Forecasters expect the first Florida Panhandle Category 4 hurricane to cause catastrophic damage. Thousands of local government agencies prepare to react quickly to address debris removal and recovery. The local agencies are led by state emergency management offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, which all expect at a minimum tropical storm damage.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) define a Category 4 storm as follows:
|Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.|
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