‘Unimaginable devastation’: Hurricane Michael wrecks Florida Panhandle with 155mph winds and trounces every home in its path, officially becoming worst EVER to hit the region, as Georgia now prepares for carnage

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
By Paul Martin

Hurricane Michael strengthened into a category 4 storm with winds of up to 155mph on Wednesday
But since making landfall it weakened to a category 3, and has now dropped to a category 1
The eye of the monstrous hurricane made landfall near Mexico Beach just before 2pm
Rainfall could reach up to a foot and the life-threatening storm surge could swell to 14 feet
Michael still had top sustained winds of 150 mph as its core moved over Florida’s Panhandle around 3pm
Tornadoes are possible across the Florida Panhandle, southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina through Thursday morning as the hurricane now moves inland, forecasters warn
Meteorologists said it had the potential to become one of the worst storms in the history of the region
More than 375,000 people had been urged or ordered to evacuate, but emergency authorities lamented that many people ignored the warnings
A Red Cross official said it’s possible that as many as 320,000 people on Florida’s Gulf Coast did not evacuate
Multiple airports were closed in Florida on Wednesday and more than 453 flights had been canceled
President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Florida
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio warned anyone in the path of the storm surge: ‘You’re going to die’

By HANNAH PARRY and EMILY CRANE
DAILYMAIL.COM
10 October 2018

Hurricane Michael barreled into the Florida Panhandle with winds of 155mph Wednesday, leaving a trail of devastation in it’s wake, as it became the most powerful storm to ever hit the region – and the fourth strongest to make landfall in the US.

Roads were flooded, trees uprooted and homes were destroyed after the ‘monstrous’ storm plowed into Mexico Beach at just before 2pm and swept across the state.

At least one man has been killed after a tree crashed through the roof of his Greenboro home and trapped him. Emergency crews were heading to the home, but downed power lines and blocked roads were making the trip difficult. Officials hadn’t immediately confirmed the man’s name.

More than 311,000 homes and businesses in Florida, Georgia and Alabama have also been left without power, according to local power companies.

The storm came ashore as a category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale, before it was downgraded to a category 3. By 8pm, it was down to a category 1.

The winds were so strong they brought down a billboard in Florida’s Panama City, tore down a Texaco gas pumping station canopy in Inlet Beach, and the storm surge completely knocked a house of its foundations in Mexico Beach. Beachfront structures could be seen collapsing and metal roofing materials were blown away amid the heavy rain.

Footage shows other homes and cars submerged in flood waters as the hurricane battered the Sunshine State.

Michael had top sustained winds of 150 mph as its core moved over Florida’s Panhandle earlier this afternoon as forecasters warned rain could reach up to a foot and the life-threatening storm surge could swell to 14 feet.

Mexico Beach councilwoman Linda Albrecht told CNN that she fears she won’t have a home to go back to after the hurricane sweeps through the state.

‘It is extremely emotional,’ she said, fighting tears. ;It’s like a nightmare. You just want somebody to shake you and wake you up. How can this happen?’

‘I am hearing on TV, as all of us go home, it will be like a war zone,’ she added. ‘That’s the only thing I can imagine.’

Reid Garrett warned that every single building he’d seen in Panama City, had damage.

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