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Hurricane Michael crashes into Florida Panhandle

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An extremely powerful Hurricane Michael crashed into Florida’s northwestern Panhandle coast on Wednesday, flooding towns and ripping up trees with 155-mile-per-hour (249 kph) winds and the potential for a devastating storm surge. Michael, which had caught many by surprise with its rapid intensification as it churned north over the Gulf of Mexico, was the most powerful recorded storm ever to hit the Panhandle.

It made landfall northwest of Mexico Beach, Fla., on Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale. (Reuters)

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Palm trees are seen during a Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. (Photo: WeatherNation/via Reuters)


Downed powerlines are seen after hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on Oct. 10, 2018 in Panama City, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


Boats that were docked are seen in a pile of rubble after hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on Oct. 10, 2018 in Panama City, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


People walk past damaged stores after hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on Oct. 10, 2018 in Panama City, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


A stores windows are seen shattered as hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on Oct. 10, 2018 in Panama City, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


Scott Brazer and his dog Franklin take shelter in a parking garage as Hurricane Michael passes through the area on Oct. 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


This photo made available by NASA shows they eye of Hurricane Michael, as seen from the International Space Station on Oct. 10, 2018. (NASA via AP)


High tide from offshore Hurricane Michael creeps up into the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018 after the Anclote River backs up. (Photo: Jim Damaske/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)


Broken awnings are seen after hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on Oct. 10, 2018 in Panama City, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


Trees lay on the top of a home after hurricane Michael passed through the area on Oct. 10, 2018 in Panama City, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


A damaged home is seen after hurricane Michael passed through the area on Oct. 10, 2018 in Panama City, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


Debris is blown down a street by Hurricane Michael on Oct. 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. The hurricane made landfall on the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


An electric transformer explodes in the distance as heavy rains and wind from Hurricane Michael blanket the Florida State University campus, Oct. 10, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo: Chris O’Meara/AP)


A storm chaser climbs into his vehicle during the eye of Hurricane Michael to retrieve equipment after a hotel canopy collapsed in Panama City Beach, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)


Waves break ahead of Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach, Fla., on Oct. 10, 2018. (Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images


Derik Kline takes shelter in a parking garage as Hurricane Michael passes through the area on Oct. 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. The hurricane made landfall on the Florida Panhandle as a category 4 storm. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


A trash can and debris are blown down a street by Hurricane Michael on Oct. 10, 2018 in Panama City, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


A street is seen during a Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. (Photo: WeatherNation/via Reuters)


A woman takes pictures in the city pier early morning in Panama City Beach, as Florida’s Panhandle prepares for its worst hurricane strike in at least a decade Wedesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)


A hotel canopy collapses onto vehicles during Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)


The storm surge and waves from Hurricane Michael batter the beachfront homes on Oct. 10, 2018 in the Florida Panhandle community of Shell Point Beach, Florida. The hurricane is forecast to hit the Florida Panhandle at a possible category 4 storm. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)


Waves surge onto shore past a lifeguard stand ahead of Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach, Fla., on Oct. 10, 2018. (Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images)


People use mobile devices to take photographs of waves ahead of Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach, Fla. on Oct. 10, 2018. (Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images


Waves take over a house as Hurricane Michael comes ashore in Alligator Point, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)


Shields Marina starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks as Hurricane Michael pushes the storm surge up the Wakulla and Saint Marks Rivers which come together here on Oct. 10, 2018 in Saint Marks, Fla. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)


President Trump speaks during a briefing on Hurricane Michael in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 10, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


Palm trees stand near the shore ahead of Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach, Fla. on Oct. 10, 2018. (Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images


Bo Lynn’s Market starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks as Hurricane Michael pushes the storm surge up the Wakulla and Saint Marks Rivers which come together here on Oct. 10, 2018 in Saint Marks, Fla. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)


Emily Hindle lies on the floor at an evacuation shelter set up at Rutherford High School, in advance of Hurricane Michael, which is expected to make landfall today, in Panama City Beach, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)


The Cooter Stew Cafe starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks as Hurricane Michael pushes the storm surge up the Wakulla and Saint Marks Rivers which come together here on Oct. 10, 2018 in Saint Marks, Fla. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)


Warning flags fly near the shore ahead of Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach, Fla. on Oct. 10, 2018. (Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images


Cameron Sadowski walks along where waves are crashing onto the beach as the outer bands of hurricane Michael arrive on Oct. 10, 2018 in Panama City Beach, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


Power crews from Decatur, Alabama as Hurricane Michael approaches on Oct. 10, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)


Map showing the forecast track of Hurricane Michael. (Reuters)


Pets are seen as people seek safety in a shelter as Hurricane Michael approaches on Oct. 10, 2018 in Panama City, Fla. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


Waves crash along a pier as the outer bands of hurricane Michael arrive on Oct. 10, 2018 in Panama City Beach, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


A message written on a closed business is pictured as Hurricane Michael approaches Panama City Beach, Fla, Oct. 10, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)


This Oct. 9, 2018 satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Michael, center, in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: NOAA via AP)


Storm clouds loom over a sign for a beach resort as Hurricane Michael approaches Panama City Beach,Fla, Oct. 10, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)


Patrons enjoy beverages outside Buster’s Beer & Bait, one of the last bars in the area still open, as category 3 Hurricane Michael approaches the Florida panhandle, in Panama City Beach on Oct. 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)