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Hurricane Michael is blasting trees, closing down Waffle Houses, and flooding the Florida panhandle. The storm is now a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 250 kilometers per hour, according to Al Jazeera.
Florida residents and media posted images and video of some of the devastating effects of the hurricane so far.
A look at what houses in #Mexico Beach, #Florida look like right now. This is a follow up from the previous clip posted. They are now submerged and were no match for #HurricaneMichael (via Tessa Talarico) #Hurricane #Michael #HurricaneMichael2018 pic.twitter.com/GJENrhFJha— Josh Benson (@WFLAJosh) October 10, 2018
WOW......Incredible video coming in of Hurricane Michael exploding a house into pieces in Panama City, Florida. (Source: Aaron Rigsby/Live Storms Media) #hurricanemichael #hurricane pic.twitter.com/kT2mKOzvjH— CBS 4 News (@kgbt) October 10, 2018
BREAKING VIDEO: A marina in Niceville, Florida, torn apart by Hurricane Michael pic.twitter.com/S1wMETPyoK— Al Boe - BREAKING NEWS (@AlBoeNEWS) October 10, 2018
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said on Twitter that emergency response is coming to help those impacted by the storm.
Response is coming. Our massive recovery efforts continue to grow. We are ready with law enforcement, strike & medical teams, volunteers, food, water, utility crews and more.— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) October 10, 2018
We are prepared to deploy 1 million gallons of water, 1.5 million Meals Ready-to-Eat and 400,000 pounds of ice to help our families being impacted by the storm. pic.twitter.com/8OvbBUh66z— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) October 10, 2018
Perhaps to cope with the horrible aftermaths of the storm, people on Twitter started making Hurricane Michael memes, many of which replace the eye of the storm with celebrities.
And then there’s the highway-cruising shark.
Derek Schwartz from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, tweeted “Believe it or not this shark has made its way on to the freeway near Mexico Beach by Panama City. Be safe out there! #HurricaneMichael.”
The photo, obviously fake, is something of a fake news staple during floods and hurricanes.
At this point, the shark is one of the only predictable things amid scarily unpredictable weather.
I think the hurricane shark should get a pass. It's a nice tradition.— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) October 10, 2018
Sunny Kim studies journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She's an editorial intern with the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in the Daily Texan and Popular Mechanics.