MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (WDTN) – Hurricane Michael has made landfall near Mexico Beach in Florida, with wind speeds reaching just short of a Category 5 storm.
NBC News reports that winds were gusting at speeds around 155 miles per hour, the strongest ever to hit that part of the state in its history.
In the Florida Panhandle, more than 106,000 customers have lost power.
More than 375,000 Florida residents are under evacuation orders, but FEMA Administrator Brock Long says that many residents did not have time to flee.
He is recommending that any residents still in the area should “elevate as high as you can and get into a facility that you think can withstand winds at this point and hope for the best.”