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Hurricane Michael’s Energy Toll: Is Government Response Adequate?

by Axios | 10.11.18

Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach, Fla., as a high-end Category 4 storm early Wednesday afternoon, killing at least two people and causing catastrophic damage.

The big picture: It's the strongest such storm on record to hit the Florida Panhandle and one of the strongest ever to strike the continental U.S. — and it severely impacted Florida's electricity grid and oil production in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • It struck with the third-lowest atmospheric pressure of any storm ever to hit the continental U.S. (919 millibars), and was among the five strongest storms by sustained winds at landfall (155 mph).

Electricity losses: As of 6am this morning, there were 359,306 accounts without power, according to Florida state officials.

  • Per CNN, add that to losses in Georgia and Alabama, and the total number of customers without power is over 500,000.

Oil-and-gas: Evacuations of Gulf of Mexico oil-and-gas platforms led to 42% of Gulf oil production and 32% of gas production being shut-in as of midday yesterday, according to the Interior Department.

  • However, the storm path was east of most offshore energy infrastructure and, as S&P Global Platts noted, that production should be restored pretty fast.

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-Ben Geman

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  • Chips
    10/11/2018
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    Now we will go in and spend millions to put up electricity poles and get power back to those affected, then wait for the next hurricane to demolish it once again. Why not spend the extra money and run the power grid underground, strengthen building codes to help withstand future hurricanes

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  • burrkitty
    10/11/2018
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    The hurricane isn’t even over yet, so it’s a little early to start response comments for THIS hurricane. However, evidence tells us that since Florida usually votes Republican they will be fine. They will get all the help they need. Especially the small white towns.

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  • SneakyPete
    10/11/2018
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    Of Course we will be seeing the Democratic supporters decrying the efforts put forth by President Trump and his administration regardless of what is done to aid the Hurricane disaster. It’s a damm shame for their negative commentary. 10*11*18 ......... SneakyPete .........

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  • Kodiwodi
    10/11/2018
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    Anytime a President feels it is more important to go campaigning than to be an actual president and try his damnedest to help and heal an afflicted area, the government response is nowhere good enough. What’s he going to have it blamed on this time? Gays? Saudis? Democrats? Science? Kavanaugh resistance?

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  • Tim
    10/11/2018
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    Here we go with the left trying to make political hay by criticizing the administration for their storm response before we even know how good it is.. oldest play in the book..

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  • ManfromNebraska
    10/11/2018
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    Why don’t we wait and see? It’s never as good as people want. When you have thousands upon thousands of people that are displaced from their home it can’t be done in a matter of hours or even days.

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  • Dave
    10/11/2018
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    Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach, Fla., as a high-end Category 4 storm the question is the is the government doing enough? Ask Puerto Rico?

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  • Donna
    10/11/2018
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    It is too early to tell if our government was as prepared for the storm as necessary. One indicator against the preparedness is the fact that POTUS took the time to rally his supporters in PA instead of even attempting to show any concern for the citizens affected. The good news for him, however, is this gives his buds in the oil & gas industry another excuse to allow the price of gas to spiral out of control, affecting every citizen in this nation who drives a vehicle. We get screwed and they get richer! THAT is the true reason for his 'oil independence' policies. Everything is about money to him and his cronies. After the hit the stock market took yesterday, I am not feeling so good about the booming economy he is always talking about. I wonder on which scapegoat he will focus the 'blame' . If you take the credit for the good news, you have to be prepared to accept responsibility for the bad - something this egocentric, self-indulgent man has never been able to do.

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  • Vanessa
    10/11/2018
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    Since the Trump presidency started, the government is doing a great job in handling crises, except in corrupt places like Puerto Rico, which no one can help unless they’re willing to spend far, far more money than they need to, to satisfy corrupt politicians.

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  • Dave
    10/11/2018
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    Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach, Fla., as a high-end Category 4 storm the question is the is the government doing enough? Ask Puerto Rico?

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  • BradSmith
    10/11/2018
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    Preparation for and coordination of the response to these disasters are the responsibility of state and local governments. The federal government provides additional resources in response, but the preparedness of infrastructure and citizens is not a federal government responsibility.

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  • burrkitty
    10/11/2018
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    The hurricane isn’t even over yet, so it’s a little early to start response comments for THIS hurricane. However, evidence tells us that since Florida usually votes Republican they will be fine. They will get all the help they need. Especially the small white towns.

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  • Joey
    Today at 6:32 AM
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    No we’re putting more money into developing nuclear warheads instead of helping our own people

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  • Robert
    last Saturday
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    President meeting with Kanye and campaigning is the typical Republican Response when people are still missing and buried under the rubble of a climate change driven catastrophe. If you want to see real leadership then “Vote Republicans Out”.

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  • burrkitty
    10/11/2018
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    The hurricane isn’t even over yet, so it’s a little early to start response comments for THIS hurricane. However, evidence tells us that since Florida usually votes Republican they will be fine. They will get all the help they need. Especially the small white towns.

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  • L0u15e.N032L
    last Saturday
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    If you don’t believe in climate change, then yes, for you who don’t, govt response is totally adequate.

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