Man and girl killed as record-breaking Hurricane Michael brings devastation

Tracking Michael: Sustained winds now over 100 mph for Hurricane Michael

Another storm-related death was confirmed in neighboring Georgia.

Flash flooding was also reported in the big North Carolina cities of Charlotte and Raleigh.

The Category 4 hurricane was the fiercest to hit Florida in 80 years when it came ashore on Wednesday, but its strength waned as it pushed into Georgia. It was downgraded to a tropical storm at midnight on Wednesday.

Many residents hunkered down in designated shelters like this one in Tallahassee, riding out the storm in a sturdier building. The Atlantic writes that the storm's freakishly low pressure and sustained but brutal winds, which peaked at 155 miles per hour, flattened neighborhoods, snapped trees, and left hundreds without power.

Michael rapidly intensified as it churned north over the Gulf of Mexico and caught many by surprise.

A National Guard team got into Mexico Beach and found 20 survivors overnight, and more crews were pushing into the area in the morning, with the fate of many other residents unknown.

"Tropical storm wind gusts will continue across much of SC and central and eastern North Carolina, with sustained tropical storm force winds expected along the coast of the Carolinas", the agency said.

Tornadoes, risky winds and more flooding are possible in numerous same areas still recovering from Hurricane Florence.

The combination of those devastating conditions left homes in Mexico Beach destroyed and submerged in water.

Just about every update seemed to bring greater grimness: closed bridges, more towering waves, suspended emergency services, admonitions that the time to evacuate had passed. Aluminum siding was shredded and homes were split by fallen trees.

"The center of Michael will continue to move over the southern Gulf of Mexico this morning, then move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico later today and tonight", the agency said. Wind damage was also evident.




As the storm made its way inland, it caused havoc in Georgia, spinning off possible tornadoes and taking down power lines and trees.

As the Category 4 storm's center crossed nearby, Mulligan said, her concrete complex shook and vibrated against sustained winds of around 155 miles per hour. On Tuesday night, approximately 4,000 people stayed in almost 70 Red Cross and community evacuation centers across Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

"Hurricane Michael is the worst storm that the Florida Panhandle has ever seen", said governor Rick Scott of Florida, where 375,000 people were ordered evacuated from the western part of the state.

But Miller chose to stay behind and weather the risky storm in her two-story, 111-year-old house, which is just 100 yards from the Apalachicola Bay coastline.

Social media users affected by Hurricane Michael were quick to upload the damaged lands they call home.

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Even experts were surprised by how quickly the hurricane picked up speed.

Michael broke other records: Strongest hurricane to make landfall this late in the season, the third-strongest USA hurricane on record by pressure, and the strongest hurricane to strike Georgia directly in a dozen decades. 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.

President Donald Trump told reporters on Tuesday: "We are very well prepared for the incoming hurricane".

- To the rescue: U.S. Coast Guard crews have pulled 27 people from damaged homes along Florida's coastline.

The Pentagon positioned more than 2,200 active-duty military personnel, along with helicopters, high-water vehicles and swift-water boats. Families living along the Panhandle are now faced with a struggle to survive in a perilous landscape of shattered homes and shopping centres, the storm debris spread far and wide.

This article was originally published at 7:24 a.m.

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