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Michael: What we know about the deadly storm

Michael: What we know about the deadly storm

Tropical Storm Michael took its drenching rains to Georgia and the Carolinas on October 10, after battering Florida's Panhandle as the third most powerful hurricane ever to strike the USA mainland and killing at least two people.

Though the storm has weakened, it is continuing on a risky path across the southeast states. The storm had top sustained winds of 112 km/h and was moving to the northeast at 27 km/h. These eased steadily overnight, to 50 miles per hour just before dawn. The National Hurricane Centre warned of possible spinoff tornadoes and heavy rains in Alabama and Georgia, before the storm heads for SC, already soaked by Hurricane Florence in September.

The storm made landfall on Wednesday afternoon near Mexico Beach, about 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Panama City.

Numerous houses in Mexico Beach were reduced to naked concrete foundations or piles of debris.

According to The New York Times, the storm has already knocked out power in over 800,000 homes and businesses, compromised water systems and claimed two lives.

After it ravaged the Panhandle, Michael barreled into south Georgia as a Category 3 hurricane - the most powerful ever recorded for that part of the neighboring state.

"Along our coast, communities are going to see unimaginable devastation", Scott said, with storm surge posing the greatest danger. "When the water came in, houses started floating in front of our home".

In any case, no matter how you measure it, Michael is among the most powerful hurricanes in recent memory along with Camille in 1969, Andrew in 1992 and Katrina in 2005.

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"I'm urging residents of impacted areas to continue to stay off the roads and listen to your local authorities so that our first responders and utility crews can do their jobs", Gov. Rick Scott tweeted Thursday.

Michael sprang quickly from a weekend tropical depression, going from a Category 2 on Tuesday to a Category 4 by the time it came ashore.

The former Category 4 storm is now a post tropical cyclone in the Atlantic Ocean.

Michael could drop up to 7 inches (18 centimeters) over parts of the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia. This storm could also have some profound effects on how the sector thinks about (and models) loss potential from Gulf Coast hurricanes, as a result of the perhaps unexpected pre-landfall intensification and distance inland that hurricane force winds were recorded.

Michael roared ashore Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane near Mexico Beach, rendering the city almost unrecognizable.

Thousands of people hunkered down in shelters overnight after fleeing their homes ahead of the storm.

President Donald Trump on Thursday approved disaster declarations for four Florida counties, clearing the way for federal aid to the hardest hit areas.

Michael severely damaged cotton, timber, pecan and peanut crops, causing estimated liabilities as high as $1.9 billion and affecting up to 3.7 million crop acres (1.5 million hectares), said Brad Rippey, a meteorologist for the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Just a few weeks ago, Hurricane Florence made landfall on September 14 near Wrightsville Beach, NC.

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