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Hurricane Hunters were in the eye when Hurricane Michael roared ashore

Hurricane Hunters were in the eye when Hurricane Michael roared ashore

Jason Phipps looks through his family's roofless apartment after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Panama City, Fla.

One of the major concerns with Hurricane Michael is the possibility of extended power outages from toppled power lines.

The initial flight was smooth, but things got steadily more turbulent as the aircraft got closer and closer to the eye of the storm.

"The devastation is just disgusting", Parker said of Port St. Joe, where he moved two years ago from IL.

- Two storm chasers got trapped in storm surge and had to abandon their vehicle while live streaming Hurricane Michael storm coverage Wednesday, underscoring the dangers of the massive storm that made landfall in the Florida panhandle.

"The pressure gives an idea of the size of the storm", he said.

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Michael is likely to dump heavy rain over Florida, Alabama, Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

He said flash flooding and tornados were still possible, and said officials had heard reports of at least two tornados in Florida. "The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no Category-4 hurricane ever hitting the Florida Panhandle".

Now downgraded to a Category 3, earlier the extremely risky Category 4 hurricane produced winds of up to 250kmh when it made landfall around 1.30pm Wednesday (local time) in Mexico Beach, about 30 kilometres southeast of Panama City.

As it came ashore, Michael was just shy of a Category 5 - defined as a storm packing top sustained wind speeds of 157 miles per hour or above.

On Wednesday, Google CEO Sundar Pinchai said the company will donate $1 million to recovery efforts for Hurricane Michael.

Michael also ranked as the third-most powerful storm on record to make landfall in the continental United States, after Hurricane Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1969 and the so-called Labor Day hurricane of 1935 in the Florida Keys.

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Though the storm has weakened, it is continuing on a unsafe path across the southeast states. The area is known for its small beach towns, wildlife reserves and the state capital, Tallahassee.

Michael pushed a storm surge with a peak ranging from 9 feet to 14 feet from Mexico Beach east through Apalachee Bay.

Hurricane Michael was downgraded to a tropical storm early Thursday morning after smashing into the Sunshine State with 155 mile-an-hour winds, almost a Category 5 storm, leaving a path of massive destruction as it shredded a path across the Panhandle.

Sgt. Angela Hightower did not identify the man but said he had been found at the home in Greensboro around 6 p.m.

Michael was forecast to move across southeastern Alabama and southwestern Georgia on Wednesday night.

Some who stayed behind called for help as bridges were closed long St. George Island, but were told crews would not be able to reach them, the National Weather Service said.

Hurricane Michael: Florida braced for impact TONIGHT - 110MPH winds to BATTER coast
"That means you need to make sure that you have backup generation power, or you shouldn't be taking care of the patients". Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 35 counties along Florida's Panhandle and Big Bend regions .

Hurricane Michael weakened to a Category 1 storm late Wednesday as it moved across south-central Georgia with maximum sustained winds of about 75 miles per hour.


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