As the destructive forces of Hurricane Michael were set to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station were able to capture breathtaking video of the storm.
Michael has now weakened to a tropical storm over south-central Georgia but is forecast to dump torrential rain over Florida, Alabama and Georgia, as well as the Carolinas and into Virginia.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles. "THIS IS A WORST CASE SCENARIO for the Florida Panhandle!" the agency tweeted. A National Ocean Service water level station at Apalachicola recently reported almost 6.5 feet of inundation above ground level.
The National Weather Service says tornadoes are possible across the Florida Panhandle, southeast Georgia and southern SC through Thursday morning as the hurricane now moves inland.
Michael will move northeastward across the southeastern US through Thursday night, and then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on Friday.
As of the 5 p.m. advisory, Michael is an extremely unsafe Category 3 storm.
Water levels continue to rise quickly along the coast of the Panhandle. I don't know where they are.
By late Wednesday, the storm had moved toward Georgia.
Megan McCall can't get a hold of her relatives, who are north of Panama City, in the town of Alford, Florida.
"That's what happened with Hurricane Andrew - [the National Hurricane Center] looked at the pressure and reanalyzed and upgraded it to a Category 5 storm". Michael brought 155+ mile-per-hour winds to the area, causing heavy blowing rain, powerful gusty winds, and crashing waves.
Trump was briefed on the hurricane on Wednesday prior to it making landfall and said he would visit the area early next week.
Michael inflicted damage to Panama City unevenly, impaling some businesses with sign poles while leaving others virtually unscathed. The only storms with lower pressure were Hurricane Camille in 1969, and the unnamed Labor Day hurricane of 1935. The high winds will continue through Thursday night with gusts as high as 24 miles per hour, says the National Weather Service.
The child's death is the second known storm-related death.
Regardless of Hurricane Michael's ultimate classification, those in the path of the storm are facing life-threatening winds, storm surge and other unsafe conditions. But the fast-moving, fast-strengthening storm didn't give people much time to prepare, and emergency authorities lamented that many ignored the warnings and seemed to think they could ride it out.
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Many filled sandbags and boarded up homes and lined up to buy gas and groceries before leaving town. More than 380,000 homes and businesses in Florida were without power at the height of the storm.
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A Storm Surge Watch has been issued for the coast of North Carolina from Ocracoke Inlet to Duck.
Benson also posted a clip of the storm's winds picking up a portable toilet and sending it flying across a parking lot.
Vance Beu, who was staying at an apartment complex with his mother, told the Associated Press the storm had "super high-pitched" roar and sounded like "a jet engine was coming". According to local reports, police received a call around 6 p.m. about a man trapped by a fallen tree.
Hurricane Michael caused a transformer to explode as the storm hit the southern portion of Alabama on October 10.
"We are in new territory", National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote on Facebook.
Overnight Tuesday, Florida Gov.
The Hurricane Center added that "some additional strengthening is possible before landfall".
Despite weakening to a tropical storm, unsafe wind guests of 50mph are still heading inland.
Megan Williams, left, and roommate Kaylee O'Brian take belongings from their destroyed home after several trees fell on the house during Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida.
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"Going back through records to 1851 we can't find another Cat 4 in this area, so this is unfortunately a historical and incredibly unsafe and life-threatening situation", he said.
Heavy rainfall was projected for areas in the storm's path.
As of Thursday morning, more than 359,300 customers were without power in Florida.
A Hurricane Watch before landfall extends from the Alabama/Florida state border to the Suwannee River west of Gainesville.