10 photos show Hurricane Michael's destruction from the sky

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According to Hal Austin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Newport, Michael is moving through SC as of Thursday morning.

A month after Hurricane Florence's epic deluge, SC officials are more concerned about tornadoes than flooding from Michael.

The Florida Panhandle woke up to harrowing scenes of destruction Thursday in the wake of monster Hurricane Michael, the worst storm on record to ever hit the area and the fourth most powerful to strike USA shores.

"All of my furniture was floating", she said. "That's probably ground zero".

Two people, including a child, were killed by falling debris, the USA media reported on Thursday. Patterson estimated 1,000 homes were completely or partially destroyed in his town of 3,500. "We have done everything we can as far as getting the word out", Smith said.

Florida officials said more than 400,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in Florida and Governor Scott said almost 20,000 utility workers had been deployed to restore power. The view shown here was captured on video by SevereStudios, a storm-chasing streaming platform.sourceSevereStudios.com via APHere, a small boat sits amid debris in Mexico Beach.sourceGerald Herbert/APBy Thursday morning, Michael had weakened to a tropical storm as it moved toward central Georgia.

Catastrophic scenes have emerged across the Florida Panhandle.

"Mexico Beach took the brunt", FEMA Administrator Brock Long said via the Weather Channel.

He spoke with CNN's Brooke Baldwin live on air Thursday, in front of a home that was pushed onto its side.

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SCOTT: That means the water will come miles inshore and could easily rise over the roofs of houses. "The surge had brought stuff in so bad, the walls collapsed - the only thing I could find of ours was my briefcase". "Our lives are gone here". "All the stores, all the restaurants, everything - there's nothing left here anymore". "There's nothing left here anymore". In the city of Callaway, Fla., pieces of house cover the rain-drenched roads while many telephone poles are snapped in half.

"It's hard to grasp", he said. "The only way I can explain it, through my eyeballs, is a Third World country war zone".

There have been five confirmed storm-related deaths so far - four in Florida's Gadsden County and one in Georgia.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told residents: "I know people are worn out from Florence, but don't let this storm catch you with your guard down". As it moves inland, it is forecast to drop heavy rain later this week in the Carolinas where residents are still recovering from Hurricane Florence.

That is down from more than 963,000 customers affected by Michael, as utilities in Florida and Alabama restored service while the number of outages continue to grow in the Carolinas and Virginia as the storm moved northeast.

Michael ripped apart beach homes and boats, Mulligan said.

Principal Britt Smith choked up as he looked at images of the decimated building. But at this point, there's really no making sense. "We will not rest or waver until the job is done and the recovery is complete".

"Base leaders do not yet have an estimate of when Tyndall AFB will reopen", base officials posted on Facebook.

"I know it's going to cover everything around here", Sadousky said Tuesday, eyeing water lapping at the edge of a canal behind his home.

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Damage in Panama City was extensive, with broken and uprooted trees and power lines down almost everywhere.

Many residents hunkered down in designated shelters like this one in Tallahassee, riding out the storm in a sturdier building. No one has heard from them since Wednesday afternoon.

"I just need to know he's OK", McCall said. "Houses that have been there forever are just shattered".

"Our hearts are with the thousands who have sustained property damage, in many cases entirely wiped out", Trump said.

Travis Brooks, Director of Seminole County's emergency management agency, told ABC News there was "complete and total devastation".

Schools and state offices in the area are to remain shut this week.

And in Greensboro, Florida, a man died Wednesday after a tree fell on a home, the local sheriff's office said.

"Hopefully they don't, but those numbers could climb as search and rescue teams get out", he said.

Mandatory evacuation orders went into effect in Panama City Beach and other low-lying areas in the storm's path.

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According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, human-caused greenhouse gases create and energy imbalance, with more than 90% of heat trapped by gases going into the ocean. Rick Scott said damage along the state's coast from Mexico Beach to Panama City was "way worse than anybody ever anticipated", according to Reuters.