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A resident of St. Marks, Fla., rescues a cooler out of the floodwaters from Hurricane Michael near his home on Oct. 10.

The former Hurricane Michael is being blamed for at least two deaths as it continues its move over the Southeast, according to CBS News.

The storm made landfall on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday (Oct. 10) afternoon as one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. It weakened over land and became a tropical storm very late on Wednesday.

The terrifying Category 4 hurricane was packing maximum sustained winds of 155 mph when it crashed ashore near Mexico Beach, a lightly populated tourist town about midway along the Panhandle.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) described Michael as “potentially catastrophic.” Debris was strewn across miles of Florida’s coastline: roofs and awnings peeled back from buildings, pieces of homes scattered amid snapped trees and downed power lines, chunks of beaches washed away.

As of 8 a.m. EDT Thursday, Michael’s core was approximately 40 miles west-northwest of Columbia, South Carolina, heading northeast at a rapid 21 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

Nearly 30 million people in the Southeast were in its crosshairs. Forecasters said strong winds and rains would thrash Georgia and North Carolina and South Carolina, including areas that got a drenching last month from Hurricane Florence.

Approximately 664,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina as of 6 a.m. EDT Thursday.

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