First Hurricane Michael death reported
A man in Greensboro, Fla., was killed Wednesday when a tree crashed through his home — the first reported death caused by Hurricane Michael, which authorities have described as the worst storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle.
A spokesperson for the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office said the man was in his mid-40s and had been at home with his wife, who authorities are now trying to reach.
“We are attempting to get to the home. There are power lines everywhere. The roads are blocked,” Sgt. Angelie Hightower told TIME.
Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph, destroying buildings and leaving some structures fully submerged in water.
The Greensboro man’s death came after Florida Gov. Rick Scott said at a press conference Wednesday night that there had been no reported fatalities yet.