Michael: Most violent USA hurricane since 1969

Michael: Most violent USA hurricane since 1969

Michael: Most violent USA hurricane since 1969

Measured in this way the lower the pressure the stronger the hurricane - Michael was the most powerful since Hurricane Camille in 1969.

Megan Williams and roommate Kaylee O'Brian take belongings from their destroyed home after several trees fell on the house during Hurricane Michael.

The initial flight was smooth, but things got steadily more turbulent as the aircraft got closer and closer to the eye of the storm.

Splintered homes and buildings could be seen floating away in storm surge as the hurricane hit on October 10.

They said it was still not clear how many people stayed put and would need to be rescued. "The turbulence was astounding, but it was all worth it, because once you make it through the eyewall, you finally make it into the eye".

Michael, which had caught many by surprise with its rapid intensification as it churned north over the Gulf of Mexico, was the most powerful storm ever recorded to hit the Panhandle.

Hurricane Michael, the fiercest storm to hit Florida in a quarter century and the third-most powerful ever to strike the USA mainland, roared into the state's Gulf coast on Wednesday with tree-snapping winds and towering waves. Soon enough, Mexico Beach's emerald waters and sugar-sand beaches were covered in a dark sea of debris, she said.

Officials reported at least one storm-related fatality.

It made landfall on the coast as a Category 1 hurricane on September 14 and drenched some parts of the state with 40 inches (101 centimeters) of rain.

The storm, which was one of the strongest to hit the USA since Hurricane Andrew in 1992 when it struck the Florida panhandle Wednesday afternoon, could bring serious damage to south and central Georgia, the National Weather Service said.

A falling tree crashed through a Gadsden County, Fla., house Wednesday, killing one man as Hurricane Michael brought destruction and flooding to Florida, local officials said.

Michael is "history-making, very devastating storm and one that we're never going to forget", said Michael Graham, the director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The National Park Service is also warning that portions of NC 12, which connects the state's barrier islands, could be washed out by the storm surge.

Michael had weakened to a Category 1, with maximum winds of 90 miles per hour as of 8:00 pm Eastern time (0000 GMT), but that still left it an extremely risky storm.

As predicted, the storm was downgraded hours later to a still-formidable Category 3 with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph) and higher gusts as it pushed inland to the Alabama-Georgia border.

Michael continues to weaken this morning and is now down to a Tropical Storms as of the 2AM update.

Hurricane Michael weakened to a Category 1 storm late Wednesday as it moved across south-central Georgia with maximum sustained winds of about 75 miles per hour.

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