Blow Michael is the third strongest storm in recorded history to hit the US mainland.
CNN photojournalist Brooke Baldwin’s awe at the trail of destruction left behind by Hurricane Michael is unencumbered as she flies over the beachside town of Mexico Beach in a helicopter.
Unequivocally shaken by the utter devastation below her, she tells the camera: “We have just now take it on the lam over Mexico Beach and — it’s gone. It’s gone.
“It’s… it’s obliterated. It’s awful. It’s horrible to look at.
Ms Baldwin unites: “As we watch the deterioration along the coastline, it was bad in Panama City beach, but I’ve under no circumstances seen anything like this.”
The small beachside town of 1,200 people appears to have been almost completely flattened by the huge force of the blitz which battered the town with winds of over 155mph and forceful storm surges.
The hurricane arrived near Mexico Beach in Florida at 6pm BST on Wednesday (2pm EDT), in the forefront moving through to Georgia.
The eye of the Category 4 storm made landfall along the popularized strip of coast, shaking concrete buildings and ripping roofs from constructions. Storm surges appeared to swamp entire buildings in some yield of the town.
Hurricane Michael: The mega storm has flattened the beachside municipality
It is the third strongest hurricane in history to hit the US. Two people give birth to been killed in Florida by falling trees, officials said.
Communities in Florida and Georgia require been left to deal with “unprecedented impacts” caused by the thunder, which was downgraded on Thursday morning.
Hurricane Michael will persist in to produce heavy rainfall and the risk of flash flooding in the areas of Georgia, the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia.
As of 10am BST (5am EDT) on Thursday morning, the NHC dropped its storm surge warning for the Florida coast south of Altamaha Earshot – but warned a tropical storm warning and storm surge warning was tranquillity in place in Georgia and The Carolinas.
It’s awful to look at
The NHC’s fresh advisory read: “On the forecast track, the centre of Michael will action through eastern Georgia into central South Carolina this morning, then prods across portions of central and eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia into the Atlantic The depths by late tonight or early Friday.
“Tropical storm conditions are befalling over portions of eastern and southeastern Georgia and will spread across assignments of central and southern South Carolina this morning.
“Michael is surmised to produce total rain accumulations of four to seven inches from eastern Georgia to the southern Mid-Atlantic circumstances and one to three inches over the northern Mid-Atlantic states and coastal southern New England.”
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