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Five dead, one missing and half a million people are without power after Michael ravages Virginia
Washington Post ^ | October 12, 2018 | Dana Hedgpeth , Justin Jouvenal and Lynh Bui

Posted on 10/12/2018 11:14:43 PM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie

The worst of Hurricane Michael’s remnants were supposed to track south of tiny Charlotte County in southern Virginia, but a desperate 911 call Thursday night told a different story: A car had been washed away in a torrential flash flood.

When sheriff’s deputies raced to the scene on Mount Harmony Road after 11 p.m., county administrator Daniel Witt said they heard the screams of a 17-year-old boy clinging to a guardrail.

The sheriff’s deputies and some bystanders linked arms and waded into the raging water, before tossing the teen a rope. He was pulled to safety, but his father and grandmother were swept away. The man’s body has been recovered, but the woman remains missing.

Frightening scenes played out across a wide swath of southern and central Virginia Thursday, as the storm caught many in the commonwealth off guard with its ferocity. Officials said the storm left one missing and five dead — out of a nationwide death toll of at least 15 from the storm that slammed the Florida panhandle with 155 mph winds on Wednesday.

The storm knocked out power to 565,000 people at the height, and it flooded or closed 1,200 roads. There were five suspected tornadoes across the state.

“We were just expecting three or four inches of rain, but it tracked north and just slammed us,” Witt said. “It caught us by surprise.”

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Prayers for all the folks affected by Michael. May God give each one strength to work through his or her losses, and remain strong, with hope for the future. We pray this is Jesus's name. Amen.
1 posted on 10/12/2018 11:14:43 PM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie
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To: Governor Dinwiddie

Amen


2 posted on 10/12/2018 11:39:17 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Governor Dinwiddie

Amen


3 posted on 10/12/2018 11:56:10 PM PDT by hoosiermama (When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.DJT)
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To: Governor Dinwiddie
weather-fatalities

For comparison.

4 posted on 10/13/2018 12:00:27 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Give a man a fish and he'll be a Democrat. Teach a man to fish and he'll be a responsible citizen.)
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To: Moonman62

Please don’t bring facts to the debate. That will rip apart the arguments of those who blame the “increase” in storms on climate change.


5 posted on 10/13/2018 12:11:28 AM PDT by KingofZion
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To: Governor Dinwiddie

Prayers up


6 posted on 10/13/2018 12:14:42 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not Averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Governor Dinwiddie

Now think how many would have died had that same storm hit Bangladesh, the Philippines or Haiti.


7 posted on 10/13/2018 12:36:29 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Governor Dinwiddie

Last I heard, there were 280 or so unaccounted for.

Did they find them?

It’s like reports of when Harvey, I think it was, hit Texas a couple years back.

Reports came in of people wanting to ride out the hurricane and many people watched neighbors get washed away, and yet the official death toll did not match the numbers reported.

I’m wondering if something is being covered up.


8 posted on 10/13/2018 1:21:27 AM PDT by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith......)
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To: metmom

Last night I read that they haven’t been able to get into places like Mexico Beach to even look for the missing.


9 posted on 10/13/2018 1:48:53 AM PDT by Abby4116
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I don’t know about the rest of the state, but in and around Tidewater Virginia there are a number of people that I know personally that are going to be without power for an estimated week and possibly two weeks. Two of those families are over at my house right now, and I am enjoying a reprieve from dishes and cleaning, and I get to play with their kids, the youngest being 8 months...

A gigantic Branch peeled off a very tall Poplar Tree in my neighbor’s yard and landed 6 feet away from my brand new heat pumps. Thank the Lord not a scratch. But it was close and my long standing hatred for poplar trees has been Justified. If you live in an area where you will have the occasional high winds do not plant poplar trees, they rip to pieces in winds of any velocity and they leave a total mess in the yard. After Isabel I trucked 15 truck loads (1986 Ford F-150), to the Waste Management landfill of Poplar branches alone. Yesterday this one branch took four trips. Out of nowhere the winds just hit 60 miles per hour and there’s a lot of damage in my neighborhood from tree fall.


10 posted on 10/13/2018 3:08:04 AM PDT by Clutch Martin (The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right.)
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To: Moonman62

If I’ve counted right, that’s 477 weather-related deaths for all of 2017. Any death is lamentable, but 477 out of a population of 325 million is, for all practical purposes, nothing.


11 posted on 10/13/2018 3:39:20 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("God is a spirit, and man His means of walking on the earth.")
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To: Clutch Martin
...there are a number of people that I know personally that are going to be without power for an estimated week and possibly two weeks

I hope it doesn't take two weeks to get the power back on. Here's hoping everyone gets the electric back in Virginia quickly (even though it's cool that you get to hang out with your neighbors).

A Dominion Energy official said the vast majority of Virginia residents should have their power restored by Monday.

Many of the people in Florida may not get power for weeks and weeks, and that's just one of the big problems they've got. At least it won't get cold down there like it's done here this morning.
12 posted on 10/13/2018 3:58:05 AM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: Governor Dinwiddie

And the democrat MOB is desperately trying to create two more “Katrinas” to pin on Trump. One for Puerto Rico, and another for Florida.
This will fail, like every other insane action of the demented unhinged desperate democrats.


13 posted on 10/13/2018 4:29:44 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Liberalism, like insanity, is the denial of reality.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Did you get any of this?


14 posted on 10/13/2018 5:34:24 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.)
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To: Clutch Martin

Thank you for taking in two families after this storm.

Glad the tree that fell did not damage anything of yours.

Michael came through my area of NC (near Raleigh) and we had many trees down an many power outages in the area. I did not personally lose any trees but near me several fell. I did not lose power but it flickered. I heard two transformers blow.

I think Virginia was hit harder than central NC.
So sorry for the deaths!


15 posted on 10/13/2018 6:32:56 AM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: Abby4116

And most likely, anyone who tried to ride it out, is gone.


16 posted on 10/13/2018 6:37:18 AM PDT by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith......)
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To: Governor Dinwiddie

My sister keeps a condo during the winter in Cape San Blas which is across the bay from Mexico Beach. It’s a thin sliver of land that juts out into the ocean. It’s now an island I saw a helicopter ride over of Cape San Blas. Where the roads not washed away totally it’s broken up upheaved or covered with sand. I would estimate probably 60 or 70% of the buildings were either destroyed or heavily damaged.


17 posted on 10/13/2018 6:42:49 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Moonman62

Does that chart include the 12,000 killed by the hurricane in Porta Rica?


18 posted on 10/13/2018 7:36:06 AM PDT by RonnG ( v)
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To: Governor Dinwiddie

While the suffering of all who lost lives or property by the storm, and all who continue to suffer deprivations due to it deserve our prayers, the toll is not as “massive” as the storm was billed to be in the hyberpole of the reporters.


19 posted on 10/13/2018 7:51:51 AM PDT by Wuli (u)
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To: Governor Dinwiddie

RIP.


20 posted on 10/13/2018 11:29:21 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj ("It's Slappin' Time !")
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