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1 dead as monstrous Hurricane Michael tears into Florida

Hurricane Michael: Photos & Videos OF The Treacherous Storm’s Destruction As It Makes Landfall 'Worst on record': Hurricane Michael slams Florida with winds up to 250kmh
Frank Williams | 11 October, 2018, 16:13

Hurricane Michael barrelled into the Florida Panhandle with winds of 155mph (250km/h) Wednesday, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake, as it became the most powerful storm to ever hit the region - and the fourth strongest to make landfall in the United States.

Diane Farris, 57, and her son walked to a high school-turned-shelter near their home in Panama City to find about 1,100 people crammed into a space meant for about half as many.

As the storm came ashore Wednesday, tornado risks grew, with warnings issued as far south as Sarasota County.

Category 4 Hurricane Michael smashes into Florida with winds of up to 250kmh. O'Shaughnessy said Army Corps of Engineers personnel are still on the ground in the Carolina's assisting with rebuilding efforts there. Only Hurricane Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1969 and the so-called Labor Day hurricane of 1935 in the Florida Keys were more intense.

Florida officials said Michael, packing winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour), was the most powerful storm to hit the state's northern Panhandle area in more than a century.

The storm is expected to affect many communities in the Carolinas still reeling from Hurricane Florence.

Forecasters said it will unleash damaging wind and rain all the way into the Carolinas, still recovering from Hurricane Florence's epic flooding. The storm had top sustained winds of 112 km/h and was moving to the northeast at 27 km/h.

In 2016, Hurricane Matthew, which caused the deaths of almost 600 people in Haiti, quickly grew to a Category 5 storm with sustained winds up 165 miles an hour because of rapid intensification.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Michael would dump as much as 8 inches of rain in some areas. The winds ripped off hotel awnings, shattered glass doors, blew down fences and stirred up white caps in swimming pools.

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"We've been very cautious with sending our first responders out right now", she said.

Mexico Beach councilwoman Linda Albrecht told CNN she fears she won't have a home to go back to after the hurricane sweeps through the state. Many buildings have no roofs.

A pine tree broke a hole in their roof and his ears popped when the barometric pressure plummeted.

National Hurricane Centre meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote: "We are in new territory". Bill Nelson, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democrat running against Republican Ron DeSantis. A man was killed by a falling tree in Tallahassee. Preliminary reports indicate the child, who authorities believe was 11 years old, died when something fell on a home but authorities have not been able to get to the home yet, said Travis Brooks, the county's emergency management director.

Trees and wires are down throughout Florida Gulf Coast towns.

"I think that we just caught the band of it".

Reynolds said she and her friend even bought scratch-off tickets because they felt luck was in their favor after the storm.

Hargan, a bartender at a riverfront restaurant, feared he would lose his home and his job to the storm. Hundreds of military families were moved out, and the base's aircraft, which include F-22 Raptors, were flown to safety hundreds of miles away.

"I'm freaking scared I'm going to lose everything I own, man."

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