President Trump has approved Florida's declaration of emergency.
Mexico Beach, located on Florida's northwestern coast, "took the brunt" of Hurricane Michael and is "probably ground zero", FEMA administrator Brock Long said Thursday. "It looks like another big one".
A pine tree punched a hole in their roof, and Beu's ears popped because of the drop in barometric pressure from the storm.
The governor activated 750 National Guardsmen for storm response on Monday, on top of the 500 activated the day before.
Scott said he would join the Florida National Guard to survey the damage in Panama City and Mexico Beach on Thursday. Bill Nelson, said a "wall of water" could cause destruction along the Panhandle.
On October 10, "Michael" broke in Panama city (FL) with the power of 4th category. "This storm surge is coming with a vengeance". "You want to check on things, and begin the recovery process", Scott said. About 375,000 residents were under mandatory or voluntary evacuation.
As I like to say in my talks, "During hurricane season you have to have the weather for breakfast, lunch and dinner".
Many residents hunkered down in designated shelters like this one in Tallahassee, riding out the storm in a sturdier building.
"It's going to take some time to survey and clear all the roads", Scott said.
"Storm surge is the No. 1 problem that you can see from these storms".
Seminole County Emergency Management Agency director Travis Brooks said it wasn't a tree but a carport that hit her home and killed her. He pulled two small boat docks from the water, packed his pickup and picked some beans from his garden before getting out - like hundreds of thousands elsewhere.
"It wasn't until we hit the eyewall that things kind of got a little dicey", he said. The city could face hurricane-force winds of up to 100 miles per hour - enough to knock down a lot of trees and power lines, Accuweather meteorologist Brett Rathbun warned. "Once you are sheltered, STAY PUT", Florida Gov. It's expected to keep blowing across central and eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia before crossing into the Atlantic Ocean by late Thursday or early Friday.
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"Hurricane Michael is forecasted to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades". Authorities said the state mental hospital in Chattahoochee, which has a section for the criminally insane, was cut off by land, and food and supplies were being flown in. NPR's Emily Sullivan reports state and local governments are preparing for torrential downpours. "It sounded like 40 jet engines going off".
By 12 a.m. EDT Thursday, the storm's winds had dropped to tropical storm strength with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour and it was moving northeast at 17 miles per hour.
Speaking later to reporters, Trump said the hurricane was "incredibly powerful". He's committed to providing any federal resources Florida may need. As the clock struck Thursday, the storm had weakened to a tropical storm.
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He also commented on his childhood. "He's said very nice things about me in the past ... extremely positive things", Trump said. The focus was the 2016 presidential election and Hillary Clinton, as West wore a red "Make America Great Again" hat.
Status Orange warning in place as Storm Callum approaches
There will be rain as well later in the night and combined with the stormy winds and high tides, coastal flooding is likely. Image - Met Office impact matrix for Friday's wind warning.as event become more likely, could rise to an Amber warning.