Once again, Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay area were spared from another hurricane and it’s devastation.
The former Hurricane Michael is being blamed for at least two deaths as it continues its move over the Southeast. The storm made landfall on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon as one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. It weakened over land and became a tropical storm very late on Wednesday.
The terrifying Category 4 hurricane was packing maximum sustained winds of 155 mph when it crashed ashore near Mexico Beach, a lightly populated tourist town about midway along the Panhandle.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) described Michael as “potentially catastrophic.” Debris was strewn across miles of Florida’s coastline: roofs and awnings peeled back from buildings, pieces of homes scattered amid snapped trees and downed power lines, chunks of beaches washed away.
As of 5 a.m. EDT, Michael’s core was approximately 30 miles west of Augusta and 90 miles northeast of Macon heading northeast at a rapid 21 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.
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