Hurricane Michael makes landfall as strongest storm in U.S. in 50 years

Christopher Davidson
October 11, 2018

A man watches the sun set during Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach, Florida, U.S. October 10, 2018.

The US Air Force shuttered a command-and-control center as Hurricane Michael tore into the Florida coast, a top general said Wednesday, as the military mobilized thousands of troops to help tackle the monster storm's impact. "The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no Category 4 hurricane ever hitting the Florida Panhandle".

An unidentified man in the Florida Panhandle was killed by a fallen tree when it ripped through his home's roof, a spokeswoman for the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office told Fox News.

Human-caused greenhouse gases in the atmosphere create an energy imbalance, with more than 90% of remaining heat trapped by the gases going into the oceans, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association.

With maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour, Hurricane Micheal is bearing down on the Florida panhandle this morning, having intensified into what the National Weather Service called an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane.

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National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen added: "We are in new territory".

The storm has killed at least two people, including one child, according to reports.

Hundreds of thousands of electricity customers were without power as of 6 p.m.

The St. Marks River overflows into the city of St. Marks, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

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The governors of North and SC urged residents to brace for more heavy rain and storm-force winds as Michael plows northward up the Atlantic seaboard.

Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia issued an emergency declaration for 92 counties in the southern part of that state.

Trump was briefed on the hurricane on Wednesday prior to it making landfall and said he would visit the area early next week.

A unsafe storm surge continued along the coastal Florida panhandle; a National Ocean Service station in Apalachicola was reporting 5 feet of water above the ground level.

FEMA head Brock Long acknowledged that early evacuation efforts in the area were slow in comparison to how quickly the hurricane intensified.

Michael battered the shoreline with sideways rain, powerful gusts and crashing waves, swamping streets and docks, flattening trees, stripped away leaves, shredding awnings and peeling away shingles. 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.

Hurricane Michael strengthened overnight into a unsafe category 4 hurricane, and is headed for Florida - the strongest storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle.

Hurricane Michael was barely a hurricane Tuesday morning local time, with winds of 90mph (145km/h). Michael is shaping up to be even more powerful than Florence, which weakened just ahead of its landfall.

Central pressure is the measure of how much the atmosphere in the middle of a storm weighs. Forecasters said rainfall could reach up to a foot (30 centimeters), and the life-threatening storm surge could swell to 14 feet (4 meters).

The Weather Channel warns of "catastrophic storm surge" and incredibly high speed winds associated with the storm.

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