Aerial im­ages show the scale of Michael’s wrath

Marlborough Express - - FRONT PAGE -

Satel­lite im­ages re­leased by the Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion af­ter the storm crashed ashore near Mex­ico Beach on Fri­day re­veal not just its power, but its reach: surg­ing ocean wa­ters that ripped up roads and cleaved new chan­nels, en­tire neigh­bour­hoods blown away and sea bot­tom car­ried across for­est floors.

Such im­ages can pro­vide an easy way to scale a storm’s im­pact, es­pe­cially when roads are im­pass­able. Dam­age from Hur­ri­cane Irma was sim­ple to trace.

But im­ages from the Gulf shore­line af­ter the first Cat­e­gory 4 on record to strike the Pan­han­dle seem all the more har­row­ing for their mix­ture of blue-col­lar beach towns and sweep­ing wilder­ness.

Au­thor­i­ties are just be­gin­ning to as­sess the dam­age, but early es­ti­mates put losses at more than US$8 bil­lion.

– Mi­ami Her­ald

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