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Here is some information about hurricane Michael you westerners never get to witness.
My introduction to Hurricane Michael was initially limited. The television in my Georgia home comes by way of DISH satellite and my reception was blocked by heavy rain from about 5 o’clock Wednesday afternoon until 10 a.m. Thursday morning. So I sat in my house hearing heavy rain fall with wind gusts that propelled nuts against my roof having no idea what was happening in Florida or South Georgia. Three inches or rain fell in my yard in 12-hour period.
By five p.m. Thursday I had information about Michael from TV news. At a category 4, Michael was the most powerful hurricane to hit the Florida panhandle in more than 100 years. Michael was the most powerful hurricane to ever hit Georgia. Wind speeds in Southwest Georgia were over 100 mph and terrible damage was done to a town in Southwest Georgia fifty miles inland from the Florida border and more than 100 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.
Atlanta had wind gusts over 40 mph and a tornado stuck the city at 2 a.m. Thursday morning in the Southwest part of the city doing considerable damage over a four-mile path.
Panama City and adjacent areas were demolished by Michael with wind speeds over 15 mph when it stuck Wednesday noon. Possible hundreds are still missing who decided to ride out the storm.
Southwest Georgia is an agricultural area with cotton crops and peanut and pecan growing. The high winds and rains ruined these crops.
High winds did property damage over the entire path of Michael as it traversed from Southwest Georgia through Northeast Georgia into South Carolina. This was the reason Michael was the most damaging hurricane in Georgia history. Might also be the most damaging hurricane in Florida history. Property damages is in the multi-billions of dollars.