Hurricane Michael smashed into the Florida panhandle Wednesday with massive storm surges and crippling downpours; killing at least two people and destroying hundreds of homes as it makes its way inland.
The devastating hurricane rapidly escalated from a tropical storm into a Category 4 monster in just days; reaching sustained wind speeds of 155 mph -just two miles per hour short of a Category 5.
“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 centers, beeping security alarms, wailing sirens and hovering helicopters,” writes the Associated Press.
Initial estimates show at least 900,000 homes and businesses are currently without power in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and the Carolinas.
“This morning, Florida’s Gulf Coast and Panhandle and the Big Bend are waking up to unimaginable destruction,” Gov. Rick Scott said. “So many lives have been changed forever. So many families have lost everything. … This hurricane was an absolute monster.”
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