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

"With FEMA right now, our focus is search and rescue, getting access to the areas that have been hardest hit", said Long.

Michael has been blamed for at least one death.

Under a perfectly clear blue sky, Florida families emerged tentatively from darkened shelters and hotels to an unfamiliar and perilous landscape of shattered homes and shopping centres, beeping security alarms, wailing sirens and hovering helicopters.

Coastal Florida cities have been damaged beyond recognition while homes, businesses, and agriculture have been tattered or flooded from Georgia to Virginia.

WDRB's Marc Weinberg and Travis Ragsdale were there when Michael made landfall with 155 miles per hour sustained winds.

Senior did not immediately know the numbers of patients who were transferred but said the majority involved nursing home residents. The most powerful hurricane on record to hit Florida's Panhandle left widespread destruction and wasn't finished Thursday as it crossed Georgia toward the Carolinas, a region still reeling from epic flooding in Hurricane Florence.

Almost half of those affected were in Florida, which bore the brunt of Michael - the most powerful storm on record to hit the state's Panhandle. The federal government is also declaring a health emergency and says it is mobilizing workers, cutting medicare red tape, and finding folks care options when hospital can't provide it.

The concern was for people who ignored evacuation orders ahead of the storm and stayed put in communities that were demolished by Michael's ferocity on Wednesday.

"When state and local officials tell you to get out, dang it, do it. Get out", he said.

320,000 people did not evacuate the path of Hurricane Michael as it approached the Florida coast, where it went on to devastate the coast and kill at least two people and leave 280 missing.

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Emergency Management Division spokesman Derrec Becker said thousands of people lost power though, and 10 shelters are open for people seeking safety from the storm.

The National Weather Service had predicted that Hurricane Michael will bring life-threatening storm surge, hurricane force winds, and heavy rainfall along the northeastern Gulf Coast. Twisted street signs lay on the ground. Trees, stripped of their leaves, stood at odd angles, giving the impression of an atomic blast.

More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were ordered or urged to clear out as Michael closed in.

Hurricane Michael reached Mexico Beach in Bay County on Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 storm - the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle on record and the fourth-most powerful storm to ever hit the United States. "It's akin to Hurricane Andrew in 1992 where everything was levelled".

"We haven't seen her since the tree hit the den".

"When you get into the western side of Panama City Beach, we noticed that there was much less damage, although there was damage to one high rise", Weinberg said.

Authorities said a falling tree killed a man outside Tallahassee, Florida, and an 11-year-old girl in Georgia was killed when the wind picked up a carport and dropped it on her home. A driver in North Carolina was killed when a tree fell on his vehicle.

The video shows collapsed roofing and walls, scattered debris and mangled building materials.

After devastating coastal communities in the Florida Panhandle, the remnants of the storm, now downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, killed five people as it passed through the USA state of Virginia.

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