'It's gone': Mexico Beach, Fla., left in ruins by Hurricane Michael

'It's gone': Mexico Beach, Fla., left in ruins by Hurricane Michael

'It's gone': Mexico Beach, Fla., left in ruins by Hurricane Michael

Jason Phipps looks through his family's roofless apartment after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Panama City, Fla.

Sally Crown rode out Michael on the Panhandle thinking at first that the worst damage was the many fallen trees in her yard before she emerged to check on the cafe she manages.

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

That same day, Apple CEO Tim Cook also tweeted that Apple will donate to aid Hurricane Michael relief. With the flash flood watch we will need to be on the lookout for flood-prone areas to see rapidly rising water. After landfall in Florida, Michael's strong winds and heavy rains thrashed Georgia and headed toward the Carolinas, including areas that got a soaking last month from Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Michael, which tore into Florida on Wednesday, went in just two days from tropical storm status to a Category 4 hurricane, on a scale with a maximum of five.

At a midterm election rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night, Trump offered his "thoughts and prayers" to those in the path of the storm and said he would be visiting Florida soon.

From Florida to Alabama and Georgia to the Carolinas, over 900,000 homes and businesses have lost electricity.

Storm surge warnings were in place along the Florida and Alabama coasts.

Michael roared ashore near Mexico Beach about 1 p.m. central time Wednesday, becoming the most powerful storm to ever strike the Panhandle and the fourth strongest to make landfall in the U.S. Its sustained winds were just 2 miles per hour (3.2 kph) shy of an extremely rare Category 5.

Though the storm has weakened, it is continuing on a risky path across the southeast states.

The National Weather Service office in the state capital Tallahassee issued a dramatic appeal for people to comply with evacuation orders. So far that request has not been made, as Florida has 2,300 of its own Guard forces activated, and due to its long history with hurricanes, has aircraft and ground supplies set to respond.

Michael was downgraded to a Tropical Storm on Thursday as it took its drenching rains to Georgia and the Carolinas.

Michael, the third most powerful hurricane ever to hit the United States mainland, weakened overnight to a tropical storm and pushed northeast, bringing drenching rains to Georgia and the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.

The same will not be the case for the near 300-mile stretch of coastline from Pensacola to Cedar Key, which attracts around 17 million visitors a year to its pristine white-sand beaches and clear, shallow emerald-green waters.

The storm is rumbling into SC, while also bringing strong winds and heavy rains to North Carolina and Virginia amid a tornado threat, many news outlets reported.

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