Weatherman almost impaled by flying post on live TV

A weatherman has narrowly avoided a serious injury after he was nearly impaled while presenting a live broadcast during Hurricane Michael.

Jim Cantore bravely updated viewers on the Weather Channel about the latest on the Category 4 storm that slammed into the Florida Panhandle.

Weatherman Jim Cantore narrowly avoided being impaled as he reported during Hurricane Michael. Source: Tim Ballisty Twitter

As he battled with the devastating winds and torrential rain, Cantore, who was broadcasting at Panama City Beach, looked barely able to stand up.

Then, seemingly out of nowhere, a plank of wood flew into view past the rain-soaked weatherman.

Cantore managed to duck out of the way and run out of the path of the plank, only just narrowly avoiding getting impaled in front of horrified viewers.

At least one person was killed as Michael made its march into Florida, having already caused devastation across the western Caribbean and central America.

Authorities said the man was killed by a tree falling on a Panhandle home, while search and rescue crews were expected to escalate efforts to reach hardest-hit areas and check for anyone trapped or injured in the storm debris.

At least one person was killed as the Category 4 storm slammed into the Florida Panhandle. Source: AP

A day after the supercharged storm crashed ashore amid white sand beaches, fishing towns and military bases, Michael was no longer a Category 4 monster packing 155 mph winds.

Downgraded to a tropical storm early on Thursday over south-central Georgia, it continued to weaken but was still menacing the Southeast with heavy rains, blustery winds and possible spin-off tornadoes.