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Residents who are still in Florida are being battered by Hurricane Michael, which made landfall Wednesday afternoon.

Given the ongoing impacts, hurricane Michael still has 90 mph winds now nearly 5 hours after landall as we update this article, establishing the actual damage impacts and industry loss is going to take some time. Hedler captured the footage, CNN reported. This storm could also have some profound effects on how the sector thinks about (and models) loss potential from Gulf Coast hurricanes as a result of the pre-landfall intensification and distance inland that hurricane force winds have been measured.

Hurricane Michael barrelled into the Florida Panhandle with winds of 155mph (250km/h) Wednesday, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake, as it became the most powerful storm to ever hit the region - and the fourth strongest to make landfall in the United States.

After being battered for almost 3 hours by strong winds and heavy rains, roads in Panama City were virtually impassable and trees, satellite dishes and traffic lights lay in the streets.

Hurricane Michael, the most powerful on record to hit the Florida Panhandle since 1851, is tracking north toward Georgia and the Carolinas and bringing unsafe storm surges and flooding.

Michael had weakened to a Category 1, with maximum winds of 90 miles per hour as of 8:00 pm Eastern time (0000 GMT), but that still left it an extremely unsafe storm.

The NHC in Miami said Michael's eye was about 25 miles (40km) east of Macon in central Georgia at 2:00 am (0600 GMT) on Thursday.

Hurricane Michael will also cause almost one million people to be without power, not just on the coast but inland as well in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

Its sustained winds were just 3.2km/h shy of an extremely rare Category 5.

Hurricane Michael brought wind and rain as it made landfall in Florida
Hurricane Michael brought wind and rain as it made landfall in Florida

"It feels like a nightmare", she said."Looking at the pictures, I'm thinking there is not a house left in that town".

This graphic shows where the hurricane came from before it made landfall on Wednesday.

Patterson said about 2,500 of the town's 3,500 people were still there, including about 100 in a beachside area who ignored a mandatory evacuation order.

"I say God bless you all", Mr Trump said.

Some 500,000 Florida residents had been ordered or urged to seek higher ground before the storm in 20 counties spanning a 200-mile stretch of shoreline, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said.

"This happened so quickly, we weren't exactly prepared", he said.

You can track the hurricane's progress using Google's Crisis Map tool or check for live updates from this National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration camera in space. That sort of timetable can make evacuations more hard to manage.

The governors of North and SC urged residents to brace for more heavy rain and storm-force winds as Michael ploughs northward up the Atlantic seaboard. Up to a foot of rainfall was forecast for some areas, still recovering from Hurricane Florence's flooding.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for 92 counties in his state, and a state of emergency also was announced in North Carolina.

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