Incredible NASA footage shows Hurricane Michael's swirling vortex from space

Incredible NASA footage shows Hurricane Michael's swirling vortex from space

Hurricane Michael will also cause almost one million people to be without power, not just on the coast but inland as well in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. While eyes in space watch the unsafe storm from above, cameras on the ground are tracking the hurricane's impending landfall for live internet viewing. The monster hurricane was the most powerful ever recorded to hit the Panhandle and was on par with Hurricanes Irma, which swept across Florida in September 2017, and Andrew, which devastated Homestead in 1992.

In Panama City Beach, a building that was still under construction didn't stand a chance against Michael.

Residents who are still in Florida are being battered by Hurricane Michael, which made landfall Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities told residents along the affected areas of Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast on Wednesday morning that they had run out of time to evacuate and should hunker down.

"Hurricane Michael is a deadly Category 4 storm".

It also brought the dangers of a life-threatening storm surge. Homes were swallowed in storm surge.

The child's death is the second known storm-related death. "We're going to get some people hurt".

"On the forecast track, the core of Michael will move across central and eastern Georgia this morning, and then over southern and central SC later today".

Storm Michael could soon form, hit US midweek
Senate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum running for governor, the threat of the storm quickly affected this fall's elections. As of the 11 a.m. advisory Monday, the NHC upgraded Michael to a category 1 hurricane, with winds of 75 miles per hour .

Michael is expected to be even more powerful than Hurricane Florence, which had wind speeds of 90mph when it struck the Carolinas in September. Predating modern meteorological technology, the formation point and exact wind strengths of the hurricane are unknown.

Megan Williams, left, and roommate Kaylee O'Brian take belongings from their destroyed home after several trees fell on the house during Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida. "They said it grew into a monster". A risky storm surge continued along the coastal Florida panhandle; a National Ocean Service station in Apalachicola was reporting 5 feet of water above the ground level.

No storm remotely this strong has ever hit this part of Florida.

It appeared to be so powerful that it was expected to remain a hurricane as it moved into Alabama and Georgia early Thursday. It had sustained winds of 155 mph, meaning it wasn't from a Category 5 storm - a Category 4 hurricane has sustained winds of up to 156 mph, and Category 5 is 157 mph and above.

The governor didn't wait for damage assessments before seeking federal assistance from President Donald Trump for 14 counties: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor and Wakulla.

As the Tallahassee office of the National Weather Service said on Twitter earlier Wednesday: "If you're not sheltered in place now, you need to be!" It warned of "widespread power outages, downed trees blocking access to roads and endangering individuals, structural damage to homes and businesses, isolated flash flooding and the potential for a few tornadoes".

There has never been a Category 4 storm make landfall along the Panhandle and Michael just missed the Category 5 threshold of 157 miles per hour as it arrived near Mexico Beach. Wind damage was also evident.

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