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Hurricane Michael brings devastation to Florida

11 October 2018

And tornado warnings radiated out into counties near the hurricane's path in Georgia on Tuesday evening, after reports of at least two that had formed in Florida.

At least one person is dead and hundreds of thousands of homes are without power after Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon with 155 miles per hour winds. But she added emergency crews trying to reach the home were hampered by downed trees and debris blocking roadways.

Never in recorded weather history has a hurricane hit the mainland United States at such a speed in October, the month marking the end of the June to November hurricane season.

Benson also posted a clip of the storm's winds picking up a portable toilet and sending it flying across a parking lot.

Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle Wednesday as the most powerful storm to strike the USA mainland in 50 years.

14 feet: The maximum height forecast for the storm surge when Michael's strong winds pushed the ocean water onto land.

In some states, like Virginia and North Carolina, it's a misdemeanor to refuse a mandatory evacuation order. Search and rescue teams are looking to help survivors. "I'm praying to God people will be safe".

In terms of damage the most costly year was 2017, when besides the Caribbean several U.S. coastal states were hit by powerful hurricanes that moved slowly and dumped record rainful for days.

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- Food and water: 1.5 million ready-to-eat meals, 1 million gallons (3.75 million liters) of water and 40,000 10-pound (4.5-kilogram) bags of ice ready for distribution.

6,700: The number of people in 54 shelters in Florida on Wednesday.

Michael began dashing homes into pieces and flooding neighborhoods shortly after crossing near Mexico Beach as a Category 4 storm. The winds ripped off hotel awnings, shattered glass doors, blew down fences and stirred up white caps in swimming pools. The storm had top sustained winds of 60 miles per hour and was moving to the northeast at 20 miles per hour. The high winds and saturated soil will contribute to the problem, said the National Hurricane Center.

Meteorologists use central pressure readings to gauge a hurricane's strength - the lower the pressure, the stronger the 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.

Michael is shaking up the upcoming election in the battleground state of Florida. Bill Nelson, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democrat running against Republican Ron DeSantis.

In the letter to the president, Scott wrote that the impacts of Michael are "so extraordinary that a higher federal cost share is warranted". All the way up to the Carolinas, destructive flooding from the storm's rains is expected. The planet has warmed significantly over the past several decades, causing changes in the environment. The Palmetto between NY and Savannah, Georgia, is only running between NY and Washington beginning Thursday. Silver Star trains from NY to Miami were only running from Miami to Jacksonville.

Hurricane Michael brings devastation to Florida