INTERNATIONAL

Two Dead As Monstrous Hurricane Michael Tears Into Florida

The third-strongest storm in recorded history to hit the mainland US has battered north-West Florida, flooding beach towns and snapping trees.

Rescue services are waiting for daylight to assess the full impact of Hurricane Michael, which made landfall as a category four storm with 155mph winds.

Two people, including a child, were killed by falling debris.

Having weakened to a tropical storm, Michael is on its way to the Carolinas.

Storm-surge warnings are in place between Panama City beach and Keaton Beach in Florida, and between Ocracoke Inlet and Duck in North Carolina.

There are fears for people who ignored evacuation warnings in some of the areas now flooded.

Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were left without electricity in Florida, Alabama and Georgia.