Dramatic videos show what happened as Hurricane Michael made landfall

Hurricane Michael has arrived, and it's stronger than anyone expected

Hurricane Michael is one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the US, and the proof is strewn across miles of Florida's coastline: Roofs and awnings peeled from buildings, pieces of homes scattered amid snapped trees and downed power lines, chunks of beaches washed away. "There was a tree involved".

The storm surge, which is the elevated sea level around the storm itself that pushes onto land as the hurricane makes landfall, has spread from the panhandle down the Florida peninsula, reaching as far as Tampa.

"Along our coast, communities are going to see unimaginable devastation", Scott said, with storm surge posing the greatest danger. "You just don't know when the next one is going down".

Residents of Georgia and Alabama have been hit with power blackouts after the hurricane crossed into the southeastern part of the states.

The winds were so strong they brought down a billboard in Florida's Panama City, tore down a Texaco gas pumping station canopy in Inlet Beach, and the storm surge completely knocked a house of its foundations in Mexico Beach.

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Moving north-northeast at 16 miles per hour, the center of Michael, with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour, reached southeastern Alabama and southwest Georgia by 5 p.m.

A transformer also exploded in Panama City Beach.

If you live in an area affected by the hurricane, you can find the latest forecasts and warnings at the National Hurricane Center's website.

A child was killed in Seminole County, Georgia during the storm, emergency management officials said.

Before the sun went down and the skies turned midnight blue, those in the path of Hurricane Michael shared glimpses of what some say is the worst hurricane damage they've seen.

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The National Weather Service office in the state capital Tallahassee issued a dramatic appeal for people to comply with evacuation orders. That is just two miles an hour shy of Category 5, the strongest on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. "Things happen to even the most experienced chasers", said Rachael Adair.

Even before landfall, the hurricane disrupted energy operations in the Gulf, cutting crude oil production by more than 40% and natural gas output by almost a third as offshore platforms were evacuated ahead of the storm's arrival.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for all of Florida, freeing up federal assistance to supplement state and local disaster responses. Neighborhood streets flooded as waves battered the shoreline.

Though wind speed is the basis for hurricane categories, central pressure is actually a better measure of damage that a hurricane will cause, a study published a year ago in the journal Nature Communications found. Scientists say global warming is responsible for more intense and more frequent extreme weather, such as storms, droughts, floods and fires, and Michael was fueled by abnormal water temperatures in the Gulf - 4-to-5 degrees above the historic norm for this time of year.

More than 17,000 people tuned into the broadcast, including Sen. "We've been through hurricanes but never where we were completely cut off like this".

Hurricane Michael makes landfall, heading to Mid-Atlantic coast
A National Ocean Service water level station at Apalachicola recently reported almost 6.5 feet of inundation above ground level. Forecasters also said a wind gust of 54 miles per hour (87 kph) was reported at Apalachicola Regional Airport.


"We are still in the midst of a Category 4 catastrophic and historic storm".

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