Hurricane Michael Decimates Florida Panhandle, Kills at Least One

Mitchell Pope tries to salvage what he can from his mobile home on Oct. 10 in Saint Marks

Mark Wallheiser via Getty Images Mitchell Pope tries to salvage what he can from his mobile home on Oct. 10 in Saint Marks

A month after Hurricane Florence's epic deluge, SC officials are more concerned about tornadoes than flooding from Michael.

Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the third most powerful hurricane to hit the US mainland, behind the unnamed Labor Day storm of 1935 and Camille in 1969.

"Hurricane Michael is a deadly Category 4 storm".

As winds subsided in Panama City, resident Reid Garrett said his concerns shifted to flooding outside his apartment complex, which surrounded by downed trees.

The wind and storm surge related insurance industry loss from hurricane Michael is estimated to be between $2 billion and $4.5 billion by Corelogic, based on a pre-landfall data assessment of the storms impacts to insured assets.

The agency said that storm surge is continuing to inundate parts of the Florida Panhandle.

"Along our coast, communities are going to see unimaginable devastation", Scott said, with storm surge posing the greatest danger.

Power was out in almost 90 percent of Bay County, which includes Panama City, as night fell Wednesday.

"Although the latest guidance keeps a post-tropical Michael well south of P.E.I., some of that storm's moisture may enhance the rainfall from another approaching storm system, a more typical fall storm, as it moves out of Ontario and through Quebec, Thursday through Friday", he said.

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The child's death is the second known storm-related death.

The governor didn't wait for damage assessments before seeking federal assistance from President Donald Trump for 14 counties: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor and Wakulla.

- Top winds: 155 miles per hour (250 kph), strong enough to completely destroy homes and cause weekslong power outages. He said he plans to visit storm-ravaged areas as soon as he can. More than 40,000 people lost power across the state. "We haven't seen as robust of an evacuation response from the civilian population that we have seen in other storms".

Moving north-northeast at 16 miles per hour, the center of Michael, with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour, reached southeastern Alabama and southwest Georgia by 5 p.m.

Carlo Allegri / Reuters Waves wash over a house as Hurricane Michael comes ashore in Alligator Point, Florida, on October 10. He has covered hurricanes in the state for decades.

But because Florida just had its hottest September on record, Masters said, Michael was able to feed off of a Gulf of Mexico that was 2 to 4 degrees hotter than usual on average.

"This situation has NEVER happened before", it said on Twitter.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Michael would dump as much as 8 inches of rain in some areas.

A year ago saw a string of catastrophic storms batter the western Atlantic - including Irma, Maria and Harvey, which caused a record-equaling $125 billion in damage when it flooded the Houston metropolitan area.

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