When the sun came up today in Florida and Georgia the devastation was worst than people ever imagined. The drone footage above was taken this morning in Panama City. Hurricane Michael was as ferocious as they come. The worst hurricane Florida’s panhandle has ever seen. It came ashore as a category 4 (almost a category 5). The Panama City News Herald quoted one resident who said, “It looks like an atomic bomb had hit our city.”
Footage shot by a TV crew in Panama City gives a sense of the damage in the aftermath of #HurricaneMichael, the worst hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle since the mid-1800s, according to FEMA officials. https://t.co/8lBYNdHKHr pic.twitter.com/kJB70xC2Dw
— ABC News (@ABC) October 11, 2018
As damage is being determined, it’s still too early to assess injuries, but The Weather Channel reports:
Two people have died in the storm, which continued to zip across Georgia and the Carolinas Thursday morning.
One death was reported in the Panhandle. A Greensboro man was killed when a tree crashed on his home, Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower told the Associated Press. In southern Georgia, an 11-year-old girl was killed when a tree fell on her in Seminole County.
Rescue crews had a hard time accessing one of the worst-hit areas, Mexico Beach. CNN’s Brooke Baldwin flew over this morning in a helicopter and said, “it’s gone.”
CNN's @BrookeBCNN is flying over Mexico Beach, Florida right now
"It’s gone… It’s gone. It’s obliterated … I’ve never seen anything like this."
— 𝕁𝕒𝕤𝕠𝕟 𝕂. 𝕄𝕠𝕣𝕣𝕖𝕝𝕝 (@CNNJason) October 11, 2018
— StormChasingVideo (@StormChasingVid) October 11, 2018
The storm was still a hurricane as it made its way into Georgia. It was downgraded to a tropical storm when it hit the Carolinas. The New York Times reports:
As of Thursday morning, more than 800,000 customers had lost power in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, according to electrical providers in those states. In some Florida counties, such as Franklin and Leon, nearly every customer was without power.
Here are some of the other stunning images of the aftermath.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 11, 2018
Trees on power lines is why a large percentage of Tallahassee is without power. Stay safe. Assume all wires are live. Stay off roads and give crews space and time to work today. #Michael #HurricaneMichael pic.twitter.com/36moOPsYii
— Jen Carfagno (@JenCarfagno) October 11, 2018
The aftermath of Hurricane Michael leaves a path of destruction; how you can help our fellow Floridian recover. #DoveDailyUpdate #HurricaneSupplyDrive #WDUVevents #AnnKellyWDUV #HurricaneMichaelhttps://t.co/fSblzhpWSq pic.twitter.com/b3XLAVsImO
— 105.5 WDUV (@1055WDUV) October 11, 2018