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2 Dead After Hurricane Michael Hits Florida With 155 MPH Winds, Flooding

  • At least two people are dead after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 on Wednesday.
  • The storm brought winds of 155 miles per hour and flooded streets.
  • Michael is the strongest storm since Hurricane Camille in 1969 and the third-most-powerful on record to hit the U.S. 
  • "Hurricane Michael is the worst storm that the Florida Panhandle has ever seen," Governor Rick Scott declared at a press conference Wednesday evening. 

At least two people are dead after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 on Wednesday, bringing winds of 155 miles per hour and flooding streets. Michael is the strongest storm since Hurricane Camille in 1969 and the third-most-powerful on record to hit the U.S. ABC News reports that the storm's first victim died in a "debris-related" incident in Greensboro. The second death was a child from Lake Seminole, Georgia, who was visiting a home in Florida when a tree fell on the property. "Hurricane Michael is the worst storm that the Florida Panhandle has ever seen," Governor Rick Scott declared at a press conference Wednesday evening. By 11 p.m. EST, forecasters said Michael was weakening, but winds were still raging at 75 mph as it crossed into central Georgia. More than 375,000 Gulf Coast residents were urged to leave the area prior to the storm, but many opted to remain in harm's way. “We’ve told those who stayed to have their life jackets on when the storm comes,” Franklin County (Fla.) emergency management coordinator Tress Dameron told The News Herald. The AP reports that the hurricane could drop up to a foot of rain on affected areas.

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