Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday northwest of Mexico Beach, Florida. The powerful Category 4 storm brought winds of up to 155 mph.
Michael’s low central pressure makes it the strongest hurricane the US has seen in nearly 50 years.
Videos and photos shared on social media show severe flooding and destruction in Florida residents caught in the crosshairs said the storm felt like an earthquake.
Hurricane Michael, the most powerful storm the US has seen in nearly 50 years, is moving through the Florida Panhandle, ripping apart homes and sending walls of water rushing inland.
The storm made landfall northwest of Mexico Beach around noon on Wednesday, with an eye so clear and wide it could easily be seen from space.
High-end Cat. 4 #Hurricane #Michael now making landfall between Tyndall AFB and Mexico Beach, FL with *sustained* winds of 150 MPH. Pressure down to 919 MB (27.14″). (@NOAA GOES-East vis imagery) pic.twitter.com/hp1X9RF8aT
— NASA SPoRT (@NASA_SPoRT) October 10, 2018
That strong, well-developed core makes for a very powerful, windy storm on land. Journalist Kirsten Fiscus was less than 25 miles away in Panama City when Michael’s eye landed, and said she could smell the pine from snapped tree branches.
I seriously have no words to describe this, it’s awesome but equally terrifying #HurricaneMichael pic.twitter.com/0Y8HQJub1Z
— Kirsten Fiscus (@KDFiscus) October 10, 2018
Richard Fausset of the New York Times was in the area too and said the winds were so intense, it felt like a California earthquake.
Panama City, Fla. This whole hotel is shuddering like it was an LA earthquake. pic.twitter.com/CVA7SrxT2d
— Richard Fausset (@RichardFausset) October 10, 2018
Outside, the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore narrowly missed getting slammed by a flying piece of wood.
Cantore nearly just got speared by 2×4 it seemed. #HurricaneMichael pic.twitter.com/tyNWrymC3p
— Tim Ballisty (@IrishEagle) October 10, 2018
Part of the reason Hurricane Michael became so strong and developed so quickly is that the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are much warmer right now than what’s normal for October.
Up the coast in Pensacola, the water temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit — 8 degrees higher than normal for this time of year. Warmer water acts as fuel for a hurricane, helping it develop into a more destructive, windier storm.
Michael was forecast to bring storm surge up to 14 feet in some areas. Josh Benson, a news anchor at local station WFLA in Tampa Bay, shared a video taken by Tessa Talarico in Mexico Beach, Florida that showed the extreme flooding.
A look at what houses in #Mexico Beach, #Florida look like right now. This is a follow up from the previous clip posted. They are now submerged and were no match for #HurricaneMichael (via Tessa Talarico) #Hurricane #Michael #HurricaneMichael2018 pic.twitter.com/GJENrhFJha
— Josh Benson (@WFLAJosh) October 10, 2018
In Panama City Beach, a building that was still under …read more
Source:: Business Insider