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Hurricane Michael Has Arrived

Hurricane Michael Has Arrived

With a low barometric pressure recorded at 919 millibars, the measure of a hurricane's force, Michael was the third strongest storm on record to hit the continental United States, behind only Hurricane Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1969 and the Labor Day hurricane of 1935 in the Florida Keys.

Although Tallahassee avoided a direct hit from the Category 4 storm, Mayor Andrew Gillum said on Facebook that "our community has been pretty significantly impacted".

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter crew reported top sustained winds up to of 145 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Authorities said 285 people in Mexico Beach had refused to leave ahead of the hurricane despite a mandatory evacuation order.

Michael is shaking up the upcoming election in the battleground state of Florida.

The power of the fierce Category 4 storm is evident in dramatic footage showing demolished homes and submerged neighborhoods. According to various local electrical providers, more than 800,000 homes have lost power in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and SC as a result of the storm.

An Associated Press team drove for miles and encountered extensive destruction around Panama City. Downed power lines lay almost everywhere, while pine trees were stripped and snapped off about 20 feet high.

"We had furniture in our house that wasn't even ours", said Scott Boutwell, explaining, when he returned to his home Thursday, the only belongings he could find was a briefcase.

"We ve been very cautious with sending our first responders out right now", she said. Southwestern Franklin County in Big Bend of Florida.* Until 215 PM EDT/115 PM CDT/.* At 1109 AM EDT/1009 AM CDT/, National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated extreme winds in excess of 130 miles per hour, associated with the eyewall of Hurricane Michael, were moving onshore. Bill Nelson. "You are going to see a lot of destruction when the rescue crews get into Mexico Beach..."




Michael weakened to a tropical storm and was moving northeast Thursday, with tropical storm warnings in effect from Georgia to North Carolina, including Savannah, Raleigh, Wilmington and Charleston. Authorities expect the death toll to rise as the storm continues to push through the southeast.

"The storm surge is absolutely deadly". I don't know where they are. No longer. Michael was expected to bring surging seas up 9 feet (2.75 meters) above ground level at Keaton Beach.

Michael is forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Panhandle in decades. Scott says he spoke to President Trump on Monday afternoon. His office said he would tour the devastated areas next week.

Recent rapid hurricane intensification events in the Atlantic basin.

The storm is likely to fire up the debate over global warming.

It's expected to keep blowing across central and eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia before crossing into the Atlantic Ocean by late Thursday or early Friday. But without extensive study, they can not directly link a single weather event to the changing climate. Just as Northern politicians are judged on how they handle snowstorms, their Southern counterparts are watched closely for how they deal with hurricanes.

Bay County, which includes Panama City and Tyndall Air Force Base, was 98 percent without power Thursday morning, according to the state Division of Emergency Management.

In St. Marks, John Hargan and his family gathered up their pets and moved to a raised building constructed to withstand a Category 5 after water from the St. Marks River began surrounding their home.

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