A tree lays on a home and car after hurricane Michael passed through the area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. The hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle as a category 4 storm. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP
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Hurricane Michael's battering waves swamped streets and docks and shrieking winds splintered trees and rooftops.Authorities said at least one person has died, a man killed by a tree falling on a Panhandle home. A day after the supercharged storm crashed ashore amid white sand beaches, fishing towns and military bases, Michael was no longer a Category 4 monster packing 155 mph (250 kph) winds. The storm had top sustained winds of 70 mph (112 kph) and was moving to the northeast at 17 mph (27 kph).Roofs were peeled away, sent airborne, and homes were split open by fallen trees.Palm trees whipped wildly in the winds. More than 380,000 homes and businesses were without power at the height of the storm.Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind the Labor Day storm (184 mph, or 296 kph), Camille and Andrew in 1992 .After Michael left the Panhandle late Wednesday, Kaylee O'Brien was crying as she sorted through the remains of the apartment she shared with three roommates at Whispering Pines apartments, where the smell of broken pine trees was thick in the air. Four pine trees had crashed through the roof of her apartment, nearly hitting two people.
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