Hurricane Michael makes landfall in Florida

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Thursday, 11 October 2018, 5:23p.m.
The Tampa Bay area has been badly struck by the hurricane. (Photo / AP)

Forecasters say Michael is weakening but still a hurricane with 120kph winds as it crosses central Georgia.

The National Hurricane Centre said Michael was located at 11 p.m. EDT Wednesday about 70 kilometres south-southwest of Macon, Georgia. The low-level Category 1 hurricane was picking up speed and moving to the northeast at 32 kp.

The Miami-based hurricane centre says Michael will move across Georgia through the night and early Thursday morning. It is expected to then cross the Carolinas and move off the Mid-Atlantic coast by early Friday.

Forecasters say Michael is expected to become a tropical storm sometime Thursday morning local time. 

Michael made landfall Wednesday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, with at least one death reported there.

Channel 8 News weatherman Peter Bernard told Larry Williams the storm is far from over, but the damage is already being felt.

He says there has been at least one death, and hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated. 

"There is talk the power is probably going to be out not days, not weeks, but months in some places because so many power lines are down." 

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