The storm surge, which is the elevated sea level around the storm itself that pushes onto land as the hurricane makes landfall, has spread from the panhandle down the Florida peninsula, reaching as far as Tampa.
With maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour, Hurricane Micheal is bearing down on the Florida panhandle this morning, having intensified into what the National Weather Service called an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane.
"The center of Michael is now moving into south-central Georgia".
Two people have been killed by falling trees due to the extreme weather, according to officials.
Almost 30 million people are in danger of being impacted by Michael, according to estimates.
Michael, the strongest hurricane on record to hit the area, made landfall Wednesday and continued to charge north, wreaking havoc and prompting emergencies as it moves through the region. While eyes in space watch the risky storm from above, cameras on the ground are tracking the hurricane's impending landfall for live internet viewing.
Michael hit Florida with wind speeds of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour), placing it nearly into Category 5 scale, which starts at 157 mph.
President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Florida, freeing up federal assistance to supplement state and local disaster responses.
"This came out of nowhere, developed on a weekend so it didn't really get much attention at all until basically yesterday", he said.
After Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle Wednesday with catastrophic winds and rain, many people were recovering from the devastation.
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Michael is on the verge of doing that one better as the storm has dramatically increased in strength over the last 12 hours, now holding maximum sustained winds of 150 mph as it approaches landfall near Panama City.
Meanwhile, tropical storm warnings were in effect for parts of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
"If you and your family made it through the storm safely, the worst thing you could do now is act foolishly", he said.
She could not say what time the death occurred or give any details about the victim.
Governor Rick Scott said there was a "lot of roof damage" in the storm's path.
- Major pressure: 919 millibars minimum pressure in the hurricane's eye, the third most intense hurricane landfall in the U.S.in recorded history. "God willing we'll still have some place".
"I'm asking all Floridians to stay vigilant throughout tonight and tomorrow as we brace for Hurricane Michael to make landfall".
As the hurricane moves out of Florida, Scott warned that flash floods and tornadoes are still possibilities and said "the weather is still extremely risky". "We didn't think it was going to be this bad".
Marino, who lives with his girlfriend and her grandmother, said water started dripping through the chimney, and they feared the wind would send the tree crashing through the roof.