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'The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no Category 4 hurricane ever hitting the Florida panhandle'.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson went to Panama City, up the coast from Mexico Beach, and was stunned by what he saw.

The Coast Guard said it rescued at least 27 people before and after the hurricane came ashore, mostly from homes along the Florida coastline, and searched for more victims. "This storm will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe".

"During disasters, Floridians take care of each other", Scott said.

"We had to stay in the house in 2 inches of water", he said Thursday. "Hopefully more people will leave".

He later spoke about Hurricane Michael during the rally.

While we might not get more storms in a warmer climate, most studies show storms will get stronger and produce more rain. It also was about 200 miles (325 kilometres) south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida.

Michael then roared through southwest Georgia and into North and SC, states that are still reeling from historic flooding left by Hurricane Florence last month.

"The worst thing you can do now is act foolishly" by putting yourself in danger or keeping law enforcement from saving lives, he said at a news conference.

"Don't think you can ride this out if you're in a low lying area".

But some officials were anxious by what they weren't seeing - a rush of evacuees.

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Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said he's "not seeing the level of traffic" he would expect when three-quarters of the county's residents are under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders. It's just stuff", Clarke said repeatedly as she eyed the destruction around her. "It's just stuff. She worked all night stocking shelves at a big-box store that was closing later Tuesday, then got to work securing her yard.

"Either the shear calculations are unrepresentative or Michael has become more inertially stable due to its large eye and large outer wind field, making it more shear resistant", the report said.

"It was just a freak accident, I never heard of anything like that", said her father, Roy Radney. "We are still getting down there", the governor added.

"Resiliency is important, and it's an important life message that we all have to learn", Smith said. "But in my experience, it's always blown way out of proportion".

The hurricane damaged hospitals and nursing homes in Panama City, and officials worked to evacuate hundreds of patients. The diocesan pastoral center in Pensacola was accepting these items through October 15, while St. Mary Church in Fort Walton Beach was conducting a weekend collection for those items October 13-14.

That means the storm will have wind speeds greater than 110 miles per hour and could create storm surges of more than 10 feet in some coastal areas. Many gas stations in Tallahassee had run out of fuel, including the Quick "N" Save, which was also stripped clean of bottled water and down to about two dozen bags of ice.

Patterson estimated 1,000 homes were completely or partially destroyed in his town of 3,500 people.

Meteorologists had warned for days that Michael was a beast.

Particularly important are the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, or GOES, which are jointly run by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

Michael has left over 1,600,000 households and businesses without power across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

As the storm closed in on the US, it caused havoc in the Caribbean. Entire roofs were torn away and dropped onto a road. James E. King Jr., 45, got caught in a flash flood around 3:30 p.m. Thursday and authorities discovered his body about seven hours later, police said.