Take a peek inside Hurricane Michael’s eyewall as it made landfall

Waves from Hurricane Michael in St. Andrews Bay

By 5 a.m., Michael's eye was about 45 miles (72 kilometers) west of Augusta, Georgia, packing top winds of 50 mph (80 kph) and moving at 21 mph (33 kph) into SC, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

"It was terrifying, honestly". She said she could smell the pine from snapped tree branches.

Large parts of Florida have suffered "unimaginable destruction" after the third-strongest hurricane in U.S. history slammed into the sunshine state. Now a tropical storm, Michael is headed to the Carolinas. "There's flooding. Boats on the highway".

Gadsden County sheriff's spokeswoman Anglie Hightower said a "male subject" was killed by a tree toppling onto his house in Greensboro, Florida, near the state capital, Tallahassee, in the first report of a fatality from the hurricane. It's left hundreds of thousands of people without power and an untold number of people homeless.

"As Michael moves away, drier air will give us a nice weekend", Bridges said.

The most powerful hurricane on record to hit Florida's Panhandle left wide destruction and at least two people dead and wasn't almost finished Thursday as it crossed Georgia, now as a tropical storm, toward the Carolinas, that are still reeling from epic flooding by Hurricane Florence. It was moving northeast at 23 miles per hour (37 kph).

Part of the reason Hurricane Michael became so strong and developed so quickly is that the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are much warmer right now than what's normal for October. "Roads are not open and you will not be able to get home if you live in or near the coast", the governor said Thursday morning.

As Michael hit Panama City as a Category 4, storm chaser Dan Robinson caught video of the worst of it.

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Nana Amba Eyiaba, queen mother of Cape Coast, told the newspaper that Ghanaians were both excited and anxious about her visit. She returned the girl and kneeled down to lift a boy from a mat and turned to face the news media with him in her arms.

In Dothan, Alabama, advertising signs and utility posts were torn out of the ground, while sheet metal roofs were ripped off several businesses.

Looking at the entire hurricane season, Michael had the strongest winds since 1992 and Hurricane Andrew.

Bo Patterson, the mayor of Port St Joe, just south of Mexico Beach, rode out the storm in his house seven blocks from the beach, describing the scene outside as "very, very scary".

Her brother was able to tell a friend that his home was starting to get cracks in the walls and water was rushing in Wednesday. "We sent the data to the National Hurricane Center and watched it go from a Category 1 to a Category 2 storm while we were fixing the center, and it appeared to be intensifying". But without extensive study, they can not directly link a single weather event to the changing climate.

The storm made landfall northwest of Mexico Beach around noon on Wednesday, with an eye so clear and wide it could easily be seen from space.

Hours earlier, it made landfall in Florida as the strongest hurricane to hit the United States in almost 50 years and the third-strongest ever.

Her biggest worry: finding her missing 1-year-old Siamese cat, Molly. In this advisory, Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft data shows the intensity has increased to 145 miles per hour.

"It feels like a nightmare", Mexico Beach Councilwoman Linda Albrecht said of the catastrophic damage in her town.

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