Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall in Florida Panhandle as Monster Category 4 Storm


An 11-year-old girl in Georgia, four people in Florida and a driver in North Carolina have died as a result of Hurricane Michael.

The Florida man was killed when a tree crashed through his home in Greensboro and trapped him, according to Gadsden County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower.

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Hurricane Michael roared ashore near Mexico Beach, Florida, Wednesday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, making it one of the strongest October storms on record. "If you made the choice not to evacuate, please find a place to shelter", Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday.

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The National Weather Service in Tallahassee issued its first-ever extreme wind warning just as the storm was about to make landfall.

Scott said at least 192,000 homes and businesses are without power, but vowed "a massive wave of response" with thousands of utility personnel fanning out to restore power, along with medical teams, law enforcement personnel and the search and rescue squads.

As the hurricane moves out of Florida, Scott warned that flash floods and tornadoes are still possibilities and said "the weather is still extremely unsafe".

Michael caught many local residents off guard, gaining strength overnight to become a much bigger storm than was expected.