Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle with historic force. Here’s what you need to know about the hurricane and how to help people in its path.
The storm made landfall near Mexico Beach, about 20 miles from Panama City, on Oct. 10, 2018 with winds up to 155 mph. Power lines are down, homes and property are destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of people had to flee their homes with little warning.
Michael made landfall as a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. It addition to destructive winds, it brought life-threatening storm surges and massive inland rainfall. Meteorologists said Michael defied most hurricane patterns, gaining strength as it moved toward the U.S. mainland. It ranks as the fourth most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland.
Source: The Washington Post
Hurricane Michael caused 31 deaths in Florida, Georgia, and Virginia, in addition to 13 deaths in Central America before it hit the U.S. mainland. Hundreds in the Panhandle still remain missing, and entire neighborhoods were demolished in the storm.
Source: The Weather Channel
With no electricity and limited food and water supplies, conditions in the most affected areas are still dire. Limited cell phone service is hindering rescue operations and general communications. GlobalGiving partners are already on the ground, providing fuel, rescue services, emergency health kits, and more. Learn more about how our partners are responding.
Source: GlobalGiving Partners
Why? Survivors’ needs vary greatly from disaster to disaster and even day to day. You can learn more about how to help people affected by Hurricane Michael in this infographic about the importance of cash donations to community-led, vetted organizations in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.
Source: GlobalGiving + USAID Center for International Disaster Information
Make a donation now to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Michael Relief Fund to help survivors and fuel community-led recovery.
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