Hurricane Michael Has Arrived

Hurricane Michael Has Arrived

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The 11:30 a.m. advisory on what is forecast to be the largest hurricane on record to impact the panhandle and big bend area of Florida from the National Hurricane Center reports, Hurricane Michael has sustained winds of 150 miles per hour.

Long says "Mexico Beach took the brunt, that's probably ground zero".

In a tweet Thursday morning, Sen.

Reporting from a helicopter in the aftermath, CNN's Brooke Baldwin said while flying over the town of Mexico Beach, Florida: "It's gone".

Michael was blamed for at least two deaths: a man in Gadsden County died when a tree fell and a girl in Seminole County, Georgia.

Emergency officials in SC are reporting no injuries or deaths so far as Tropical Storm Michael moves across the state.

1 P.M. The 1 p.m. advisory on Hurricane Michael is out, and not much has changed from the previous report.

Pressures would ultimately fall to 919 millibars, one of the lowest pressures of any hurricane at landfall in the United States - and the winds responded by amping up further to 155 miles per hour right as the storm struck the coast.

Hurricane Michael, the third-most powerful storm to ever hit the US mainland, slammed into the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday.

Although Tallahassee avoided a direct hit from the Category 4 storm, Mayor Andrew Gillum said on Facebook that "our community has been pretty significantly impacted".

One major concern? That another tropical inundation coming so soon after Hurricane Florence could cause already swollen rivers to flood again.

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The reason? Michaels late formation exposed it to the kind of weather system Wednesday normally see later in the year. Normally, the seasonal transition from summer to fall causes oceans in the northern hemisphere to cool by October.

The governor activated 750 National Guardsmen for storm response on Monday, on top of the 500 activated the day before. "This isn't going to help". He spent the early part of the morning making national television appearances.

More than 5,000 people were in 34 shelters that have been opened across the region.

The areas that took the brunt of the storm are spread out, officials said, with very few access points where they can receive aid.

The region should brace for "major infrastructure damage", specifically to electricity distribution, wastewater treatment systems and transportation networks, Jeff Byard, associate administrator for FEMA, told reporters on a conference call with Reuters. "Fatalities may be realized".

Associated Press journalists watched Michael roll ashore from hotels in Panama City and Panama City Beach.

In Panama City, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Mexico Beach, buildings were crushed and boats were scattered around. They reported seeing many destroyed homes, some with staircases leading to doors suspended 10 feet (3 meters) in the air with nothing on the other side, entire structures washed away. Another half million people lost electricity in other states. Gulf and Franklin counties, which are on the coast, and Holmes County, which is to the north, were all more than 90 percent without power. It was the most powerful hurricane on record to hit the Panhandle. The facilitys 1,400 patients and staff had no electricity, water or ways to communicate with the outside world.

SCOTT: This storm surge is absolutely deadly.

Pre-landfall, just 3,500 people were counted in shelters. Residents in these areas should follow all advice given by their local officials. About 375,000 residents were under mandatory or voluntary evacuation.

"I know it's going to cover everything around here", Sadousky said Tuesday, eyeing water lapping at the edge of a canal behind his home.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said officials were just starting to go in and survey the damage but expect power to be out for weeks in some areas.

Trump said later from the rally, "Our thoughts and prayers on behalf of the nation to everyone out there in the path of Hurricane Michael".

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