The storm left destruction in its wake after coming ashore at the tiny town of Mexico Beach, Florida. Two deaths have been reported, neighborhoods were destroyed and hundreds of thousands were left without power. Hurricane Michael has since been downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves through Georgia and South Carolina.
Brian Bon inspects damages in the Panama City, Florida, downtown area after Hurricane Michael made landfall along Floridas Panhandle on Wed., Oct. 10.
Kathy Coy stands among what is left of her Panama City home after Hurricane Michael destroyed it. She said she was in the home when it was blown apart and is thankful to be alive.
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A vehicle sits partially submerged in floodwaters as a fallen electricity transmission tower lays on the ground in the background after Hurricane Michael hit in Panama City.
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Haley Nelson stands in front of what is left of one of her fathers trailer home after hurricane Michael passed through the Florida Panhandle.
“If you’ve ever been to an area that’s been impacted by a storm, the trees are on the roads, the trees are on the lines, the trees are on the homes. So all these things have to be cleared out before we can restring the lines and of course so that we can keep our crews safe. We want to make sure they have a clear path to restore all of that power,” said Jen Myers, a meteorologist for Oncor.
Amanda Logsdon begins the process of trying to clean up her home after the roof was blown off by the Hurricane Michael.
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Mike Lindsey stands in his antique shop after the winds from hurricane Michael broke the windows in his Panama City store.
An American flag battered by Hurricane Michael continues to fly in the in the rose-colored light of sunset at Shell Point Beach on Oct. 10, in Crawfordville, Florida.
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A resident looks at belongings scattered on a floor at a damaged home after Hurricane Michael hit in Panama City.
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(RNN) – Hurricane Michael, one of the most-intense storms to ever hit the United States, roared ashore early Wednesday afternoon along the Florida Panhandle with 155 mph winds, just two miles per hour shy of Category 5 status.
The Category 4 storm killed at least two people before weakening and moving inland. It’s now headed up the East Coast and dumping a lot of rain on Georgia as a tropical storm.
It was downgraded to a tropical storm early Thursday. It continues to weaken as it moves across south-central Georgia. Flooding is also gradually decreasing along the Gulf Coast, as of 11 p.m. ET Wednesday.
But it continues cutting a path of destruction, bringing heavy rains and damaging winds. It entered Georgia as a Category 3 storm, the first to track into the state in over a century.
Michael is the strongest hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle on record, and the strongest storm to make landfall in the continental United States since Hurricane Andrew, which struck in 1992.
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The death of a child in Seminole County, GA was reported late Wednesday. While officials were not sure how the child had died, they did say it was associated with the storm, according to WALB.
Another death was reported near Greensboro, FL, on Wednesday. The Gadsden County Sheriffs Office said a man died after a tree fell on a home there, CNN reported.
Nearly 6,700 Floridians are weathering the storm in the 54 shelters set up in the state. Nine Florida counties have enacted curfews to keep people off dangerous roads.
Officials are urging those still in affected areas to avoid getting on the roads and to stay safe indoors.
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott said 3,500 soldiers and airmen have been activated for high water search and rescue operations. Nearly 1,000 Florida law enforcement officers are also ready to deploy to impacted areas.
Video: Hurricane Michael strengthens to Category 4 storm
More than 114,000 people were without electricity in Georgia. More than 62,000 customers had lost power in Alabama.
Heavy rainfall from Michael is causing life-threatening flash flooding from the Panhandle to the Big Bend region of Florida. It could bring life-threatening floods to parts of southeast Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and southeast Virginia.
Transportation officials are already anticipating gale-force winds by closing the main bridge over the Savannah River between Savannah and South Carolina. The Georgia Department of Transportation said the Talmadge Memorial Bridge on U.S. 17 will close at 9 p.m. Wednesday, because it will be too difficult for motorists to control their vehicles in such conditions.
A tornado watch has been issued for nearly all of Georgia south of Athens, and for north Florida from Tallahassee to Jacksonville, through 2 a.m. ET Thursday.
The National Hurricane Center, along with local officials in impacted areas, are warning residents not to leave their homes, and especially not to venture out into the eye of the storm as it passes.
The storm is here. Its not safe to travel across the Panhandle,” Gov. Scott said Wednesday. “If you are in a coastal area, do not leave your house. The time to evacuate has come and gone.
If you made the choice to stay, seek refuge,” he said. “The worst thing you could do is put your family in danger.
Wednesday night, Scott tweeted: If you live in impacted coastal communities, DO NOT TRY TO COME HOME TONIGHT. The roads are not clear.
Scott urged Floridians to stay off the roads in impacted areas so rescue teams could do their jobs and save lives. Wednesday night, Scott tweeted that first responders were headed onto those roads to help people affected by the hurricane.
If you live in impacted coastal communities, DO NOT TRY TO COME HOME TONIGHT. The roads are not clear.
The City of Tallahassee said Wednesday night that there are in excess of 200 roads blocked by trees, in the area. The city urged residents to stay sheltered to allow crews to safely and efficiently assess damage and begin the process of recovery.
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Earlier Wednesday, Scott tweeted that the state government is prepared to deploy 1 million gallons of water, 1.5. million Meals Ready-to-Eat and 400,000 pounds of ice to help our families being impacted by the storm.”
We are prepared to deploy 1 million gallons of water, 1.5 million Meals Ready-to-Eat and 400,000 pounds of ice to help our families being impacted by the storm. pic.twitter.com/8OvbBUh66z
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The Salvation Army also announced theyre sending a mobile feeding kitchen to Panama City to serve the people impacted by the hurricane.
In Wednesday afternoon Facebook Live broadcasts, the director of the NHC, Ken Graham, called Michael extremely dangerous.
He warned of downed trees and power outages as the hurricane moves through southwest Georgia and into the middle of the state Wednesday evening.
Graham also warned of heavy rains moving through Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia, which could bring the risk of flash flooding.
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Strong storm surges are continuing along the Florida coast for miles inland. Graham said it could take some time for the waters to subside after the winds calm.
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Because of flooding, debris and downed power lines, the NHC cautions those in the storm path not to venture outside, especially after nightfall.