Video Shows Hurricane Michael Ripping Apart Buildings in Florida

Video Shows Hurricane Michael Ripping Apart Buildings in Florida

CNN's John Berman and Dianne Gallagher report from Panama City Beach, Florida, as Hurricane Michael approaches landfall.

Even before Michael made full landfall, it was whipping trees with its winds and flooding the town of Port St. Joe.

Hurricane Michael destroyed homes and businesses across Florida and Georgia after making landfall near Mexico Beach at near Category 5 strength on Wednesday afternoon.

The Category 4 storm with winds of 155 miles per hour winds touched down near Mexico Beach in Florida.

One of the major concerns with Hurricane Michael is the possibility of extended power outages from toppled power lines.

One man died when a tree fell into his home on the Florida Panhandle, and an 11-year-old girl was killed after a tree fell onto her home in Georgia.

More than 370,000 people in Florida were ordered to evacuate, but officials reckon many ignored the warning.

The storm's eye is moving across southern Georgia and towards the Carolinas, which are still reeling from epic floods caused by Hurricane Florence last month. The winds lifted up the rectangular porch roof, then slammed it down to the floor.

"I think everything from Panama City down to Mexico Beach is way worse than anybody ever anticipated", Florida Governor Rick Scott told the Weather Channel.

"Same devastation. Same winds", she said. Roads were virtually impassable and trees, satellite dishes and traffic lights lay in the streets. Downed power lines lay almost everywhere, while pine trees were stripped and snapped off about 20 feet high.

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Michael continues to weaken this morning and is now down to a Tropical Storms as of the 2AM update.

The number of people in emergency shelters is expected to swell to 20,000 across five states by Friday.

Here, boats docked in Panama City, Fla., are seen in a pile of rubble after Michael passed through the downtown area on Wednesday.

Briefing President Donald Trump at the White House, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chief Brock Long said Michael was the most intense hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since record keeping began in 1851.

At landfall, the storm's peak winds were fourth highest on record for a hurricane hitting the continental USA and the pressure ranked third lowest (the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm), below even Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and Katrina in 2005.

The injured in Florida were taken to hospitals in Tallahassee, with some hurt after the storm by breaking tree limbs and falls, said Allison Castillo, director of emergency services at the city's Capital Regional Medical Centre.

Wind gusts knocked out windows and ripped off portions of buildings in Panama City, it moved inland.

The storm had picked up steam as it sped across the Gulf of Mexico toward the Florida Panhandle. It was centred about 88.5km west northwest of Tallahassee.

"A turn toward the northeast is expected this evening or tonight".

But the bigger part of its impact still could be to come, with its progress into the state of Georgia expected to be marked by winds far in excess of 100 miles per hour yet, and tornadoes spawned by the turbulence.

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