COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Hurricane Michael isn’t wasting any time showing its destructive force.
The Category 4 storm slammed into the Florida Panhandle Wednesday morning as the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in nearly 50 years, the Associated Press reported.
Winds of up to 155 mph were recorded as the life-threatening storm blew ashore near the sparsely populated tourist town of Mexico Beach.
In response to the storm’s expected destruction, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has once again activated the Music
City Cares Fund to connect Music City’s generosity to the Gulf Coast — an area many Middle Tennesseans hold close to their hearts.
To contribute to the Music City Cares: Hurricane Michael Relief Fund, go to www.cfmt.org.
Grants from the Disaster Relief Fund will be made to area nonprofits providing assistance both immediate and long term, and 100% of
donations made will go directly toward recovery efforts.
“At The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, we believe that if we CAN help we SHOULD help — and so for the past 27 years we
have provided ways to make giving to disaster response easy for both the donor and the recipients,” said Ellen Lehman, president of
The Community Foundation, in a press release Wednesday announcing the fund.
“In the wake of Hurricane Michael, we are doing just that. We are making sure that people can give comfortably, conveniently and with confidence that 100% of the money gets to the nonprofits in the affected areas. In disaster response, every minute and every gift counts. It’s time for all of us to give what we can so that help arrives efficiently and effectively.”
The Southeast has been hit time again in recent years by catastrophic tropical storms. The fast-arriving Michael promises to be one of the most destructive.
Evacuations spanned 22 counties from the Panhandle into north-central Florida. The storm appeared to be so powerful that it is expected to remain a hurricane as it moves over Georgia early Thursday, the AP reported.
Forecasters said it will unleash damaging wind and rain all the way into the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane
Florence’s epic flooding.
Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the most powerful hurricane to blow ashore on the U.S. mainland since Camille
in 1969, according to the AP. Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind Andrew in 1992, Camille, and the biggest one of all,
an unnamed 1935 Labor Day storm that had winds of 184 mph (296 kph).