>> Michael continuing to wreak havoc across the US Southeast Thursday, soaking Georgia, barreling toward the Carolinas, and leaving a trail of destruction across the Florida panhandle.>> It just came flying through the roof. I heard all the trees snapping and everything. Sounded like a tornado.>> The hurricane claiming at least two lives in Florida, both from falling debris.
The category 4 storm was the fiercest to hit the Florida panhandle, and the third most powerful storm to ever strike the US mainland.>> So many lives have been changed forever. So many families have lost everything. Homes are gone, businesses are gone. Roads and infrastructure along the storm's path have been destroyed.
This hurricane was an absolute monster, and the damage left in its wake is still yet to be fully understood.>> Michael's strength has waned as it churns through Georgia, downgraded to a tropical storm with top sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. More than 700,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia early on Thursday.
The rapid intensification of the storm caught many by surprise, making landfall midday Wednesday near Mexico Beach, Florida.>> Mexico Beach took the brunt. That's probably ground zero. Right now, the focus is truly on life safety, and making sure that we are helping people who may be trapped. Let's reiterate that this system is ongoing.
It's still impacting South Carolina and North Carolina.>> The National Hurricane Center said Michael would pass through the Carolinas Thursday.>> You need to be ready to evacuate.>> The governors of North and South Carolina urged residents, many of whom are still recovering from Hurricane Florence less than a month ago, to brace for heavy rain, storm force winds, and more flooding.