Florida resident surveys 'total devastation' from Hurricane Michael

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Others include Jonathan Drew in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Seth Borenstein in Kensington, Maryland.

Thousands are still without power in the state as of Friday morning.

The death toll from Michael has risen to at least 17 and almost 900,000 customers remain without power in seven states.

Tornadoes, unsafe winds and more flooding are possible in numerous same areas still recovering from Hurricane Florence.

But most will have no home to go back to, since the photos show almost the entire peninsula on Mexico Beach wiped clean near the canal leading into the marina.

The number of fatalities was expected to rise further as no deaths have been reported from oceanfront communities, such as Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe and Panama City, that bore the brunt of the storm's wrath. "It's unrealistic for people to think it's going to happen in the next day or two".

The beach town was hard to reach by land, with roads covered by fallen trees, power lines and other debris.

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.

An 11-year-old girl in Georgia died when Michael's winds dropped debris through the roof of her grandparents' home. One of the carport's legs punctured the roof and hit her in the head. "I just have to be hopeful that [the town] will be rebuilt and fixed". "'A river just started coming down the road". Her father says she loved playing the trumpet, acting and singing.

The tropical storm, which grew in less than two days into a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, tore apart entire neighborhood in the Panhandle, reducing homes to naked concrete foundations or piles of wood and siding. "A lot of people's concerned, and everybody's anxious", Millender said.

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Rescue teams with sniffer dogs were searching for possible victims buried under the rubble in the debris-strewn community.

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. "We are all heartbroken seeing the place we live so devastated".

In Panama City, buildings were crushed, tall pine trees were sent flying and a steeple was knocked off a church. Despite the destruction, Rev. Luke Farabaugh and his congregation celebrated Mass on Thursday.

"You can't make sense of it, but what you do is you take the situation, and what we have to make certain that our kids know is that we must be resilient", Smith said. While we can hope for the best, search and rescue teams fear that there are more bodies to be recovered. Searchers were trying to determine if the person found dead in Mexico Beach had been alone or was part of a family.

"I was going to stay here until it turned to a Cat 4", he said.

Mexico Beach was largely decimated when Michael made landfall there Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour.

In North Carolina's mountains, motorists had to be rescued from cars trapped by high water. It was the first time he had almost 2 feet of water in his home.

If the body count remains as low as is now expected, it will be because Michael hit a modern, developed region with established infrastructure, solid communications, experience in dealing with storms and a disaster prevention plan in place. The planet has warmed significantly over the past several decades, causing changes in the environment.

"We've got to figure something out". Storm surge is worse now than it was 100 years ago, thanks to the rise in sea levels.

Brad Rippey, a meteorologist for the US Agriculture Department, said Michael severely damaged cotton, timber, pecans and peanuts, causing estimated liabilities as high as $1.9bn and affecting up to 1.5 million hectares.