Hurricane Michael strikes Florida, moves to Carolinas as tropical storm

Hurricane Michael strikes Florida, moves to Carolinas as tropical storm

Hurricane Michael strikes Florida, moves to Carolinas as tropical storm

As Michael hit Panama City as a Category 4, storm chaser Dan Robinson caught video of the worst of it.

President Donald Trump told reporters he will most likely visit Florida on Sunday or Monday to meet with local officials and survey damage from the storm.

- Major pressure: 919 millibars minimum pressure in the hurricane's eye, the third most intense hurricane landfall in the recorded history.

Even before Michael made full landfall, it was whipping trees with its winds and flooding the town of Port St. Joe.

Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend area as a Category 4 storm Wednesday, bringing destruction and flooding along the coast.

Vast search and rescue efforts are underway as the Panhandle appears to be nearly completely demolished.

So far, two deaths have been confirmed: one in Florida and another in Georgia where trees came crashing down on both victims. Georgia Power has an outage map that keeps track of. outage status across the state, including estimates oh how many homes are affected and a possible solution time.

More than 180,000 people along the Florida Panhandle were under mandatory evacuation orders. "Panama City, I don't know if there will be much left". The winds lifted up the rectangular porch roof, then slammed it down to the floor. "I didn't expect all this", said Bill Manning, 63, a grocery clerk who left his camper van in Panama City to move into a hotel where the power eventually went out. "It sounded like 40 jet engines going off". Pine trees were stripped and snapped off about 20 feet high. "The storm has already begun to lash our battered state with strong winds and heavy rain".

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Rick Scott says Michael is a "monstrous storm" that has the potential to be devastating to the Florida Panhandle . Florida State University said its campuses in Tallahassee and Panama City will be closed from Tuesday to Friday.

"Michael will steadily weaken as it crosses the south-eastern United States through Thursday night, becoming a tropical storm by Thursday morning".

Jeff Byard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's associate administrator for response and recovery, offered another explanation: People who survived previous storms without evacuating sometimes assume they'll be able to do so again.

There are 10 military bases, with a combined 700,000 military members and their families in Michael's path, and not all of them evacuated, he said.

"Hurricane Michael is forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in a century", Governor Rick Scott said.

Michael hit Florida with wind speeds of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour), placing it nearly into Category 5 scale, which starts at 157 mph.

The Cooter Stew Cafe starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks as Hurricane Michael pushes the storm surge up the Wakulla and Saint Marks Rivers which come together here on October 10, 2018 in Saint Marks, Florida.

Florida Governor Rick Scott promised a strong relief effort from his administration Thursday after the state was slammed by Hurricane Michael, the most powerful storm to hit the USA mainland in 50 years.

The storm was expected to move across North Carolina and Virginia and push into the Atlantic Ocean by late Thursday or early Friday. The hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle as a category 4 storm. It was centred about 88.5km west northwest of Tallahassee.

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