Photo Credit: Brandon Miller and Brandon Giggs, Michael the Strongest Hurricane to Hit the Continental US since Andrew, CNN (Oct. 11, 2018; 9.46 am) https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/09/weather/hurricane-michael-stats-superlatives-wxc-trnd/index.html.
By: Stephanie Smith
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy
Hurricane Michael made its way up the 14th Judicial Circuit on October 10, 2018. This storm was the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Florida’s Panhandle since 1851. Top winds reached 155 mph. Additionally, this was the third most intense hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. recorded history based on central pressure at 919 millibars minimum pressure. To say the effects were devastating is an understatement; there were at least 72 fatalities, 57 of those in the United States. Records show the storm had a high-water storm surge of 9 to 14 feet from Mexico Beach through the Apalachee Bay. Total economic losses are estimated at approximately $25 billion. These include privately insured wind and storm surge damage to residential, commercial, and industrial properties and automobiles. Approximately a million customers in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina lost power. Many community members went without power or internet for two months. Continue reading “Litigation Watch in the Wake of Hurricane Michael”