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Hurricane Michael latest update: One person dead in Florida as violent weather storm rages | World | News

Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightowers said they received a call at 6pm local time (11pm BST).

They were told a tree had crashed through the roof of the man’s Greenboro home and trapped him.

Emergency crews rushed to the home, but blocked roads and downed power lines added complications to the journey.

Officials have not yet confirmed the identity of the man.

Hurricane Michael has left extensive damage in the area, with broken and uprooted trees and power lines down.

Roofs have been peeled off and homes split open by fallen trees.

Vance Beu, 29, also had a tree punch a whole in his roof, in the apartment he was staying in with his mother.

He said: “it was terrifying, honestly. There was a lot of noise.

“We thought the windows were going to break at the time.

“We had the inside windows kind of barricades in with mattresses.

“We did whatever we could to kind of hunker down.”

Abnormally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico charged up Michael to a terrifying scale of 155mph winds, making it a Category 4 hurricane.

More than 490,402 people are without power in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Storm surge and heavy rain drenched the coastline as well as further inland.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said: “This is the worst storm that the Florida Panhandle has seen in over a century.”

A tornado watch is in effect for much of northern Florida and south and central Georgia until 2am local time (7am BST).

President Trump said: “Hurricane Michael is here, but so are we. Stay safe, Florida.”

There have been mandatory evacuations of several coastal counties in Florida, so the full extent of the damage will not be clear until later today.

The eye of Michael is now moving across Southwestern Georgia, according to the National Hurricane Centre.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to around 90mph, a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

However, this still means damaging winds are continuing across the central and eastern panhandle of Floria and southwestern and south-central Georgia.

Storm flooding is still occurring along the Gulf Coast.

Timothy Thomas, a resident of Panama City Beach, decided to ride out the storm with his wife in their second-floor apartment.

He said he could see a 90-foot pine bent at a 45 degree angle and said: “We are catching some hell.”

Source : EXPRESS

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