Watch: Scary Moment Weatherman Nearly Impaled During Hurricane Michael Coverage
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.
Journalist from the Weather Channel nearly hit by debris while doing a live report from Panama City Beach pic.twitter.com/42PkH8Sa52
— BNO News (@BNONews) October 10, 2018
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.
Pictures and video of the aftermath are now flooding Twitter, with users in awe over the destruction.
Trees are being snatched from the roots in Panama City, FL! All of my friends and family please be safe! #HurricaneMichael pic.twitter.com/Hh0eXbBqUO
— Chelsey (@_heyychels) October 10, 2018
WOW. Wood with metal from a collapsed canopy pierces a car windshield, as #HurricaneMichael rolls through #Panama City Beach, #Florida. (via Gerald Herbert / AP) pic.twitter.com/9zh97Tvg7D
— Josh Benson (@WFLAJosh) October 11, 2018
Overhead shot from Mexico Beach of the damage in town. Some of the worst hurricane damage I have ever seen w/@SimonStormRider #Michael pic.twitter.com/KMC9tP0XGl
— Juston Drake (@JustonStrmRider) October 11, 2018
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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