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Bobby Smith boarded up windows at Jani’s Ceramics in Panama City Fla Patti Blake News Herald Associated Press Bobby Smith boarded up windows at Jani’s Ceramics in Panama City Fla
Elijah Vega | 11 October, 2018, 23:43

At least six people have been confirmed dead as a result of Hurricane Michael, the third most powerful storm ever to hit the U.S. mainland, officials said.

On Monday, NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument captured Michael while still a Category 1.

More: Is image of skull showing up at the center of Hurricane Michael?

However, Cuba was still greatly impacted by the storm, as torrential rain and strong winds affected the Caribbean Island.

The Republican governor, who is campaigning for a US Senate seat in the November congressional elections, warned of the potential for a deadly storm surge that could be as much as 12 feet (3.7 meters) above normal sea water levels. Although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) announced in August it was lowering its expectation to a "below normal" season, it still predicted nine to 13 named storms, up to two of them category 3 or higher, by season's end.

"Water will come miles in shore and could easily rise over the roofs of houses", he said. "Dangerous storm surge continues along the coast of the Florida Panhandle".

Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes and the governor told residents who had not done so to "hunker down and be careful".

Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center advises, "There is a real possibility that Michael will strengthen to a major hurricane before landfall". "There was a tree involved".

On Tuesday, Gov Scott said he had activated 2,500 Florida National Guard troops.

"Where that becomes a factor is with the evacuation of some of the local populations", he said. "We haven't seen anything like this in the Panhandle in decades".

Several hours after the hurricane made landfall, the eye of the storm had moved out of the Panhandle and was just west of Albany, Georgia, the NHC said.

Then, it will "move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday, and move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on Friday", the NHC said.

MALLORCA FLOODING DISASTER: Rescuers still searching for missing child and two foreigners
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal , who is from Mallorca, helped residents clear mud from their houses in Sant Llorenc. The British couple were reportedly in a taxi when they were caught in a flash flood in the town.

Hurricane Michael is yet to make landfall, having skirted past Cuba on its current path.

As it came ashore, Michael was just shy of a Category 5 - defined as a storm packing wind speeds of 157 miles per hour or above.

Lines at gasoline stations were growing long in Panama City as people prepared to leave areas under mandatory evacuation, Trepanier said.

More than 300 miles of coastline are now under threat, the National Weather Service has said.

The NHC said that it could hit anywhere along the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area.

"This situation has NEVER happened before", it said on Twitter.

How many people have died?

The storm is expected to unleash coastal storm surges of up to 12 feet (3.7 meters) along Florida's Panhandle and dump as much as a foot (30 cm) of rain across Florida, Georgia and SC, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. Those areas have still not recovered from the flooding caused by last month's Hurricane Florence.

The Miami-based center forecast as much as 1 foot (30 cm) of rain in parts of Florida, Georgia and SC.

As the storm closed in on the United States, it caused havoc in the Caribbean.

Even before landfall, the hurricane disrupted energy operations in the Gulf, cutting crude oil production by more than 40 percent and natural gas output by almost one-third as offshore platforms were evacuated before the storm hit.

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