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The Forgotten Hurricane

Hurricanes throughout history are remembered by communities across the country. With so many to remember, there is always one that is consistently known as the forgotten hurricane, Hurricane Michael. In this article we will be discussing the historically devastating effects of hurricane Michael had on the Florida Panhandle.

On October 10th 2018 at 12:30pm, a category 5 hurricane hit the panhandle coast of Florida. Hurricane Michael’s strongest intensity was as it hit land, all the way from Panama City Beach to Port Saint Joe, which is 40 miles east to west.

The wind was up to 160 miles per hour, with storm surge at 14 feet above ground level, rain more than 10 inches.This storm was the fourth most-powerful hurricane according to the National Weather Service.

With such a strong and intense storm, only one fifth of those who were told to evacuate actually did. As county emergency management departments learned that the storm was going to intensify once it hit land, many tried their best to warn those in their homes to evacuate, and to “hide from wind and run from water”. In the end, the storm was responsible for 16 deaths and $25 billion in damage.

We hope you found this article educational and informative. At AJS, we are committed to serving the Gulf Coast and beyond in moving, building, and leveling and we are here to help you and your properties. For lifting, construction, or moving, give us a call today to schedule a free consultation!

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