Hurricane Michael leaves trail of devastation in Florida

Hurricane Michael leaves trail of devastation in Florida

A day after the Category 4 monster blew ashore along the Panhandle with 155 miles per hour winds, the Coast Guard said it rescued at least 27 people, mostly from homes damaged along the Florida coastline, and searched for more victims. Brandon Clement shot helicopter footage of the devastation left by the Category 4 storm on October 11.

Videos of the damaged base show roofs ripped off hangars and a fighter jet on display toppled onto the ground.

Just a few weeks ago, Hurricane Florence made landfall on September 14 near Wrightsville Beach, NC.

The department said that the fire engine had its lights and other emergency equipment activated, but roads were slick and the storm conditions were heavy.

A woman and her children stand near a destroyed gas station in Panama City.

- Power outages: Roughly a million customers in Georgia, Florida, Alabama and SC lost power.

FEMA's Long said he's anxious the number of deaths will rise Thursday.

In areas that have been declared safe, officials are warning residents to drive only in the daytime, when they can see downed power lines and other hazards.

Hurricane Michael is responsible for at least seven deaths so far, including that of an 11-year-old girl who was killed when a windborne carport fell on her home in Georgia.

Vance Beu, 29, was staying with his mother at her home in a complex of single-story wood frame buildings where they piled up mattresses around themselves for protection.

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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State officials issued disaster declarations in Alabama and Georgia and the storm is also expected to bring heavy rainfall to North and SC.

Michael's strong winds lifted a metal carport into the air before it crashed into a Seminole County, Georgia, house and hit the girl's head, emergency officials said.

"The entire county was "pitch black" and there were no clear roads", he said.

"I have had employees going to the communities where our kids live, going door to door and checking", said Principal Britt Smith by phone.

Around midnight (0400 GMT Thursday) it was downgraded to a tropical storm as it barrelled across central Georgia, still dumping torrential rain and packing 60 miles per hour winds.

"My home was built in 1962 is the only one with a solid roof left", Golding said. A main electric utility in Virginia said more than 585,000 customers were affected. But it moved so fast and intensified so quickly that people didn't have much time to prepare, and emergency authorities lamented that many ignored the warnings.

In Roberta, in Crawford County, Hill Bentley said he saw spinning clouds that looked like a tornado Wednesday.

Michael, the third most powerful storm ever to strike the US mainland, weakened into a tropical storm over SC.

As the storm moved northward, it tore through Panama City.

At least 1,085,356 people in six states were without power according to local power and energy agencies.

Images of the destruction in coastal Florida towns circulated widely Wednesday night, shocking even seasoned storm chasers and weather watchers.

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