Hurricane Michael, the third most powerful storm ever to strike the US mainland, headed northeast on Thursday, weakened but still set to soak Georgia and the Carolinas after devastating the Florida Panhandle.
In Florida, pictures and video from Mexico Beach - a community of about 1,000 people where Michael made landfall around midday Wednesday - showed scenes of devastation, with houses floating in flooded streets, some ripped from their foundations and missing roofs.
The sheriff's office in Gadsden County near Tallahassee says it "can now confirm 4 storm-related fatalities following Hurricane Michael", all of which happened "in relation to or occurred during the storm".
"We have a massive flow of search and rescue, Highway Patrol, National Guard, utility workers, pushing their way down to these impacted areas", the governor said.
Rob Golding has opened his home in the Springfield Callaway suburb of Panama City to some of his neighbors whose homes were heavily damaged.
Long was asked about Michael's confirmed death toll, which stands at two.
Brooks said several hours passed before emergency officials could reach the unincorporated area where the incident took place.
Michael Williams, 70, waved to passing motorists while looking for food and water as downed trees prevented him from driving out of his damaged home with his family in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Springfield, Fla., today.
The father of the 11-year-old girl tragically killed during Hurricane Michael has described learning of his daughter's death over the phone as "hell".
The extent of the damage was becoming clear as reporters and photographers toured affected areas and United States television networks flew helicopters along the coast.
On its current track the storm is headed for the Carolinas, where cities and towns are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.
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Michael's core will enter South Carolina Thursday morning before driving into central and eastern North Carolina by about 2 p.m., according to the NHC. Emergency responders weren't able to get there in time to save her, thanks to the debris clogging the roads.
By late Wednesday, the storm had moved toward Georgia. "I don't know the numbers yet".
Now a tropical storm with winds of 50 miles per hour, Michael is expected to gain strength as it passes into Virginia and moves into the western Atlantic Ocean on Thursday night, bringing damaging winds and life-threatening flash flooding over parts of North Carolina and Virginia, CNN reported.
An estimated 375,000 people in more than 20 counties were ordered or advised to evacuate. When it landed, its legs crashed through the roof of a neighboring mobile home and hit the girl in the head.
Kent Greene, the county's director of emergency management and fire services, said in an email that the man died Thursday after his vehicle was struck by a tree on a highway east of Statesville.
"My home was built in 1962 is the only one with a solid roof left", Golding said.
"It looks like a tornado came through here", he said.
Multiple buildings in Panama City were demolished or left without roofs while deserted streets were littered with debris, fallen tree trunks and dangling wires.
Sarah also enjoyed going to church and would often find a way to make it even when her parents could not take her.
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