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'Ferocious' Hurricane Michael floods town, rips up trees after crashing into Florida

'Ferocious' Hurricane Michael floods town, rips up trees after crashing into Florida 'Ferocious' Hurricane Michael floods town, rips up trees after crashing into Florida
Theresa Hayes | 11 October, 2018, 10:51

Shredded trees, derailed train cars and a sunken trailer are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

Michael, which had caught many by surprise with its rapid intensification as it churned north over the Gulf of Mexico, was the most powerful storm ever recorded to hit the Panhandle. The hurricane is forecast to hit the Florida Panhandle at a possible category 4 storm.

Those storms left a trail of destruction: the 1935 hurricane was responsible for 408 deaths in the Keys, while Camille was linked to 256 deaths in two states, according to the hurricane center.

A Panhandle man was killed by a tree that toppled on a home, Gadsden County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower said. According to the US Energy Information Administration.

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. Storm surge is going to be the worse where eye makes landfall - just to the east or south of where the eye makes landfall...

"We are in new territory", U.S. National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote on Facebook.

The Greensboro man's death came after Florida Gov. Rick Scott said at a press conference Wednesday night that there had been no reported fatalities yet. Those winds are expected to arrive between noon and 3 p.m. and will continue until 6 a.m. Thursday.

In St. Marks, John Hargan and his family gathered up their pets and moved to a raised building constructed to withstand a Category 5 after water from the St. Marks River began surrounding their home.

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.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for 92 counties in his state, and a state of emergency also was announced in North Carolina. "It's going to be big problems ... as far as the wind goes, and then coastal storm surge", CNN meteorologist Jennifer Gray said.

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

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

Extremely powerful Hurricane Michael crashed into Florida's northwestern Panhandle coast on Wednesday, flooding towns and ripping up trees with 155 mile per hour (249 kph) winds and the potential for a devastating storm surge. "It is most likely that the very warm water in the likely contributing to the intensity and the intensification that we have seen", Jim Kossin, an atmospheric scientist with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told Reuters.

Central pressure is the measure of how much the atmosphere in the middle of a storm weighs. However, even at a lower category, the storm will pose a major threat.

Michael was a monster storm by wind speed around the time it made landfall.

The hurricane made a direct hit on New Orleans as a Category 3 storm, causing levees and flood walls to fail in dozens of places.