Hurricane Michael responsible for young girl's death in Georgia

Hurricane Michael responsible for young girl's death in Georgia

Hurricane Michael responsible for young girl's death in Georgia

The photo was taken by astronaut Dr. Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor.

According to The New York Times, the storm has already knocked out power in over 800,000 homes and businesses, compromised water systems and claimed two lives.

The storm's eye is moving across southern Georgia and towards the Carolinas, which are still reeling from epic floods caused by Hurricane Florence last month.

About 3,500 Florida National Guard troops were deployed, along with more than 1,000 search-and-rescue personnel, Governor Rick Scott said.

The moment was captured on ABC News' live video, and it was also widely shared on social media, where many questioned the fate of the four-legged storm victims.

Jason Gunderson of the Cajun Navy said flooding and downed power lines made most streets impassible.

Michael dropped from a Category 4 hurricane to a Category 1 as it arrived in Georgia, and later weakened to a tropical storm.

Entire blocks of homes near the beach were obliterated, reduced to nothing but concrete slabs in the sand. That includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-priced loans for uninsured property losses and other programs to help with recovery.

More than 370,000 people in Florida were ordered to evacuate, but officials reckon many ignored the warning. The fate of about 280 residents who authorities said defied evacuation orders was unknown.

Mishelle McPherson and her ex-husband looked for the elderly mother of a friend on Thursday. The worst damage - she thought - was in her yard. "Do you think it would have floated away?"

Albrecht, the Mexico Beach councilwoman, would like to return home, but she says the roads are impassible.

Michael's strength may reflect the effect of climate change on storms. "All of my furniture was floating", she said. "When the water came in, houses started floating in front of our home".

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Florida authorities have gotten thousands of calls asking about missing persons in the region hammered in Hurricane Michael, but so far no reports of widespread deaths. "It feels like you don't know when the next tree is going to fall on top of you because it's blowing so ferociously", he said by telephone.

"If you and your family made it through the storm safely, the worst thing you could do now is act foolishly", he said.

Consider what storm chaser Josh Morgerman tweeted Wednesday night: "It's hard to convey in words the scale of the catastrophe in Panama City".

Al Hancock, 45, who works on a tour boat, survived in Panama City with his wife and dog. Twisted street signs lay on the ground. Roofs were peeled off and homes split open by fallen trees.

Kaylee O'Brien was crying as she sorted through the remains of the apartment she shared with three roommates at Whispering Pines apartments, where the smell of broken pine trees was thick in the air.

Nearby Panama City Beach experienced similar damage along with other communities along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. Others were missing roofs or walls.

The number of people in emergency shelters was expected to swell to 20,000 across five states by Friday, said Brad Kieserman of the American Red Cross. A metal carport was picked up by the wind and crashed through the roof of a structure, hitting the girl's head, said Travis Brooks, the county's emergency management director.

- A man outside Tallahassee was killed by a falling tree.

The first confirmed fatality of the storm was recorded Wednesday.

Michael roared ashore Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane near Mexico Beach, rendering the city almost unrecognizable.

Early Thursday, Michael, now a tropical storm, was abut 30 miles south-southwest of Macon, Georgia, with winds of about 70 mph.

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