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2 dead as Tropical Storm Michael hits Southeast

Staff Writer |
Michael, the most powerful hurricane on record to hit Florida's Panhandle, left destruction in its path with at least two deaths as it crossed Georgia and eased to tropical storm on its way through the Carolinas.

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Thursday that the eye of Michael was about 40 miles west of Columbia, South Carolina, still rocking maximum sustained winds of 50 mph as it swept northeast at 21 mph. The core of Michael was moving across eastern Georgia into Central South Carolina.

Michael brought widespread power outages across five states, washed-out roads, downed trees, and drove a life-threatening storm surge that has drowned houses in some areas along the Florida coastline.

Michael arrived Wednesday in Florida’s Panhandle with historical force, one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever come ashore in the United States with 155 mph sustained winds, violent waves and sideways rain.

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