Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida on October 10, 2018 as a Category 5 hurricane. The storm was re-categorized from a Category 4 to a Category 5 by NOAA’s National Hurricane Center in April 2019, after conducting a detailed post-storm analysis. With sustained winds of 155 mph, it was the third most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the United States.
Michael is also the strongest hurricane to make landfall on record in the Florida Panhandle and only the second known category 5 landfall on the northern Gulf coast. Michael broke wind speed records as the strongest storm on record to hit the Florida Panhandle. As Michael tracked across the southeastern United States, strong winds caused 1.2 million power outages across the region, with power failing in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Sadly, 45 individuals lost their lives as a result of the storm.
Assessing the immense and widespread destruction of the storm, our Hurricane Michael Rapid Response team jumped into action. We are working in Bay and Calhoun Counties, with the majority of our work focused just outside Youngstown, Florida. While a lot of our work continues to be chainsawing and tree work, debris removal and residential flood cleanup, our focus has shifted to mucking and gutting homes. Due to the massive amount of roofing damage, many homes in the area are now seeing severe mold growth. Left untreated, this mold can cause serious health concerns and this is where mold sanitation comes into play.
With the help of our dedicated volunteers and committed partners and donors, we have been able to continue helping hurricane survivors.
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