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Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:22

Michael Treks Through Southeast After Leaving Florida Beach Towns in Ruins, Kills 2; Flooding Swamps North Carolina Towns

At a Glance
  • Hurricane Michael carved swaths of devastation as it made landfall on the Florida Panhandle.
  • Two deaths have been confirmed – one in Florida and one in Georgia.
  • Flooding was reported Thursday morning in western North Carolina.
  • More than 900,000 homes and businesses have lost power in the South.

 

When Hurricane Michael made landfall as a high-end Category 4 storm on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday, buildings along the coast were smashed to pieces, storm-surge flooding lapped at the eaves of beach houses and an Air Force base sustained extensive damage. Two people have died in the storm, which continued to zip across Georgia and the Carolinas Thursday morning.

One death was reported in the Panhandle. A Greensboro man was killed when a tree crashed on his home, Gadsden County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower told the Associated Press. In southern Georgia, an 11-year-old girl was killed when a carport hit her home in Seminole County.

In Florida, from Panama City through Mexico Beach — where the storm made landfall — and into Apalachicola, houses were swamped or blown apart, roofs were ripped off, boats sank and trees toppled in the high winds.

"We are deploying a massive wave of response and those efforts are already underway," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said during a Thursday morning press conference. "Help is coming by air, land and sea."

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https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2018-10-11-hurricane-michael-damage-florida-georgia-alabama-carolina