At least two people were killed as Hurricane Michael, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the USA, slammed into the state of Florida, unleashing a trail of destruction by flooding beach towns, peeling off roofs and snapping trees before advancing to the Carolinas.
At 11 a.m. Monday, Michael was forecast to become a Major Hurricane.
The hurricane then roared north through southwest Georgia and was on Thursday setting its sights on North and SC, states that are still reeling from historic flooding left by Hurricane Florence last month.
- Top winds: 155 miles per hour (250 kph), strong enough to completely destroy homes and cause weekslong power outages.
"Today is the day".
Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes and the governor told residents who had not done so to "hunker down and be careful".
By 11 am EDT (1200 GMT), it had 50-mph (85-kph) winds and had pushed northeast to within 35 miles (60 km) of Charlotte, North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said.
More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were urged to evacuate as Michael closed in.
It reached its zenith just around 2 p.m., when Michael, with its 155 miles per hour winds, breached the Panhandle coastline, a region known as a spring break destination, a military hotbed and one the last vestiges of Floridas struggling fishing industry.
The storm has sustained winds of 130mph (210km/h) and is due to make landfall at about midday (16:00 GMT). As Michael moves inland, southern Georgia and southeastern Alabama can expect damaging winds, too.
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Tropical Storm Michael charges into Southeast after slamming Florida Panhandle
Hargan, a bartender at a riverfront restaurant, feared he would lose his home and his job to the storm. Joe. "I'm freaking scared I'm going to lose everything I own, man."
President Trump has approved Florida's declaration of emergency. We are working as quickly as possible to make that happen. "It looks like another big one".
Storm surge is also inundating some areas along the Panhandle. The storm could leave wide swaths of the region powerless for weeks, he said.
PANAMA CITY, FL - OCTOBER 10: Debris is blown down a street by Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. But the surging seawater could also create perilous problems far from the coast, raising rivers and bays to risky levels as it pushes as much as 10 to 15 miles inland.
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for. "You want to check on things, and begin the recovery process", Scott said.
As I like to say in my talks, "During hurricane season you have to have the weather for breakfast, lunch and dinner".
Many residents hunkered down in designated shelters like this one in Tallahassee, riding out the storm in a sturdier building.
With a number of counties ordering evacuations, Scott waived highway tolls in the northwest part of the state.
"It's going to take some time to survey and clear all the roads", Scott said. "You couldn't see anything anywhere".
While most homes around him are vacation rentals or summer getaways for their owners, Sadousky had stayed put through more than four decades of storms. The hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle as a category 4 storm. NPR's Emily Sullivan reports state and local governments are preparing for torrential downpours.
P.S. Hurricane Michael is an extremely risky storm.
High winds and heavy rains lashed the coast. FEMA is already on Floridian ground providing assistance in the form of the EPA, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services.