Doyle Rice, USA TODAY
Michael, a powerhouse storm that morphed into a Category 4 hurricane, will remain a menace across the southeastern United States after it made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, pulverizing homes, snapping trees and sending debris flying. By early Thursday, Michael had diminished to a tropical storm with sustained winds of 70 mph, and it was moving northeast at 17 mph across Georgia. A quarter of a million homes and businesses already were without power, and the number was rising rapidly. At least two deaths have been linked to the storm after a falling tree crashed into a home in Greensboro, Florida. More than 4 million people remain under hurricane warnings, from the Panhandle and Big Bend areas in Florida into parts of southeastern Alabama and southern Georgia.