Michael was downgraded to a tropical storm overnight as it churned over Georgia after slamming into the Florida Panhandle around midday Wednesday (October 10th) as Category 4 storm with 155 mile-per-hour winds, the most powerful hurricane on record to hit that part of the state's Gulf Coast, as well as a storm surge of more than eight feet in places. At least two people were killed, both by trees falling on their homes, widespread damage was left behind, particularly in Panama City and Mexico Beach, near where Michael made landfall, and hundreds of thousands were without power. Tropical Storm Michael is moving towards the Carolinas, bringing heavy rains to an area that's still dealing with the flooding from last month's Hurricane Florence, as it heads back out into the Atlantic Ocean. Michael was the third most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland based on internal barometric pressure, and the fourth-strongest based on wind speed.
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