Former Hurricane Michael heads northeast after trashing Florida

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A National Ocean Service water level station at Apalachicola recently reported almost 5.5 feet of inundation above ground level.

Patricia Mulligan said she survived Hurricane Andrew in 1992, only to encounter the wrath of another storm Wednesday.

One man died when a tree fell into his home on the Florida Panhandle, and an 11-year-old girl was killed after a tree fell onto her home in Georgia.

Hundreds of thousands of electricity customers were without power as of 6 p.m. ET Wednesday evening.

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With a low barometric pressure recorded at 919 millibars, the measure of a hurricane's force, it ranked as the third strongest storm on record to make landfall in the continental United States.

Hours earlier, it made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane near Mexico Beach, Florida.

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The stunning scope of Hurricane Michael's rampage started coming into focus Thursday, as dawn in Panama City, Florida revealed a sprawling mess of nearly unimaginable devastation wrought by the third-most powerful hurricane in recorded history to lash the USA mainland.

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

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for parts of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

John Gouge walks through flood waters as he goes to check on the post office Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in St. Marks, Fla.

Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the most powerful hurricane to blow ashore on the USA mainland since Camille in 1969.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal followed the example set by his Florida counterpart Rick Scott in declaring a state of emergency for 93 middle and south counties in his state.

That same day, Apple CEO Tim Cook also tweeted that Apple will donate to aid Hurricane Michael relief. According to the National Hurricane Center, "most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months".

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Scott said he would join the Florida National Guard to survey the damage in Panama City and Mexico Beach on Thursday.

A Storm Surge Watch has been issued for the coast of North Carolina from Ocracoke Inlet to Duck.

Those winds have reached 250 kilometres an hour, making Hurricane Michael one of the most powerful storms to hit the USA mainland in more than a century.

Meteorologists use another measure to evaluate hurricane intensity: central pressure.

Michael is on the verge of doing that one better as the storm has dramatically increased in strength over the last 12 hours, now holding maximum sustained winds of 150 mph as it approaches landfall near Panama City.

The storm moved fast and many people didn't have time to evacuate as the the tropical depression formed over the weekend and strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane on Tuesday.

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