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Thursday, 11 October 2018 13:59

After Cat 4 Landfall, Michael Floods Homes and Fuels Outages in Panhandle

(TNS) - After transforming from a major to a mighty storm in a matter of hours, a ferocious Hurricane Michael roared ashore east of Panama City on Wednesday with pounding 155 mph winds.

The storm, the first-ever powerful Category 4 hurricane to hit the Panhandle, made landfall at 1 p.m. Central Daylight Time, five miles northwest of Mexico Beach, a quiet beach town with a population of about 1,200. The wind speed fell just 2 mph short of a more dangerous Category 5.

As it churns inland, National Hurricane Center forecasters warn that the back half of the hurricane will continue to spread dangerous storm surge and winds. Flood waters could reach as high as 14 feet in some places.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/After-Cat-4-Landfall-Michael-Floods-Homes-and-Fuels-Outages-in-Panhandle.html