1 dead as monstrous Hurricane Michael tears into Florida

Joe Raedle  Getty Images Waves crash along a pier from hurricane Michael Oct. 10 2018 in Panama City Beach Fla

After crashing ashore in Mexico Beach, a quaint low-slung beach town with a population of just 1,200 in one of the most remote corners of Florida, Michael plowed inland with powerful winds and storm surge.

Hurricane Michael, the third most powerful storm ever to strike the USA mainland, headed northeast on Thursday, weakened but still set to soak Georgia and the Carolinas after devastating the Florida Panhandle.

Florida officials said Michael, packing winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour), was the most powerful storm to hit the state's northern Panhandle area in more than a century.

Michael hit Florida with wind speeds of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour), placing it nearly into Category 5 scale, which starts at 157 mph. I don't know where they are.

Hurricane Michael has battered the Gulf Coast - becoming the biggest storm to strike the Florida Panhandle, the state's northwest, since records began in 1851. Interstate 10 was closed west of Tallahassee. Forecasters said it will unleash damaging wind and rain all the way into the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence's epic flooding.

Michael came ashore with winds just under a Category 5 storm. "God bless everyone because it's going to be a rough one", he said.

A woman and her children stand near a destroyed gas station in Panama City.

The transformer exploded in Headland, Alabama, and and the power went out at Nolan Helder's home.

Briefing Mr Trump, Brock Long, the USA government's disaster chief, said: "This is the most intense hurricane that's struck this area since 1851".

States of emergencies have been issued for Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

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He also said that the GOP is going to fare "very well" in the midterm elections. "I think we'll get to the bottom of it". The issue threatened the strong relationship the Trump administration has constructed with Mohammed Bin Salman .

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Gen, Terrence O'Shaughnessy, commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said some Florida residents may have been taken by surprise by the rapid escalation of the storm.

On Wednesday evening, though, his anger was directed at Trump's actions while Hurricane Michael swept Florida.

Michael gained sudden force Tuesday night as it churned over the Gulf of Mexico.

In all, the military has 2,216 active duty personnel, 32 helicopters, 240 high-water vehicles and 32 swift water boats in place in the event that the governor of Florida requests the military's assistance in rescues, O'Shaughnessy said.

Hours earlier, meteorologists watched satellite imagery in complete awe as the storm intensified.

If you live in an area affected by the hurricane, you can find the latest forecasts and warnings at the National Hurricane Center's website.

The governors of North and SC urged residents to brace for more heavy rain and storm-force winds as Michael ploughs northward up the Atlantic seaboard.

Looking at the entire hurricane season, Michael had the strongest winds since 1992 and Hurricane Andrew. Scientists say global warming is responsible for more intense and more frequent extreme weather, such as storms, droughts, floods and fires, and Michael was fuelled by abnormal water temperatures in the Gulf - 4-to-5 degrees above the historic norm for this time of year.

Numerous buildings in Panama City were demolished, partially collapsed or without roofs amid deserted streets littered with debris, twisted, fallen tree trunks and dangling wires. "I think its because of the way it kind of played out".

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