Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Tropical Storm Michael

Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Tropical Storm Michael

As Michael moves into the Atlantic, the days of misery are far from over in the coastal cities left devastated beyond recognition.

Video shot by CNN from a helicopter showed homes closest to the water in Mexico Beach had lost all but their foundations. "This hurricane was an absolute monster".

Michael, the third most powerful hurricane ever to hit the US mainland, weakened overnight to a tropical storm and pushed northeast on Thursday, bringing drenching rains to Georgia and the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.

When it made landfall Wednesday in the Florida Panhandle, Michael was packing 155 miles per hour winds, 2 miles per hour shy of a Category 5 storm.

Homes destroyed in Mexico Beach, Florida.

Thirty miles up the coast in Panama City, blocks of beachfront homes were obliterated and debris lay strewn aside overturned vehicles.

Authorities said the state mental hospital in Chattahoochee, which has a section for the criminally insane, was cut off by land, and food and supplies were being flown in.

In Panama City, buildings were crushed, tall pine trees were sent flying and a steeple was knocked off a church.

Hurricane Michael is the strongest storm to make landfall in the continental United States in nearly half a century, and the strongest hurricane ever to hit in October.

"The kids live nearby. So far, everybody seems to be very safe".

CNN journalist Brooke Baldwin was left aghast at what little was left of Mexico Beach, Florida, as she viewed from a helicopter the devastation of the Florida Panhandle from Hurricane Michael, the third-most powerful hurricane to hit the US mainland in recorded history.

An 11-year-old girl was killed in Seminole County, Georgia, after a mobile carport was lifted off the ground, slammed through a roof and hit the child, WALB reports. "My thoughts are with all those along with the Gulf Coast and my administration will continue our outreach to governors and state agencies where Hurricane Michael has produced widespread damage".

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