Mexico Beach, FL is unrecognizable after Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael Is Most Powerful Storm To Hit Florida Panhandle: Help With Red Cross

Mulligan and her family rode out Hurricane Michael in their Mexico Beach condo.

As the Category 4 storm's center crossed nearby, Mulligan said, her concrete complex shook and vibrated against sustained winds of around 155 miles per hour. It was downgraded to a tropical storm at midnight on Wednesday.

According to reports, Hurricane Michael has left behind a trail of massive destruction even as the death toll has gone up to 17 from what is being described as 'one of the most powerful storms to make landfall in the United States mainland'.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said officials were just starting to go in and survey the damage but expect power to be out for weeks in some areas.

Aerial footage shows coastal cities in Florida completely wiped out.

"Almost every condo and every hotel is fine" at Panama City Beach, Gisbert said, adding that the town lost many signs and trees. The state medical examiner's office has ruled Clark's death among five storm-related fatalities in the state.

"Dawn in Panama City, Florida, revealed a sprawling mess of nearly unimaginable devastation wrought by the third-most powerful hurricane in recorded history to lash the US mainland", as Fox News reported.

Michael earlier reportedly killed at least 13 people as it passed through Central America: six in Honduras, four in Nicaragua and three in El Salvador.

- Powerful pressure: 919 millibars minimum pressure in the eye, the third most intense hurricane landfall in the U.S.in recorded history.

The rapid-moving rainfall from Michael triggered flash floods in parts of Virginia and the Carolinas, including areas threatened by swollen rivers during Hurricane Florence.

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The death toll from Hurricane Michael has risen to to 17 across four U.S. states as rescue crews hampered by communications failures searched the hardest-hit communities in the Florida Panhandle.

Albert Blackwell, 65, was preparing Saturday to cover holes in the roof of his apartment and take a chainsaw to trees that fell and broke his windows just outside Panama City. He says the number of rescues remains fluid and there were no reports of deaths so far from the Coast Guard's missions.

Florida officials moved patients from damaged health care facilities. They're also trying to figure out the extent of damage to roads and bridges.

The area is on the western stretch of what's called Florida's Forgotten Coast, so named because it doesn't have the heavy development of places like Panama City.

At least two people, including an 11-year-old girl in Georgia, were killed.

She said local television stations were knocked off the air for two days, and authorities were relying on the radio station of the Gulf Coast State College to broadcast public service bulletins. Entire roofs were torn away in the town of about 1,000 people, now a scene of utter devastation. One of the carport's legs punctured the roof and hit her in the head.

Communications outages and roads blocked by downed trees, strewn power lines and debris made it hard to get an overall assessment of the damage wrought by Michael, but the initial picture was grim. "At this time I can't tell you how long that will take, but I'm on it", Laidlaw wrote.

The eye of the storm was 20 miles north-northwest of Raleigh, N.C., as of the NHC's 5 p.m. EDT update. The order is created to mobilize resources, help Virginia mitigate any damage, and to streamline the process that the Commonwealth uses to provide assistance to other states through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

South Florida urban search and rescue specialist Chris Boyer removes a damaged American flag from a downed pole while checking for for survivors of hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind the Labor Day storm 296km/h, Camille and Andrew in 1992.

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