Hurricane Michael’s death toll rises to 13

Hurricane Michael leaves massive destruction in the US

Seven of the Most Devastating Hurricane Michael Photos You'll Ever See

Thousands of residents in the Florida Panhandle are slowly returning to their homes and discovering that everything or nearly everything they owned has been reduced to rubble.

Large areas of the coast of the Panhandle, including Mexico Beach and Panama City, were left in ruins. "Do you think it would have floated away?"

In the coastal community of Panacea, 60 miles (96 km) east of where Michael made landfall, Jasmine McMillan, 42, contemplated the damage at the commercial campground her family owns on Ochlockonee Bay.

Rescue personnel search amidst debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Helicopters were needed to deliver supplies to the most remote areas like St. George Island, Apalachicola and Port St. Joe, state officials said.

At least seven people were killed by the storm in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina from falling trees and other hurricane-related incidents, according to state officials.

Numerous injured in Florida were taken to hard-hit Panama City, 20 miles (32km) north-west of Mexico Beach.

Zahralban says teams on their first sweep of Mexico Beach on Thursday rescued some people with minor injuries and helped others who rode out the storm and found themselves with no way to leave.

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".

FEMA crews used heavy equipment, sniffer dogs, drone aircraft and global positioning satellites in their search.

President Trump described the hurricane as "unbelievably destructive and powerful", contrasting it with last year's Hurricane Harvey, which caused in 106 USA deaths and massive flooding as it drifted for a week between Texas and Louisiana.

The storm, which in less than two days grew from a tropical storm to a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, tore apart entire neighbourhoods in the Panhandle, reducing homes to naked concrete foundations or piles of wood and siding.

One woman said her family hid in a closet, "All we heard was a lot of wind. We're doing what we can with the minimal media that we have".

After Hurricane Michael's shrieking winds and crashing waves died down, Brandon and Sydni Troupe drove to their neighborhood in Panama City, Florida, to look at the damage.

Panama City, Florida, on 11 October. U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Colin Hunt/Handout via REUTERS. A sheriff's deputy and a local resident tried to save him after his vehicle got caught in high water, but "the floodwaters were too deep and two swift", state police said Friday. Search teams were going door-to-door looking for victims.

Mexico Beach, where the hurricane came ashore, suffered massive destruction from the 155 mile per hour (250 kph) winds and several feet (meters) of storm surge.

Scott wrote on Twitter, "We are working as quickly as possible so that you can return, check on your things and begin the recovery process". The whole area. they're going to tear down these houses and rebuild it.

By Friday morning the remnants of Michael had moved into the Atlantic Ocean northeast of Norfolk, Virginia, but still could bring up to 5 inches (13 cm) of rain to parts of New England, the National Hurricane Center said.

Over 900,000 homes and businesses in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas were without power.

The number of people in emergency shelters was expected to increase to 20,000 across five states by Friday, American Red cross spokesman Brad Kieserman said.

U.S. Route 98 runs right along the coast, where a few beachside restaurants offer oysters and other seafood, cocktails and a view of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Florida National Guard has deployed 3,500 members for search-and-rescue and humanitarian aid, with assistance from National Guard units from as far away as NY and Kansas. "Not all of that commercialism", said Dottie Sinclair, 57, a nurse, adding a Subway fast-food restaurant was the only commercial chain. "I've been telling people ... to have hope".

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