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Live Updates: Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast

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Live Updates: Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast

Hurricane Michael, the tropical storm that surprisingly intensified into a Category 4 hurricane in a matter of days, is about to hit the Florida Panhandle with wind speeds over 100 miles per hour and storm surges up to six feet high. Follow Breitbart News for updates on the storm’s progress and stories from the people in its path.

Live Wire Highlights:

• National Weather Service in Tallahassee issues its first-ever Extreme Wind Warning
• Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum takes shot at “partisan” President Trump on MSNBC
• Hurricane Michael makes landfall near Panama City Beach with wind speeds just below Category 5 threshold
• It is the first Category 4 hurricane in recorded history to make landfall in Florida’s Panhandle
• Over 30,000 people in Tallahassee are currently without power

All times eastern.

5:12 PM — 

5:07 PM — Michael is officially downgraded to Category 3 as it moves into Georgia and Alabama.

5:01 PM — More closeup views of the destruction in Panama City.

Mike Lindsey stands in his antique shop after the winds from hurricane Michael broke the windows in his shop on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Broken awnings are seen after hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A McDonald’s sign is seen laying on the ground after it was knocked down hy hurricane Michael as it passed through the area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

An American flag flies from a broken flag pole after hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

4:55 PM —

4:53 PM — 

4:42 PM — Latest wire photos.

A store’s windows are seen shattered as hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Trees lay on the top of a home after hurricane Michael passed through the area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A damaged home is seen after hurricane Michael passed through the area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Broken awnings are seen after hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

4:41 PM — Lynn Haven is about five miles north of Panama City.

4:37 PM — About 70 miles northwest of Tallahassee.

4:14 PM — Storm surge finally receding in Apalachicola.

4:09 PM — Montage of new footage from Panama City:

4:00 PM —

3:44 PM — 

3:40 PM — Winds strengthening in Tallahassee as Michael approaches.

3:31 PM — Port St. Joe is about 30 miles southeast of Panama City.

3:30 PM —

3:23 PM — New wire photos:

Debris is blown down a street by Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Derik Kline takes shelter in a parking garage as Hurricane Michael passes through the area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

3:19 PM — St. Marks is about 20 miles south of Tallahassee.

3:15 PM — Extensive damage in Panama City and Mexico Beach:

3:13 PM —

A view of the eye of Hurricane Michael taken on Oct. 10, 2018 from the International Space Station currently orbiting Earth.
The photo was taken by astronaut Dr. Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, who began working with NASA as a Flight Surgeon in 2006. In 2009, she was selected as a NASA astronaut.

3:11 PM — Michael has maintained wind speeds of 150 mph as it heads inland.

3:08 PM — Latest numbers on Tallahassee residents without power:

2:50 PM — Scenes from a flooded hotel in Panama Beach:

2:44 PM — Response and relief incoming: Trump suggests weekend trip to survey damage from Michael.

2:42 PM — 

2:41 PM —

2:26 PM — New footage from the International Space Station.

2:25 PM —

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2:19 PM —

2:18 PM — Wire photos from Panama City:

Hotel employees look at a canopy that just collapsed, as Hurricane Michael passes through in Panama City Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A woman checks on her vehicle as Hurricane Michael passes through, after the hotel canopy had just collapsed, in Panama City Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A hotel employee holds a glass door closed as it breaks from flying debris during Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A storm chaser films from underneath a hotel canopy during Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A storm chaser climbs into his vehicle during the eye of Hurricane Michael to retrieve equipment after a hotel canopy collapsed in Panama City Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

2:13 PM —

2:07 PM —

2:06 PM — Incredible local news footage of debris flying by the front of a hotel entrance.

2:05 PM —

2:03 PM — NBC News’ Lester Holt has given up on reporting from outside his hotel room.

2:01 PM —

1:59 PM —

1:58 PM —

1:57 PM —

1:54 PM — Michael is officially the strongest hurricane on record to hit the Panhandle.

https://twitter.com/NWSWilmingtonNC/status/1050082609781452800

1:53 PM —

1:49 PM —

1:43 PM — Just 2 MPH below Category 5.

1:40 PM —

1:39 PM —

1:32 PM —

1:31 PM — National Weather Service in Tallahassee loses contact with a doppler radar.

1:29 PM —

1:26 PM —

1:22 PM —

1:20 PM — Landfall is official. Local news station cuts off.

1:16 PM — Latest wire photos.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on Hurricane Michael in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, October 10, 2018. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Shields Marina starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks as Hurricane Michael pushes the storm surge up the Wakulla and Saint Marks Rivers which come together here on October 10, 2018 in Saint Marks, Florida. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Emily Hindle lies on the floor at an evacuation shelter set up at Rutherford High School, in advance of Hurricane Michael, which is expected to make landfall today, in Panama City Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

1:13 PM —

1:09 PM —

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12:57 PM —

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12:49 PM —

12:46 PM —

12:45 PM — Latest wire photos:

National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham, center, gestures while updating viewers on the status of Hurricane Michael as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration public affairs officer Dennis Feltgen holds the camera during a Facebook Live update, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, at the Hurricane Center in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Power crews from Decatur, Alabama as Hurricane Michael approaches on October 10, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Ellis Davis makes sure his boat is secure as the outer bands of hurricane Michael arrive on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Peggy Spell, Jacob Spell and Eddie Spell (L-R) sit in the lobby of the Hilton Gardens Inn after leaving their home for a safer place as the outer bands of hurricane Michael arrive on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

12:43 PM —

12:42 PM — 

12:39 PM —

12:35 PM —

12:34 PM —

12:31 PM — Record-breaking storm surge in Apalachicola:

12:30 PM —

12:27 PM —

12:24 PM —

12:17 PM — Meanwhile, in Apalachicola:

12:16 PM — Michael is only 20 miles from Panama City, FL.

12:15 PM — 157 mph is the threshold for a Category 5 upgrade.

12:12 PM —

12:11 PM —

12:04 PM —

11:55 AM — Latest wire photos via Getty Images.

The storm surge and waves from Hurricane Michael batter the beachfront homes on October 10, 2018 in the Florida Panhandle community of Shell Point Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Kevin Futch, an employee at the Aloft Hotel tosses furniture into the pool at daybreak as Hurricane Michael approaches on October 10, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

People try to get some rest at Lincoln High School as Hurricane Michael approaches on October 10, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Emergency crews representing close to 100 various agencies work in the Florida Emergency Center control center on October 10, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

11:51 AM — 

11:47 AM —

11:42 AM —

11:40 AM — Street view of Panama City Beach.

11:39 AM — Amateur video of a transformer blowing in Tallahassee.

11:36 AM —

11:34 AM — Stronger.

11:32 AM —

11:31 AM —

11:25 AM —

11:10 AM — Interview with Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, who says President Trump has put “partisanship” before “leadership” in emergencies like Hurricane Michael.

11:08 AM — 

10:59 AM — Michael is not weakening much as it makes its final approach:

10:54 AM — Street view from Tallahassee.

10:49 AM —

10:32 AM — The latest wire photos on Hurricane Michael:

Pets are checked in, as people seek safety in a shelter as Hurricane Michael approaches on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images)

People wait for breakfast as they and others seek safety in a shelter as Hurricane Michael approaches on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) 

The St. Marks River overflows into the city of St. Marks, Fla., ahead of Hurricane Michael, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. The hurricane center says Michael will be the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington)

Jayden Morgan carries his dog through a flooded street in St. Marks, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, as his family evacuates at the last minute before Hurricane Michael hits the state. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington)

10:23 AM —

10:15 AM — The latest videos and photos of Hurricane Michael:

And the latest wire updates from AP:

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham is warning that a Category 4 hurricane will bring catastrophic damage to Florida’s Panhandle.

Graham says Michael’s top winds of 145 mph (230 kph) are powerful enough to peel off roofs and cause the “complete destruction of houses.”

Stretches of the coast could see storm surge of at least 6 feet (2 meters), with waters rising in some places up to 14 feet (4 meters) above the ground. Graham wants people to think about how tall they are, and just how high that water can be.

Michael is powerful enough to remain a hurricane well inland as it travels over Georgia on Thursday. Graham says falling trees will pull down utility lines, leaving some areas without power for weeks, and hazardous conditions will persist long after the storm blows through.

He says the aftermath of a hurricane is “not the time to start learning to use that chain saw.”

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the impact of Hurricane Michael will be “horrible,” the worst storm to hit the Panhandle in a century.

Scott said Wednesday he’s “scared to death” that people in places such as St. George Island along the state’s coast had ignored evacuation orders.

He said he hopes that no one kept children with them as they chose to ride it out, but the time to evacuate from coastal areas has “come and gone.”

The governor said state authorities are now focusing on the recovery effort once the fast-moving storm blows through. He has activated up 3,500 members of the Florida National Guard and says thousands of utility workers are on stand-by.

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Huge waves are pounding the shore at Panama City Beach, where officials have announced they are now unable to respond to any calls for service. Just inland in Panama City, the fire department says it will respond to only life-threatening emergencies and only within the city limits.

The biggest waves are shooting frothy green water between homes and up to the base of wooden stairs over the dunes and the skies appear menacing as tropical-storm-force winds lash the coast. Landfall is expected about midday Wednesday.

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