Panama City, Fla.

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

A beast of a storm: a Cat­e­gory 4 storm, made land­fall in north­west Florida this week with winds of 155 mph— the most pow­er­ful hur­ri­cane to hit the U.S. main­land in nearly 50 years. On the eve of the storm, Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned the 375,000-plus peo­ple on the Gulf Coast who had been ad­vised to evac­u­ate that first re­spon­ders would not be able to reach many of those who did not. The Fed­eral Emergency Man­age­ment Agency cau­tioned that peo­ple could be left pow­er­less for weeks, and more than 170,000 homes and busi­nesses were al­ready with­out power soon af­ter the storm made land­fall. Un­like the many hur­ri­canes that weaken as they reach land, Hur­ri­cane Michael rapidly in­ten­si­fied as it ap­proached, fueled by ab­nor­mally warm wa­ters in the Gulf of Mex­ico. Ge­or­gia de­clared a state of emergency in more than 100 coun­ties, and the Caroli­nas anticipated flood­ing from heavy rains. Hur­ri­cane Michael,

Ad­vanc­ing floods

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