Aerial photographs taken from a helicopter show some of the destruction in Florida caused by Hurricane Michael.
Hurricane Michael's death toll increased to 11 in three states, including five deaths reported in Virginia on Friday, according to the state's emergency management department.
Less than two days after arriving at the Florida Panhandle as As one of the most powerful hurricanes in US history, a Category 4 monster with 155 mph winds shattering the roofs of houses and buildings and snapping trees and electricity pylons, Michael moved from the East Coast into the Atlantic Ocean early Friday morning. Tropical storm.
The potent Michael demanded life in Florida, Georgia and Virginia.Four people drowned in Virginia and a fireman from Hanover County died, Associated Press reported. Nearly 1.5 million customers in five states were out of power early Friday morning, according to PowerOutage.US.
Hanover County Fire EMS Department identifies Lt. Brad Clark as the firefighter who died. A tractor trailer met at 9 pm in his fire engine. Thursday, when he responded to a two-vehicle accident on wet roads in the midst of severe storm conditions.
Steve Sweet, 44, and Sarah Radney, 11, were named as other storm victims.
Sweet was killed in Gadsden County, Florida, near the state border with Georgia when a tree fell into his house. Radney, visiting her grandparents in Seminole County, Georgia, was killed when a portable carport broke through the house and punched her in the head.
"Hell was hell last night," said Radney's Roy's father the New York Times. "I'm an hour and a quarter away and my daughter dies and I can not help it, I can not imagine anything more to do with hell."
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Michael's latest effects were felt in parts of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and North Carolina, where the National Hurricane Center warned of "life-threatening" floods and "strong, possibly damaging winds".
However, Michael's impact on the southern Mid-Atlantic states and the Carolinas will be small compared to his track of destruction in the Florida Panhandle. Panama City, a popular spring vacation retreat, and Mexico Beach, another upscale stretch of coastline, were barely recognizable in Michael's wake.
Homeowners from Panama City to St. Joseph came back to see the path of destruction of wild winds.
Becky Daniel and her wife Monica Barber drove to the scattered remains of their ruined Gulf Front at Mexico Beach. They assessed the damage and hugged each other.
"That was our heart," Daniel told Florida Today. "It's just gone."
Many homes in the severely affected areas of Mexico Beach and Port St. Joseph were reduced to woodpiles, broken glass and household items. "I was sure it would be here," Daniel said. "We just rebuilt it, bought it four years ago and completely rebuilt it, we're contractors."
As the residents of the severely affected communities witnessed the aftermath of the storm, the elected representatives vowed to take quick action to recover.
"We will rebuild, we will come back stronger than ever, and we will do it together," tweeted the mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum, Thursday night.
Florida Governor Rick Scott air-raided some affected areas on Thursday and reported that he and his wife Ann had housed 50 Florida Highway Patrol officials at the governor's villa. In another tweet, Scott thanked the supermarket chain Publix for "generously donating food to these soldiers to have dinner tonight."
Gillum did his part to help. Tampa Bay Times reporter Lawrence Mower tweeted a video of Gillum and his chief of staff with a chainsaw to clear a street on Thursday.
And Gillum's opponent in the Florida governor's race, Ron DeSantis, used a few political rallies this week to raise funds for storm victims, Politico reported. The governor of the Sunshine State since 2011, Scott does not seek re-election, instead vying for a seat in the US Senate.
The recovery in Florida will take time – especially in Mexico Beach, where Michael landed on Wednesday afternoon.
On Twitter, Senator Marco Rubio described the scene in Mexico Beach as "total devastation" and said drone images in an emergency operations center produced "audible gasps".
The US Coast Guard had rescued about 40 people at 18:30. EDT Thursday and assisted 232 others, including 142 nursing home patients, according to a press release. Response teams also worked to remove debris to clear routes for emergency services.
"The public should remain cautious even under ideal conditions and be aware of the dangers, storm surges and possible flood conditions due to the hurricane," the Coast Guard said in the press release.
Michael was only the fourth major hurricane – category 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale – to land at the Florida Panhandle since 1950, joining Eloise (1975), Opal (1995) and Dennis (1995). 2005).
Brown reported from Mexico Beach, Florida. Alltucker reported from Mclean, Virginia. Kiggins reported from Los Angeles, California.
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