Hurricane Michael set to be strongest storm to ever hit Florida Panhandle

Probabilities of hurricane-force wind speeds

Probabilities of hurricane-force wind

Ricketts called for Michael to be a tropical depression, or a post-tropical depression, by the time it gets to the WTOP listening area, and to be pushed off the coast of Virginia by the cold front.

The death, in an area west of state capital Tallahassee, was the first confirmed since Michael made landfall.

Panama City after Michael. 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. The hurricane is forecast to hit the Florida Panhandle at a possible category 4 storm.

After making landfall Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida panhandle, leaving a scarred path of broken buildings, uprooted trees, and splintered homes in its wake.

Hurricane Michael is predicted to travel northeast across the southern US, reaching the Atlantic Ocean again on tomorrow night (Oct. 11).

"We haven't seen her since the tree hit the den".

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. "Those who stick around to experience storm surge don't typically live to tell about it unfortunately".

General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command, said some Florida residents may have been surprised by the rapid growth of the storm.

"I am hearing on TV, as all of us go home, it will be like a war zone", she added.

Emergency Management Agency director Travis Brooks told WGXA-TV that a child in Seminole County, Ga., died as a result of the storm.

Nadine is expected to fizzle out and dissipate in the open waters after running into wind shear, drier air and slightly cooler ocean temperatures, the hurricane center said.

The hurricane was expected to gradually weaken as it passed over the southeastern United States, the hurricane center said. But the fast-moving, fast-strengthening storm didn't give people much time to prepare, and emergency authorities lamented that many ignored the warnings and seemed to think they could ride it out.

As the Tallahassee office of the National Weather Service said on Twitter earlier Wednesday: "If you're not sheltered in place now, you need to be!"

"Hurricane Michael is an unprecedented event and can not be compared to any of our previous events".

"I say God bless you all", Mr Trump said. Ranked as a Category 4, the disaster ruined the town's commercial industry and its status as a major port whilst claiming the lives of up to 12,000 inhabitants.

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

More than 490,402 people are without power in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

There have been mandatory evacuations of several coastal counties in Florida, so the full extent of the damage will not be clear until later today.

President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for Florida, freeing up federal funds for relief operations and providing the assistance of FEMA, which has more than 3,000 people on the ground.

Forecasters said it would unleash damaging wind and rain all the way into the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence's epic flooding.

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