Major movie theater chains, including AMC Cinemas and Regal Cinemas, have closed multiplexes in the Florida panhandle and southern Georgia due to Hurricane Michael battering the states, leaving thousands without power.
Hurricane Michael, the third-most-powerful storm to ever hit the U.S. mainland, made landfall early Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 hurricane near Mexico Beach in Florida. The storm created massive waves and widespread damage in Panama City along the Gulf of Mexico coastline.
By mid-afternoon, the storm had been downgraded to Category 3 as it moved into southern Georgia with sustained winds of 125 mph. It was moving north-northeast at 16 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported.