Emporia native shares perspective as Hurricane Michael bears down on Florida panhandle

Emporia native shares perspective as Hurricane Michael bears down on Florida panhandle WeatherTap.com Radar image

Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida panhandle Wednesday fueled by abnormally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico. At its peak, the storm was listed as a category 5 hurricane.


The winds alone, potentially catastrophic, up to 155 miles per hour make it the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in 50 years. Many residents have either fled or taken other measures to ride out the storm. Former Emporian Dan Rahe, son of KVOE Sports Director Greg Rahe moved to Pensacola, Florida earlier this year with his wife. He says they've been fortunate to be on the storm's western edge.

Further east toward Panama City, the hurricane sent powerful wind gusts and crashing waves, flattening trees and causing damage to power lines, knocking out power to a quarter-million homes and businesses. Rahe says many homeowners heeded the warnings to protect themselves.

A cold front moved into the western edge of the Florida panhandle, pushing the eye of the storm further east.

Rahe says the experience has given him a greater appreciation for Kansas tornadoes.

This is the third hurricane Rahe has lived through since moving to Florida a few years ago. He and his wife lived on Florida's Atlantic coast last year and dealt with Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. 

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