Hurricane Michael: Videos show destruction in US

The hurricane reached wind speeds of over 150 miles per hour when it made landfall between Tyndall Air Force Base and Mexico Beach, just south of Panama City, according to NASA.

Damage in Panama City near where Michael came ashore Wednesday afternoon was so extensive that broken and uprooted trees and downed power lines lay almost everywhere.

- Power outages: 190,000 Florida customers and 32,000 Georgia customers without power.

The storm could drive sea water levels as high as 4.3 metres above normal in some areas, the National Hurricane Centre said. There are no injuries reported at this time.

"The time for evacuating along the coast has come and gone". More than 40,000 people lost power across the state.

Only the so-called Labor Day hurricane of 1935 in the Florida Keys (892 millibars) and Hurricane Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1969 (900 millibars) were more intense. The only other hurricane that landed with comparable force this late in the year was Hurricane Hazel in 1954, but Michael was much stronger when it came ashore, Mr. Henson said.

"While it might be their constitutional right to be an idiot, it's not their right to endanger everyone else!" "We're kind of getting crushed", Franklin County Sheriff A.J.

Mike Thomas, the mayor of Panama City Beach, a resort west of Panama City, said he expected there would be casualties and that emergency personnel would not go out when winds get over 80km/h. "I didn't expect all this", he said.

"My heart stopped. It has been a year effort and I just didn't know what to do", Sydni Troupe said.

"Not yet - knock on wood", she said.

"Storm surge estimates are anywhere between nine and 14 feet".

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. Once that happens, wind speeds increase.

Haley Nelson stands in front of what is left of one of her father's trailer homes on Wednesday.

He said the storm would still have hurricane-force winds as it pushed through Florida into Georgia, and tropical storm-force winds when it reaches the Carolinas, which are still reeling from post-Florence flooding. The hospital said it is running off of generators and patients have been moved to safe areas of the facility. "A very risky one".

Linda Albrecht, a councilwoman in Mexico Beach, spoke to the network about leaving her home with only a few essential objects. The lead-grey water was so high that roofs were about all that could be seen of many homes.

A vehicle is seen caught in floodwaters in Panama City, Fla. "God willing we'll still have some place". Their ears even popped as the barometric pressure dropped. "Structures built before 2001 are not created to handle that type of wind, typically", Long said.

Hours earlier, meteorologists watched satellite imagery in complete awe as the storm intensified.

"We are in new territory", National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote on Facebook.

After making landfall near Mexico Beach around 2 p.m. ET, the eye of Michael moved inland over the Florida Panhandle east of Panama City.

The storm is likely to fire up the debate over global warming.

Scientists have long warned that global warming will make storms more destructive, and some say the evidence for this may already be visible. But without extensive study, they can not directly link a single weather event to the changing climate.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican running for the US Senate in November's congressional elections, declared a state of emergency in 35 Florida counties.

As winds started to topple trees in Tallahassee, one of them landed on Joe Marino's chimney.

"Going back through records to 1851 we can't find another Cat 4 in this area, so this is unfortunately a historical and incredibly risky and life-threatening situation", he said. He acknowledged that a lot of the residents in the area were poor and said it was probably tough to leave.

"Upstairs is a no-go zone", he said. Michael is now positioned 60 miles south-southwest of Panama City.

Patterson said about 2,500 of the town's 3,500 people were still there, including about 100 in a beachside area who ignored a mandatory evacuation order.

The St. Marks River overflows into the city of St. Marks, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

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