Houses left underwater, some torn to pieces as Hurricane Michael hits Florida

Houses left underwater, some torn to pieces as Hurricane Michael hits Florida

Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned it was a "monstrous hurricane", and his Democratic opponent for the Senate, Sen.

He warned those in the storm's path that "alleviation [from storm surges] to property is likely not going to happen in these instances".

The entire Florida Panhandle is under a hurricane warning and a storm surge warning.

Anxious meteorologists said it had the potential of becoming one of the worst storms in the history of Florida's Panhandle.

The storm's rapid intensification over the past two days, despite shifting winds, "defies traditional logic", according to hurricane forecasters.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, the storm was packing winds of up to 125 miles per hour and still gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico, but it was also already pushing storm surge into the Panhandle, according to the National Hurricane Center.

If you decide to stay in your home and the storm surge catches you and you're now calling for help, there's no one that can respond to help you. The central pressure remains 965 millibars.

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If it makes landfall as a Category 4, it'll be the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle in recorded history, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

Unlike Florence, which ravaged the eastern Carolinas only three weeks ago, Michael is expected to move rapidly once it bores inland to Georgia and SC. Tropical-storm force winds extending 185 miles (295 kilometres) from the centre were already lashing the coast.

"Outer band of Hurricane Michael coming ashore here", Jon Ward in Panama City said on Twitter. HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND -------- STORM SURGE: The combination of a risky storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. It's measured by how high the water reaches from the normal astronomical tide.

There was no change in the watches and warnings lineup from the previous advisory.

Wakulla County issued a dire warning, saying it won't open any of its shelters - because they're safety-rated only for storms up to Category 2 strength, WFSU reports. RAINFALL: Michael is expected to produce the following rainfall amounts through Friday... More than 10,000 people were ordered out of Panama City Beach alone, effective at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

"The center of Michael will continue to move over the southern Gulf of Mexico this morning, then move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico later today and tonight", the agency said. Forecasters said it will unleash damaging wind and rain all the way into the Carolinas, still recovering from Hurricane Florence's epic flooding. The severity of inland flooding, while serious, should be less than what was seen with Hurricane Florence due to Michael maintaining and increasing speed to the northeast, as opposed to stalling, as Florence did. Please consult products from your local weather office. TORNADOES: The threat for tornadoes will increase late tonight into Wednesday over parts of the Florida Panhandle, the northern Florida Peninsula, and southern Georgia. Next complete advisory at 400 AM CDT.

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