Live updates: Michael shifts over Virginia, Delmarva Peninsula with windswept rain; Flash flood emergencies issued

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
October 12, 2018, 4:32:04 AM EDT

As of 4:30 a.m. EDT Friday, this reports story is no longer being updated.

Michael is unleashing major flooding, damaging winds and tornadoes across Virginia and North Carolina one day after devastating the Florida Panhandle.

Power outages topped 600,000 in North Carolina on Thursday evening, more than the number of outages across Florida where Michael left behind catastrophic damage.

A flash flood emergency was issued for Roanoke, Virginia, after Michael unloaded over 6 inches of rain on the city. The National Weather Service (NWS) said that this was a particularly dangerous situation due to extremely dangerous flood waters.

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People cut away a tree that'll on a vehicle in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.

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Rescue personnel perform a search in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.

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Destruction is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.

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Shredded trees, derailed train cars and a sunken trailer are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

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A woman checks on her vehicle as Hurricane Michael passes through, after the hotel canopy had just collapsed, in Panama City Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

Michael made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 near Mexico Beach, Fla.

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A portion of Highway 98 in Carrabelle, Florida, washed away after impacts from Hurricane Michael on Oct. 10, 2018.

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A tree covers a house on Cove Boulevard in Panama City, Florida, after Hurricane Michael's powerful winds lash the city on Oct. 10, 2018.

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High waves were spotted in Pensacola Beach, Fla., due to Hurricane Michael getting closer to shore.

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Waves crash against the Malecon, triggered by the outer bands of Hurricane Michael, as tourists drive past in a classic American car in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

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James Prescott surveys the damage as the remnants of Hurricane Michael move through Panama City, Florida, on Oct. 10, 2018. He was visiting a friend and was unable to leave the street due to downed trees.

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A broken utility pole blocking a road in Tallahassee, Florida.

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High tide in Shore Acres, Fla., as Hurricane Michael closes in on the Gulf Coast.

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Krystal Day of Homosassa, Florida, leads a sandbag assembly line at the Old Port Cove restaurant Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, in Ozello, Fla. Employees were hoping to protect the restaurant as Hurricane Michael continues to churn in the Gulf of Mexico heading for the Florida panhandle.

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Earnest Sweet sits while his daughters Terri, 4, center, and Anna, 7, sleep at an evacuation shelter set up at Rutherford High School in Panama City Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

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A resident of St. Marks, Fla., rescues a cooler out of the floodwaters near his home Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Powerful Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 155 mph Wednesday, splintering homes and submerging neighborhoods before continuing its destructive march inland across the Southeast. It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years and at least one death was reported during its passage.

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Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Andrew Gillum, left, helps Eboni Sipling fill up sandbags in Tallahassee, Fla., Monday, Oct. 8, 2018.

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Strong winds from Michael uprooted a tree in front of a home in Burton, South Carolina, on Oct. 11, 2018.

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Putting up boards in Navarre, Fla., in preparation for Hurricane Michael.

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President Donald Trump pauses during his meeting to discuss potential damage from Hurricane Michael, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

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Pensacola Beach, Fla., started to see the outer bands of Hurricane Michael.

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Hightide rising higher than normal as Hurricane Michael gets closer to land.

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Storm surge from Hurricane Michael in Tampa, Fla., off of the Hillsborough river.






Meanwhile, communities across the Florida Panhandle were left almost unrecognizable following a direct hit by Michael when it was a powerful Category 4 hurricane.

Trees were snapped in half and homes were completely removed from their foundations by the fierce winds and unprecedented storm surge near Mexico Beach, Florida, where the monstrous hurricane made landfall.

"The coastline will be changed for decades,” said AccuWeather Vice President of Forecasting and Graphics Operations Marshall Moss.

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3:45 a.m. EDT Friday:

Although the center of Michael has emerged back over the open waters of the Atlantic and is accelerating northeastward out to sea, heavy downpours will continue to enhance the threat for flooding across New Jersey for the next few hours and spread across Long Island and coastal areas of southeastern New England.

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2:30 a.m. EDT Friday:

Heavy downpours from Michael continue to drench New Jersey, Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Flash flood warnings cover nearly the entire state of Delaware, as well as southern New Jersey and eastern Maryland.

Salisbury, Maryland, was pummeled with over 6 inches of rain between 10:00 p.m. EDT Thursday and 2:00 a.m. EDT Friday. Standing water is covering Route 1 between Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and Fenwick Island as of 3:00 a.m. Friday. There are numerous reports of road closures across Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.

1:30 a.m. EDT Friday:

On the western side of Michael, winds have gusted to 69 mph in Virginia Beach and 67 mph in Norfolk and Hampton, Virginia.

Emergency managers are reporting that trees have fallen across roads and homes in Richmond, Powhatan, Virginia Beach, Hampton and Newport News. Torrential downpours have led to flash flooding and road closures in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

2 am Michael Radar Static

12:05 a.m. EDT Friday:

Over half a million electric customers are currently without power in North Carolina following Michael's windswept downpours on Thursday. Nearly 400,000 customers are without power in Virginia, including over 99 percent of customers in Northumberland and Richmond Counties.

11:00 p.m. EDT Thursday:

Salisbury, Maryland, received nearly one inch of rain in one hour between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Torrential downpours will continue to pound the Delmarva Peninsula overnight as Michael tracks across the area.

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9:37 p.m. EDT Thursday:

Heavy rain has been drenching Richmond, Virginia, since Thursday afternoon with over two inches of rain falling a the Richmond airport since 4 p.m.

Emergency managers are reporting road closures and water rescues across the city.

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9:10 p.m. EDT Thursday:

The Dan River in Danville, Virginia, has reached a new all-time record level following significant rainfall from Michael. The river is forecast to remain in flood stage through the first half of the weekend.

8:20 p.m. EDT Thursday:

Over 315,000 electric customers remain without power across the Florida panhandle following Michael's catastrophic landfall on Wednesday afternoon. This includes over 99 percent of customers in Franklin, Liberty and Gadsden Counties.

7:30 p.m. EDT Thursday:

Power outages have topped 600,000 in North Carolina after Michael brought widespread tropical storm-force winds to the state. This is higher than the number of power outages currently across Florida where Michael hit as a Category 4 hurricane.

Meanwhile, there are three thunderstorms capable of spinning up tornadoes east of Richmond, Virginia.

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7 p.m. EDT Thursday:

Buildings have been completely swept off their foundations in Mexico Beach, Florida, which took a direct hit from Michael when it was a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday afternoon.

5:37 p.m. EDT Thursday:

A tornado has been confirmed by radar near Amelia Court House, Virginia and is tracking northwestward. This is a dangerous tornado as it will be difficult to spot due to heavy rain in the area.

The threat of tornadoes will continue across the area into Thursday night as Michael spins over the region.

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