This is what Hurricane Michael looks like from space

This is what Hurricane Michael looks like from space

This is what Hurricane Michael looks like from space

A category two hurricane is one that has wind speeds of between 96 to 110 miles per hour and is described as having "extremely unsafe winds" which "will cause extensive damage" according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Winds scale. Video from a drone revealed widespread devastation across the town of about 1,000 people.

Trees were downed in Panama City, northwest of Mexico Beach, buildings flattened, boats and electrical cables scattered.

At least six deaths were blamed on Michael, the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental over 50 years, and it wasn't done yet: Though reduced to a tropical storm, it brought flash flooding to North Carolina and Virginia, soaking areas still recovering from Hurricane Florence.

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"Water will come miles in shore and could easily rise over the roofs of houses", he said.

The University of Georgia's Marshall Shepherd, a former president of the American Meteorological Society, called it a "life-altering event", writing on Facebook that he watched the storm's growth on satellite images with a pit in his stomach.

Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center advises, "There is a real possibility that Michael will strengthen to a major hurricane before landfall".

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Smith, in Gadsden County, said the situation was risky even for emergency personnel.

"We've been through this before", said Sally Crown, who planned to hunker down with her two dogs in the dangerously exposed coastal town of Apalachicola, population 2,500.

Olivia Smith, public information officer for the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners, said there was "one hurricane-related fatality", adding that the incident was "debris-related".

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor, filled sandbags with residents and urged residents of the state capital city to finish up emergency preparations quickly.

"I know you just want to go home", Mr Scott said.

"Why people didn't evacuate is something we should be studying", said Craig Fugate, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a former Florida state emergency management chief. "We haven t seen as robust of an evacuation response from the civilian population that we have seen in other storms". The storm is expected to make landfall by early afternoon.

"Michael should weaken as it crosses the southeastern United States through Thursday", the NHC said. It also was an October icon - the strongest continental United States hurricane to make an October landfall based on maximum sustained winds at 155 miles per hour.

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Tropical Storm Michael has sped off toward the Atlantic Ocean, but there will be nothing quick about Florida's recovery from the hurricane, where rows upon rows of homes have been smashed to pieces.

An estimated 375,000 people in more than 20 counties were ordered or advised to evacuate.

As a result of the strengthening, the National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued the regions first ever extreme wind warning effective until 2:15 p.m. EDT.

Where has Hurricane Michael hit so far?

"The roof fell in but we lived through it", he said.

Florida's Big Bend, a loosely defined area of the eastern Panhandle where the coastline bends to the south, was bracing for the worst. Heavy rainfall will drench Florida's Panhandle, Alabama, Georgia and SC; up to 12 inches is possible in isolated locations.

For comparison, here's a look at the strength of and damage caused by other notable storms that hit the USA in recent years.

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