Michael charges into U.S. Southeast after slamming north Florida

Michael charges into U.S. Southeast after slamming north Florida

Hurricane Michael was on the cusp of Category 5 storm on Wednesday, with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (249 km per hour) as it made landfall in Florida. Brandon Clement shot helicopter footage of the devastation left by the Category 4 storm on October 11.

"Michael made landfall on Wednesday around 2 pm near Mexico Beach, Florida, dashing homes into pieces, swallowing marinas and leaving piles of rubble where shopping centres once stood", CNN said.

"We are catching some hell" was how a Panama City Beach resident who chose to ride it out described Michael as it made landfall.

The department said that the fire engine had its lights and other emergency equipment activated, but roads were slick and the storm conditions were heavy.

Josh Morgerman, a well-known storm chaser, tweeted, "It's hard to convey in words the scale of the catastrophe in Panama City".

Nearly 1.2 million homes and businesses were without power from Florida to Virginia on Thursday because of the storm.

On Wednesday morning, a Waffle House spokesman had announced that 30 restaurants in Florida and Georgia were closed in preparation for Hurricane Michael, including locations along the Florida Panhandle from Panama City to Destin.

One man died when a tree fell into his home on the Florida Panhandle, and an 11-year-old girl was killed after a tree fell onto her home in Georgia.

The wrath of Michael continued into Georgia, bringing possible tornadoes and winds that kept first responders away from the streets for hours - even as the storm weakened and became a tropical storm.

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In Panama City, plywood and metal flew off the front of a Holiday Inn Express.

That is down from more than 963,000 customers affected by Michael, as utilities in Florida and Alabama restored service while the number of outages continue to grow in the Carolinas and Virginia as the storm moved northeast.

The storm's center is now about 30 miles west of Augusta, Georgia, near the SC border. But she added emergency crews trying to reach the home were hampered by downed trees and debris blocking roadways.

"I think you're going to see it climb", FEMA Administrator Brock Long said of the death count at a news conference.

Michael is expected to dump 4 to 7 inches of rain from eastern Georgia to the southern mid-Atlantic and up to 9 inches of rain in parts of North Carolina and Virginia, the National Hurricane Center said.

"The entire county was "pitch black" and there were no clear roads", he said. Though most homes were still standing, no property was left undamaged. Greene confirmed the death was storm-related. The family had to wait over eight hours for paramedics to arrive due to the bad road conditions, Radney said.

Now, rescuers and residents are struggling to get into the ground-zero town to assess the damage and search for the hundreds of people believed to have stayed behind. The fate of many other residents was unknown, authorities said.

The military families who had to evacuate Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City might not be able to return for weeks, officials said.

Michael's strength may reflect the effect of climate change on storms.

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