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Hurricane Michael devastates Mexico Beach, Florida

Hurricane Michael devastates Mexico Beach, Florida”

Michael weakened to a tropical storm Thursday after wreaking havoc along Florida's Gulf Coast, flooding homes and streets, ripping away roofs and snapping trees and power lines as it roared ashore as a raging Category 4 hurricane. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner told local election supervisors that if their offices were closed due to the hurricane, they could accept paper applications when their offices reopen.

Though the storm has weakened, it is continuing on a risky path across the southeast states.

The storm is moving northeast at 21 miles per hour.

That is down from more than 963,000 customers affected by Michael, as utilities in Florida and Alabama restored service while the number of outages continue to grow in the Carolinas and Virginia as the storm moved northeast.

In Mexico Beach, population 1,000, the storm shattered homes, leaving floating piles of lumber.

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Numerous houses in Mexico Beach were reduced to naked concrete foundations or piles of debris.

Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle Wednesday as the most powerful hurricane on record.

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ABC News' Rob Marciano encountered stray kittens stranded in the storm zone following Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida. "I don't know what I'm going to", said Williams. As many as 389,639 customers in Florida, 484,487 customers in North Carolina, 117,000 customers in Georgia, 24,000 customers in Alabama, 9,163 customers in SC and 61,067 customers in Virginia.

The eventual insurance, reinsurance and perhaps ILS fund industry losses from hurricane Michael's strong Category 4 landfall on the Florida Gulf Coast yesterday are unlikely to be sufficient to move the market, according to brokers, rating agencies and analysts. "I think they will be back", LaFountain said in a phone interview while driving back to Mexico Beach. "There was a tree involved".

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In Georgia, an 11-year-old girl died when a auto port flipped into the air by a gust of wind landed on her home, Travis Brooks, head of the emergency relief agency in Seminole County, told AFP.

"The rapid intensification of these storms, which was part of what made them so unsafe and devastating, is something models are telling us global warming should make more common globally over the present century", said Gabriel Vecchi, one of the authors of the study and a climate scientist at Princeton University. Now a tropical storm, Michael is headed to the Carolinas. More than 6 inches of rain has fallen in the western part of the state, Cooper said. The base was evacuated in advance of the Category 4 storm that struck the Gulf Coast on Wednesday afternoon with 155 miles per hour winds and a strong storm surge.

The unforgettable thing about record-setting Hurricane Michael will always be how rapidly it became a near-Category 5 storm, perfectly timed for a sneak-attack on the Florida panhandle.

The American Red Cross is providing food, water and shelter to more than 7,000 people.

President Donald Trump on Thursday approved disaster declarations for four Florida counties, clearing the way for federal aid to the hardest hit areas.

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Michael's core will enter South Carolina Thursday morning before driving into central and eastern North Carolina by about 2 p.m., according to the NHC.



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