The latest update from the NHC cites still Category 3 sustained winds and at this time hurricane Michael is moving towards Georgia, which is unusual but due to the late intensification and fast movement of the storm not entirely unexpected.
It has now weakened to a tropical storm over south-central Georgia.
Officials reported at least one storm-related fatality, a man in Greensboro, Florida, was killed when a tree fell on top of his home, a spokesperson for the Gadsden County sheriff said.
Almost 30 million people are in danger of being impacted by Michael, according to estimates.
At least one person is dead and hundreds of thousands of homes are without power after Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon with 155 miles per hour winds.
"The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no category four hurricane ever hitting the Florida panhandle".
Scott spoke Wednesday morning with Trump, who signed a pre-landfall emergency declaration Tuesday ensuring that federal resources would be available before and after the storm in the 35 counties where the governor declared a state of emergency. The designation allows federal funds to be provided for disaster relief and authorizes FEMA to coordinate disaster relief.
Ricketts called for Michael to be a tropical depression, or a post-tropical depression, by the time it gets to the WTOP listening area, and to be pushed off the coast of Virginia by the cold front. They said Michael could be the strongest hurricane to hit that stretch of coastline in 13 years. It is also the strongest hurricane to strike anywhere in Florida since Andrew in 1992.
The governors of North and SC urged residents to brace for more heavy rain and storm-force winds as Michael plows northward up the Atlantic seaboard.
Storm flooding leveled off along the Gulf Coast as of 11 p.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center said.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in several Florida counties and devastating effects are expected to expand far inland.
"If you and your family made it through the storm safely, the worst thing you could do now is act foolishly", he said.
"I am hearing on TV, as all of us go home, it will be like a war zone", she added. Soon enough, Mexico Beach's emerald waters and white sugar-sand beaches were covered in a dark sea of splintered debris, she said.
Michael made landfall around 1 p.m. Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with catastrophic winds of 155 miles per hour.
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio told CNN it would be a "killer hurricane" and warned anyone in the path of the storm surge: "You're going to die". The Category 4 storm intensified as it made landfall in the area, causing homes to be completely wiped out from flood waters. "God willing we'll still have some place".
"Storms are known to do this, but normally we see this happening when it's away from land", Matyas said. "Do not risk your life, leave NOW if you were told to do so", it said.