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Hurricane Michael strikes Florida, moves to Carolinas as tropical storm

12 October 2018, 08:58 | Justin Tyler

Hurricane Michael strikes Florida, moves to Carolinas as tropical storm

Hurricane Michael strikes Florida, moves to Carolinas as tropical storm

Residents like Scott Boutwell are in shock.

"We've got a massive flow of people going down to coast to try to be helpful", Scott told CBSN's Vladimir Duthiers and Meg Oliver on Thursday.

The US Army said more than 2,000 Florida National Guard soldiers were working on the recovery operations.

As of 5:30 a.m., PowerOutage.US reported almost 358,000 customers of Georgia utilities were without power, with that number expected to grow as the storm continued to move across the state.

The Florida governor and U.S. Senate candidate commended the federal response to his state, saying FEMA Administrator Brock Long and President Trump have both reiterated their commitment to providing any aid necessary.

More than 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas and Georgia on Thursday.

Hurricane Michael made landfall close to the small town and according to authorities it bore the full brunt of the storm.

Now a tropical storm, Michael is headed to the Carolinas.

Michael's eye came ashore near Mexico Beach, about 20 miles (32km) southeast of Panama City.

Home after home was razed from its foundations in the town of around 1,000 people, leaving just bare concrete slabs.

The damage at Bay Medical Sacred Heart hospital included blown-out windows, a cracked exterior wall and a roof collapse in a maintenance building.

If destroyed homes, lost livelihoods and mass power outages were not enough to be dealing with, Florida's victims of Hurricane Michael are facing another potential problem - the state's toxic red tide.

Communications outages and roads blocked by downed trees, strewn power lines and debris made it hard to get an overall assessment of the damage wrought by Michael, but the initial picture was grim.

In Panama City, most homes were still standing, but no property was left undamaged.

"Our biggest thing is the downed lines and the downed trees", said Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson.

One of the carport's legs punctured the roof and hit her in the head. Aluminum siding was shredded to ribbons. Both were killed when trees crashed onto their homes.

Hundreds of cars had broken windows. Pine trees were stripped and snapped off about 6 meters high.

More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were ordered or urged to clear out as Michael closed in. But it moved so fast and intensified so quickly that people didn't have much time to prepare, and emergency authorities lamented that many ignored the warnings.

In terms of pressure, The Washington Post reported that Michael is the third-strongest hurricane to make landfall in the continental United States, even ranking above Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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