The storm made landfall on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon and initially was classified as a category four storm with 155mph (250km/h) and as it weakened over land and became a tropical storm.
“Hurricane Michael is the worst storm that the Florida Panhandle has ever seen,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said and warned of “unimaginable devastation”, while The National Hurricane Center (NHC) described Michael as “potentially catastrophic.”
Michael has already killed 13 people and has left shattered debris where’s homes and businesses once stood.
The storm left nearly 500,000 people without electricity in Florida, Alabama and Georgia, emergency services say. Approximately 288,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, 40,000 in Georgia and 41,000 in Alabama.
Forecasters said strong winds and rains would thrash Georgia and areas already damaged in North and South Carolina by Hurricane Florence. Closed bridges, more towering waves, suspended emergency services, power outage, heavy wind and rainfall and debris have left hurricane Florence survivors feeling grim.
“Unfortunately, this is a Gulf Coast hurricane of the worst kind because all of the elements associated with hurricanes come into play,” Brock Long, the chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said at a press conference.