Damage in Panama City was extensive, with broken and uprooted trees and power lines down almost everywhere.
Wakulla County issued a dire warning, saying it won't open any of its shelters - because they're safety-rated only for storms up to Category 2 strength, WFSU reports.
In a tweet Thursday morning, Sen.
Mexico Beach, Florida, has been one of the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Michael.
Michael was blamed for at least two deaths: a man in Gadsden County died when a tree fell and a girl in Seminole County, Georgia.
"The center of Michael is then expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday, and move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on Friday". Michael as of 5 a.m. was a strong Category 1 hurricane with a minimum pressure of 973 millibars, a measure of atmospheric pressure indicating that air is rising in the storm, pulling in winds toward its center.
The 11:30 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center reports that Hurricane Michael has sustained winds of 150 miles per hour.
Scientists have long warned that global warming will make storms more destructive, and some say the evidence for this may already be visible.
The Florida Panhandle woke up to harrowing scenes of destruction Thursday in the wake of monster Hurricane Michael, the worst storm on record to ever hit the area and the fourth most powerful to strike USA shores. Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind the Labor Day storm (184 miles per hour, or 296 kph), Camille and Andrew in 1992. 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.
Scott said 1,000 search and rescue personnel were ready to respond as soon as Michael passes.
At 11 p.m. Tuesday, the eye of Michael was about 220 miles (355 kilometers) south-southwest of Panama City, Florida.
Rapid intensification means that a storm has found itself in an ideal environment - one usually characterized by warm waters and little adverse wind shear. He spent the early part of the morning making national television appearances. "There's still stuff we don't know about hurricanes", Klotzbach said.
Asked if there would be more evacuation orders, he said officials were monitoring the situation but that people in potentially affected areas should not take any chances against such a large storm surge.
Dock Street, the arty fishing town's main drag, was mostly spared, a stark contrast from the destruction from Hurricane Hermine in 2016, that slammed the island with a nine-foot storm surge.
"The entire county was "pitch black" and there were no clear roads", he said. "Fatalities may be realized". Search and rescue teams have moved into Panam City, Mexico Beach, Tyndall, Alligator Point and Carrabelle.
"In Mexico beach (FL) blew to pieces the house".
More than 19,000 utility workers from companies in Florida and across the country have started assessing the damages. Gulf Coast Hospital moved out 145. We thought the windows were going to break at any time.
University of Georgia's Marshall Shepherd, a former president of the American Meteorological Society, called it a "life-altering event" on Facebook and said he watched the storm's growth on satellite images with a pit growing in his stomach. He said 110,000 residences and businesses were without power Thursday, morning, representing about 90 percent of the customers served by the city's electric service. Residents in these areas should follow all advice given by their local officials. About 375,000 residents were under mandatory or voluntary evacuation.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chief Brock Long said Michael was the most intense hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since record keeping began in 1851.
"It is going to go fast", Trump said in an interview with "Fox and Friends".
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