U.S. hurricane leaves homes unmoored, power lines damaged

Hurricane Michael leaves massive destruction in the US

Hurricane Michael tears apart Florida towns, kills 7 | News

The eyewall of Category 4 Hurricane Michael approaching the Florida Panhandle. The storm hacked a trail of catastrophic destruction in Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia before finally heading back out over water.

All told, more than 900,000 homes and businesses in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas were without power. It forced more than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast to evacuate as it gained strength quickly while crossing the eastern Gulf of Mexico toward north Florida.

As Michael plows northward up the Atlantic seaboard, the governors of North and SC urged residents to brace for more heavy rain and storm-force winds.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long warned on Friday that the death toll will likely climb.

The state Capitol was spared the brunt of Hurricane Michael, but tropical storm-force winds still managed to knock out 97 percent of the city's power grid, causing more than 100,000 residents in Tallahassee to lose power. "I will be visiting both Florida and Georgia early next week".

Search and rescue teams combed through shattered USA communities on Thursday looking for victims of Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 monster storm which carved out a swathe of destruction in the Florida Panhandle, killing at least six in three states.

There is not much left of what used to be the parish hall of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Panama City.

- The images were already jaw-dropping, but the extent of Hurricane Michael's impact to the Florida Panhandle is becoming more detailed now that the federal government is publishing aerial photos taken during recent survey flights.

An official leading search-and-rescue efforts in one of the Florida communities hit hardest by Hurricane Michael says searchers have found bodies.

Officials said they similarly received inquiries about thousands of people who were missing in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma a year ago as crews fanned out across the Keys to reduce that number. "The best beach in the world".

Pandullo rode out the storm in a closet with his dog, Rosie, as the house literally collapsed around him.

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After: Mexico Beach, Fla.

Zahralban spoke as his team - which included a dog - was winding down its two-day search of Mexico Beach, the town of about 1,000 people that was almost wiped off the map when Michael blew ashore there on Wednesday with devastating 155 miles per hour winds. Twisted street signs lay on the ground. "It's like a war zone".

Social media websites were crowded with messages from those trying to reach missing families in Florida's Bay and Gulf Counties. Hanson asked. "This city is destroyed".

"We were going to establish a mortuary location. You're not going to recognize Mexico Beach".

About 285 people defied mandatory evacuation orders in Mexico Beach.

"You could tell they were flummoxed", Phil Klotzbach, research scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, said Thursday.

The storm inflicted significant damage in the Carolinas, including flash flooding, downed trees on roads, and people who needed to be rescued from flood waters.

Michael is expected to dump up to 7 inches of rain in parts of North Carolina and Virginia, the National Hurricane Center said. "I have seen cotton that was being harvested yesterday".

- As people try to head home to assess the damage after Hurricane Michael, many have found it hard to get there because of fuel shortages.

Senior did not immediately know the numbers of patients who were transferred but said the majority involved nursing home residents. "We've had storms before - in '05 we had four or five in a row". It adds that Hanover County firefighter Lt. Brad Clark was killed and several others were injured when a tractor trailer rear-ended a fire truck that was stopped at a crash site. The storm was moving northeast at 24 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour.

Fast-moving Michael, a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale when it came ashore, was about 25 kilometres northeast of Norfolk, Va, at 10 p.m. ET, with top sustained winds of 80 km/h as it headed for the Atlantic coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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