Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Helicopter Video Captures the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida

Helicopter Video Captures the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida

"The roads need to be clear so they can respond as needed without interference".

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.

Authorities said that 285 people in the city refused to leave. Storm damage is seen after Hurricane Michael October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. "We've been through hurricanes but never where we were completely cut off like this". Cellular service is limited and there's no Internet access at all, officials said.

The storm will then continue into southeastern Virginia and finally the Atlantic Ocean by late tonight or early Friday.

US Army personnel used heavy equipment to push a path through debris in Mexico Beach to allow rescuers through to search for trapped residents, survivors or casualties, as Blackhawk helicopters circled overhead.

Other parts of Georgia also were hit hard by the storm.

The Carolinas are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which left dozens dead and is estimated to have caused billions of dollars in damage last month.

FEMA's Long said he's anxious the number of deaths will rise Thursday.

In Roberta, in Crawford County, Hill Bentley said he saw spinning clouds that looked like a tornado Wednesday.

Four kittens who survived Hurricane Michael's devastation and a roof collapse are now up for adoption at a local shelter, after being spotted cuddling among debris live on-air by ABC News' Rob Marciano.

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Nearby Panama City Beach experienced similar damage along with other communities along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico.

At least 11 people have died from Hurricane Michael, which slammed into Florida's Panhandle with 155-mph winds on Wednesday.

Michael made landfall on Wednesday around 2 p.m. near Mexico Beach, Florida, dashing homes into pieces, swallowing marinas and leaving piles of rubble where shopping centres once stood.

A Panhandle man was killed by a tree that toppled on a home, Gadsden County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Anglie Hightower said.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center treated some people but the hospital evacuated 130 patients as it was dealing with its own hurricane effects.

Michael is now dropping rain along the Mid-Atlantic and New England coasts as it moves eastward over the ocean, with sustained winds that have strengthened to 65 miles per hour. A gauge on one offshore buoy recorded a wind gust of almost hurricane strength. As reported by The Weather Channel, the hurricane-turned-tropical-storm continues to travel up the East Coast with wind speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.

The death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to six on Thursday as about a million people were without power in six states. I can't think of anything that is more related to hell than that, ' he said.

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

Georgia's Department of Agriculture is coordinating efforts to assist recovery in Southwest and Central Georgia areas most affected by the hurricane. It was also one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the United States. Forecasters say the storm has already begun shedding its tropical characteristics but will take on a new chapter as a powerful extratropical storm with gale force winds on its trek out to sea.

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