Florida, Hurricane Michael, Hurricane discussed on WSJ What's News
Hurricane, Michael is a massive storm one that weather forecasters are calling unprecedented for the Florida panhandle region, and it comes after hurricane Florence, devastated north and South Carolina last month with extreme winds and flooding. Let's get some details about the strength of hurricane Michael, as well as how people have prepared for the storm from the Wall Street Journal's Arjan Campo Flores who joins us via Skype Ari on first of all, where are you? I am in Tallahassee in the state capital of Florida, which is in the projected path of Michael from what I've heard Michael developed into a major hurricane very quickly. Yeah, that's quite a contrast to what Florida went through last year with Cain, arma, which took a long time to make its way to the state and gave residents and officials plenty of time to prepare for it. This one escalated very rapidly just in a matter of few days going from a tropical depression to a category, four storm. And so. The concern among some officials in the state is that some residents and localities of not had sufficient time to get prepared or to evacuate. If that's what they think is best, how many counties in the Florida panhandle were issued evacuation orders. So there were twenty two counties in Florida. The God evacuation orders that covered roughly three hundred seventy five thousand residents. Now, based on what you've seen and heard, have residents hated the warnings to leave the area. I think it's a mixed bag. The most vulnerable most exposed areas I think has most of the people there have cleared out and of heated the the, the warnings, but there are always hold outs and there are always people who insist on staying in their homes either because they feel like they're secure. They're or they have become sort of numb to previous rounds of evacuations that proved not to be necessary. So that's a big concern for officials because obviously those. Folks will be cut off from emergency services if they can't reach them. Now, when we think of Florida, obviously, we think of the beaches tug about the affected area in the panhandle. It's obviously low, lying and.