Before-and-after photos show Hurricane Michael's catastrophic destruction in Florida

Death toll from Hurricane Michael expected to rise as first responders search for victims

But without extensive study, they can not directly link a single weather event to the changing climate. It's expected to cause life-threatening flash floods and send surges of ocean water into coastal areas along the Gulf, from Pensacola around the coast to Tampa. The wind force in the center at that time had reached 249 km/h.

As of 9 a.m. Thursday, the storm was about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west-northwest of Columbia, South Carolina, moving northeast at 21 mph (33 kph).

Some footage taken while the storm still raged is also surfacing, including a shocking video of one woman's flooded yard in St. George Island being totally flooded, per CNN.

"Today is the day".

Rick Scott said the storm could be the worst the Florida Panhandle has seen in 100 years. The base had been evacuated before the storm and no injuries were reported.

Nearby Panama City Beach experienced similar damage along with other communities along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico.

He said strong winds picked up a portable carport Wednesday and dropped it down on the roof.

Michael will proceed through the central part of the state, hitting areas like Fayetteville and Raleigh the hardest, before exiting off the mid-Atlantic coast.

President Trump has approved Florida's declaration of emergency.

- Almost 6,700 people took refuge in 54 shelters in Florida. "It looks like another big one".

After pummeling Florida, Michael barreled through Georgia.

The governor activated 750 National Guardsmen for storm response on Monday, on top of the 500 activated the day before. "This is one of the most powerful storms". We thought the windows were going to break at any time, ' Mr Beu said. Boats once docked in the canal have been pushed far up onto the land, and much of what would normally be on land floats in the canal.

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Boutwell said he doesn't even know where to begin his family's recovery effort. And as rescue workers sift through the debris Thursday, many fear the death toll will rise.

325,000: Estimated number of people in the storm's path who were told to evacuate by local authorities.

Travis Brooks, Director of Seminole County's emergency management agency, told ABC News there was "complete and total devastation".

The latest Area Forecast Discussion for Jacksonville Courtesy of the National Weather Service. Levy County has closed its schools through Thursday; Florida State University, in Tallahassee, has closed as well.

"We are in new territory", National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote on Facebook. Florence dumped trillions of gallons of water on North and SC. Michael is expected to rain 4 to 7 in. from eastern to southern mid-Atlantic Georgia.

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Officials report that two people have died as a result of Hurricane Michael, while hundreds of thousands have been left without power. "It will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe". The roar of the winds, he said, sounded like a jet engine.

Additional strengthening is projected over the next twenty-four hours, with Michael "forecast to be a major hurricane at landfall in Florida". He's committed to providing any federal resources Florida may need.

Hurricane-force winds extended up to 45 miles (75 kilometres) from Michael's centre at the height of the storm. When the house filled with storm surge water, they fled upstairs.

When Scott got back to his own house, he discovered "we had furniture in our house that wasn't our furniture".

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