Dramatic drone video shows Florida school decimated by Hurricane Michael

Dramatic drone video shows Florida school decimated by Hurricane Michael

At least one person was killed when a tree crashed into his Greensboro, Florida home. But she added emergency crews trying to reach the home were hampered by downed trees and debris blocking roadways.

The transformer exploded in Headland, Alabama, and and the power went out at Nolan Helder's home. By 8pm, it was down to a category 1. Surges of as high as 14 feet are expected around where Michael made landfall near Apalachicola, Florida. The video shows collapsed roofing and walls, scattered debris and mangled building materials.

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Leslie and Tropical Storm Nadine are no threat to land over the open Atlantic Ocean, but Tropical Storm Sergio is expected to hit Mexico's Baja California Peninsula later this week and threaten the southern U.S. Plains and the Ozarks by the weekend.

Linda Albrecht, a councilwoman in Mexico Beach, spoke to the network about leaving her home with only a few essential objects.

"It feels like you don't know when the next tree is going to fall on top of you because it's blowing so ferociously", said Port St Joe Mayor Bo Patterson. "That's the only thing I can imagine".

A transformer also exploded in Panama City Beach.

"Michael is likely to produce potentially catastrophic wind damage where the core of the hurricane moves onshore in the Florida Panhandle, and everyone in the hurricane warning area should prepare for life-threatening hurricane winds".

Haley Nelson inspects damages to her family properties in the Panama City, Fla., spring field area after Hurricane Michael made landfall.

- Get out: roughly 375,000 people in Florida warned to evacuate.

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Water levels continue to rise quickly along the coast of the Panhandle.

"Our biggest concern is... the people that chose not to evacuate", he told CNN. Her brother Jeff McCall, his wife, Kristi, their two children and his wife's parents rode out the storm in their three-story home.

"We basically just walked away from everything and said goodbye to it", he said, tears welling up. Other parts of the state in the path of the storm have reported storm surges of up to 5 feet. "Storm surge can occur before, during, or after the center of a storm passes through an area".

Across the bay in Panama City Beach, a resort city on the Gulf of Mexico known for its white-sand beach and amusement parks, winds of about 100 miles per hour furiously whipped the trees in the early afternoon and pulled apart homes. The roar from the hurricane sounded like an airplane taking off. "Do not risk your life, leave NOW if you were told to do so", it said.

Mexico Beach is a small tourist town toward the center of Florida's panhandle.

Meteorologists said it had the potential to become one of the worst storms in the history of the region as they watched satellite imagery in complete awe while the storm intensified. "THIS IS A WORST CASE SCENARIO for the Florida Panhandle!" the agency tweeted. I think it's possible that it will happen with Michael. "This is going to have structure-damaging winds along the coast and hurricane force winds inland".

Predating modern meteorological technology, the formation point and exact wind strengths of the hurricane are unknown.

"Going back through records to 1851 we can't find another Cat 4 in this area, so this is unfortunately a historical and incredibly risky and life-threatening situation", he said.

Exploding overnight from 120 mph to 140 mph maximum sustained winds, Hurricane Michael developed into a powerful Category 4 hurricane that's now just hours from landfall on the Florida Panhandle.

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