Hurricane Michael is one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the US, and the proof is strewn across miles of Florida's coastline: Roofs and awnings peeled from buildings, pieces of homes scattered amid snapped trees and downed power lines, chunks of beaches washed away.
As Florence made its way toward the coast of the Carolinas last month, it weakened from a Category 4 to a Category 1 storm with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour. I don't know where they are. The most powerful hurricane on record to hit Florida's Panhandle left widespread destruction and wasn't finished Thursday as it crossed Georgia toward the Carolinas, a region still reeling from epic flooding in Hurricane Florence.
The death, in an area west of state capital Tallahassee, was the first confirmed since Michael made landfall.
After there, the storm will move up through the Carolinas, hit by heavy rains form Hurricane Florence just a few weeks ago.
Michael came ashore with winds just under a Category 5 storm. "Structures built before 2001 are not created to handle that type of wind, typically", Long said.
A transformer also exploded in Panama City Beach.
The transformer exploded in Headland, Alabama, and and the power went out at Nolan Helder's home.
Brock Long, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said many Florida buildings were not built to withstand a storm above the strength of a Category 3 hurricane.
More than 403,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, utility companies said.
He said he plans to visit storm-ravaged areas as soon as he can.
"Oh my God, what are we seeing?" said evacuee Rachel Franklin, her mouth hanging open.
Megan Williams, left, and roommate Kaylee O'Brian take belongings from their destroyed home after several trees fell on the house during Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida.
More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were ordered or urged to evacuate, but it moved so fast that people didn't have much time to prepare, and emergency authorities lamented that many ignored the warnings, thinking they could ride it out. The storm had top sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (96 kph) and was moving to the northeast at 20 miles per hour (32 kph).
In all, the military has 2,216 active duty personnel, 32 helicopters, 240 high-water vehicles and 32 swift water boats in place in the event that the governor of Florida requests the military's assistance in rescues, O'Shaughnessy said.
This is preferred by Klotzbach, who explains that it is more precise for historical comparisons because it is measured precisely by an airplane flying in the middle of the storm's eye, whereas "wind is going to be different everywhere along the hurricane".
"We are in new territory", U.S. National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote on Facebook. Only Hurricane Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1969 and the so-called Labor Day hurricane of 1935 in the Florida Keys were more intense.
Numerous buildings in Panama City were demolished, partially collapsed or without roofs amid deserted streets littered with debris, twisted, fallen tree trunks and dangling wires.
"I think that we just caught the band of it".