Hurricane Michael

3rd most powerful hurricane ever to make landfall on U.S. mainland

Another dangerous hurricane hits the U.S. mainland this week, as Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday night, hitting the Florida panhandle with winds just 2 miles per hour shy of being a Category 5 storm.

As is customary with storms of such degree, evacuations were ordered by the states of Florida and Alabama earlier this week, and utilities prepared for mass outages and difficult repair scenarios.

CBS News reported Thursday that a Florida resident said his city “looks like an atomic bomb” hit it. Florida’s panhandle is largely destructed today after catastrophic winds, heavy rain and devastating storm surge. Recovery efforts are barely underway as the storm is just moving north towards the southeast United States.

Michael was the third-most powerful hurricane ever to make landfall in the U.S. mainland. As of Thursday afternoon, more than 713,000 homes and businesses in the Southeast had no electricity. Michael was a tropical storm, hitting North Carolina and South Carolina with heavy downpours and threatening to cause tornadoes.

As of 2 p.m. ET, Michael’s core was approximately 25 miles south of Greensboro, North Carolina, heading northeast at a rapid 23 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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