For Georgia, Hurricane Michael Wasn’t (Mostly) A Coastal Event

I’ve been covered up today so forgive the brevity of the post. There’s little “news” content here, but more of a placeholder that action is required.

Georgia got hit by a Category 3 hurricane yesterday. I don’t think that’s happened in the last century. The Georgia coast had three very strong storms in the 1890’s (proving Georgia’s Golden Isles aren’t immune, just lucky) to the storms. Hurricane Opal did a good bit of damage in the 1990’s to Atlanta, but if my memory serves it was about a Category 1 storm when it crossed the line from Alabama.

Last night, Hurricane Michael was a Category 3 storm when it hit our port…of Bainbridge. It brought hurricane force winds to a wide swath of South and Central Georgia. Early reports are that the cotton and pecan crops are devastated. There’s significant property damage throughout SW Georgia. Remember just a couple of years ago Albany and other nearby areas were devastated by a series of storms. In some areas this is worse, with the damage spread across a wider field.

We’re primarily a political website and we’re less than 4 weeks from a statewide election. But we’re also Georgians, here for Georgians.

I’ll be making some time in the days ahead to report on the storm’s effects, the progress of the recovery, and the needs our fellow Georgians are facing. If you have time, money, or other resources, start figuring out how you may be able to allocate some of them for help.

A large number of our neighbors are going to need it.

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Not just a Cat 3, but a Cat 3 that was a couple mph away from being a Cat 4. To my knowledge, a Cat 4 hurricane has never hit the state of Georgia.
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While we’re all Georgians, let’s extend some prayers for our neighbors to the south. The panhandle is chock full of old Southern beach towns and coast communities that will never be the same. Mexico Beach looks like a bomb went off.

armanidog
armanidog

From the AJC 6 hours ago: “Greg Calhoun spent Thursday morning clearing a path through pine trees and pieces of his neighbors’ houses so he could confirm what he’d already strongly suspected: Hurricane Michael took his life’s work. The 55-year-old southwest Georgian, who had accumulated thousands of acres of crops near the Alabama border, said he and many other farmers will now have to start over. That’s if they don’t go out of business first. He sounded both amazed and desperate at the unprecedented storm and the feeling of “being in a tornado for hours.” The damage is so widespread… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Glad friends from Climax, a village of a few hundred less than 10 miles east of Bainbridge, heeded warnings and left Tuesday night to stay with us in metro Atlanta.
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Georgia Power map indicates about 10,000 customers without power in Decatur County. The County’s population is only 27,000. Looks like they’ll be staying the weekend.