(SNN)- Hurricane Michael grew into the strongest storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle knocking out power and ripping rooftops off Homes and businesses.
The category four storm pounded the gulf coast with destructive winds up to 155 miles per hour.CNN reported at least two people were killed and thousands are without power due to this tropical storm Michael.
According to WMAZ-TV, an 11-year-old girl was also killed by a tree falling on a home in southwest Georgia. Search and rescue crews were expected to escalate efforts to reach hardest-hit areas and check for anyone trapped or injured in the storm debris.
Michael has now downgraded to a tropical storm and it’s into Georgia and the Carolinas. Strong winds, heavy rain and tornadoes are expected across portions of those three states.
First responders from the Suncoast are lending a helping hand in the midst of the disaster and devastation Hurricane Michael brings to Florida’s panhandle.34 personnel from Sarasota County, City of Venice, and North Port Fire Departments head to Ocala Wednesday night, taking 5 fire trucks and 5 ambulances. The deployment is for 7 to 10 days, if assistance is needed for longer, this crew will return and departments will dispatch additional personnel.
If you have a question about getting in touch with a loved one in the panhandle, state officials do have an online form you can fill out… to check on their welfare.
Here’s a link to the form to fill out.