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The most powerful hurricane ever to hit north-west Florida has flooded beach towns, submerging homes and snapping trees like twigs. Hurricane Michael made landfall on Wednesday afternoon as category three storm with 125mph (200km/h) winds in the state’s Panhandle region.

One person was killed by a falling tree, Florida officials say. The storm left nearly 500,000 people without electricity in Florida, Alabama and Georgia, emergency services say.

Michael was so powerful that it remained a hurricane as it moved further inland. Its rapid intensification caught many by surprise, although the storm later weakened

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