Hurricane Michael: WATCH NASA’s terrifying footage of raging Florida cyclone from space

Hurricane Michael: WATCH NASA’s terrifying footage of raging Florida cyclone from space

Hurricane Michael: WATCH NASA’s terrifying footage of raging Florida cyclone from space

First responders were unable to reach the home for at least six hours due to fallen trees as Sarah struggled to breath for 45 minutes after being hit - a scene that her 12-year-old brother watched unfold.

People look on at a damaged store after Hurricane Michael passed through on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Rescuers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency used dogs, drones and Global Positioning System in the search.

The hurricane disrupted energy operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as it approached land, cutting crude oil production by more than 40 percent and natural gas output by almost one-third as offshore platforms were evacuated.

FEMA crews have been using bulldozers and other heavy equipment to push a path through debris to allow rescuers to probe the rubble with sniffer dogs as drone aircraft and Blackhawk helicopters searched from above.

This season, however, the few sessions gleaned from ramped-up tropical activity have been found to be more superfluous than before, as nearly-Cat 5 Hurricane Michael-the second significant and potentially devastating storm to impact the right coast-made landfall on Wednesday near Panama City on Florida's Gulf Coast, bringing with it 155-mph-plus winds and torrential rains, after just a short window of quality surf. It pushed a wall of seawater inland, causing widespread flooding.

Hurricane Michael made landfall on Wednesday afternoon as category three storm with 125mph (200km/h) winds in the state's Panhandle region. Television news footage earlier in the day showed floodwaters up to the roofs of many homes in Mexico Beach.

On Wednesday, Michael claimed another life when a man died after a tree fell on a home near Greensboro, Florida, the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office said.

There are now 495 search-and-rescue officers deployed or en route, as well as 110 firefighters and teams of medics, reconnaissance personnel and mortuary teams deployed.

Locals offered to go to addresses to see if houses had survived or if residents were there.

A reporter and a photojournalist from the Tampa Bay Times ventured to Mexico Beach before dawn Thursday, finding the town of about 1,000 nearly impassable.

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Hurricane Michael left a swath of destruction across the area near Panama City, Fla., this week.

"We lost our dock". "All these electrical poles and water lines are busted".

"Pine forests were no longer - they were all sticks that were broken in two", Nelson, a Democrat, told Fox News. "We're trying to get into areas like Mexico Beach, get the teams in to be able to assess damage".

Michael moved through the City of Thomasville and was blasting wind speeds of up to 60-70 miles per hour, although it is forecast to continue slowing down.

The victims comprise four from Florida, a child in Georgia and a man in North Carolina, authorities said.

Gulf Power, which provides electricity to northwest Florida, said it had about 112,000 customers without power.

The storm blew down trees and utility wires throughout Florida Gulf Coast towns, while also ripping off roofs and inundating areas with several meters of storm surge. "You want to check on things and begin the recovery process", Scott said.

Forecasters say Michael remains a large weather system, with tropical storm-force winds extending up to 185 miles (295 kilometers) from its center.

The agency is working with the Florida Department of Transportation to clear the interstate which is the major east-west route across northern Florida and the Panhandle. So far, Coast Guard crews in Florida have rescued 40 people and assisted 232.

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