'Horrendous. Catastrophic': Menacing Michael Leaves Florida Devastated, Heads for Carolinas

People wait for breakfast as they and others seek safety in a shelter as Hurricane Michael approaches Panama City Florida

He says flash flooding and tornadoes are still possible, and says officials have heard reports of at least two tornadoes in Florida.

The Gadsden County Sheriff's office said that a man was found dead in his home in a small town outside of Tallahassee after a tree crashed through the roof. Some 125,000 homes were left without power in Georgia and over 52,000 homes in Alabama as of Wednesday evening. According to the US Energy Information Administration.

The storm is rumbling into SC, while also bringing strong winds and heavy rains to North Carolina and Virginia amid a tornado threat, many news outlets reported.

"Going back through records to 1851 we can't find another Cat 4 in this area, so this is unfortunately a historical and incredibly unsafe and life-threatening situation", he said.

Almost 950,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas and Georgia on Thursday.

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

Michael grew from a tropical storm to a Category 4 hurricane in about 40 hours. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal followed the example set by his Florida counterpart Rick Scott in declaring a state of emergency for 93 middle and south counties in his state.

O'Shaughnessy said 2,216 active duty personnel had been pre-positioned ahead of the storm, along with 32 helicopters, 240 high-water vehicles and 32 swift water boats.

From Florida to Alabama and Georgia to the Carolinas, over 900,000 homes and businesses have lost electricity. Just last month Apple donated $1 million to the Red Cross in response to Hurricane Florence.

The 'scary-looking' view of Hurricane Michael from the International Space Station
The threshold for a Category 5 hurricane is 157 miles per hour maximum sustained winds. "We're sending them out now", Scott said. Hurricane Michael continued to batter the Southeast, pummeling states with powerful rain, wind and flooding.

Causing major disruptions to oil and gas production in the Gulf even before its arrival, the storm was forecast to unleash waves as high as 14 feet (4.3 meters) above normal sea levels in some areas, the National Hurricane Center said.

Hurricane Michael roared ashore in Florida on Wednesday, flooding homes and streets and toppling trees and power lines in the Gulf of Mexico beachfront town where it made landfall as a raging Category 4 storm.

Bill Nelson said. "You are going to see a lot of destruction when the rescue crews get into Mexico Beach".

Meteorologists use another measure to evaluate hurricane intensity: central pressure.

A pine tree punched a hole in their roof, and Beu's ears popped because of the drop in barometric pressure from the storm.

It was a category two hurricane by Tuesday, and a borderline category five on Wednesday morning, packing 155mph winds.

Michael's winds of 155 miles per hour were the strongest since Andrew came ashore in 1992 with 165 miles per hour winds, and it had the lowest pressure, at 919 mb, since Camille had 900 mb pressure in 1969.

The National Hurricane Center said early Thursday that the eye of Michael was about 90 miles northeast of Macon, Georgia, and about 45 miles west of Augusta.

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