Michael is unleashing major flooding, damaging winds and tornadoes across Virginia and North Carolina one day after devastating the Florida Panhandle.
Power outages topped 600,000 in North Carolina on Thursday evening, more than the number of outages across Florida where Michael left behind catastrophic damage.
A flash flood emergency was issued for Roanoke, Virginia, after Michael unloaded over 6 inches of rain on the city. The National Weather Service (NWS) said that this was a particularly dangerous situation due to extremely dangerous flood waters.
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Meanwhile, communities across the Florida Panhandle were left almost unrecognizable following a direct hit by Michael when it was a powerful Category 4 hurricane.
Trees were snapped in half and homes were completely removed from their foundations by the fierce winds and unprecedented storm surge near Mexico Beach, Florida, where the monstrous hurricane made landfall.
“The coastline will be changed for decades,” said AccuWeather Vice President of Forecasting and Graphics Operations Marshall Moss.
7 p.m. EDT Thursday:
Buildings have been completely swept off their foundations in Mexico Beach, Florida, which took a direct hit from Michael when it was a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday afternoon.
5:37 p.m. EDT Thursday:
A tornado has been confirmed by radar near Amelia Court House, Virginia and is tracking northwestward. This is a dangerous tornado as it will be difficult to spot due to heavy rain in the area.
The threat of tornadoes will continue across the area into Thursday night as Michael spins over the region.