While search-and-rescue teams were having difficulty reaching some areas on Thursday, the extent of the damage is slowly becoming clear with the before and after images showing the severe destruction.
Distribution centers have been set up outside retailers such as Wal-Mart and Publix because there is no way right now to let survivors know where they can get supplies.
Patterson was one of about 2,500 of the town's 3,500 residents who ended up staying put, as many were caught off guard by the storm's rapid escalation as it approached.
Sarah was visiting her grandparents in Seminole County with her brother while she and her five siblings were on fall break.
One major concern in Florida is the condition of two hospitals in Panama City, which Gov. Rick Scott said were damaged during the storm. "We've been through hurricanes but never where we were completely cut off like this". Scientists say global warming is responsible for more intense and more frequent extreme weather, such as storms, droughts, floods and fires.
Trump, who is expected to visit the region as early as Sunday, said he would be "totally focused" on the storm but would not cancel a Wednesday night campaign rally in Pennsylvania.
A resident of St. Marks, Fla., rescues a cooler out of the floodwaters near his home on Wednesday.
On Thursday, oil producers were checking production platforms and beginning to return crews to more than 90 offshore facilities that had been evacuated.
Charles Alexander, director of contingency operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said there was no significant damage to dams or levies.
ATLANTA (AP) - By all accounts, Sarah Radney was safe inside her grandparents' home when Hurricane Michael roared into southwest Georgia.
Virginia authorities have confirmed five storm-related deaths in the state.
With files from the Associated Press and Washington Post.
"It looks like a tornado came through here", he said.
Florida's government said almost 6,700 people were in 54 shelters and that close to 30,000 customers lost electricity before the storm's landfall.
Laidlaw called the damage "catastrophic".
A Panhandle man was killed by a tree that toppled on a home, Gadsden County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower said.
Michael moved through the City of Thomasville and was blasting wind speeds of up to 60-70 miles per hour, although it is forecast to continue slowing down.
Mexico Beach is on the west end of what's called Florida's Forgotten Coast, so named because it is not heavily developed like numerous state's other shoreline areas, with their lavish homes and high-rise condos and hotels. Flash flooding may continue meanwhile in the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic states.
Tropical Storm Michael is racing across the Carolinas.
- A man outside Tallahassee was killed by a falling tree.
Emergency responders weren't able to reach the home until after midnight because power lines and trees blocked the roads.
At least 11 people have died from Hurricane Michael, which slammed into Florida's Panhandle with 155-mph winds on Wednesday.
At least three deaths have been blamed on Michael, the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S.in over 50 years.
The NHC said tropical storm Michael will continue to move northeast toward the Carolinas - as of 0900 GMT the eye was in eastern Georgia - until it moves off the mid-Atlantic coast by early Friday.
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