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Inside Hurricane Michael’s eyewall as it made landfall

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Long, the head of FEMA, said many Florida buildings were not built to withstand a storm above the strength of a Category 3 hurricane on the 5-level Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

"It was terrifying, honestly". Homes were split open by fallen trees.

Here, boats docked in Panama City, Fla., are seen in a pile of rubble after Michael passed through the downtown area on Wednesday.

Where the military ends up responding could shift north as Michael moves up the coast to the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence.

A Florida woman who was planning her wedding is now planning how to rebuild her town, and possibly her home, after the devastation left behind by Hurricane Michael. "If the house and the cars are destroyed they can be replaced, but my niece needs her dad - and as much as I sometimes can't stand him, I would do anything to just know he's OK".

Uprooted trees, downed power poles and limited access to communications have become challenges for first responders and families trying to reach residents in need.

Maximum sustained winds remained at 150 miles per hour as the storm was moving north-northeast at 14 miles per hour.

Florida governor Rick Scott had warned of "unimaginable devastation" from the approaching menace, and it looked like he was proved right on Thursday morning as the first rescue and fix crews arrived to assess the damage.

Florida Governor Rick Scott promised a strong relief effort from his administration Thursday after the state was slammed by Hurricane Michael, the most powerful storm to hit the USA mainland in 50 years.

More than 40 percent of daily crude oil production and more than one-third of natural gas output was lost from offshore US Gulf of Mexico wells on Wednesday because of platform evacuations and shut-ins caused by Michael.

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It also brought the dangers of a life-threatening storm surge.

Forming near the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday and having first appeared on radars just a day prior, Hurricane Michael is now situated 80 miles south-southwest of Panama City, Florida, where it is set to make landfall, and is moving northward. The lead-gray water was so high that roofs were about all that could be seen of many homes.

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

"We are in new territory", Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote on Facebook.

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

Mexico Beach is a community of about 1,200 people and city leaders say about a quarter of them chose to ride out the storm in the area. But without extensive study, they can not directly link a single weather event to the changing climate. Four pine trees had crashed through the roof of her apartment, almost hitting two people.

Some 125,000 homes were left without power in Georgia and over 52,000 homes in Alabama as of Wednesday evening.

Her biggest worry: finding her missing 1-year-old Siamese cat, Molly.

"We haven't seen her since the tree hit the den".

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

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