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Hurricane Michael grows stronger on way to Florida

'Monster' Hurricane Michael strengthens on its way to Florida Gov. Deal declares State of Emergency for 92 counties ahead of Michael
Theresa Hayes | 11 October, 2018, 21:29

Few buildings are left standing Thursday after Hurricane Michael hit Mexico Beach, Florida, leaving a destructive path while continuing its rampage across the southeastern U.S.

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA- Remarkably, Category 4 Hurricane Michael continues to grow in strength as it approaches the Florida Panhandle this morning and early afternoon.

1 P.M. The 1 p.m. advisory on Hurricane Michael is out, and not much has changed from the previous report. "It will be life-threatening and extremely risky". Two people have died so far from the storm. Florence dumped trillions of gallons of water on North and SC.

"Today is the day".

The hurricane was downgraded from a Category 4 to a tropical storm and is now moving up the Carolinas. Homes were swallowed in storm surge.

Authorities said a falling tree killed a man outside Tallahassee, Florida, and an 11-year-old girl in Georgia was killed when the wind picked up a carport and dropped it on her home.

President Trump has approved Florida's declaration of emergency. "You want to check on things, and begin the recovery process", Scott said, but "we have to make sure things are safe". "It looks like another big one".

The governor pleaded with people in the hard-hit areas to stay away for now.

There have only been a half-dozen storms that struck the United States with lower barometric pressure, the most recent being Katrina, Andrew and Camille - and all six "were devastating storms", Klotzbach said.

The Florida National Guard has deployed 3,500 members for search-and-rescue and humanitarian aid, with assistance from National Guard units from as far away as NY and Kansas.

Meteorologists watched satellite imagery in complete awe as the storm intensified. "Do not think you can survive it", Scott said.

In Georgia, governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 92 of Georgia's 159 counties.

Farther inland, Tallahassee city officials were grappling with wind damage that had brought down numerous city's trees, blocking streets and knocking out power.

"The entire county was "pitch black" and there were no clear roads", he said. You can not hide from this storm.

Peaton says he is working closely with the National Weather Service to provide accurate information and protective measures to his county, which faces the Gulf of Mexico and is especially vulnerable to any flooding produced by Michael.

It appeared to be so powerful that it remained a hurricane as it moved into south Georgia early Thursday.

Both Peaton and Scott encourage residents to have at least three days' worth of food and supplies and to check on their neighbors and monitor local news coverage.

In a recent study in the Journal of Climate, researchers found more rapid intensifications in a simulation of a human-warmed world, and also that this would prove a key pathway toward more intense hurricanes in general. The city could face hurricane-force winds of up to 100 miles per hour - enough to knock down a lot of trees and power lines, Accuweather meteorologist Brett Rathbun warned.

"A northward motion is expected through tonight, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday", NHC analysts predicted.

By 8 a.m., winds had slowed to 50 mph as Michael crossed SC, about 40 miles west of Columbia, The storm had picked up speed to a fast 21 mph and should continue weakening.

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Meanwhile, the state is expecting a surge in humanitarian needs, from a lack of food and water to housing.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward from Michael's center of circulation for 45 miles. "It sounded like 40 jet engines going off". They anticipate torrential rains and winds of upwards of 120 miles per hour.

Trump said later from the rally, "Our thoughts and prayers on behalf of the nation to everyone out there in the path of Hurricane Michael". He's committed to providing any federal resources Florida may need. "Thousands of trees gave way to the tropical storm force winds".