Hurricane Michael causes 'unimaginable destruction' in Florida

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Hurricane Michael made landfall on Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 storm, the most powerful to hit Florida's northwestern Panhandle in more than a century.

Vance Beu, 29, was staying with his mother at her home in a complex of single-story wood frame buildings where they piled up mattresses around themselves for protection.

"Drove from Panama City nearly to Mexico Beach and I can tell you this is the worst damage from wind that I have ever seen!"

"Our hearts are with the thousands who have sustained property damage, in many cases entirely wiped out", Mr Trump said. "We've begun search and rescue efforts".

"Lake City dodged a huge one here", Reynolds said. Hundreds of cars had broken windows, many turned askew by the wind.

"Why people didn't evacuate is something we should be studying", said Craig Fugate, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a former Florida state emergency management chief.

Four people in Gredsden County, Florida, a driver in Iredell County, North Carolina, and an 11-year-old girl in Georgia has died as a result of the storm. As many as 389,639 customers in Florida, 484,487 customers in North Carolina, 117,000 customers in Georgia, 24,000 customers in Alabama, 9,163 customers in SC and 61,067 customers in Virginia. Homes were split open by fallen trees.

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A pine tree broke a hole in their roof and his ears popped when the barometric pressure plummeted. Officials are opening temporary hospitals in that area.

The state mental hospital in Chattahoochee, which has a section for the criminally insane, was cut off by land, and food and supplies were being flown in, authorities said.

Michael is responsible for at least two deaths, including a man in Greensboro, Fla., who was killed when a tree fell through his home, according to a Gadsden County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. One of the carport's legs punctured the roof and hit her in the head.

The Carolinas are still recovering from the floods of Hurricane Florence.

Fast-moving Michael was leaving North Carolina behind with rivers rising and more than 530,000 households in the dark.

Even before landfall, the hurricane disrupted energy operations in the Gulf, cutting crude oil production by more than 40 per cent and natural gas output by almost one-third as offshore platforms were evacuated before the storm hit. As reported by The Weather Channel, the hurricane-turned-tropical-storm continues to travel up the East Coast with wind speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.

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