Hundreds Of Thousands Still Lack Power Nearly A Week After Michael

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter

Hundreds of thousands of Americans from Florida to Virginia are still without power after a Category 4 hurricane slammed into the Florida Panhandle last week.

Hurricane Michael hit Florida on Oct. 10 with heavy rain and sustained wind speeds of 155 mph. It also brought a storm surge as high as 13 feet that devastated parts of the coast, including washing away most of the buildings in Mexico Beach, Florida. (RELATED: ‘It’s Gone. It’s Gone’: Hurricane Michael Effectively Flattened This Florida City)

Nearly a week after Michael made landfall, more than 140,000 Florida residents still lack power. The storm caused damage all the way to Virginia where about 10,000 residents are without power, according to data from the Department of Energy.

Hurricane Michael is the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. in the month of October. The storm moved fast and flooding was not a major concern despite the storm dumping nearly 6 trillion gallons of rain. Michael’s wind and storm surge destroyed hundreds of buildings. Officials have recorded 19 deaths from Michael, so far.

Emergency officials have located hundreds of people reported missing, but thousands more may still be unaccounted for. Hundreds of volunteers have joined in the effort to locate and save stranded survivors.

President Donald Trump visited communities damaged by Hurricane Michael Monday, surveying the damage and helping officials pass out supplies.

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