Hurricane Michael's strong winds, heavy rain damage Florida Panhandle

The major storm slams the Florida Panhandle and continues to push toward Georgia and the Carolinas.
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Transcript for Hurricane Michael's strong winds, heavy rain damage Florida Panhandle
Live from ABC news this is continuing coverage of hurricane Michael. You're watching ABC news live I'm David Wright and we have with whip for you now continuing coverage of hurricane Michael. As this devastating storm moves into Florida and across the south. Let's go first to Sam Champion he is in Miami. By one of the few people in Florence high and dry at this moment hi Sam. Hey David how are you against right we're in the bureau but let's talk about this storm again historic landfall. Of a major storm and the category will be discussed by the hurricane center now. We know that at landfall near Mexico beach this storm had a 155 mile per hour wind. Anything and accessible 156 is officially a category five that's the top scale that we rank hurricanes on. This is one of the top three storms to make impact. In the US coastline there was one back in 1935 that was unnamed there was Camille there's another one I can even think of what it is right now but there's only three. That beat the storm in strengthened so this will be. A major major story when we can get crews in. And outside of the places they've been sheltering to see what's going on outside now we have a lot of people left it's not just land all of this storm. On a shoreline this storm is gonna go on all the way until Thursday into Friday and affect hundreds of thousands if not millions of people so let's talk about what's going on with it. You can see the we have the tornado warning out now we have a large in the area shaded in yellow tornado watch. That's for northern Florida the Florida Panhandle also south and central Georgia. And we see this all the time with land falling hurricanes. This spin of the storm as it moves it periods in these turbulent lines of storms that just spin off as well interest into other little's. Areas of thunderstorms and drop a tornado. Very quickly now usually. There on the low side of tornadoes usually either ones that twos at zeros and they're in and they're out in their quick because they haven't had time to really get a run. Likely see when the running through tornado Alley in the middle of the country. They're just popping down doing a lot of damage and popping up unfortunately that doesn't help you in these areas because it's torrential rainfall a quick popped out on our. Hurricane that takes a building power takes a roof off but you in the worst situation and we got that went near Gainesville order right now we are likely see a lot more of these. So that's one of the things I want everybody all of our friends or in Georgia and also in north Florida to pay attention to are these thunderstorms in the possibility of tornadoes now. The amazing thing with this storm David another one in the list just keeps going we've got a 150 mile per hour wind in the center of this storm. The entire center of circulation is over lint. This storm has no connection with water and it is still a category four working at a 150. Miles per hour. It's amazing to watch this happen and the one thing we need to tell people who are beneath that. They will have all the impacts that you would see in a coastal area when the storm made land fall as well they might have a big storm surge but they will have rapid flooding. The B dropping an awful lot of rain we're talking about six to ten inches of rain here so the flash flooding will be a problem. The winds will be a problem and very damaging and destructive this is the kind of win. They can destroy even a will crafted well built building. Can take a roof off of them just like that and many of these buildings for for folks in Florida. The building codes they would were reset after Andrew. So but. They only went back you only had to retrofit to a building back into the fifties. So the problem was some of these buildings in this part of Florida that haven't faced a storm this strong in their history. Is you've got a lot of people who are not up to that new standard a lot of construction that was done in the fifties that hasn't been fixed so we're gonna see buildings flattened. Where ginger was in Mexico beach we're gonna see buildings completely taken off. The cement. Floor pattern there they're just gonna be gone and will we go inland we're gonna have an incredible amount of trees down. Power outages and structural damage from the storm as well because we're gonna see it weakened to a two it'll be an inland hurricane. In central and south Georgia as a category two. And it may even hold on to hurricane strength as it travels into South Carolina. Until this is a tough time look at this here I know it's unbelievable so from Al Benning Georgia to Macon Georgia this could stay cat one cat two storm all the way through. That's trees down these people are not ready for that and they need to know to be able to seek safe shelter as soon as they fear that wind moved through the area. Look at Columbus we're talking about this possibly being our Columbia, South Carolina we're looking this possibly being. A hopefully we'll see a a tropical storm but it could still be a hurricane as it makes that move. A tropical storm we believe in Charlotte and Raleigh I'd like to believe at that point it is downgraded to a tropical storm. But the problem here in central South Carolina and also North Carolina. Is the predicted rainfall remember these are areas that not long ago had about fifteen to thirty inches of rain with Florence. So now an additional six to ten inches of rain in those areas David. We we focus all of our energy now in Georgia. The panhandle of Florida inland in South Carolina and North Carolina to get people ready for what this storm will do. Before it exits the coastline probably Thursday night. Into Friday morning it's moving fast but it's going to be a very very damaging storm it's not even know it through the area just it looked on aren't. No don't go ahead David I mean I just want to point out where these plot blaze flash flood watches. My question here is best it's always been my understanding that hurricanes. Gain strength because of warm water like we find in the Gulf of Mexico at the moment that's why this storm gain strength as it hit Florida. But then that they lose strength as there on land is this one simply moving too fast Connelly a bowling ball going through the south. Perfect analogy. So you know if you've got something that's in motion and normally what happens is these things will churn and feed on warm deep waters day. They'll find those current she'll get that warm moisture in their you'll build higher cloud tops you'll tiger build more storms tighten up that I and you start to get a stronger storm. Once that storm moves onshore we normally see a pretty rapid. Drop in the intensity of the storm. Because it's it's it's battling the land as it goes across just spinning across land without getting fed by warm water can sometimes really slow these things down. Weekend that the thunderstorms but this one is so strong. Your analogy of the bowling ball is perfect. The only thing that's gonna slowdown that bowling ball is hitting that pin or hitting the back of the wall of the Alley there and this thing is just got to take time. To slow down drop it spin and relax a little and it may be well into Georgia. With the center of circulation before we see it drop a whole lot. Well ABC's Sam Champion thank you so much we're gonna ask you to stand by if you could but I want to bring in rob Marciano. Who joins us by phone from Panama City, Florida has a look and rob. We're still David we've got we do you. Amid airwaves to retreated if you will into the center by this parking structure which we got it used the last couple of hours that day these skate spot. But sustained winds I would at. Back in or aren't in the realm of 52. May be tied at seventy mile an hour this boycotted the beat northwestern I wall. He threw it. About noontime local and then shortly after that you and I spoke odd ABC news lives. We were in it in the western part of I want nauert Adam this this southwestern. Egg city part of the Iowa all this thing motors off. Source northeast of the leadership not pass they're still bare metal debris that that's why grounded its street. And parking lots and and the property here. And yet hotel there are art and Condo buildings at marketplace are still taking your heating problem from just went show. It's oil we've all we. Delivered a broad caps or these storms yourself which in anticipation. Anxiety. Leading up to actual Lance all at once landfall as Dade. We start to breed a little bit in if there's fewer than and the broadcasters will let our guard down but it's important they are unsure at this point it made. That the by the back after this storm to be just ferocious Ron Dewey better at several more to go forward not. So but it sounds like you'll soon be seeing the back of this storm. And then it's important to point out that the real work begins because we'll see exactly how much damage it caused right there. Apps absolutely you know they've even know his arm didn't get the whole lot of warnings needed absent it was predate. Read a run up. Utility crews pima. All the all the he'd people resources that that comment to help out after the storm they've been pretty repositioned. And safer dryer. Areas you know an hour or so from. But where I am at wants to sort out bail out bill no no comment they'll be some surveying obviously the reporters will. We'll go out oh along with. County and city officials to survey the damage want to sit DCO Reilly a writer on the night all night. And and then tomorrow beat big push. Or. Sport utility creation. And support groups coming here any for any first responders Odyssey that will that are needed. About now until. Chili overnight that Deco lobby could be called pot but we're still from from what we've been told B. First responders are are still sheltering in place so called they have gotten. They bear it they're not going out until they've Hewlett Dave good to do. Well. Maybe c.'s rob Marciano in Panama City, Florida thanks very much for. Let's show tweet that came out. From ginger zee she's in Mexico's city Florida. One of the main spots where the hurricane made landfall crazy first signs of damage. She writes and just look at that that's the view. From the back of the hotel where she has been perched damage from the back side of our Condo building in Mexico City. Hash tag. Michael. Michael is causing lots of damage in Florida and in other states it presumably will cause damages well. As it moves its way up the coast. We've come a report from Terrence Fowler he is a reporter with. The ABC affiliate WP LG he is reporting from Apalachicola. Let's hear was he's seen. Yes certainly a lot of debris behind me take a look a lot of the frogs from the F palm trees sort of do. From the trees onto the ground to you have that debris here in this parking lot you happen on the roads and sold bidding war places throughout Franklin. County the roads some of them are impassable because of that debris. A lot of them how or holes here in this area they've also snapped some power lines are down so. It's a very dangerous situation for the first people who will be out in about driving around walking around things of that nature to really have to take care. Even though power has been out for the past several hours or so. The storm is so devastated we know that there is talk that this community they not come back on line when it comes to power for a couple of weeks. That is true for some of the hardest hit areas what we could check again with the Franklin County emergency management office sit there. Our reports. Some big trees that have fallen out to homes. There are reports. Some properties that had hit. Flooded and there are even reports. Some roads that are impassable because of all of the water covering the road. That they. It's just be god this last tree line that you see over there we had a chance to. Go over to that area earlier today and literally. There were giant waves that were lit gate the colts line. That water was expected to obviously. Reach that coastline and come up onto the road that it's true and some points that. Have been moved it to life especially along highway 98 which is really the only way in. And how. This community so Franklin County obviously we are seeing the FX here along the Florida Panhandle. We can also share with you that that storm hurricane Michael. It made landfall. Just to the way it's west of here about 63. Miles west of here near community caught Mexico beach so. Still not right up on us but we are on the dirty side here in Franklin county and the threat all along. Just passed outside of that wind and the rain has been that storm surge nine to twelve feet this community was expecting a deadly number we're. Indicated 82 door. We're still waiting for emergency managers to share with the city reports of any injuries that information has not have been yet but we're still in the thick of it. Here in this area. Back to you guys. Terrelle for nave reporting there is a reporter was ABC affiliate WP OG. Reporting from Apalachicola. Let's hear now from Victor attend though the ABC correspondent. In Tallahassee Florida Victor but he regained feel the brunt of it. It's on its way that's for sure David conditions are quickly deteriorating here in Tallahassee. We've learned that the radar that services the city. Has actually gone down to they're now relying. On some other systems here they're also. A number of the road closures in this area are already maybe you would hear a siren going off here behind me so I guess it means it still safe right now. Four first responders to be out there on the roads Madonna will change. Quickly. So right now we're just moments ago actually show you this just those sirens make the right guy says here. A pretty good size branches came down. On that maroon car right there again this parking lot here that's been a major concern for Tallahassee all along. What's so strong winds are making their way through here trees will start coming down in the brain power lines down with them to but I -- they've had crews prepositioned a written get this city. To get back up and running once the storm. It does make its way to do just to put this in perspective county officials not long ago said that Tallahassee is not serious or like there's. In more than a century so they just wanted to make clear to everyone who has not left in his decided to stay home they're telling ever right now to stay in place. Shelter and stay safe because right now hurricane Michael headed right this way just a matter of time for start to feel those hurricane force winds David. Victor thank you Tallahassee obviously not just any city in Florida but the State Capitol what provisions have state lawmakers made and he's still around nor have they evacuated. Well right now you've got a ton of people actually at the emergency operation center and it was just two years ago that hurricane her mean hit not knocked out power some semi 5000 customers that a tire damage. Due to electrical grid. Show for that reason. They've got more than 1000 utility crews out here so you've got crews they're gonna help clear the roads Caruso helped restore power they want to make sure that they'll be able to get Tallahassee. Back up and running as soon as possible once of course it is safe to do so. Sure the people in need to be there are still in place ABC's victory cannot thank you so much. Let's turn to Kenneth moat and he is warm and dry at FEMA headquarters. Tenet. You've got an interview today bit I am. I do have an interview here I'm standing by with the app FEMA deputy administrator doctor Daniel Kaminsky who is donate. Do with the latest information obviously I've Michaels me landfall in the panhandle Florida. The theme response at this point. I'll obviously team also waiting to see a monitoring working with state and local officials. Up silly so we pre positioned a lot of assets before the storm made land fall that includes. Personnel equipment and commodities they're staged just outside the area and ready to flow and as soon as as soon as the hurricane moves on. That said our top priority is Sid is a hurricane does move is going to be search and rescue them. Working with their state and local partners and other federal partners many of whom you see seated right behind me here. Our ought to be ready with the high water trucks helicopters and other response assets to make sure that we can help those who either chose not to evacuate or simply could not get out in time. Talk about how large this federal response is I understand 3000 team employees who are stationed in strategic areas of the southeast and that's right thousands of if federal employees from all these federal departments agencies including those 3000 team employs. But yet includes an affirmative defense active duty military. And the national parks and National Guard makes up a huge number responders in Florida. As well as the other impacted states and their really going to be the ones they're going to be the first ones there to provide support. To their local officials remember those of the firefighters the police officers and paramedics who are repealed as those now on calls every day this days. I'd say no different their study me answering a phone calls that they can do it until after the storm passes. What are you seeing right now after Mike was made landfall. Well you have to first on made landfall is extraordinarily. Strong storm I tell 155 miles an hour it's one mount our short. A category five hurricane that's the same strength as hurricane Maria making landfall so in incredibly strong storm. So what we have seen so far as what we've seen on TV it's. Wind damage storm surge is are all expected impacts but we won't know the full scope of the impacts until after a pass as we can actually get in there and see what happened. So much focus on Florida a rightly so but I know you're also monitoring what happens. In throughout the southeast as it marches its way through Georgia. Impacting Alabama in the Carolinas as well which is still recovering from Florence Europe's other item. Yeah beyond Florida it listen it's gonna hit. Georgia as a category two hurricane. That's an extraordinarily strong hurricane for Georgia. Wonder they probably haven't seen in our lifetimes one that will have severe impacts and when they need to be prepared for. Great Barry now frankly they're going to be getting tropical storm force winds with full on hurricane winds here later today. Talk about how well you work with this state and local officials when it comes to something like this obviously. There first responders there getting the brunt of it even the you have those thousands of FEMA employees there. The talk about how would you guys work well with the state and local officials. Yeah we are actually there to support them. If they have any gaps or shortfalls were there to help support those. So as I said that if the high water vehicles or something that they needed so we found as we source those from throughout the federal government to make sure they have thus. We had a daily video teleconference at practice today couple hours ago where we talked to the state emergency management say where are you right now what are you need how can we help. We have a great guy very positive and open dialogue with all of that state emergency managers. I'm curious for you you told me earlier that when he I think your first storm was Maria when you took over this post is deputy administrator. Any surprises for you when it comes to the storm season and this storm in particular. Now lottery hurricanes different. You know this one it got spun off so quickly three days ago was a travel depression was expected to make landfall as a tropical storm look where we are now. Three days later with the strongest hurricane to ever strike the panhandle of Florida. It's the strongest hurricane of the season one of the strongest hurricanes of all time to make landfall in the United States. You mentioned that fast approaching storm people were not able to get out of the storm zone fast enough and I know we. We by the administrator of FEMA Brock long said he was the more people had gotten out. In a timely manner but because it was fast approaching are people still see those who didn't have the means to get out fast. Couldn't get out. Talk about lose concerns then obviously FEMA is well aware that there are people number of people who just and have the means to get out. But help to those who had the opportunity to evacuate divac to and I hope that those who were in mandatory evacuation zones had the opportunity to get out. For those that didn't they were able to hopefully shelter in place shelter in place in this and its thirty location. But maybe their home or a shelter that that opened in in the wake are in advance of the hurricane. Obviously with with Florence we had a lot more time to plant and we we had a week to get everybody out weaving the state the federal government and NGOs. This time way to move much for quickly. And I will say that then it's their city NGOs really stepped up to the plate here they've opened up shelters rapidly. And made sure that those who were injured in the danger zone were able to be have a safe place to go so we just don't know at this time how many people took advantage of that. I'm how soon after. I know that's you can't tell the future but I'm what's the hope for how fast you guys can respond. Calm after the storm really pushes through the southeast. So whether be us or that state and local responders need to wait until tropical storm force winds subside says in his as when subside we will go and so really gonna tomorrow. Dressed in their for the first time to see really what what happened. Have you lost contact with any. Area in particular are you in Constant Contact or as much as possible. With state and local there weren't content with the state constantly and the state is of course in contact with the local government so. Beauty contest the state you how how much content they've had with every local government but at this point we've had good contact with the state we've had good contact with with our FEMA employees and other federal plays on the ground. Final question for you what's next and how we perceive over the next down and they you touched on it but just the wrap up here. What's next and how do we proceed over the next few hours and a couple next couple of days you know. Other elected he's going to be tomorrow analyst reposition assets are gonna start to move into the impact area that's serious personality going to be our commodities and equipment. To make sure that we're providing us assets to those in need. As well as conduct search or rescue so there's no doubt that search and rescue assets are going to be really busy activity US Coast Guard could be the National Guard. If you give it variety of assets plus helicopters and high water vehicles are gonna want to make sure the beginning to those hard hit areas and see if anybody needs to be rescued. FEMA deputy administrator doctor Daniel Kenechi think gender you're busy guy right now so I really appreciate you taking the time David and send it back to you. They received Kenneth mountain there talking with the FEMA deputy director thank you so much for all that information. We have some pictures coming in of some of the damage that we're seeing along the Florida coast I believe these are from Panama City. You can see there. Fence line is clearly been ripped out. Power lines that are down and we've had reports in Mexico city Florida that entire homes were swept away there. Boring in there on what appears to be a power line as well as some sort of smokestack perhaps. Hard to say. But really the real work of this hurricane will begin once those winds died down and people are able to get outside. And actually survey the damage clearly there is going to be some serious damage from this. But let's turn now. Two ABC's even a pilgrim. Eva is standing by and I believe it's beautiful and sunny where you are evil but this guy is about to fall. You're in Charleston. Well it does. Weren't Charleston, South Carolina had there's clouds here now it's been sunny it was raining earlier today nothing to do with. Hurricane Michael coming Bible and just the standard rain that's part of the pattern for this time of year here. In the Carolinas but the reason we're here in Charleston is because there's real concern. About the weather that's headed our way because. This hurricane and and in the major concerns here is the flooding in this downtown Charleston area they're also watching for possible. Tornadoes to turn up as this weather system starts to move this way about the flooding one of the major issues that they're watching and the reason for that is. Just what direction of and that is where the Cooper river dumps here into the harbor here in trusted. Meet what you can't see right now there's another river the actually river and dumps it sort of wrapped around. This harbor here in Charleston in and he had a good day at sunny day when it rains really hard parts of downtown Charleston. Are prone to body now. We are into what's called eighteen tide cycle that's when. The earth is a little closer to the moon and high tide is actually high here they normal. And so all of this rain from the hurricane is pushing this way that tide is higher the storm surges higher that's the big kick out the water that's actually. Pushing into this harbor and there is real concern that the lighting will be more severe because. Of that high tide and high tide is gonna happen to Maher about 10 o'clock in the morning just as. This hurricane which will likely be a tropical storm at that point is pushing through dumping inches of rain the other. Big story that we have to keep a watch on here is you may remember working towards just painted this area and dumped an incredible. Amount of rain across the two Carolina as. A lot of those areas still in and daddy and inundated with the rain the ground is saturated in those areas and so any extra rain does that really a whole lot of places for it to go and so they are going to be watch seeing. Through those parts of the Carolinas that saw some flooding from hurricane Florence. To see how the rain and the downpour. And ultimate a fax in those areas as well David this area just waiting and watching at this point for the storm to come their way. ABC's Eva pilgrim and Charleston, South Carolina. Enjoy the sunshine while you can Eva. We're gonna turn back to ABC's Sam Champion in just a second. But before we do I wanna play a little snippet of ginger Z from Mexico City this is from a tweet she just sent out. But and all of that damage. More than Henry so much degrees. Where homes where there Aaron there that want there profit foundation. And the middle of a road. Rob. ABC's ginger zee in Mexico city beach Florida let's turn back to Sam Champion Sam. The biggest storm that I can remember in my news lifetime is Hurricane Katrina this storm bigger than that obviously the situation was kind of unique there that the levees broke. But can we expect damage on that scale this time around. Well you know David whenever one says each hurricane is different and and we totally mean it that that all of the problems that came along. With Katrina when it moved in the flood waters and and their Lake Pontchartrain and that. The return of water when the storm left the water that came streaming down and read flooded and even flooded areas of New Orleans that hadn't been flooded it first. So that is not the problem that will have with this story with this storm the water problems where this first impact. That higher than normal water up to fourteen feet we believe and we still haven't gotten into the big bend area we still haven't gotten into these areas to know and haven't seen a report there. How bad. Had this storm surge flooding was so now with this storm it becomes the wind damage and just as ginger showed you all of that that was a combination of that title surge. And the wind damage is she was walking around showing you houses off their foundation trees down cars moved across the street. We're gonna see a lot of that as wind driven as well let me quickly show you another problem that we've got popping up so that people know. It's not just right near this storm that we're having troubles today so. Look at where we've got this tornado watch all areas in yellow that's from north Florida all the way through south and central Georgia now we just had a tornado warning. Near camp blending that's a little bit south of the Jacksonville area. But I also want to tell you and I know Samantha is running the graphic but way down here at the bottom of the screen Sarasota Florida we just had a tornado pop up there and dissipate. So that's what they're there you go so Tampa Sarasota right in this area. So look how far away that is from the storm but you can see these bands of rain they keep coming in. And wrapping around that storm so we're gonna see a lot of this all the way through Florida I would extend that out what the weather service to kind of extend that. Well Downey into Central Florida because we are gonna have those bands running across the potential is there for tornadoes in any. Of those thunderstorm bands that are connected to this hurricane still hurricane. Still with winds and about a 150 miles an hour we that's as of about thirty minutes ago and in will get a fresh update on some of that soon. But take a look at the center the center is no connection to water whatsoever and it's moved in we have an extreme wind warning. This is never been issued for this area and this is for winds that are in excess of a 113. Miles an hour. And we'll see it. We've got it going on right now. And so if you guys still have signals or you're watching us on mobile devices that we'll have signals even long after your TV doesn't have a signal in some cases. I'm I want you to realize that this is going on inlet areas in flora all the way up to the Alabama and Georgia border. This area right here still has the potential of having that 10213. Mile per hour winds we think it will happen. That's wind damage that'll take the roof off of buildings it'll ruin good strong construction even Osce need to make sure that your isolated and will pull it. Into the center of your home away from any windows could dwindle to build just like that. Now we're looking at these wind speeds and this model. Was run and win our belief was this storm would be a tattoo work three once it made landfall it would have diminished to that strict. So when you see these wind reports and we say that with this system. We think we'll have that fifty mile per hour wind and I'll Benning Georgia. It's likely to be higher. We think when that storm is right here making the connection with a Georgia it'll be a 63 mile per hour wind gusts of Tallahassee it's likely to be higher. So because this storm has stayed together in a stronger fashion and we'd anticipated even. Watching it come onshore so as it moves inland look at all these storms Atlanta even a 24 mile per hour wind and 1 o'clock in the morning on Thursday. And in the middle of a complex of thunderstorms according to the model I believe that'll verified but I think you're wind is going to be higher so I'll I kind of want everybody along the path here from Macon to a gusted to Atlanta. To prepare for the fact that you got to her cane and Georgia by the time we get into Wednesday night into Thursday solidly in the land mass of Georgia. Then we want to talk to people in South Carolina North Carolina as well which is a very good idea that we've got even pilgrim in that area in Charleston. Because so much of this area is still not even at the recovery stage of what happened to them not long ago with Florence. Florence was a flooding stormed this is going to be a wind storm. But even with this wind. Continuing in those areas. We're still looking at six to ten inches of additional rain on ground that's saturated in the Carolinas on rivers that are I've dropped a little bit but are still running a little higher than they should be. If it wasn't for that flooding in that area and people haven't had a chance to repair anything much in that area so it's a big problem. All the way up until this storm leaves the coastline of Virginia somewhere near Norfolk. The time we get to late Thursday night into Friday. Storm surge we saw some of the images from where ginger was not cameras are everything. So where are people people have been in Apalachicola we've seen images from there Mexico beach we've seen images from there Panama City we've seen images from there. In this part that they call the big bend to Florida where we were looking for potentially some of the highest. Water levels with storm surge up to fourteen feet all the way through here we don't have cameras in here yet. Now the good news is this is a lot of wild land you've got to Apalachicola forest at the park right there so and people most of the people were hoping got out of that area. That it will be very interesting David to see. As we watch the next few hours. Certainly six hours from now when people are able to get it outside along the coastline and get into these areas just how much water moved through. Because we're talking about nine to fourteen feet. I'm six feet tall so we're talking about so much more water than that more than a story of water in some cases. In areas at high tide and then put the waves on top of that because actually were teeming streets and how twice from. Yep well oh yeah. Exactly and then put the waves on top of that. Because that's just the surge of the water that still higher than normal water that's running with the store. Because remember the storm is pounding on the ocean all the time it's exerting a downward force on the ocean. Particularly at this category. So when you press watered down if you did that in your bathtub bring your sink. You'll see the water lift on the edge of the sinking you'll see those waves run to the edge of the sink and that's exactly what's happening with this storm. Our happened with the storm while it was in water prior to landfall. All right wind water flooding. And tornadoes on top of at all a lot to be concerned about here I don't know if you got return where you are Sam but and we have a piece of video just the power of the wind alone let's have a quick look at that. OK. Is it ripped the roof right off that house and that's presumably a fairly well constructed house. These are. Very fierce winds and just have to an hour short of her category five is that. Well yeah I mean basically when they say in excess of 156. Is is when you get to a category five. 156. Is that borderline area this came in at 155. So wit that is that is devastated. Even secure buildings don't maintain their wall structure they certainly don't maintain their roof structure very often when hit with the winds like that. And we're not we don't mean gusts as you're gonna see gusts people are gonna measured gusts in the storm look at that look at that. Briscoe and resume it will be part of the line. Presumably those people on the Florida coastline built with the hurricanes in mind as you have farther inland as you've pointed out of the building codes are. Quite prepared for that because they don't see it's very. Right they never really face it and end though any building house to make code you know inspectors are out there to make sure that they have to make code. The buildings that were built prior to that retrofit which was in the fifties and there's lots of them in Florida. It was a popular time to build in the fifties in Florida. So there's lots of structures that haven't been updated when you see the roof go to building like this and it takes the wall with it. That's a good hurricane clip that's a roof that is well clip to the wall. But that wind was so powerful that when it got under the roof. It didn't it didn't break at the clip. It broke at the wall. And that's an incredible powerful winds and we're not we're gonna see winds very close to that in inland areas. On and it's not going to be unusual for us we go back and look at this to see wind gusts like a 175. But that's a gust. The sustained winds here where 150. Sam Champion thank you so much for your insights into this storm has always.

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