In the U.S. the storm, "Michael" took the lives of 11 people

In the U.S. the storm,

In the U.S. the storm, "Michael" took the lives of 11 people

"It seems that all the areas from Panama city to Mexico beach has suffered much more than anyone expected, said the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, in an interview with ABS".

FEMA crews have been using bulldozers and other heavy equipment to push a path through debris so rescuers can sift the rubble using specially trained search dogs.

"I hope we don't see that climb dramatically, but. we still haven't gotten into some of the hardest-hit areas", he said.

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"Very few people live to tell what it's like to experience storm surge", Long said.

United States media on Friday quoted authorities in Jackson County, Florida, as reporting three deaths there, bringing Michael's toll to at least 16. "We do not have a count, but we are working to identify them", Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban, leader of a search-and-rescue team in Mexico Beach, told The Associated Press.

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The dead include at least eight people in Florida, five in Virginia, three in North Carolina and one in Georgia.

In the coastal community of Panacea, 96 km east of where Michael made landfall, Jasmine McMillan, 42, contemplated the damage at the commercial campground her family owns on Ochlockonee Bay.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provided a website with satellite images for people to check on the condition of homes.

Click through the slideshow above to see how Hurricane Michael affected the worst-hit Florida neighborhoods.

Emergency officials said they have received thousands of calls asking about missing people.

Fast-moving Michael, a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale when it came ashore, was about 25 kilometres northeast of Norfolk, Va, at 10 p.m. ET, with top sustained winds of 80 km/h as it headed for the Atlantic coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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"Hurricane Michael is forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades".

The hurricane damaged hospitals and nursing homes in Panama City, and officials worked to evacuate hundreds of patients.

TV station WLOS reported more than 40 roads had to be closed in the county due to flooding and 18 people had to be rescued, including one involving an SUV whose driver "found her vehicle floating" when she tried driving through flood waters.

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.

Marchetti said his volunteer search teams, consisting mostly of off-duty police officers and firefighters, had rescued or accounted for 345 others previously reported to CrowdSource Rescue.

Brad Rippey, a meteorologist for the USA agriculture department, said Michael severely damaged cotton, timber, pecan and peanut crops, causing estimated liabilities as high as $1.9bn and affecting up to 3.7m crop acres (1.5m hectares).

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