HURRICANE Michael is sending fresh concerns to Florida residents as fishermen warn “big sharks” will be swept in by horrific weather conditions.
The third-strongest storm in recorded history hit the US mainland yesterday at 2pm (6pm BST) and battered northwest Florida.
It is now a category 4 storm, with 160mph winds recorded in Panhandle.
Two people, including a child, have been killed and more than 370,000 have been forced to evacuate.
But those who choose to stay face fresh fears as the ferocious conditions threaten to send killer sharks from the Atlantic towards the south coast.
“The storm brings in big sharks”
Fisherman Garfield Chambers admitted he had taken to the water to make the most of the situation.
“We always plan a fishing trip about this time of the year and the storm makes the fishing better.
“Right now is the best time, the storm brings in big sharks,” he told WJHG.
But as beach towns flood, huge predators could be washed through the streets – just as we saw when Hurricane Florence swept through the US.
Currently, more than 500,000 people are without electricity in Florida, Alabama and Georgia, emergency services say.
And video footage shows why.
Houses can be seen shredded in seconds as roofs, windows and doors are blown down the streets.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long told the White House he was especially concerned about the damage to buildings.
“We just hope those structures can hold up,” President Donald Trump responded.
“And if not, that they’re not in those structures.”
Only the unnamed Labor Day hurricane, which hit Florida in 1935, and Hurricane Camille in 1969, hit landfall with greater intensity.
States of emergency have now been declared in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina.
Schools and state offices in the area remain shut and 3,500 National Guard troops are on standby.