Hurricane Michael Obliterates Mexico Beach, Florida

Hurricane Michael left a trail of damaged boats in a marina in Panama City Florida after it made landfall on Wednesday. It battered the city for nearly three hours and roads were made virtually impassable

Hurricane Michael has crashed into the Florida Panhandle with winds up to 250 kilometres per hour and the potential for a devastating storm surge from what was expected to be the worst storm ever recorded in the region.

Meanwhile, Michael continues its track across southern Georgia toward the Carolinas.

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

Michael is the third-most powerful hurricane to make landfall in the continental US.

A structure in Panama City Beach was no match for Michael's winds, as the home under construction collapsed an hour prior to the Category 4 storm's eyewall coming ashore.

Forming near the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday and having first appeared on radars just a day prior, Hurricane Michael is now situated 80 miles south-southwest of Panama City, Florida, where it is set to make landfall, and is moving northward.

As of 5 p.m. EDT, Michael is still a Category 3 major hurricane with its peak winds measuring 125 miles per hour. They said Michael could be the strongest hurricane to hit that stretch of coastline in 13 years.

"There are so many downed power lines and trees that it's nearly impossible to get through the city", Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson said.

The National Hurricane Center forecasted that a few areas could see up to a foot of rain.

Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the most powerful hurricane to blow ashore on the U.S. mainland since Camille in 1969.

Storm strengthens to hurricane, tracks away from Cayman
After four days, hurricane experts say, the system should diminish and move off the mid-Atlantic coast. Mandatory evacuations are underway for Citrus County residents living in Zone A, or in mobile homes.

The risk of life-threatening storm surge, flooding rains, and unsafe winds are increasing for the northeastern Gulf Coast.

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.

The Greensboro man's death came after Florida Gov. Rick Scott said at a press conference Wednesday night that there had been no reported fatalities yet.

"We just finished renovating and updating", she said. Eastern time. The US Energy Information Administration said about 388,000 customers in Florida, 46,000 customers in Georgia, and 45,000 customers in Alabama were in the dark as the storm moved inland.

"Northwest Florida has never encountered a storm of this magnitude", Rogers said in a release.

The National Weather Service office in Tallahassee issued a dramatic appeal for people to comply with evacuation orders. It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S.in almost 50 years. "Do not risk your life, leave NOW if you were told to do so", it said.

Brian Bon inspects damages in the Panama City downtown area after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Panama City.

After landfall in Florida, Michael's strong winds and heavy rains will thrash Georgia and the Carolinas next, including areas that got a soaking last month from Hurricane Florence.

Trump declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Florida, freeing up federal assistance to supplement state and local disaster responses.

Scientists say global warming is responsible for more intense and more frequent extreme weather, such as storms, droughts, floods and fires.

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