Hurricane Michael Roars Ashore in Florida

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Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, made landfall Wednesday afternoon just east of Panama City, Florida. It is the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle, and caused severe flooding due to storm surge and heavy rainfall.

Waters were expected to rise more than 10 feet above normal in Apalachicola, Florida, as storm surge piled on top of eight to 12 inches of rain.

Power outages were widespread, and heavy rainfall is expected across the southeast as the storm continues its northeasterly track into Georgia and the Carolinas—areas that are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which came ashore in September.

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