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

Pablo Tucker
October 12, 2018

At least two people were killed as Hurricane Michael, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the USA, slammed into the state of Florida, unleashing a trail of destruction by flooding beach towns, peeling off roofs and snapping trees before advancing to the Carolinas.

Since making landfall on Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, the now tropical storm has left thousands of people without power, uprooted trees, turned homes and marinas into ruins and killed at least 2 people.

The sheriff's office in Gadsden County near Tallahassee says it "can now confirm 4 storm-related fatalities following Hurricane Michael", all of which happened "in relation to or occurred during the storm".

The storm caused almost 500,000 power outages in North Carolina, the state's Emergency Management Agency said on Friday morning.

Predicted track of ex-hurricane Michael

The kitties were found in a home with a collapsed ceiling in Panama City, Florida, and have become a symbol of resilience and hope for some in the wake of the ferocious storm. It set off transformer explosions and knocked out power to more than 388,000 homes and businesses.

Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida is closed while officials assess what they're calling "widespread catastrophic damage".

An 80-mile stretch of Interstate 10, the main east-west route along the Florida Panhandle - the northwestern stretch of the state which bore the brunt of Michael's strength - was closed because of debris.

The two people killed in the storm were a man who died when a tree toppled onto his house in Florida and a girl who died when debris fell into a home in Georgia, officials and local media said.

Vance Beu, 29, was staying with his mother at her home, Spring Gate Apartments, a complex of single-storey wood frame buildings where they piled up mattresses around themselves for protection.

On its current track the storm is headed for the Carolinas, where cities and towns are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.

The governors of North and SC urged residents to brace for heavy rain and storm-force winds as Michael plowed northward up the Atlantic seaboard. Downed power lines and blocked roads made it hard for emergency responders to get there. "I don't know the numbers yet". When it landed, one of the legs tore through the roof, fatally striking the 11-year-old girl in the head.

Michael, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, battered the Florida Gulf Coast before moving on to Georgia and the Carolinas.

"My home was built in 1962 is the only one with a solid roof left", Golding said.

The first confirmed fatality of the storm was recorded Wednesday. The family had to wait over eight hours for paramedics to arrive due to the awful road conditions, Radney said.

An estimated 375,000 people in more than 20 counties were ordered or advised to evacuate.

Tropical storm conditions are occurring over portions of central and eastern SC and will spread northward over central and eastern North Carolina this afternoon and evening. It was a clear warning that the storm should be taken seriously. Storm surge is worse now than it was 100 years ago, thanks to the rise in sea levels.

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