Visuals of How Much Damage Hurricane Michael Inflicted on the Gulf Coast

"When the water came in, houses started floating in front of our home".

Mr Scott is also keen to avoid problems caused by Hurricane Irma just over a year ago when a lack of workers left many local shelters under-staffed. The view shown here was captured on video by SevereStudios, a storm-chasing streaming via APHere, a small boat sits amid debris in Mexico Beach.sourceGerald Herbert/APBy Thursday morning, Michael had weakened to a tropical storm as it moved toward central Georgia. From there, it is projected to remain a tropical storm as it continues eastward across the Atlantic Ocean.

High winds, downed trees, streets inundated by rising waters and multiple rescues of motorists from waterlogged cars played out in spots around Virginia and neighbouring North Carolina. High winds toppled trees and power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Similar scenes played out in parts of Virginia as the storm raced seaward.

- Power outages: More than 932,000 customers in Georgia, Florida, Alabama and SC without power.

Even before landfall, the hurricane disrupted energy operations in the Gulf, cutting crude oil production by more than 40 percent and natural gas output by almost one-third as offshore platforms were evacuated before the storm hit. By nightfall, the city was under curfew, darkened without power, its streets littered with downed power lines, fallen trees and debris. Hundreds of cars had broken windows, many turned askew by the wind.

Many flights were canceled in the hurricane zone, and Amtrak changed some train schedules to protect passengers and employees. "My father is responsible for all of the seafood that's in our area, literally millions and millions of dollars of seafood, and he feels compelled to stay to make sure those seafood houses are back up and running as soon as the storm passes", she said. It doesn't include losses covered by the National Flood Insurance Program.

A pine tree punched a hole in their roof, and Beu's ears popped because of the drop in barometric pressure from the storm. The hurricane made landfall on the Florida Panhandle as a category 4 storm. Authorities said falling trees killed a man outside Tallahassee, Florida, and an 11-year-old girl in southwest Georgia. A driver in North Carolina was killed when a tree fell on his vehicle.

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The extent of the damage was becoming clear on Thursday as AFP reporters and photographers toured affected areas and United States television networks flew helicopters along the coast.

Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith said his deputies had gone door to door in some places along the coast to urge people to evacuate. But emergency authorities lamented that many people ignored the warnings.

More than 900,000 homes and businesses in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas are without power in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

Petty Officer Third Class Ronald Hodges told The Associated Press that a Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew pulled nine people from a bathroom of their Panama City home after their roof collapsed Wednesday afternoon.

- Roughly 375,000 people in Florida warned to evacuate; many refused, including 285 people in Mexico Beach where Michael made landfall. National Guard troops found 20 survivors initially Wednesday night, and more rescue crews are arriving.

Mishelle McPherson and her ex-husband searched for the elderly mother of a friend.

But Miller chose to stay behind and weather the risky storm in her two-story, 111-year-old house, which is just 100 yards from the Apalachicola Bay coastline. That home is now smashed, with no sign of the woman.

  • Douglas Reid