Hurricane Michael: Fast Facts

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.


1. Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle with catastrophic winds moving at 155 mph.

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.
Sources: Reuters

2. Michael is the most powerful storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle.

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

3. The storm has claimed dozens of lives and caused widespread destruction.

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. Entire neighborhoods were demolished in the storm.
Source: The Weather Channel

4. Conditions on the ground are still dire.

With limited electricity, cell phone service, and scarce supplies of food and water, conditions in some hard-hit areas are still dire. 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

5. Cash is the best way to help people in need after a disaster like Hurricane Michael.

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.


Joseph Howat clears a damaged fence by Hurricane Michael at his business in Panama City Beach. Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Reuters. Note: This article was originally published on Oct. 10, 2018 and last updated on Oct. 29, 2018.

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