The hurricane, the fiercest to hit Florida in 80 years, pummeled communities across the Panhandle and turned streets into roof-high waterways. The National Hurricane Centre warned of possible spinoff tornadoes and heavy rains in Alabama and Georgia, before the storm heads for SC, already soaked by Hurricane Florence in September.
As it came ashore, Michael was just shy of a Category 5 - defined as a storm packing top sustained wind speeds of 157 miles per hour or above.
In Panama City, plywood and metal flew off the front of a Holiday Inn Express.
Rescuers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used dogs, drones and global positioning satellites in the search.
In an email sent early Thursday, spokesman Eddie Elmore said the road was closed "due to extremely hazardous conditions". No injuries were reported, but there's roof damage to "nearly every home" on the base. It could however serve to add pressure to prevent further significant price declines at renewals to come and may create some pressure to think again about how Gulf Coast hurricanes interact with land.
Josh Morgerman, a well-known storm chaser, tweeted, "It's hard to convey in words the scale of the catastrophe in Panama City".
Recent rapid hurricane intensification events in the Atlantic basin. "I don't know what I'm going to", said Williams. "I have been up since 3:30 or 4 am emailing and checking on staff to see if they are safe". It forced more than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast to evacuate as it gained strength quickly while crossing the eastern Gulf of Mexico toward north Florida.
This is one of the benefits of a diversified global reinsurance market, that means even storms as severe as hurricane Michael can see their losses spread around the globe, making the impacts more manageable and not retained regionally.
The death toll from hurricane Michael, one of the most powerful storms to make landfall in the USA mainland, rose to six, with authorities warning that the toll could further increase as search and rescue efforts continue. Tornadoes, risky winds and more flooding are possible in numerous same areas still recovering from Hurricane Florence.
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"The storm has already begun to lash our battered state with strong winds and heavy rain". It's expected to weaken to a tropical storm by Thursday morning and move off into the Atlantic Ocean by early Friday.
An 11-year-old girl killed Wednesday afternoon when Hurricane Michael hit southwest Georgia has been identified by authorities.
Emergency services carried out dozens of rescues of people caught in swiftly moving floodwaters in North Carolina.
Flooded streets and debris are left in the wake of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla.
More than 900,000 homes and businesses in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas were without power.
State officials said 285 people in Mexico Beach had refused to leave ahead of the hurricane despite a mandatory evacuation order.
At a morning meeting at Florida's emergency operation center, staff debriefed on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael across the Panhandle.
Even before landfall, the hurricane disrupted energy operations in the Gulf, cutting crude oil production by more than 40 percent and natural gas output by almost one-third as offshore platforms were evacuated before the storm hit.