Hurricane Michael Drenches The Panhandle
'Historic' hurricane Michael made landfall on October 10, and the conditions are extreme.This storm is said to be the worst one to hit the Florida panhandle in 100 years. That area of the state has never been faced directly with a category 4 storm in recorded history. Since it hit land on Wednesday, it has been downgraded to a category 3, but winds are still reaching up to 125 miles per hour.
What's more, red tide, a toxic algae, is at a record high in Florida, and it's feared that the storm will bring the tide inland and cause it to become airborne. The algae can trigger asthma attacks, and even people without breathing problems could experience coughing, stinging eyes, and even flu-like symptoms as a result.
We may be feeling effects of the storm here in central New York, but we should count ourselves lucky we don't have to deal with 13-foot storm surges and toxic algae!