Daylight exposes widespread destruction in Mexico Beach, Florida, where Michael made landfall


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Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday afternoon in Mexico Beach, Florida as a Category 4 storm at 155 mph, causing widespread flooding and destruction. It has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.

What we’re watching today: Federal and state officials are expected to provide a series of updates throughout the morning as first responders and those returning to their homes begin to sort through the damage.

“Now our job is to search for everybody, rescue everybody, get everybody the resources they need and we’ll recover. We are a very resilient state.” – Florida Gov. Rick Scott

So, where’s Michael: Michael is now a Tropical Storm with winds of 70 mph. The center continues to move through central Georgia, and is located 30 miles from Macon. Dangerous winds and heavy rain continue as the storm progresses towards the northeast.

Two lives lost: A man died after a tree feel on a home near Greensboro, Florida, Wednesday night, and a child died in Seminole County, Georgia when a free-standing metal carport was lifted into the air by the wind and crashed into her trailer.

Widespread power outages: There are more than 350,000 reported power outages between some of the largest electricity providers in South Carolina and Georgia. Some 250,000 outages are reported between Gulf Power, City of Tallahassee and Duke Energy in Florida. The actual numbers are expected to rise.

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