Photos and videos show mass destruction from 'Monstrous' Michael in Florida

Muriel Hammond
October 12, 2018

By Thursday morning, the system had been downgraded to a tropical storm but remained unsafe, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm has now claimed the lives of 11 people across Florida, North Carolina and Georgia.

Hurricane Michael tore into the Florida town of Mexico Beach as the storm made landfall.

This is preferred by Klotzbach, who explains that it is more precise for historical comparisons because it is measured precisely by an airplane flying in the middle of the storm's eye, whereas "wind is going to be different everywhere along the hurricane".

Though the storm has weakened, it is continuing on a risky path across the southeast states.

At 03:00 GMT on Thursday, maximum sustained winds decreased to 75mph, the NHC said in a bulletin. The storm is expected to hit the Carolinas on Thursday, which are still recovering from Last month's Hurricane Florence.

Roads were filled with piles of floating debris.

"Heavy rain and tropical storm force winds are heading our way", he said.

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

See Hurricane Michael's path of destruction.

"I'll be travelling to Florida very, very shortly and I just want to wish them all the best".

The storm left almost 500,000 people without electricity in Florida, Alabama and Georgia, emergency services say. As for why Hanson and others stayed behind, Greg says he spoke to one man who "faulted the National Hurricane Center and the news media for not providing a more accurate forecast". "There was a tree involved".

Authorities said falling trees killed a man outside Tallahassee, Florida, and an 11-year-old girl in southwest Georgia.

"Mexico Beach was wiped out", said Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This was a borderline Category 5 storm, and it's clear the only reason Michael didn't quite cross that threshold was because it was crossing beaches by that time instead.

Michael could drop up to 7 inches (18 centimeters) over parts of the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia. The base was evacuated in advance of the Category 4 storm that struck the Gulf Coast on Wednesday afternoon with 155 miles per hour winds and a strong storm surge.

The sun sets late Wednesday on a wreckage-littered street in Panama City, Fla., after Category 4 Hurricane Michael arrived with winds of 155 miles per hour.

An estimated 375,000 people in more than 20 counties were ordered or advised to evacuate.

U.S. President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for all of Florida, freeing federal assistance to supplement state and local disaster responses.

State officials issued disaster declarations in Alabama and Georgia and the storm is also expected to bring heavy rainfall to North and SC.

But even as affected communities evaluate the damage left in the storm's wake, weather satellites continued to monitor Michael's progress.

Hurricane Michael's battering waves swamped streets and docks and shrieking winds splintered trees and rooftops.

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