The Associated Press reports:
Supercharged by abnormally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Michael tore away tree limbs and sent pieces of buildings flying as it struck the Florida Panhandle with potentially catastrophic winds and towering storm surge.
The storm made landfall near Mexico Beach as a Category 4 Hurricane with 155 mph winds, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday. It was one of the most intense hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. mainland and the most powerful one on record to menace the Panhandle, a roughly 200-mile stretch of fishing towns, military bases and spring-break beaches.
Forecasters mark landfall as the place and time when the center of the eye strikes land. Minutes earlier, Michael’s eyewall came ashore between Panama City and St. Vincent Island, and the hurricane center warned everyone inside the relative calm of the eye not to venture outside.
#Hurricane #Michael makes official landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida as a strong category 4 hurricane with 155 mph wind. Life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force wind and heavy rain is occuring. Our LIVE coverage continues. pic.twitter.com/jULyn46gBl
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) October 10, 2018
Michael, just 2 mph below category 5, is now the 3rd strongest hurricane at landfall in U.S. history pic.twitter.com/64ShAhfqKW
— BNO News (@BNONews) October 10, 2018
Hurricane #Michael has made landfall just northwest of Mexico Beach, Florida. The latest public advisory is available on the NHC website: https://t.co/fniXaEmxWe pic.twitter.com/s4X21XtdX1
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 10, 2018
#Hurricane #Michael has made landfall near Mexico Beach, FL with a landfall pressure of 919 hPa – the 3rd lowest continental US landfalling hurricane pressure on record – trailing only Labor Day (1935) and Camille (1969). pic.twitter.com/h6dHPDVxyq
— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) October 10, 2018