Photos and videos show mass destruction from 'Monstrous' Michael in Florida

Frying Pan Tower flag blowing on Oct. 11 2018 during Tropical Storm Michael

More than 370,000 people in Florida were ordered to evacuate but officials believe many ignored the warning.

The minimum wind speed of a Category 5 hurricane is 157 mph, meaning Michael missed that classification by 2 miles per hour.

Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson said: "There are so many downed power lines and trees that it's nearly impossible to get through the city".

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement that he was working with providers to restore service and was happy with their responses so far.

Here, Panama City resident Amanda Logsdon begins the process of trying to clean up her home after the roof was blown off by the passing winds on Thursday.

The FCC will be updating its outage map daily.

From Florida to Alabama and Georgia to the Carolinas, over 900,000 homes and businesses have lost electricity.

It weakened to a storm as it moved inland towards the north-east, but at least six people have died, majority in Florida. Roofs had been peeled off and carried away.


The state mental hospital in Chattahoochee, which has a section for the criminally insane, was cut off by land, and food and supplies were being flown in, authorities said. Aluminium siding was shredded to ribbons. Both were killed when trees crashed onto their homes. Hundreds of cars had broken windows, many turned askew by the wind. Pine trees were stripped and snapped off about 20 feet high.

The fatalities included Sarah Radney, an 11-year-old girl in Seminole County, Georgia, and a man in Greensboro, Florida. One of the carport's legs punctured the roof and hit her in the head.

"For North Carolina, Michael isn't as bad as Florence, but it adds unwelcome insult to injury, so we must be on alert", Gov. Roy Cooper said.

The NHC warned that communities in north-west Florida and North Carolina faced the threat of life-threatening flooding as rising water moved inland from the coast.

Michael also disrupted energy operations in the US Gulf of Mexico as it approached land, cutting crude oil production by more than 40 percent and natural gas output by almost one-third as offshore platforms were evacuated.

"This is going to be a long recovery but Florida is resilient, we help each other, and we survive", Scott said.

Michael, the third-most powerful hurricane ever to hit the United States mainland, weakened overnight to a tropical storm and pushed north-east, bringing drenching rains to Georgia and the Carolinas, which are still recovering from Hurricane Florence last month.

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