The resort town flattened by Hurricane Michael

The resort town flattened by Hurricane Michael

Florida is also still shaking off the effects of Hurricane Irma in some places, with several resorts in the Florida Keys only just open again nearly a year after the Category 3 storm ripped through the area in September 2017.

The storm has weakened but continues to travel over the Carolinas to the Atlantic Ocean, bringing with it heavy rains.

At 5:00 pm Eastern time (2100 GMT), Michael was over North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said.

On Thursday morning, 366,145 accounts were left without power - that makes up roughly 3.5 percent of the state.

According to CNN reports on Saturday, more than 1 million people have been left without electricity and emergency officials have no access to many towns.

Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the third most powerful hurricane to hit the USA mainland, behind the unnamed Labor Day storm of 1935 and Camille in 1969.

Aerial footage shows coastal cities in Florida completely wiped out. "It's unrealistic for people to think it's going to happen in the next day or two".

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. Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center was treating some, but the hospital evacuated 130 patients as it faced challenges of running on generators after the storm knocked out power, ripped off part of its roof and smashed windows, a spokesman for the hospital's owner HCA Healthcare said in an email.

The storm hit Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia, leaving at least 12 people dead.

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Katrina Pearsey, 46, said she wasn't willing to wait to see if the government would help them out. The sixth-grader recently was in a school play and started playing trumpet in her school band. Her father says she loved playing the trumpet, acting and singing.

Steve Sweet, who lived in Gretna, Florida, was killed by a falling tree. "A lot of people's concerned, and everybody's anxious", Millender said.

An 11-year-old girl in southwestern Georgia also died when a tree fell on her home, officials said.

The Coast Guard said it rescued at least 27 people before and after the hurricane came ashore, mostly from homes along the Florida coastline, and searched for more victims.

"Now we're getting residents who are still here who are suffering injuries", Carroll said.

Linda Clarke gasped repeatedly at the sight of her once new home in Shell Point Beach - now severely damaged. "Right now I just need communication", said Mullins of not having cell phone service. "We're staying to protect our place". Despite the destruction, Rev. Luke Farabaugh and his congregation celebrated Mass on Thursday. You have to hunt around to find the exact spots where the strongest winds are blowing, and then drop your instruments in, remembering that you're dropping it from let's say 10,000 feet, it's going to get blown sideways as it drops toward the ground. "We've seen a lot of signs of hope".

In total, Boston-based Karen Clark & Company estimated $8 billion in insured losses due to the storm - which they said includes "privately insured wind and storm surge damage to residential, commercial and industrial properties and also automobiles". "Our reward isn't just in this life but in the life to come". But it moved fast and intensified quickly, and emergency authorities lamented that many people ignored the warnings. In North Carolina's mountains, motorists had to be rescued from cars trapped by high water. Cory Patirlo, who lives near the river, said the impact of Michael was unexpected. Because its policies are in the highest-risk areas of the state, its average policy costs almost $2,600 annually with a range from about $3,600 in Miami and the Florida Keys to about $1,700 in Taylor County, not far from where Michael hit.

The water receded within hours in some areas and residents are beginning to cleanup on Friday. But without extensive study, they can not directly link a single weather event to the changing climate. The planet has warmed significantly over the past several decades, causing changes in the environment. Photo Courtesy of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "We've got to figure something out". Hurricane Patricia, which struck Mexico's Pacific coast on October 23, 2015, strengthened from tropical storm to Category 5 hurricane in 24 hours. About 1,700 search and rescue personnel have checked 25,000 homes, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.

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