'I should have left' - Hurricane Michael terrified those who stayed

Bo Lynn's Market starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks on Oct. 10

Bo Lynn's Market starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks on Oct. 10

Forming near the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday and having first appeared on radars just a day prior, Hurricane Michael is now situated 80 miles south-southwest of Panama City, Florida, where it is set to make landfall, and is moving northward.

The stunning scope of Hurricane Michael's rampage started coming into focus Thursday, as dawn in Panama City, Florida revealed a sprawling mess of nearly unimaginable devastation wrought by the third-most powerful hurricane in recorded history to lash the USA mainland.

The National Weather Service issued multiple tornado warnings in Georgia as the hurricane pushed through the state, and local media report tornadoes had touched down near Roberta, Perry and Fort Valley in Central Georgia.

Trump was briefed on the hurricane on Wednesday prior to it making landfall and said he would visit the area early next week. Her brother Jeff McCall, his wife, Kristi, their two children and his wife's parents rode out the storm in their three-story home.

A hurricane warning was in place from the Okaloosa/Walton county line to the Suwannee River and a tropical storm warning was in effect for north of Fernandina Beach, Fla., to Duck, N.C., and Pamlico and Albemarle sounds.

"Although the latest guidance keeps a post-tropical Michael well south of P.E.I., some of that storm's moisture may enhance the rainfall from another approaching storm system, a more typical fall storm, as it moves out of Ontario and through Quebec, Thursday through Friday", he said.

Tornado watches were issued overnight for upstate SC counties including Chester, Union and York, just south of Charlotte.

The storm was moving northeast at 20 miles per hour with 75 miles per hour maximum sustained winds, just above the minimum speed to be considered a hurricane.

In a 10 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Michael was holding form as a Category 4 storm by landfall with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour.

A water-level station in Apalachicola, close to where Michael came ashore, reported a surge of almost 8 feet (2.5 meters).

Michael, the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle since the mid-1800s, immediately left a trail of destruction as it tore down buildings and submerged neighborhoods.

There are several ways to measure a hurricane's strength.

Overnight Tuesday, Florida Gov. Expected landfall is mid-afternoon.

Carlo Allegri / Reuters Waves wash over a house as Hurricane Michael comes ashore in Alligator Point, Florida, on October 10. A pine tree punched a hole in their roof and his ears even popped when the barometric pressure went lower.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles.

Panama City after Michael.

Where is Hurricane Michael NOW? The storm was the strongest to ever hit the Panhandle and the fourth Category 4 storm to hit the U.S.in the past 15 months.

A catastrophic event of life-threatening storm surge flooding, wind and rain is expected at landfall, which computer models have targeted near Panama City.

It appeared to be so powerful that it was expected to remain a hurricane as it moved into Alabama and Georgia early Thursday.

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