"People will just pack up and leave".
In this coastal city, trees fell on power lines or across roads, the houses were literally torn off leaving the inside of the houses naked.
Now a tropical storm, the system is moving through SC on its way to North Carolina - two states that are still coping with the effects of flooding from Hurricane Florence. A driver in North Carolina was killed when a tree fell on his vehicle. - Residential neighborhoods are lined with trees.
Flash flooding was also reported in the big North Carolina cities of Charlotte and Raleigh. Similar scenes played out in parts of Virginia as the storm raced seaward.
- The human cost: Falling trees have killed a man in Gadsden County, Florida; a man in Iredell County, North Carolina; and an 11-year-old girl in Seminole County, Georgia, was killed when a carport blew through the roof of her home.
Under a perfectly clear blue sky, families living along the Florida Panhandle emerged tentatively from darkened shelters and hotels to a perilous landscape of shattered homes and shopping centers, beeping security alarms, wailing sirens and hovering helicopters.
A storm that was initially forecast to arrive as a tropical storm instead amped up to furious intensity, hitting landfall just after midday near the small seaside community of Mexico Beach, 160km southwest of Tallahassee, with winds topping 249kmph.
"It's not stuff that you just put back together over night, and it's unrealistic for people to think it's going to happen in the next day or two", he explained.
Some 375,000 people were ordered to evacuate their homes, but many residents found themselves trapped after they were caught unawares when the storm doubled in strength as it approached land.
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Hundreds of cars had broken windows and twisted street signs lay on the ground. Homes were split open by fallen trees.
Hundreds of residents were rescued on Thursday from cars, apartments and homes flooded by rushing water.
Dominion Energy said in an outage update Saturday morning that more than 6,000 personnel are working to get power back up for 160,000 customers who remain without service. "So many families have lost everything", said Florida Gov. Rick Scott, calling it "unimaginable destruction". Boston-based Karen Clark & Company released that estimate Thursday, which includes privately insured wind and storm surge damage to residential, commercial and industrial properties and vehicles. The figure doesn't factor in losses backed by the National Flood Insurance Program.
United States media on Friday quoted authorities in Jackson County, Florida, as reporting three deaths there, bringing Michael's toll to at least 16.
Hurricane Michael weakened to a tropical storm yesterday after wreaking havoc along Florida's Gulf Coast, flooding homes and streets, ripping away roofs and snapping trees and power lines as it roared ashore as a raging Category 4 hurricane.
Michael also disrupted energy operations in the 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. But it moved so fast and intensified so quickly that people did not have much time to prepare, and emergency authorities lamented that many ignored the warnings. Many people will not be able to return to their homes.
While many cities along the Florida Panhandle enjoy the protection of various channel, barrier and tide islands, which can help stifle the impact of storm surge on the mainland, Mexico Beach sits between Crooked Island and the St. Joseph Peninsula, directly on the water.
A woman searched for a missing friend who did not evacuate from Mexico Beach, Florida, while others surveyed the damage to their lives and belongings in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.
So far, crews have rescued 34 and assisted more than 200 others.