Cat­e­gory 4 Hur­ri­cane Michael bat­ters Florida

Hur­ri­cane-force winds ex­tended up to 75 kilo­me­tres from Michael’s cen­tre

StarMetro Edmonton - - WORLD - Jay Reeves and Bren­dan Far­ring­ton

PANAMA CITY, FLA.—Pow­er­ful Hur­ri­cane Michael slammed into the Florida Pan­han­dle with ter­ri­fy­ing winds of 250 km/h Wed­nes­day, splin­ter­ing homes and sub­merg­ing neigh­bour­hoods be­fore con­tin­u­ing its de­struc­tive march in­land across the South­east. It was the most pow­er­ful hur­ri­cane to hit the con­ti­nen­tal U.S. in nearly 50 years and at least one death was re­ported dur­ing its pas­sage.

It set off trans­former ex­plo­sions and knocked out power to more than 388,000 homes and busi­nesses. De­tails at thes­tar.com/world

GERALD HERBERT/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tamiya Wal­don looks out at the dam­age to her neigh­bour­hood in the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Michael in Panama City, Fla.

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