Will the remnants of Hurricane Michael hit your military base?

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People walk past damaged stores after hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area of Panama City in Florida.

Michael hit Florida with wind speeds of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour), placing it nearly into Category 5 scale, which starts at 157 mph.

CNN journalist Brooke Baldwin was left aghast at what little was left of Mexico Beach, Florida, as she viewed from a helicopter the devastation of the Florida Panhandle from Hurricane Michael, the third-most powerful hurricane to hit the us mainland in recorded history. At the time, the then-tropical-storm wasn't expected to achieve its current Category 4 status, but now that it's here, it's time to batten down the hatches.

Along the 200-mile Panhandle, Michael washed away white-sand beaches, hammered military bases and destroyed coastal communities, stripping trees to stalks, shredding roofs, toppling trucks and pushing boats into buildings.

Roads were filled with piles of floating debris.

Michael has already knocked out power to a quarter of a million homes and businesses, as power lines were smashed by falling trees.

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Up the coast in Pensacola, the water temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) - 8 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4 degrees Celsius) higher than normal for this time of year.

Megan McCall says her brother Jeff and his family were riding out the storm in the Panhandle.

Some 125,000 homes were left without power in Georgia and over 52,000 homes in Alabama as of Wednesday evening. "I'm sure we probably got flooded, at the very least".

Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes and the governor told residents who had not done so to "hunker down and be careful".

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Thursday that the eye of Michael was about 90 miles (144 kilometers) northeast of Macon, Georgia and about 45 miles (72 kilometers) west of Augusta.

Smith, in Gadsden County, said the situation was unsafe even for emergency personnel.

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"We just need people to be patient", Castor said. "I did see something about the hurricane, but I didn't know that it was that close to my hometown", he said.

Smith could not provide details on the victim.

For a state that is often struck by hurricanes, Michael is the first Cat. The Panhandle is the most impoverished region of Florida, and this kind of a storm would be hard to overcome even for wealthy communities. "We haven't seen as robust of an evacuation response from the civilian population that we have seen in other storms".

"Leslie is headed east and will not be an issue for the United States", Bridges said.

One of the hardest-hit spots was Mexico Beach, where Michael crashed ashore Wednesday as a Category 4 monster with 155 miles per hour (250 kph) winds.

Risky conditions from damaging winds and flooding rain were forecast to spread through Georgia and into the Carolinas Wednesday night and Thursday (Friday NZT).

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Part of the reason Hurricane Michael became so strong and developed so quickly is that the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are much warmer right now than what's normal for October.

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