Breathtaking video from MIDDLE of hurricane Michael shows blue skies

Gwen Vasquez
October 11, 2018

Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle earlier today as a strong Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, just 2 miles per hour away from being a Category 5. The monster hurricane was the most powerful ever recorded to hit the Panhandle and was on par with Hurricanes Irma, which swept across Florida in September 2017, and Andrew, which devastated Homestead in 1992.

Supercharged by abnormally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 155 miles per hour Wednesday, splintering homes and submerging neighborhoods.

The NHC said: "On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move through eastern Georgia into central SC this morning, then moves across portions of central and eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia into the Atlantic Ocean by late tonight or early Friday". "Storm surge can occur before, during, or after the center of a storm passes through an area".

Some 500,000 Florida residents had been ordered or urged to seek higher ground before the storm in 20 counties spanning a 200-mile stretch of shoreline, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said. "Citizens in Georgia need to wake up and pay attention", Long said.

"We're going to do everything we can and send people out to keep people safe".

Numerous buildings in Panama City were demolished, partially collapsed or without roofs amid deserted streets littered with debris, twisted, fallen tree trunks and dangling wires.

"It's going to be terrible", Thomas told CNN.

"It feels like you don't know when the next tree is going to fall on top of you because it's blowing so ferociously", said Port St Joe Mayor Bo Patterson.

The National Weather Service office in the state capital Tallahassee issued a dramatic appeal for people to comply with evacuation orders.

"The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no category four hurricane ever hitting the Florida panhandle".

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"This happened so quickly, we weren't exactly prepared", he said.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Florida, freeing up federal assistance to supplement state and local disaster responses.

"North Carolina is staring down another powerful hurricane less than a month (after) Hurricane Florence battered our state", Cooper said at a news conference, The News & Observer reported.

He has covered hurricanes in the state for decades.

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 previous year in the journal Nature Communications found.

A year ago saw a string of catastrophic storms batter the western Atlantic - including Irma, Maria and Harvey, which caused a record-equaling $125 billion in damage when it flooded the Houston metropolitan area.

As the hurricane moves out of Florida, Scott warned that flash floods and tornadoes are still possibilities and said "the weather is still extremely risky".

More than 17,000 people tuned into the broadcast, including Sen.

The Galveston Hurricane caused the greatest number of deaths on the U.S. mainland.

Last Thursday, forecasters were saying that what was then called Tropical Storm Michael "does not pose a threat to land". Up to a foot (30 cm) of rainfall was forecast for some areas.

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