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Hurricane Michael, the monstrous megastorm that seemingly came out of nowhere, slammed into the Florida Panhandle region Wednesday afternoon. The storm is officially the worst in recorded history for the area.

National Weather Service bulletins warned of a “life-threatening storm surge” as the eye of Michael passed into Georgia and Alabama. According to the NWS, the storm surge was expected to reach up to 10 feet in some areas of the low-lying region.

With wind speeds measured at over 150 mph, the hurricane also turned normally harmless objects into deadly projectiles.

A weather reporter appeared to have a close encounter with some of this deadly debris in a video posted to Twitter.

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The Weather Channel reported that over 375,000 residents were told to evacuate.

The damage is catastrophic. Over 660,00 homes and business were without power Thursday morning in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina, according to CBS.

Reports of deaths and property loss are beginning to roll in, but no accurate numbers are guaranteed until after rescue efforts are exhausted. The 22 counties hit are mostly rural, limiting potential loss of life.

Forecasts call for the storm to dissipate completely later this week.

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Pictures and video of the aftermath are now flooding Twitter, with users in awe over the destruction.

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The sheer size of the hurricane is put in perspective with a video from the International Space Station.

With the storm still rolling north and rescue and recovery just beginning, the true toll of Hurricane Michael is yet to be seen.

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Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard and is a husband, dad and aspiring farmer.
Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He is a husband, dad, and aspiring farmer. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard. If he's not with his wife and son, then he's either shooting guns or working on his motorcycle.
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