Hurricanes Florence And Michael Highlight Monster Storms' Devastating Differences

Hurricane Michael threatens Florida with 150mph winds - Live

It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the US mainland in almost 50 years and the most powerful in recorded history to strike the Florida Panhandle.

The hurricane reached wind speeds of over 150 miles per hour when it made landfall between Tyndall Air Force Base and Mexico Beach, just south of Panama City, according to NASA.

Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the third most powerful hurricane to hit the USA mainland, behind the unnamed Labor Day storm of 1935 and Camille in 1969.

Scott had earlier said the hurricane would bring "unimaginable devastation" and said he was "scared to death" for those who ignored evacuation orders.

A Panhandle man was killed by a tree that toppled on a home, Gadsden County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower said.

The eye of Hurricane Michael, as seen from the International Space Station.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for all of Florida, freeing up federal assistance to supplement state and local disaster responses.

"If you and your family made it through the storm safely, the worst thing you could do now is act foolishly", he said. I think it's possible that it will happen with Michael. He said that first responders were working to clear downed power lines, poles and trees that have prevented them from reaching the structure where the child is. Some 17,000 utility restoration workers were also on call.

Gov. Scott also reported that 2,500 National Guard troops were now active in the state, along with 350 State Troopers backing them up.

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The Carolinas are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which left dozens dead and is estimated to have caused billions of dollars in damage last month. He acknowledged that a lot of the residents in the area were poor and said it was probably tough to leave.

A woman makes her way to an evacuation shelter in Tallahassee, Florida.

A total of 453 flights had been cancelled on Wednesday across the country, with many occurring in the Florida area.

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 five-level Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

"It really started as a tropical storm, and then it went to Category 1, then it was Category 2 and before you know it, it was Category 4", O'Shaughnessy said.

Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind Andrew in 1992, Camille, and the biggest one of all, an unnamed 1935 Labor Day storm that had winds of 296kph. It's large bodies of warm water, scientists say.

Hurricane Michael continued to batter the Southeast, pummeling states with powerful rain, wind and flooding. But warmer water in the Gulf and other large bodies of water is here to stay because of climate change.

And tornado warnings radiated out into counties near the hurricane's path in Georgia on Tuesday evening, after reports of at least two that had formed in Florida.

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