Hurricane Michael, the fiercest storm to hit Florida in 80 years and the third-most powerful ever to strike the US mainland, battered the state’s Gulf coast with roof-shredding winds, raging surf and torrential rains before turning its diminishing fury on Georgia.
Hurricane Michael rapidly gained strength in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday night and continued to intensify Wednesday morning, threatening to become the most intense hurricane on record to strike the Florida Panhandle.
Heavy rain, gusting winds and rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence deluged the Carolinas on Thursday as the massive, slow-moving storm crept toward the coast, threatening millions of people in its path with record rainfall and punishing surf.
Hurricane Lane strengthened to a Category 5 storm on Tuesday as it headed toward Hawaii where residents braced for “life threatening” winds and flooding when it hits the US islands this week, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
Hurricane Harvey was historic: It literally set the rain record for the US with a whopping 51.89 inches of rain in Harris County, and covered most of Houston, the country’s fourth-largest city, in floodwaters that caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damage.