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U.S. military moves command center as Hurricane Michael bears down

11 October 2018

A man in Greensboro, Fla., was killed Wednesday when a tree crashed through his home - the first reported death caused by Hurricane Michael, which authorities have described as the worst storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle. In the D.C. area, its effects are a couple days off and should be limited. The hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle as a category 4 storm.

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch on Wednesday afternoon, lasting from Thursday afternoon to late Thursday night for Calvert, St. Mary's and Charles counties in Maryland and Stafford County in Virginia.

As the hurricane, downgraded to a category-3 storm, moved into Alabama and Georgia on Wednesday evening, Florida Governor Rick Scott urged locals to stay inside and off the roads, as rescuers were on their way to the most heavy-hit areas.

Briefing President Donald Trump at the White House, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chief Brock Long said Michael was the most intense hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since 1851.

The governors of North and SC urged residents to brace for more heavy rain and storm-force winds as Michael plows northward up the Atlantic seaboard.

The hurricane center's Graham said Michael represented a "textbook case" of a hurricane system growing stronger as it drew near shore, in contrast to Hurricane Florence, which struck North Carolina last month after weakening in a slow, halting approach.

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Hours earlier, meteorologists watched satellite imagery in complete awe as the storm intensified.

She said: "I'm anxious about my daughter and grandbaby".

Michael battered the shoreline with sideways rain, powerful gusts and crashing waves, swamping streets and docks, flattening trees, stripped away leaves, shredding awnings and peeling away shingles.

At Tyndall Air Force Base south of Panama City leaders declared HURCON (Hurricane Condition) 1 status, ordering out all but essential personnel, after some 600 military families appeared squarely targeted for the worst of the storm's fury.

If you live in an area affected by the hurricane, you can find the latest forecasts and warnings at the National Hurricane Center's website.

Storm flooding is still occurring along the Gulf Coast.

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A lot to talk about this morning from rain here returning, a sharp change in our temperatures and hurricane Michael as a category 4 bearing down on Florida!

As winds started to topple trees in Tallahassee, one of them landed on Joe Marino's chimney.

The storm is likely to fire up the debate over global warming. But without extensive study, they can not directly link a single weather event to the changing climate. Ranked as a Category 4, the disaster ruined the town's commercial industry and its status as a major port whilst claiming the lives of up to 12,000 inhabitants. Emergency managers say they don't know how many left the area, but there were about 6000 people in 80 shelters in five states, including almost 1200 who are still in shelters following Hurricane Florence.

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

Hargan, a bartender at a riverfront restaurant, feared he would lose his home and his job to the storm.

"I'm freaking scared I'm going to lose everything I own, man."

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U.S. military moves command center as Hurricane Michael bears down