After reading about the ocean and wind currents slowing down I drew the erroneous conclusion that Hurricanes would move more slowly. This thinking was reinforced by Hurricane Harvey and it's slow move into Texas, dumping massive amounts of rain. Hurricane Michael took every one by surprise when it strengthened rapidly and moved fast across the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf with it's water temperature over 90 degrees will feed strength to a storm which I am sure is why two of the worst storms in history came across the Gulf of Mexico. I have been criticized for not evacuating, something I might consider in the future. In all of hurricane history I do not believe there has ever been one that did this much damage this far inland. I have seen the aftermath of many hurricanes and only have seen this amount of damage from Camille and Andrew and all that damage I saw was very near the coast. They are today tearing down buildings, many brick and concrete block construction, downtown Marianna. In one shopping center they are tearing out completely many of the stores that were there, one of which was my favorite grocery store. We had very little time to prepare for this storm and the weather forecasts were not very accurate. I know weather forecasting is not an exact science but I think a lot can be done to improve it. We went to bed Tuesday Oct. 9 with the news that it was a Cat. 3 storm only to wake up the next morning with it on our doorstep as a Cat. 4 Storm, then in the aftermath they said well it might have been a Cat. 5. I will not trust the forecasts in the future, I will prepare for the worst. Many say this was the "Storm of the Century" and will not happen again in our lifetimes but if global warming continues to heat up the water in the Gulf of Mexico it may be just the beginning of many horrendous storms.