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Hurricane Michael was a major hurricane that hit the gulf coast of Florida on Wednesday October 10th, 2018. It caused serious damage to multiple areas with a death toll of 18, in which is still climbing.

It started out as a basic tropical storm, which quickly upgraded to a hurricane 1. As hours passed by, it upgraded to a 2, then finally a category 3. A few hours before the hurricane made landfall, it was announced as a category 4. Michael was so powerful it was only 2 mph off of being a category 5 hurricane.

The eye of the storm was predicted to hit Panama City, Florida where many students were staying for their fall break vacation. They were told to evacuate as soon as possible and return home or closer to Alabama areas.

Senior Abby Sadler explains, “I was scared we were going to have to evacuate also, since we were close to the path of the hurricane. Thankfully we didn’t, but I feel bad for those whose fall break was ruined.”

The Hurricane ended up destroying parts of Virginia, North Carolina, and mostly Florida. Mexico beach, Florida was one of the major places impacted. It currently has many people that are still not accounted for. People who lived on Mexico beach, were told to leave and not return for 12-18 months based on the level of destruction that occurred.

 

 

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