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Hurricane Michael made landfall as the 4th strongest tropical cyclone to ever make landfall on the US mainland in recorded history. According to the National Hurricane Center, Michael made contact with land near Mexico Beach, Florida with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph (just shy of a Category 5 storm) and a minimum central pressure of 919 mb (the 3rd lowest pressure for a hurricane making landfall in US).  After causing catastrophic damage near the landfall zone, Michael remains on the move, now as a tropical storm over the Carolinas. Gusty winds and flash flooding are the main risks, although an onshore flow along parts of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic coasts may produce some coastal flooding in the form of storm surge through late-week. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from Ocracoke Inlet to Duck, North Carolina. Michael is now interacting with a cold front and a large trough of low pressure…