Hurricane Michael continued to batter the Southeast, pummeling states with powerful rain, wind and flooding.
"I think our biggest impact here on the Island could be some heavier rain from this more garden-variety storm system, than a direct impact from Michael itself, although a plume of tropical moisture well ahead of Michael does look to push far enough north to have some effect on P.E.I".
Rick Reichmuth, Fox News' chief meteorologist, said Michael was the fourth most powerful storm to ever make landfall in the U.S.in terms of wind, and the third most powerful in terms of pressure, at 919 mb.
Given the ongoing impacts, hurricane Michael still has 90 mph winds now nearly 5 hours after landall as we update this article, establishing the actual damage impacts and industry loss is going to take some time.
Downed powerlines are seen after hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida.
Damage in Panama City, just west of where Michael came ashore Wednesday afternoon, was so extensive that broken and uprooted trees and downed power lines lay almost everywhere.
"Upwards of 8- to 12-foot storm surge is expected, so there could be some significant low-lying flooding in coastal areas", said National Weather Liaison Ken Widelski. The core of Michael will move across eastern Georgia into central SC later Thursday.
President Donald Trump has been in touch with state governors and said a federal emergency team is standing by and ready to help with storm recovery.
That is rarefied air: only three storms have hit the U.S.at Category 5: an unnamed storm that devastated the Florida Keys in 1935; Camille, which hit MS in 1969; and Andrew, which plowed across South Florida in 1992. Gusts of 30 miles per hour could reach Charlotte by about 2 p.m., and gusts above 39 miles per hour - tropical storm strength - are possible, the weather service said.
Gen, Terrence O'Shaughnessy, commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said some Florida residents may have been taken by surprise by the rapid escalation of the storm.
One man died after a tree fell on his home and local authorities reported the death of a child in Seminola County, Georgia, after Michael progressed into the Southern US state.
"We haven't seen her since the tree hit the den".
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Many homes were ripped apart or washed away altogether in Mexico Beach, a town of 1,000 where the hurricane made landfall and the storm surge pushed lead-grey water up to the rooftops. "This happened so quickly", he said.
It made landfall on the coast as a Category 1 hurricane on September 14 and drenched some parts of the state with 40 inches (101 centimeters) of rain. Neighborhood streets flooded as waves battered the shoreline.
In St. Marks, roughly 20 miles south of Tallahassee, photos showed rising waters pouring into homes and businesses as early as Wednesday morning.