This made the storm the third-most powerful to ever hit the United States mainland.
Michaele landfall on Wednesday afternoon near Mexico Beach, about 20 miles southeast of Panama City in Florida’s Panhandle region.
More than 600,000 homes are without power as a result of Michael’s impact, with authorities cautioning it could take days for lines to be restored.
Michael has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 50mph.
Is Hurricane Michael going to hit Virginia?
Currently, Michael is above Georgia, sending a deluge of rain and severe winds across the state.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has said that on the storm’s current path, “the centre of Michael will move through eastern Georgia into central South Carolina this morning.”
Michael will then move “across portions of central and eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia into the Atlantic Ocean by late tonight or early Friday.”
The NHC expects weakening today while the centre of the storm is over land.
However, once it moves over the Atlantic late tonight or early Friday the storm will once again intensify.
Over Georgia, Michael will dump up to seven inches of rain as it continues on its path over the southeastern US.
As the storm heads over North Carolina and Virginia, heavy rain is forecast with up to nine inches of rain forecast for those two states.
The NHC caution that this amount of rain could trigger life-threatening flash floods.
Floodwaters have risen to more than seven feet deep near Apalachicola, a town of about 2,300 residents.
Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson said: ”There are so many downed power lines and trees that it’s almost impossible to get through the city.”
Gale to storm force winds are also predicted to impact southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina today.
Two deaths have so far been attributed to the storm, with one person said to have died as the result of a falling tree in Gadson County, Florida, and a child reported to have been killed when a tree crashed through a mobile home.
The full extent of damage caused by Hurricane Michael is yet to be seen, with responders waiting until first light to assess the worst hit areas.
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