Hurricane Michael by the numbers: Nearly 460K customers without power in the South

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Hurricane Michael by the numbers: Nearly 460K customers without power in the South

Hurricane Michael, a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm, struck the Florida Panhandle early Wednesday afternoon, unleashing heavy rain, high winds and a life-threatening storm surge.

Here is a look at the dangerous storm by the numbers:

155 mph: The wind speed — nearly the highest possible for a Category 4 hurricane — with which Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach and Panama City. A hurricane with 157 mph or higher is a Category 5.

388,160: The number of customers without power in Florida as of Wednesday evening. More than 60,000 customers were without power in Alabama.

35: The number of counties in Florida where Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency ahead of landfall.

PHOTO: Waves crash along a pier from hurricane Michael, Oct. 10, 2018, in Panama City Beach, Fla.Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Waves crash along a pier from hurricane Michael, Oct. 10, 2018, in Panama City Beach, Fla.

12 inches: The isolated maximum amount of rain that Michael is forecast to dump across the Florida Panhandle and the state’s Big Bend region, as well as in southeast Alabama and parts of southwest and central Georgia.

375,000: The approximate number of Floridians who were under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders across parts of 18 counties.

30,000: The number of workers mobilized to Florida, Alabama and Georgia to help restore power.

PHOTO: People seek safety in a shelter as Hurricane Michael approaches, Oct. 10, 2018, in Panama City, Fla.Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
People seek safety in a shelter as Hurricane Michael approaches, Oct. 10, 2018, in Panama City, Fla.

14 feet: The maximum height forecast for the storm surge when Michael’s strong winds pushed the ocean water onto land.

6,700: The number of people in 54 shelters in Florida on Wednesday.

PHOTO: A woman checks on her vehicle as Hurricane Michael passes through in Panama City Beach, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018. Gerald Herbert/AP
A woman checks on her vehicle as Hurricane Michael passes through in Panama City Beach, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018.

600: The number of Florida state troopers assigned to response and recovery efforts throughout the storm.

500: The number of disaster relief workers that the American Red Cross was sending to affected areas in the Sunshine State.

PHOTO: Graphic ranks the strongest continental U.S. hurricanes by wind speed and central pressure.AP
Graphic ranks the strongest continental U.S. hurricanes by wind speed and central pressure.

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