This is what Florida looks like as Hurricane Michael batters the region

Cristina Cross
October 11, 2018

Hurricane Michael will also cause almost one million people to be without power, not just on the coast but inland as well in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

"Hurricane Michael is the worst storm that the Florida Panhandle has ever seen, and one of the worst power storms to ever make landfall in the United States", Scott said at the press conference. A video shot there by Tessa Talarico, Mulligan's daughter, showed a neighborhood submerged up to its rooftops, the debris of what once were homes and other structures drifting on the seawater's swells.

One objective as recovery got under way was to help people who could be trapped in various areas along the coast, he told a news conference.

"Heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Michael will continue into this afternoon, tapering off as the storm moves east", the National Weather Service said.

Al Hancock, 45, who works on a tour boat, survived in Panama City with his wife and dog. "We had the inside windows kind of barricaded in with mattresses", Beu said.

CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor reports from Panama City Beach, Florida. The state authorities are still assessing the damage.

The Cooter Stew Cafe starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks as Hurricane Michael pushes the storm surge up the Wakulla and Saint Marks Rivers which come together here on October 10, 2018 in Saint Marks, Florida. Michael is the fourth Category 4 hurricane to hit the U.S.in just 15 months, joining last year's trio of Harvey, Irma, and Maria - an unprecedented string of catastrophic hurricane disasters. It weakened steadily as it traveled inland over the Panhandle.

Hurricane Michael continued to batter the Southeast, pummeling states with powerful rain, wind and flooding.

By early Thursday, the ferocious storm's winds had slowed to 50 miles per hour as it crossed Georgia.

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"I wanted to let you guys know exactly what is going on", she said, speaking about a curfew that had been instituted in nearby Bay County because of concerns about looting from the outages.

The NWS said it had found no record of any previous Category 4 hurricanes that made landfall in the Panhandle or the "Big Bend" coastal region.

"The wind that came through here was surreal". And as rescue workers sift through the debris Thursday, many fear the death toll will rise.

- Staying safe: almost 6,700 people took refuge in 54 shelters in Florida. Wind damage was also evident. There are power lines everywhere.

The storm is not expected to move offshore until Friday, having swept over much of Georgia as a hurricane and then North and SC as a tropical storm.

Even if Michael wasn't making landfall in a particularly vulnerable section of USA coastline, it would be an unrecoverable storm for many families. Only Hurricane Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1969 and the so-called Labor Day hurricane of 1935 in the Florida Keys were more intense.

The National Weather Service office in the state capital Tallahassee issued a dramatic appeal for people to comply with evacuation orders.

The storm, the most severe to hit the Florida Panhandle in a century, brought flash floods, inundating roads and homes.

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