yard. The footage is absolutely shocking.
Tallahassee mayor, Andrew Gillum, was completely stunned by the what he saw once the sun rose. The damage was completely catastrophic across so much of the state and his heart broke for what residents lost. He shared, "I fear based of the images we're seeing, the damage is just so severe that this is going to be a long recovery process…”
Please pray for the residents that have lost so much already. Several other towns in other states have also been affected by Hurricane Michael. Please pray for peace, strength, and provision for those who lost something in this storm.