A Lineman’s View of Hurricane Michael

The Deplorable Housewives of the Midwest plan to publish more stories about the recovery efforts following both Hurricanes Florence and Michael.  If you have a story of acts of kindness, heroism and courage related to these storms, please contact DHOM at TheWives@deplorablehousewives.news with “Hurricane Story” in the subject line. Please send us your stories and photos – the media has seemed to have forgotten about these events, but we haven’t.

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 hurricane. With winds topping 155mph, the storm wrecked a path of destruction from the Gulf Coast to North Carolina. At least 35 deaths have been attributed to Hurricane Michael; recovery efforts are continuing. (Read on for more photos.)

Hurricane Michael devastation. Photo Aaron Schaffer

ABC7 reported:

Hurricane Michael made history as it moved onshore in the Florida Panhandle. With winds of 155 mph, the Category 4 storm is now the fourth strongest storm (according to wind speed) to make landfall in the continental United States since records began in 1851.

At a pressure of 919 millibars, Michael ranks as the third strongest storm (according to pressure) to make landfall in the continental United States. The lower the pressure, the stronger the storm.

The strongest storm to ever make landfall was in 1935 dubbed the “Labor Day” storm with a pressure of 892 millibars.

This storm is unprecedented as a Category 4 storm has never made landfall in the Florida Panhandle before Michael.

Left in Michael’s path were thousands of damaged or destroyed homes and businesses, and more than 1.5 million people lost power.


In an October 15, 2018 article, Energy Manager Today provided an update to the energy companies’ power restoration efforts:

Hurricane Michael, dubbed a “history-making monster” by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, left approximately 2.5 million electricity customers in the southeast without power. As of Monday morning, the Edison Electric Institute reported that electricity had been restored to all but around 241,000.

Michael made landfall October 10 on the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm with winds blasting at over 150 mph. The EEI said that most outages were initially in Florida as well as Virginia and North Carolina, which is still reeling from Hurricane Florence. Customers also lost power in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.

“Electric companies mobilized an army of more than 35,000 workers from at least 27 states and Canada to restore power safely and as quickly as possible,” the EEI said in a recent update. “Affected electric companies and their restoration partners continue to work around the clock to restore power where it is safe and conditions allow.”

Aaron Schaffer is one of the lineman who has been in the Panhandle area since a day before Michael hit.  He and his crew have been working 16 hour days since October 11, 2018. Many of the linemen stay in “camps” while they work to restore power.  The camps consist of FEMA trailers housing approximately 40 linemen per trailer.  There are limited shower facilities (usually also in semi-trailers) for the workers.  Large tents are set up as “mess halls.”

Power Restoration crews Mess Hall
Hurricane Michael power restoration camp facilities.
Photos Aaron Schaffer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The devastation caused by Hurricane Michael is horrific. Thousands of people have lost everything they owned.  It will take years for the affected areas to recover from Hurricane Michael.

There are ways for us all to help those who are trying to regain their lives and livelihoods after this terrible storm.  One great charity is “Samaritan’s Purse,” led by the Rev. Franklin Graham.