Widespread catastrophic damage in Florida

By AAP Newswire

Hurricane Michael has has devastated Florida, with rows of homes smashed to pieces and flash flooding in hurricane-weary parts of the Carolinas and Virginia .


- First Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Florida's Panhandle since record-keeping began in 1851.

- 250 kmph winds, strong enough to completely destroy homes and cause weeks-long power outages.

- 919 millibars minimum pressure in the eye, the third most intense hurricane landfall in the US in recorded history.

- Estimated peak storm surge of 2.75 metres and 4.25 metres from Mexico Beach east through Apalachee Bay.

- Roughly 375,000 people in Florida warned to evacuate; many refused, including 285 people in Mexico Beach where Michael made landfall.

- 47 rescued from hard-hit areas along Florida's coastline, and 20 people in flooded neighbourhoods in North Carolina.

- Nearly 6,700 people took refuge in 54 shelters in Florida.

- Roughly a million customers in Georgia, Florida, Alabama and South Carolina lost power.

- 2 million ready-to-eat meals, 3.75 million litres of water and 40,000 4.5-kg bags of ice ready for distribution in Florida.