Hurricane Michael has has devastated Florida, with rows of homes smashed to pieces and flash flooding in hurricane-weary parts of the Carolinas and Virginia. Charlotte, North Carolina's largest city, was expecting as much as six inches of rain and wind gusts exceeding 30 miles per hour.
Hurricane Michael approached Florida with ferocious speed this week, hitting the Panhandle as a Category 4 hurricane and leaving behind a trail of catastrophic damage. More than 80 deaths were linked to that storm, according to The Associated Press - including residents of a nursing home.
The intense power of Michael caught many people off guard.
Michael made landfall in Florida on Wednesday.
The storm was officially classified as a Category 4 - on the verge of Category 5 - but weakened as it continued its rapid advance up towards Georgia and the Carolinas, where cities still reeling from Hurricane Florence prepared for another onslaught of rain and wind.
Tornadoes, unsafe winds and more flooding are possible in numerous same areas still recovering from Hurricane Florence.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Michael would dump as much as 8 inches of rain in some areas.
Where homes once stood, offering premium views of the Gulf of Mexico, a few boards lay scattered across foundations.
Local news station WKRG reported that about 280 of Mexico Beach's 1,000 residents did not evacuate, according to city administrator Tanya Castor. Wind damage was also evident.
A day later, the beach town remained hard to reach by land, with roads covered by fallen trees, power lines and other debris.
Authorities in Virginia said seven people in the state had died from the storm, including several who had drowned and a firefighter who was responding to an emergency call. Numerous 600 families who live there had followed orders to pack what they could in a single suitcase as they were evacuated.
Asked if there would be more evacuation orders, he said officials were monitoring the situation but that people in potentially affected areas should not take any chances against such a large storm surge.
This week, a United Nations group of scientists released a report warning of stronger storms, higher seas and hotter weather without unprecedented changes to limit global warming.
Panama City could see a storm surge at depths from 6 to 9 feet.
"It is going to go fast", Trump said in an interview with "Fox and Friends".
It was the worst storm to hit the region since the mid-1800s and the first Category 4 hurricane to ever come ashore there on record.
Blocks and blocks of homes were demolished, reduced to splintered lumber or mere concrete slabs by the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S.in almost 50 years.
In October, Florida had more hurricanes than any other month in the history of the state.
The Pentagon positioned more than 2,200 active-duty military personnel, along with helicopters, high-water vehicles and swift-water boats.
Based on its extremely low central pressure - a key measurement of a hurricane's intensity - Michael was the third-strongest hurricane in USA history. He says the number of rescues remains fluid and there were no reports of deaths so far from the Coast Guard's missions.
This article was originally published at 7:24 a.m. A hurricane with 157 miles per hour or higher is a Category 5, the strongest on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. The wind force in the center at that time had reached 249 km/h. These ports and facilities are now open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while X-ray remains in effect.